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No SOS needed for amateur radio

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Jim McDonald has been a licensed amateur radio operator for 12 years. He has a radio in his truck and is active in his community's emergency service. (Photo by Liz McDonald)

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Jim McDonald enjoys amateur radio because many of his friends have the same hobby. (Photo by Liz McDonald)

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Grant Morine, 18, won the 2007 Ham of the Year Award. He received his amateur radio license when he was 11. (Photo courtesy of Bill Morine)

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The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a program of the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. (Photo courtesy of ARRL)

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite the wonders of instant messaging, Skype and video chat, ham radio usage is thriving. And it's not just old-timers chatting with each other. Plenty of young people are taking up the hobby.


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