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Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Hold Field Day in Albemarle County

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The radio enthusiasts communicated with operators from every state. The radio enthusiasts communicated with operators from every state.

Albemarle County amateur radio enthusiasts reached out to other radio operators across the country this weekend during a 24 hour amateur radio field day.

These radio hams communicated in Morse code and by voice with operators from every state.

They camped out overnight to make sure they were in constant contact with other operators.

"Amateur radio is an interesting hobby in today's world because we have all of these other methods of providing communications with cell phones, and satellite radios and all that sort of thing but yet in many cases, some cases I should say amateur radio is able to provide communications where some of those other mechanisms fail," said William Pond, amateur radio operator.

Field day chairman William Pond says the recent Boston Marathon bombings are an example of an occasion when amateur radio helped share information when cell phones failed.

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