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This past weekend marked the annual Field Day Exercise, for which amateur radio operators — commonly known as ham operators — set up temporary stations in public locations to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. The event has been taking place every year since 1933.

The annual Field Day event serves as a sort of stress test for amateur radio operators, Reeves said. “If you’re called out in an emergency, you are probably going to have to do this — set up a camp that’s self-contained using generators,” he said.

“A lot of us are volunteers in emergency management too,” said Reeves, who serves the local emergency management agency as a technical consultant…

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