Amateur Radio operators participate in Field Day exercise

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Members of the Black Diamond Amateur Radio Club participated in a national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise this weekend.

Ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio and communicate with one another.

Safety operator John Anthony said the 24 hour event is a way to prove the federal government amateur radio is a reliable source of communication during instances like natural disasters.

“Recently in the past several years, we’ve proven ourselves time to time with Hurricane Katrina and more recently with hurricanes in Puerto Rico and South Florida,” Anthony said. “For a long time, amateur radio operators were the only reliable means of communication in and out of the disaster area.”

Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, from as young as 9 to as old as 100.

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