Keeping in touch, retrieving email, letting others know you are still alive and well, while overlanding in distant remote locations, can be challenging, even in the age of instant and always-on communications. Before the Internet was so nearly ubiquitous and pervasive, there was Amateur Radio. And it’s still going strong today.
Amateur Radio is a hobby that allows licensed operators to communicate with other enthusiasts around the world. It also allows for the experimentation of various aspects of radio, communications, and electronics.
Amateur Radio is also a is a vital part of global communications and a public service. It does not rely on internet or telephone links and is a good back-up when those systems fail. In times of emergencies and disasters, licensed Amateur Radio operators often lend their qualifications, skills, experience, and personal equipment to provide voice and data communications to government and relief agencies. Amateur Radio operators don’t need cell towers, the Internet, or radio repeaters to relay messages, to or from anywhere in the world.