ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A group of ham radio operators in Albemarle County is taking part in a national 24-hour continuous radio communication event.

Members of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club are joining 35,000 other ham radio operators across the country for the Field Day 2018 event held at the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company.

The hams operate only on emergency power and communicate solely through their radios in an effort to reach as many other operators across the country as they can. 

“We’re in the process right now trying to see just how many stations throughout the U.S. we can contact during a 24 hour period and the radio waves right now are absolutely crackling because on the order of about 35,000 hams participate in this exercise nationally,” said John Porter, the president of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club. 

Porter says this nationwide event is great preparation in case of emergency. 

The event kicked off Saturday at 2 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Sunday.   Visitors are welcome at any time.  The Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company is at 283 Reas Ford Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936.  Visit the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club's event page for further information.