Amateur Radio Enthusiasts connect with the world

The event wraps up today at Agate Lake in Jackson County.

Posted: Jun 23, 2019 10:45 AM

AGATE LAKE--Amateur Radio enthusiasts are joining forces in the Rogue Valley.

Last night was the National Amateur Radio Field Day. The event brought together both local amateur radio clubs in the Rogue Valley. Operators rely solely on solar power or generators with no access to the power grid. That's to simulate a real emergency situation.

The goal is to make contact with as many people as possible from all over the world.

"It's the ability to reach out and touch someone. Quite literally. The set up we have here, we can communicate internationally so its not only meet and greet. Make new friends basically. The people we communicate with want to do the same." said Scott Cummings the President of the Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club. 

Winners get bragging rights. While they're working 'off the grid' they set up antennas of all sizes to communicate around the world. They even reached Australia. Ham Radio Operators say it's not only a fun hobby, but an important one in case of natural disasters.

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