Amateur Hamm radio operators are gearing up for this summer's severe weatherFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Severe weather and Natural disasters can strike at anytime, luckily we have a group of men ready to save the day.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Severe weather and Natural disasters can strike at anytime, luckily we have a group of men ready to save the day.
Amateur Hamm radio operators are gearing up for this summer's severe weather.
Experience is one thing. Having the blood for radio race through your veins, is another.
Gurnee Bridgman-Radio Operator: "It's a fun hobby."
Gurnee Bridgman is anything but an amateur. He comes from a long line of Hamms.
Bridgman:"Now it's a heck of a lot more sophisticated."
And has been operating systems like these for over 35 years.
Bridgman: "It's all a matter of simple physics."
Bridgman and many others are getting ready for another year of severe storms.
Bridgman: "It's a service oriented kind of thing that's fun."
Their signals soars through this antenna, reaching over 300 countries, from right here in Sabin MN.
Mike Heiler-Radio Operator: "it's a personal challenge."
From one o'clock in the afternoon - until one the next day they'll be contacting, other hamms all over the world.
Heiler: "This is basically an exercise for us."
Preparing for the worst.
From hurricanes, to floods and even tornadoes.
Bridgman: "I stood up once in South Fargo, on the top of my house and spotted some."
Sometimes Hamms see what we can't. Honing in on their hobby.
Bridgman: "It's fun."
For a purpose.
For more information visit: http://www.rrra.org/