NYC amateur radio enthusiasts stand by to help southern states affected by Hurricane Matthew

A group of amateur radio enthusiasts from New York City could soon be tuning in its efforts to support those affected by Hurricane Matthew. 



The group says it goes into action when emergency organizations like the Red Cross deploy them into areas affected by a large-scale event.



The members work mostly out of shelters in the affected areas, and say they broadcast messages if the shelter is in need of additional supplies like blankets and cots, or to notify people that their families are safe. 



The group says unlike other forms of communication, ham radios operate off the grid by bouncing signals off of the earth's atmosphere with radio waves.



Enthusiasts only need about 12 volts of electricity to power their radios, and they can even hook them up to car batteries. 


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."