Before there were Zoom meetings, emails, or instant messenger services, amateur radio connected with their friends and loved ones across long distances.
Even in today's modern age of cell phones, emails, and other high-tech gadgets, when the grid goes down it's often the amateur radio operators who still provide emergency communications until things go back to normal.Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Today the United States is home to more than 700,000 licensed amateur radio operators.
Around 40,000 of them are part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (a.k.a ARES), a subset of the ARRL.
There are branches all over the country, and ARES members are the hams that show up at the simulated disasters, ready to relay information wherever it needs to go. They helped out during disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the 9/11 terror attacks. ARES were the ones getting messages out even after the cellphone towers went down, over…