AmRRON operators have been working on their digital communications and participating in practice nets. You can see from this news video (below), we are not the only ones that see the value in it. After hurricane Sandy hit, some of the first images of the storm had been sent using digital communications.  Being able to communicate when conventional communications fail could be VITAL.  If you are new to digital communications,  Click HERE to learn more.

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Life in the digital age is filled with the World Wide Web, which is why some first responders wanted to re-wire their ham radio skills Friday.

In order to continue communicating if the Internet fell victim to a mass cyber attack, agencies from across Tennessee would turn to radio.

“We can actually send email and attachments, video and what-not via ham radio without ever using Internet,” said Mike Winslow, risk manager for Madison County.

First responders would use ham radio frequencies to email, send pictures and messages if traditional email were gone.

“Their contacts can be in the emergency ops center, utilizing their emails as they would on a daily basis,” said Jimmy Floyd, operations manager for the Jackson-Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

The system in Madison County works via software installed on a laptop. That can send messages to a radio in another part of the country.  Read more at… WBBJTV