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Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings:

from The ARRL Letter on April 18, 2013
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings:

As has happened many times in years past, over 200 Amateur Radio operators participated in communications for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Unlike prior challenging situations such as very warm weather for the runners or other weather-related challenges, this year's marathon will be remembered for the bombings that took place at the finish line. Despite this heinous act, professional first responders, medical volunteers from the American Red Cross that staffed the route, and Amateur Radio operators performed magnificently in the face of adversity.

"Within minutes, cell phone systems became overloaded and making phone calls and text messages was difficult. Amateur Radio operators performed communication duties under duress and performed admirably. No Amateur Radio volunteers were injured on the course in this terrible act," said Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, who is the Amateur Radio Course Communication Coordinator and associated with a consortium of clubs and groups known as Marathon Amateur Radio Communications (MARC). Read more http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-provide-communication-support-in-boston-marathon-bombings-updated.

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