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Radio station created for Solar Eclipse 2017

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WSIL - You may not be able to see in the darkness of the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, but local amateur radio operators are making sure you can hear everything you need. 

The FCC licensed Thom Beebe with a special events license for a radio station that will talk all things eclipse, with the call name W9E.

“The license is good from August 17 after one minute after midnight until 11:59 pm on the 21st. So what we hope to be able to do is to be operating continuously throughout that entire time,” Beebe said. 

Bruce Talley said he will use his ham radio expertise to help during the eclipse as well.

“What I’m trying to do is to match up with the public service agencies in their time of need,” he said. 

Saturday, Beebe and Talley held an informational meeting to recruit volunteer ham radio operators.

Talley said with the tens of thousands of people expected to be in the area during the eclipse, they will need volunteers positioned all over.

“Maybe their needs might be such that maybe medical needs or other problems may occur we might need to provide a volunteer at that location,” Talley said. 

Beebe and Talley agree that being prepared for the worst and hoping for the best is a successful attitude when dealing with an event this large. 

“If we have the number of people that they are estimating will come into the area, there’s going to be problems with traffic and things like that. In addition to which the worst part is going to be if we’ve got cloudy conditions,” Beebe said.  

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