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Radio operators train for disaster

When a disaster strikes communication is crucial and if cell towers are down radio is key. Radio operators across the country are fine tuning their skills through what's called "Field Day."

The goal is to contact as many radio operators as possible and get points. A fun way to practice for real life situations.

The Central Georgia Amateur Radio Club and the Middle Georgia Radio Association set up an emergency radio field location in Warner Robins.They've got high frequency radio, also known as ham radios, antennas, a generator and solar panel for power, exactly what they would use in an emergency situation.

Radio operator John Louthe explained how amateur radio operators can really make a huge difference in disasters.

"The amateur radio community there are so many people that they can not usually be all locked out at once. Some people will survive, their antennas will not be affected, etcetera and so they can fill in and provide communications. Now the key thing is that they don't need to provide the communications necessarily to like Washington, D.C. If we can get a message to someone in Denver, Colorado, who has existing infrastructure, that is they have their telephone, they have their email, then they can get that message directly to Washington. So we don't have to get to a specific place, just get to a survivor out there," said Louthe.

The round-the clock event goes until Sunday. If you want to get hands-on with the emergency radio, you can visit the Warner Robins location anytime until 2 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church on Lake Joy Road.

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