The Wiregrass Amateur Radio Club showed off their emergency capabilities this weekend to the public.
Using only emergency power supplies, ham radio operators constructed an emergency station for their amateur radio week field day. Over a 24 hour period operators connected with more than 500 others around the world. Ham operators are looking to prove that they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone or internet in crisis situations.
"But it just shows that we're kind of the backbone of communications because this type of communication was the first radio system to ever work," said Densie Williams, the public information officer for Wiregrass Amateur Radio.
There are 700,000 amateur radio licenses in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million around the world.