The Drumlins Amateur Radio Club of Wayne County recently participated in the 18th annual International Lighthouse Lightship at Sodus Point Lighthouse.

Drumlins amateur radio operators, often called ham operators, set up equipment near the lighthouse and joined fellow hams operating from over 500 lighthouses in 40 different countries during the weekend. There were a number of radio contacts with other participants using Morse code, digital and radio phone communications. A dozen Drumlins radio operators participated throughout the weekend.

Amateur radio groups assist their local communities in times of need and can provide worldwide communications that still works when other modern communications may fail. Since 1975, Drumlins has participated in local events, including emergencies and community service, since 1975 to help keep their skills tuned and their equipment up to date. Along with the lighthouse event, other community events, such as charity bike rides, provide the opportunity to practice with their equipment. The group is part of the backup communications system for Wayne County through the cooperation with the Emergency Management Office.

Amateur radio is a rapidly advancing hobby. Enthusiasts can go back to the days of operating a Morse code key or use a computer to talk all over the world. Ham operators recently demonstrated their value during the flooding in Louisiana.

New members are welcome. For more information, visit drumlinsarc.us.