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Amateur radio operators show off their talents during a past Field Day event. Tidings file photo

Amateur radio event returning to ScienceWorks

A free event showcasing the abilities of ham radio operators, especially during emergency situations, is coming to ScienceWorks this weekend.

Part of Amateur Radio Field Day, the event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, and will continue overnight until 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24.

The event is being coordinated between the Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club and Cascade Amateur Radio Enthusiasts, according to a news release. During the event, radio operators will have a “mobile base of operations” in the fields adjacent to the ScienceWorks building, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, intended to mirror the real thing utilized during emergency situations.

The operators will rely on wind or solar power, or generators, and will be disconnected from the power grid.

Attendees also will be able to visit a “Get On the Air” booth and attempt to contact other radio operators from around the world.

More information can be found at www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

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