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Ham radio operators try to connect over the airwaves
Annual Field Day exercise happens during 24-hour period
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Amateur ham radio operators will man their machines for two consecutive days with one task in mind: Contact as many amateur or ham stations across the United States and Canada as possible in 24 hours.

The event is part of the annual Field Day exercise for the Lanierland Amateur Radio Club. The activity will be from 2 p.m. June 27 to 2 p.m. June 28 in a building at Oakwood City Park on Railroad Street.

The activity demonstrates the ability of ham radio to communicate when cellphones are out, the Internet is down and emergency situations are overloaded other communications systems.

In addition, Field Day is an opportunity for the public to see ham radio in action. Ham operators are able to hone their skills at erecting and communicating with portable ham radio stations. 

While the event is a last for 24 hours, most of the activity will occur Saturday.

Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, which is a nationwide membership organization of ham radio operators

For more information, contact President Mike Hall at 678 936-3911 or visit www.lanierlandarc.org

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