For these guys, what they do is more than just a popular York County hobby

I collect action figures that were popular in the 1980s. Maybe in 20 years, if I decide to sell my collection, I can recoup my investment.

But, that’s as far as my silly hobby goes.

A complete line of Masters of the Universe figures will not save lives or put me in contact with people of similar interests, unless I start surfing eBay.

Last Saturday, I spent much of the afternoon with members of the Keystone VHF Club, a group of area volunteer amateur radio operators.

These guys provide back-up communication for events ranging from bad snow storms to nuclear plant drills.

For example, let’s say York County was hit by major tornado, the likes of which the National Weather Service has predicted at least once this year.

In all likelihood, people would grab their phones, cell or otherwise, and start checking on the safety of their loved ones.

If the storm didn’t damage poles or towers, the lines would probably be so overloaded that dropped calls would become more than an inconvenience.

At that point, emergency responders would likely turn to amateur radio operators to maintain two-way communication.

To keep themselves sharp, the operators keep a running log that tracks the number of people they’ve contacted and where each one was from.

To me, that’s just a cool way to spend your free time.

What’s your favorite hobby?

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