HAMMING IT UP

Above: An electrical tower sits on top of Mount Erie in Anacortes, Washington, housing the radio repeater used to communicate via HAM radio. This repeater allows HAM radio users to share information across the country and around the world.
Left: This HAM radio lives in the attic of The Salvation Army in Anacortes, Washington. Even though the use of HAM radios have diminished over the years, the club has not vanished.
Above: Members of the Skagit HAM Radio club located in Anacortes, Washington, Peter Witheford (left) and Richard Rodriguez (right), explain the importance of HAM radio. These two men along with many other people in and around Anacortes have come together to form a community in hopes of friendship and emergency preparedness.
Left: HAM radios enhance communication with other radios without using the internet or a wall connection. During a disaster, HAM radios may be the only source of communication left.

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