As an FCC-licensed, Amateur Radio Operator, I am keenly aware of the importance of having alternative communications methods available in the event that the normal infrastructure is down for an extended period of time. Such outages may be caused by a variety of circumstances (disasters, civil unrest, sabotage, equipment failures, etc.)
In addition to being prepared, Amateur Radio is a fun-filled, lifelong hobby.
My Amateur Radio Callsign is AK4ZX (Amateur Extra Class).
While I own a variety of radio gear, my favorites are:
Icom ID-51a Plus
This is a D-STAR-Ready HT.
A hotspot is a radio-to-Internet digital interface. MMDVM permits use of D-STAR, DMR, Yaesu Fusion, and P-25.
Jim Goodrich of the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) presents an Elmer Award to me.