American Legion Post 111 installs short-wave radio station
Apr 13, 2018, 09:40

The members at the American Legion Post 111 may soon be hamming up the airwaves.

The Legion now has a short wave hand radio station — sometimes called ham radio — its Crossett post.

Shortwave radio is a radio transmission using shortwave radio frequencies and can be used in circumstances where Internet or satellite communications are unavailable.

People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space all without internet or cellular devices.

“We can communicate with people in Alaska, with people anywhere in the world,” Post 111 Commander Michael Sinnema said.

The National Association for Amateur radio’s Website says amateur radio is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communcation together.

Sinnema said that most of the equipment was donated or restored.
“We just got it put together last month,” Sinnema said.

Three members of the post are licensed with the Federal Communications Commission to use the equipment. Jim Young, Steve Lochala and Glen Fletcher are all able to operate the radio equipment.

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