Hurricane Using his ham radio, a Maryland firefighter sends rescues to Sanibel Island in Florida.

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On Wednesday, Baltimore/Washington International Airport firefighter Dale Klonin was off duty and occupied with conducting errands when he came upon an opportunity to save lives.

Maryland’s Hampstead is home to 46-year-old Klonin. He was monitoring Hurricane Ian as an amateur ham radio operator with an interest in “any news or meteorological event.”

In a phone interview with Fox News Digital, Klonin stated that the hurricane “was obviously fairly huge news.”
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Klonin and his wife “were fairly anxious” about the storm because they had relatives who didn’t reside in Sarasota, Florida, in mind, he added.
According to Klonin, he has only been actively involved with ham radio, also known as amateur radio, for approximately a year.

According to the National Association for Amateur Radio website, ham radio is a well-liked activity and service that people all around the world use “to chat across town, around the planet, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones.”

Dale Klonin is shown at his ham radio set-up. Klonin was able to lead rescuers to 10 people and a dog who were all stranded on Sanibel Island, Florida, during Hurricane Ian.

They say, “It’s entertaining, social, instructive, and it may be a lifeline at times of need.”

On his ham radio that morning, Klonin had numerous networks, or “nets,” selected.
He claimed to have kept an eye on the emergency nets for the National Hurricane Center and Florida.

According to him, a net is just a frequency. “One person serves as the controller while the others simply listen in to see whether anything is happening. Someone comes on every ten minutes and requests emergency messages, disaster reports, and other such information.”

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After spending the most of the morning watching the nets, Klonin claimed that he and his wife traveled to Hanover, Pennsylvania—about 20 minutes from his house—to drop off his wife’s car for maintenance at their normal shop.

They might not be aware of the whole level of risk, I remarked to Aly.
He went to get the car that afternoon.
Klonin claimed that he made small conversation with service adviser Aly Ruiz while paying the payment.
He said, “I said something like, How about this hurricane.

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Klonin was informed by Ruiz that her sister Kelsey and Kelsey’s boyfriend were both present on Sanibel Island. And, according to Klonin, “she said, “I haven’t heard from her in four hours.

Kelsey’s boyfriend’s truck was fully drowned in pictures she provided me, according to their texts, Klonin said, adding that other images showed the floodwaters reaching the second floor of Kelsey’s boyfriend’s house.

Dale Klonin's screens are shown as he monitors the weather. Klonin is interested in monitoring any news or weather event, he said.

According to Klonin, Ruiz informed him, “My sister is really obstinate. She wasn’t treating the situation seriously at all. She worries me a lot, honestly.”

Klonin claimed he responded, “I tell you what. I operate amateur radios. All morning, I listened to these networks. Some emergency operations centers are keeping an ear out. Let me try to communicate with them, or at the very least let them know that these people could want assistance.”

According to Klonin, Ruiz promptly provided the stranded group with all necessary numbers, including the one for their Garmin inReach satellite communicator.

Someone I know in Maryland is getting texts from family members on Sanibel Island saying that the island is wrecked and that their home has been damaged.

In a phone interview with Fox News Digital, Ruiz said, “I initially simply thought, ‘If something horrible were to happen or even something positive, you know, if someone scoops them up, they would know that they were being looked for and get back in touch with us ‘via ham radio communication’ “

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But, she said, “that was a lot bigger problem. “He was in communication with others as “Klonin.” I don’t believe I appreciated how much he could actually contribute in this circumstance.”

For hikes, Klonin, who has an inReach, said he uses his when mobile phone communication might not be feasible.
Klonin expressed surprise that the group on Sanibel Island did have one, noting that “hardly anybody I know has one.”

Dale Klonin sits outside with his ham radio gear. Ham radio operators everywhere "do so much behind the scenes, and they never get any credit," he said.

Klonin began his 20-minute drive home and during the ride Ruiz texted him, saying her sister had reached out via the inReach. They were “safe, but stranded,” explained Klonin.

“Aly texted me again saying, By the way, there’s eight other people there {in their group on Sanibel} and a dog,'” Klonin said.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 20 some years, and I teach emergency preparedness,” said Klonin.

“And I said, Aly, I don’t think they know how much danger there really is.”

“How do you suppose the Cajun Navy locates itself in order to save lives? Frequently, it is a ham radio user talking.”

Knowing that the inReach may provide crucial position coordinates, Klonin said he asked for a “better understanding of where they are” and understood that his job was not yet done.

She thus forwarded those to me, and when I called out to the Florida emergency net on the radio, the controller responded and thanked me, he said.

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“And I mentioned, “Hey, I have someone here in Maryland who is getting messages from family members on Sanibel Island who are saying the island is ruined, their house is battered, and it’s flooded.” They might require rescuing, “Klonin went on.

Klonin claimed that the Florida emergency net took all of the data, and that it then “brought up another station who took all of the data, too.”

Florida State Emergency Operation Center called back and requested further information, he continued, and Klonin quickly sent all the necessary information to them via email.
The authorities were aware of their location before he had even finished speaking on the radio, he claimed.
We continued to communicate through text after I shared copies of all our conversations. Later, Aly texted me.
“He has spent a lot of time supporting these individuals who are so far away. Additionally, he is doing out of kindness.”
He went on, “They’re OK, she added. They are texting with the authorities.”
People need to be aware that ham radio operators are out there listening and that they care, according to Klonin.

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He added, “You know, amateur radio operators accomplish so lot in the background, yet they never receive any recognition.
“How do you suppose the Cajun Navy locates itself in order to save lives? Frequently, it is a ham radio user talking.”

"He just jumped into action, which is obviously in his character," Aly Ruiz said of Dale Klonin after the latter coordinated the rescue via his ham radio.

He added, “Usually the ham radio operators after a disaster are the ones that are getting in there and, through their networks, getting all the information until the authorities can get there. They do this out of the kindness of their hearts,” he said.

Ruiz said that before she knew her sister was safe, the situation had her “wildly upset and scared.”

She said, “I think that Dale could feel that, with him being a paramedic and a firefighter for so long and he just turned to action.”