Amateur Radio Field Day in Belmont County

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It’s the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canda and it was held here locally in Belmont County on Saturday.

The ARRL Field Day is a chance for dozens of amateur radio enthusiasts to demonstrate how to set up communications in the blink of an eye during an emergency.

The headquarters is set up at the Belmont County EMA.

Those who participate come every year on the fourth full week of June to sharpen their skills in this type of communication especially as technology continues to advance.

“Ham Radio has become so much more now,” President of the Eastern Ohio Armature Radio, Frank Wojewodka says. “We have packet defined software that you can send over the radio we have slow scan TV. You connect computers and run HAM radio through that and there’s so many different things that’s available now so I think it has something for everybody.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator starting as young as 5 years old.

Organizers say this is an important weekend, because you never know when you may need to use this form of communication.

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