Mountain Express Amateur Radio Article

The Idaho Mountain Express did a nice article on Amateur Radio:

Local ‘hams’ keep valley in touch

Amateur radio operators quietly provide key public service
Joe Yelda, of the Wood River Amateur Radio Club, talks on a hand-held radio in his car. Photo by David N. Seelig

Express Intern

Many people know that amateur radio operators like to chat. Few realize that the chatter can sometimes save lives.
The Wood River Amateur Radio Club, operational for the past 12 years, has helped spread the word about the power of amateur radio as both a hobby and public service. Involvement in amateur radio is becoming more popular—not to mention more accessible—in the Wood River Valley, as the grassroots group hosts training sessions and testing for those interested in getting licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Commonly referred to as “ham radio,” amateur radio boasts the ability of low-power wireless communications worldwide via high-frequency radio waves. For Wood River Valley residents and visitors, the benefits of ham radio are profound. Cellular coverage is spotty at best outside city limits, leaving many people partaking in backcountry recreation without immediate communication in an emergency.

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