This ham for the holidays useful in emergencies

The Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” a historical perspective on how radio hobbyists help keep neighborhoods safe during disasters, in an exhibition on display in the J. Gilbert Smith House through Jan. 5.

The exhibition features ham radio equipment through the years and archival photos of hams and local volunteers. Visitors can learn more about what hams do, how they communicate with one another, the equipment they use and how they help keep the community safe.

“Ham radio operators have volunteered to keep our community safe for a very long time,” said Amy Ellison, exhibition curator. “They work behind the scenes to help during disasters and big community events, and their work often goes unrecognized. In this season of being thankful, we wanted to show our gratitude through this exhibition.”

“Ham for the Holidays” complements the museum’s main exhibition on emergency preparedness, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” which runs in the main gallery through Jan. 19.

Admission to both exhibitions is free.

The Los Altos History Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

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