KSNB TV News reports on an Amateur Radio group that is pitching in to make face shields for healthcare workers
The news story says:
With a national shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, people are doing what they can to fulfill the orders. When they heard of the need, some members of the Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska looked at each other and found a way they could help. Now with people outside of the group helping, too, they are using 3D printers to create face shields.
Their 3D printers have been running all day for over a week now. Volunteers across the Tri-Cities are quickly making face shields for hospitals and clinics who need to serve the public. The shield is a simple frame design with a plastic cover. The cover can be quickly changed out or reused.
“Material-wise we have pennies on the dollar for these things so we want to make sure our healthcare workers and everybody involved in the field are safe and so we’re doing what we can to help,” Amateur Radio Assoc. President Allen Harpham WD0DXD said.
The frames are printed, but the shield part is actually recycled overhead projector sheets from schools. They have gotten thousands of sheets donated to them from schools in central Nebraska who have no other use for them anymore.
Amateur radio fans also often have their hands in other kinds of tech.
So that’s why the idea came so easy to them.
“To be able to put that knowledge to use to help out is just great,” Harpham said. “I can’t say enough about that and it’s kind of the way for the amateur radio people that’s the way we’ve always been.”