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Exploring Ham Radio In A Digital World

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With smartphones and Wi-Fi everywhere, ham radios can seem a little dated. However, the machines have quite a following, and they can be lifesavers when disasters strike.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a ham radio enthusiast about their continued popularity and check in to see how useful they can be for area hospitals.

Learn More: interested in becoming a ham radio operator? Learn more about classes

Guests:

  • Brian Short, KCØBS: ham radio operator for 27 years
  • Carolyn Wells, NØCJ, trauma nurse at Liberty Hospital
  • Matt May, KC4WCG, assistant director of operations at Johnson County Emergency Management

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.