Amateur Radio Club Field Day

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Hundreds of amateur radio operators are setting up emergency radio stations all to prepare for when disaster strikes.

When disaster hits the area one of the most important things is communication. That's why once a year the Thomasville Amateur Radio Club, along with hundreds of other radio hams, get together for 24 hours and practice disaster communication.

Mike Brown, the president of the Thomasville Amateur Radio Club, said, "It simulates a disaster where we would be carrying out simulations until we got through, 24 hours puts a strain on the operators to make them know what its like in the real world."

The goal this weekend was to make as many contacts as possible during a 24-hour period. These operators contact emergency officials such as the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army sometimes reaching people as far as Japan.

Getting our area prepared for disaster isn't just a job for adults. Twelve-year-old Jorden is president of a HAM Radio Club.

Jorden said, "I think the part I like the most is helping other young people learn how to be amateur radios, the excitement of talking long distance."

This event gives the public a chance to see what the hobby of amateur radio is all about and gives radio hams practice of rolling through frequencies in case of emergencies.

The public also got the chance to learn Morse Code, and operate the radios and contact people from all over the world.