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The Last Wire Podcast
19 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Why does this Emergency Amateur Radio group remain largely unknown?
The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is a Defense Department-sponsored civilian auxiliary of amateur radio operators that actively supports military operations. While the USA Defence Department will employ amateur radio operations and connect joint planners in critical operations. The use of MARS remains a largely unknown or niche capability, one that is usually stumbled upon […]
16 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
A New Ham’s Trial By Fire!
While Ed W4EMB, was still station in Iraq, he studied Ham radio while he could, between missions. Little did he know that when he got back and wrote his amateur radio exam. That the skills and experience he used in Iraq would help him on his first emergency communication activation during major flooding in Tennessee.
21 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
When disaster strikes in the UK, they call on Raynet.
Today in the Last Wire Podcast, we’re joined with Tom, (M7GMZ). Who’s part of the South Wiltshire Raynet in the United Kingdom. His group is part of a volunteer communication service provided by licensed radio amateur operators. Ray net was formed in 1953, following the severe East coast floods to provide a way of organizing […]
12 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
A Winter Storm Didn’t Stop Texas Hams
The February 13–17, 2021 North American winter storm, also unofficially referred to as Winter Storm Uri, was a major winter and ice storm that had widespread impacts across the United States, Northern Mexico, and parts of Canada. The storm resulted in over 170 million Americans being placed under various winter weather alerts across the country […]
45 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
What was The Last Wireless Message On The Doomed Titanic?
At 12:15 AM on April 15, 1912, a message rang out across the Atlantic: “CQD MGY 41.46 N 50.24 W.” The message, sent by a Marconi radio operator, came from the doomed RMS Titanic 30 minutes after striking the iceberg that would end the ship’s maiden voyage. In this episode of the Last Wire Podcast, […]
19 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
The Challenges Facing Ham Radio During A Search & Rescue Operation
As a working cowboy, he vanished from the Merritt area and his is abandoned horse was found fully saddled on a forest service road northwest of the city two days later. An extensive search by volunteers and police on foot, horseback, in helicopters and on snowmobiles, found no trace. This region presented some communication challenges […]
18 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Communication breaks down in High River
The town of High River is no stranger to flooding, but in 2013, there were communications break down in the region as water continued to flow. Vince had his orders from EOC and his team was deployed to High River, cause the provincial capital had lost cellular, text messaging, internet and radio coms with the […]
15 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Lessons Learned From A Derecho!
As a new Ham John, KE0ZOW found himself and his community in a severe weather event, know as a Derecho. The heavy wind event brought down power and communications a crossed the state. Which left his community isolated and unable to stay up to date with the storm’s track. In this episode, we will talk […]
21 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Wildfires Shut Down Communications
On this episode of The Last Wire Podcast, we are joined with Myles, VE7FSR. On this show, we will learn about the 2017 wildfires that displaced thousands of residents in the mountains of British Columbia and how his group helped maintain communications despite the dangers and challenges they faced.
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