I recently read a post on the 100 Watts and a Wire Podcast Facebook Group, that lead me to this article from a news site in the UK. In the story it tells of a ham radio operator doing what is the basic component of what a ham radio operator does, Communicate!
In this story it talks about a ham, Mike Everett, that was just sitting minding his own business and suddenly heard a voice coming across his radio. It was a voice a guy named Jon who was desperately calling for help. You see, Jon was with a group of other campers in an extremely remote area that didn’t have any cell phone service. One of the people that he was camping with was a 12-year-old girl who was having an epileptic seizure.
Mike immediately answered the call for help and was able to contact emergency services and get help to them! While waiting on help to arrive, Mike was relaying information to and from the emergency services and the ham that was on location with the 12-year-old girl.
Was there anything special about Mike? No, he was just a ham that was in the right place at the right time.
Reading this story reminds me of something that happened to my friend about twenty years ago. She was a missionary student in New Guinea. The pastor’s wife that she was living with while she was there accidentally drank some bleach instead of water that she meant to grab.
The village that they lived in was about five hours or so from the nearest telephone or doctor. Thankfully, both my friend and the pastor were amateur radio operators so there was an HF station set up already. So what did she do you ask? She jumped on the radio and found a net going on. She broke in with emergency traffic and ended up QSYing to another frequency with someone who lived in California.
That ham was able to contact Poison Control and was able to relay instructions on how to handle the situation! Again, both my friend and the person that helped her did was ham radio is all about, communicate.
In both of these stories, the hams were able to make contact with someone when there was any other way to do it and get the help they need.
Isn’t this what ham radio is all about?
Whether you got into this hobby to help out in emergencies or if you just want to talk or contest or whatever, I see very few people ignoring a call for help. Then again, I see it all the time in videos online where people just stand around videoing someone who needs help, but I don’t see very many hams doing that.
At least, I would like to think anyway, right?
What about you, have you ever answered an emergency call on the radio from someone who needed help? Please share your story in the comments below if you have.
Until Next Time,
73 de Curtis, K5CLM