Beginning Saturday, WVARA held their annual 24 hour field day.
This is a nation-wide practice sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. Around 50 volunteers made their way to the Cory Fire Station where they simulated how to handle communication issues during a disaster.
Thousands of local responders from all over the U.S. used ham radios to call and relay messages to one another. The group’s goal is to make sure they are prepared for when an emergency occurs.
“This work is a lot easier if you practice it in advance. Its an opportunity for us to teach some of our knew people. Also, we invite the community to come out to see what we can do” said, Dave Littlejohn, Project Coordinator.
The Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association has classes and tests available for those who are interested in learning this skill.