TROPICAL GULF ACRES — A chemical bomb goes off. It knocks down power lines. Cellphone systems quickly become jammed. And Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte needs to summon reinforcements from its sister hospital in Englewood.
Not to worry. There are at least 67 amateur radio operators in the Peace River Amateur Radio Association who can flip up an antenna on a portable radio station at one hospital and call a fellow operator at the other.
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