Amateur radio-aided rescue highlights useful hobby

BUFFALO - Two miles from U.S. Highway 16, a Nebraska man drove his truck through Crazy Woman Canyon before he slid off the road on Halloween night.

Unharmed, but without a functioning vehicle or a cell phone signal, Nicholas Cashoili turned to his ham radio - a device that needs only a radio frequency to make contact with other radios.

On the receiving end of the signal was Jim Shirey, who sat in his living room in Buffalo with his handheld radio. From the time he wakes up until he goes to bed, Shirey continuously monitors the frequency that the Buffalo Amateur Radio Klub typically uses to com...


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