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Ham Radio Included in Official Emergency Preparations:

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Local low-frequency operators get space in county's emergency dispatch center: MEDFORD : After an earthquake rocked Haiti to its foundation in January, only amateur radio operators were left to relay vital messages in the immediate aftermath to emergency service centers throughout the country. While local emergency officials are certain Southern Oregon would fare better in a major natural disaster, they were happy to give ham radio operators a spot in the county's new Emergency Operations Dispatch Center near the Medford airport. "In times of disaster, we can use all the help we can get," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said. "The ham radio folks can help assist us in communications if our radios are shut down." The space provided to ham radio is nearly complete, with operators ready to fire up their old-school equipment in the coming weeks, said Bill Anderson, the assistant emergency coordinator for the Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (JCARES). "We hope we're not needed, but we will be ready when the time comes," Anderson said. Anderson is one of 25 members of JCARES who take time out of their personal schedules to train in emergency radio procedures in the case of a natural disaster.

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