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ARRL Field Day Helps Radio Operators Practice for Disasters
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on June 30, 2013 @ 10:23PM
Created on June 23, 2013 @ 5:41PM

One local group in our area was preparing for a disaster in case it ever happens.

The American Radio Relay League held it's annual contest Sunday morning across the nation. The purpose is to help prepare amateur radio operators for disasters when communications are either overloaded or destroyed.

These operators help unite family members at shelters or spread information from authorities that may not otherwise be able to reach the public.

Radio operator Bill Reid said, "At 9/11 in D.C. with the disaster there, the phones quit working because they overloaded, and you couldn't use the phone. Ham radio goes through, gets through, when everything else doesn't."

Our local group has come in first place for their division several years in a row.

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