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Navarre CERT Radio club joined in on field day
The Navarre Cert Radio Club joined thousands of amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. for the annual American Radio Relay Leagues' field day this weekend.
The "field day" is a contest in which radio leagues all over the country try to contact and speak with more leagues than others in the contest.
Ham radio operators in different cities operated for 24 hours non-stop from 1 p-m yesterday to 1 p-m today at the Black Skimmer Pavilion in Navarre Beach Marine Park.
Amateur radio operators have access to frequencies most people could not pick up on a car radio.
The Ham radios provide back-up communication services in case of emergencies like hurricanes or tornadoes.
"We need to be prepared for whatever may happen. It might be just a category 1. It might be another hurricane Katrina."
There are now over 700 thousand amateur radio licensees in the U.S.
More than 35 thousand amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.