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Annual Amateur Radio Field Day brings radio operators out to the Elkhart Fairgrounds

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The annual Amateur Radio Field Day brought operators out to the Elkhart Fairgrounds The annual Amateur Radio Field Day brought operators out to the Elkhart Fairgrounds
ELKHART - The airwaves were busy across the country this weekend because it was the annual Amateur Radio Field Day.

The Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. More than 35 thousand radio amateurs were expected to participate. The event started at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon before concluding at that same time on Sunday.

A number of ham radio operators gathered at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. The objective is to work as many stations as possible on amateur bands and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

A number of radio operators say ham radios play a vital part in communication efforts during emergencies such as the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

"Often times the cell phones are the first things to go down and commercial power isn't available. It's just a good operating event for people to get out and do something out of the ordinary," Field Day operator Jim Walter said.

The youngest participant at the Elkhart location is getting set to go to the 5th grade and is just 10-years-old. The first Field Day was held in 1933. The event is always held on the fourth full weekend of June and runs 24 hours.



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