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Marie Nitke/FOCUS Rich Luth, at his home ham radio station in Perham, has been an amateur radio operator for more than 30 years, and is a SkyWarn-trained storm watcher.

Hamming it up: Amateur radio operators do more than most people may think

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“When all else fails: ham radio.”

This old, simple saying among amateur radio enthusiasts, said Perham ham operator Rich Luth, pretty much says it all.


It explains why there’s still a need for amateur radio, even as the modern world relies more and more heavily on cell phones and the internet; and it explains why a century-old hobby continues to survive in the midst of this new technology, maintaining its reputation as an indispensable form of communication.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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