You’re in a deadly tornado’s path and can’t get through to 911 because the power is out. The good news is that you have options. Amateur radio (or ham radio) is an alternative means of communication during emergencies.

Although ham radio is a fun hobby for many, instant communication can also save lives. If you live in disaster-prone areas, you will appreciate the importance of contingencies. We can’t wholly depend on our phones or the internet for communication in emergencies.

So, how can an educational and entertaining pastime be so handy in dire situations? Let’s look into the exciting world of amateur radio.