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    Another event at about the same time was to provide amateur radio operators a new outlet for their desire to put their talents and equipment to good use. In March of 1913 a major windstorm in the Midwest left many areas without power and “landline” communications. Amateur operators at the University of Michigan and Ohio State University, together with numerous other amateurs in the stricken region, provided important communications for a 7-day period

    • The ARRL “Brief History of ARES” cites the following: http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2014-08-20

      “In the early days, Amateur Radio and hams were considered irritations and nuisances to the “real” communicators – the commercial sector and the military. We were almost outlawed, and ultimately relegated to the “useless” frequencies of “200 meters and down.” That was until it was demonstrated that we could actually be of use as a service. In 1913, college students/hams in Michigan and Ohio passed disaster messages when other means of communications were down in the aftermath of severe storms and flooding in that part of the country. A Department of Commerce bulletin followed, proposing a dedicated communications network of radio amateurs to serve during disasters. Five special licenses were reportedly issued. A magazine article noted that amateurs – who were once considered nuisances – were now considered to be essential auxiliary assets of the national public welfare.”

      An ARRL calendar for 2013 cited University of Michigan and Ohio State University

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