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Radio Club Field Day Helps Prepare People For an Emergency

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Amateur radio operators in Albemarle County came out Sunday to demonstrate their technology for the public.

The radio club field day was held at the Earlysville Fire Department.

Visitors got to see a practical demonstration of emergency communication using a ham radio. Then they got to try out the equipment for themselves.

Club members say the hobby is a great way to be prepared for an emergency.

Club president, James Owen said "The motivation is to prove that we can do it. To prove that we don't need cell phones or where we rely on someone else to communicate. If the power goes down, the cell phones go out; our communication is just as good at that point as it is when we have full ac power."

The Amateur Radio Club has hosted its annual field day every year since the club formed in 2011.

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