Ham radio test
The backup emergency communication skills of area amateur radio operators, often called "hams," were tested in St. Croix County earlier this month. Amateur radio operators conducted their annual Simulated Emergency Test in cooperation with state and local officials. Using emergency powered radios and working with local agencies, the hams had only a few hours to create extensive radio communication networks which could be used should there be a failure or overload of normal services. Marshall Simpson, KA9PKK, of Hudson communicates via radio from the St. Croix County Emergency Operations Center to resources positioned around the state to provide mutual aid. St. Croix County Amateur Radio Emergency Services is closely affiliated with the St. Croix Valley Radio Amateurs club. Visit http://www.scvhamradio.com for more information.