JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - They can make all the difference when it comes to communicating in disasters.
Amateur radio operators are meeting in Jackson for their annual HAMFEST. HAMs from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee are in town to learn about old as well as new equipment. Organizers say 100 commercial vendors and 250 flea market dealers have set up displays. HAMs can also learn about equipment that helps crews and families connect in emergencies.
Bill Feist, the National SATURN Liaison, which is the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, said, "this would be for people in an impacted area if there are no communications and they need to let family outside of the impacted area know that they're okay. We can send a message out by amateur radio telling their family members that they're okay."
Malcolm Keown of Vicksburg told us, "we're having license examinations and that'll be from 8 to 10 o'clock Saturday morning and we hope to have a bunch of new HAMs.”
The HAMFEST is being held at the Mississippi Trademart in Jackson.
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