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Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

However, as we have learned in natural and man-made disasters, this communication infrastructure is fragile. If this system breaks down, amateur radio can take its place and get information to the outside world.

On Aug. 6 at the Crestview Public Library, Ronald Mahn, amateur call sign KI5FR, and Mike Martell, KK4KRZ, from the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate the many things you can do with amateur or ham radio.

The program, appropriate for fourth-grade students through adults, begins at 10:30 a.m. with coffee, juice, and cookies served starting at 10 a.m.

We will listen to people talk and transmit data from around the world, and some audience members will be able to talk to other people in Okaloosa County using sophisticated hand-held radios.

At the end of the presentation — weather and equipment permitting — attendees can step outside the library and talk to people around the country. They'll use a radio and satellite 300 miles above the earth as it passes over the library between 11:20 and 11:35 a.m.!

You can learn more about this hobby using books available at the library, thanks to a donation from the local radio club.


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