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Updated: 07/16/2017 08:30:01AM

Lifeline during hurricanes

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Neil Hodges of Sebring participates recently in World Amateur Radio Day, the goal being to contact as many other amateurs as possible. Hodges had spoken to people in Canada, England and across the United States.

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Neil Hodges tunes his radio during World Amateur Radio Day.

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Neil Hodges has installed several antennas around his home to pursue his amateur radio hobby.

By GARY PINNELL

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SEBRING —“If you’ll remember,” Ben Henley begins his story about the 2004-05 hurricane season, “there were no phones. We lost service for a week.”

Hurricane Charley knocked out electrical power. Cell phone towers worked on batteries, said Henley, former emergency management coordinator and 911 center boss who retired a few years ago. “But the batteries started going down.”

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