The other day I went for a stroll down 14th street, heading east towards Union Square. The weather in New York has been particularly atrocious this year. I made a few visual observations as I walked east, and happened to have my camera with me.
A small dose of reality in this holiday season of fantasy.
I am a Buddhist. I am also an amateur radio operator, station call sign KC2MPG. So with that said, I was just thinking tonight about all the parallels between Buddhism and Ham Radio. The Buddha teaches good will. Good deeds towards fellow beings. This is what we call Metta, doing no harm to other beings.
Ham radio is also about good will. Most (and I do mean the vast majority) of Hams are good people, always willing to help when needed. During Hurricane Sandy, the Hams were there. When Hurricane Maria knocked out telephone communications in Puerto Rico, the Ham Radio community responded. The Red Cross put out a call for volunteer amateur radio operators willing go down to Puerto Rico and help “pass traffic” to get messages out to family. We were there during 9/11 in New York. FEMA, The Red Cross and the US Military depend on Amateur Radio operators in times of natural disaster, emergencies, and war. It’s been that way for 100 years. With my HT ( Ham lingo for walkie talkie) I can communicate world wide. As my friend and fellow ham Todd KD2CBV likes to say every night on the Big Apple Traffic Net “when the phones are down, the Hams are up”.
It’s great to be part of a community that has a deep history and tradition of good will. It’s also nice to know, that in these troubled times we live in, there are alternative and more reliable forms of communication other then cell phones. Its an honor to be part of such a great community of people.
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