“Stop all runners on the course.” Was the message heard over radio frequencies across the 26 mile course of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Nearly 150 amateur radio operators were present on this day assisting in communication and emergency efforts at the first aid stations of the marathon.
Whether it’s a natural or man-made disaster radio is the most reliable source of communication for news and information. With radio, you will never get a busy signal.
Tim Carter, amateur radio operator W3ATB and a good friend of C. Crane, was at the 2013 Boston Marathon and experienced first- hand the important role that radio communication can play in a disaster like this.
To read Tim’s entire Boston Marathon story, please visit his ham radio website at http://w3atb.com
|This is First Aid Station 12 looking east towards
Chestnut Avenue. Photo Credit: Tim Carter