Snider speaks to this point from personal experience. He volunteered as a communications operator in Monticello after a tornado tore through the area in 1974. He said the same contingency plans are still helpful today, adding that ham radio operators played a role in establishing communications for emergency services in New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Snider currently works for the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission, which provides communications for emergency service providers and law enforcement across the state.
He said he enjoys working with communications on a recreational level as well because of the wide array of factors it entails.
“It’s not really one hobby, it’s 99 hobbies,” he said, adding that the public service factor is a draw for him as well. “I like knowing knowing when people need someone to call on for help, they can call us.”
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go: WHAT: Cass County amateur radio field day WHEN: Through 2 p.m. today WHERE: Cass County Emergency Management Agency, 1227 N. Ind. 17 WHY: To see ham radio operators in action and learn about amateur radio