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Radio club to hold Field Day at Abingdon Park

The Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club will be conducting its annual Field Day operation from 2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday afternoon from the Abingdon Park Pavilion, Hayes. 

Local officials and the public are invited to attend as area hams (amateur radio operators) demonstrate emergency preparedness, experiment with antennas and employ unusual power sources using portable radio equipment.

Club spokesperson David Justis said the Field Day operation has been a yearly tradition since the American Radio League’s first Field Day in 1933. “Today, the number of hams in the U.S. has reached an all-time high of over 738,000, second only to Japan’s nearly 1.3 million,” he said. “Many will be on the air this weekend from all over the world to participate in this most popular event.”

“Hopefully, this year, the weather will cooperate to avoid last year’s puddles,” Justis added.

The goal, he said, is to transmit continuously for 24 ho...

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