Anybody Out There?

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

"A very good evening to you from Manchester, England at Channel 8 television...."
The voice came across the world, and that enchantment is exactly the tool that is reaching out to children.
Michela Munoz is just 9 years old, but says she would rather hear a voice than type a message.
"It's fun to talk all over the world and to talk to other people. It kind of helps you learn about other countries and stuff like that."
Reaching out to children is taking care of the future of communication, despite what you say about cell phones and the internet.
Rob Miller, a local ham radio operator, says this is not a lost art of communication, they argue it's actually the most efficient.
"Technology, for many, has gone away, they think because of the internet. We've embraced the internet. What you hear right now is the youngsters talking around the world with just a a small hand held radio.
Gary Grant, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, also showed their support to remind mom and dad how important a ham radio operator can be during an actually disaster.
"Of course, we all use cell phones and other forms of communications. But, at times, the cell phones do not work because as soon as there's a major disaster, cell phones are out. So, we use amateur radio operators to communicate from our chapters to our shelters."
Miller wants everyone to realize this is more about being able to reach out across the world.
"As you know every disaster in this country, the only fail safe communications is ham radio."
For more information about getting your children involved with ham radio, go to their website at http://NVHAMKIDS.HOPTO.ORG.


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