Ham radio contest has a special meaning this year

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - This year's Ham Radio Club contest has new meaning.

"As a HAM radio community, we love to help, said the secretary of Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club, Megan Glass.  And, we just really enjoy being able to put out our services".

The club says they received a call from the Trinity county sheriff's office, last Sunday. Authorities needed their help spreading information about the massive bearing wildfire.

"We all gathered our equipment, radios, antennas, bottled water, first aid kits, and what not because you never know what you're going to be called upon to do whenever you're out there", said Glass.

"We were able to communicate to people in the field, as far as where the fires were out on the roads and relay information back to the town for water for the firefighters", said the president of Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club, Steve Glass.

"It was very gratifying", said M. Glass.

The president of the Ham club recalls the memorable experience of being on the scene.

"It's crazy. There's a lot of radio traffic. There's a lot of people coming in and out, you know, issuing commands to the firefighters in the field, but we enjoyed being there", said S. Glass.

"It's wonderful to know that if somebody did come up to us and was hurt or harmed in any way or just needed anything, such as a bottle of water, we could've helped them", said M. Glass.

Today, the radio club updated its radio contacts and added as many as they could to the list to make sure information can get out even faster in the future.