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Ham radio emergency drill in Wantagh

Amateur radio operators from Nassau County and members of the Nassau Amateur Radio Club will assemble at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh June 25-26 for a 24-hour practice for emergencies.

The “ham” radio operators will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and continue until 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The operators will be showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities and voice communications as well as Morse code.

The event is part of Field Day, a national exercise coordinated by the American Radio Relay League, an organization of radio amateurs. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event, organizers said.

“The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded,” Allen Pitts of the radio league said in a statement. “And besides that - it’s fun!”

There are more than 50,000 amateur radio licensees in the United States, according to the amateur group. They use their own equipment to help provide additional communications to the Red Cross, Nassau County, the National Weather Service and other agencies.

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