The waitress takes orders from Sherri Schwartz and Shirley Ross, wife of W0JAR, Forada.
But what makes amateur radio operators...hams...special. They look just like everyone else. Some might be considered "geeky" because hams tend to tinker alot with radios and computers. Almost since the invention of radio (and the beginning of ham radio) hams have been at the fore front of saving lives using radios. It often was hams hearing SOS (save our ship) from ships at sea in distress. For more than 100 years hams have been saving lives and providing communications in times of emergencies...many time when all other forms of communication had failed.
And so it was this summer when hurricanes slammed into the south, time and time again. When phones, regular and cell, failed, when commercial radio and television failed, hams by the hundreds were there to provide communications and save lifes hour after hour and day after day.
It isn't just down south or in big cities that hams help out. Hams in Central Minnesota serve as the eyes and ears for the weather service in times of bad weather. KC0TAF, Brian, directs the emergency network of hams in Todd County. Should there be a terrorist attaqk in Burtrum, hams would be available for communications. Of course the odds against that are just below the odds of the Vikings winning the Super Bowl next year.
Pictures above (l-r) are Jay Wood, AA0EV, Alexandria; Joe , KA0PPU and Maggie VanHavermaet, N0NYV, Sauk Centre; Joyce and Bill Klundt, KG0DX, Sauk Centre.