I've always been at least slightly interested in ham radio, in fact, back in college, I often hung out at the ham radio station.
When 9/11 occured, I figured that one way to help out, (and to have my own emergency communications) was to get my Amateur Radio license (Call sign KG2V, ex KC2IXE), and join NYC ARES
Since that time, I became (and left) the position of Queens County ARES "Emergency Coordinator"
As part of my "emergency preparedness", I always carry a Go Bag
My latest Ham Radio project is to modifiy my old Bencher key to have a 1/8" Mini-Jack