Local ham radio enthusiast is setting up a Waitsburg emergency communication center


April 18, 2019

Lane Gwinn

Waitsburg ham radio operator Brian Treadway spent a busy weekend with his hobby last weekend. On Friday and Sunday, he manned stations during the Tour of Walla Walla Bike Race, which serves as practice for his involvement with amateur radio emergency services (ARES) and on Saturday he set up equipment to display during the Love America Tour kickoff event on Waitsburg's Main Street. Treadway is looking for local people that would be interested in learning amateur radio for use in emergency services.

Brian Treadway hopes to garner interest from new or future operators

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's Brian Treadway said he followed his grandfather's footsteps into ham radio but now uses the platform mostly in an emergency response capacity. He's hoping to garner more local interest, especially from those interested in providing emergency services.

Amateur radio, better known as ham radio, is a hobby enjoyed by over a million people worldwide who call themselves "radio hams" or simply "hams." Most hams get into the hobby for fun, but ham radio can provide valuable communication services during sta...

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