HAM radio operators host field day to test gear

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Updated: 6/22/2013 11:35 pm

The LAMAcomm amateur radio club held a national field day event on Saturday. It's the day HAM's all across the nation even into Canada test their gear and make contacts.

The guys go out 30 or 40 miles, set up, and communicate with other HAM radio operators without any outside power sources.

Chris Mabry, LAMAcomm vice president said the event served to make people aware of what they offer during emergency situations.

"If there an emergency, say a tornado, in this particular area, one of the first things to go down is electricity and the cell phones will go down," Mabry said. "At that point in time, there's no way get outside contact except for the HAM radio. HAM radio has been used for decades for emergency services like this."

Mabry said it's simplet to get a HAM license. Just pay $15 to take the test and you go out for observation.

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