Radio Operators Go Off the Grid

Posted at: 06/23/2013 9:47 PM | Updated at: 06/23/2013 10:34 PM
By: EMILY HAAVIK
ehaavik@wdio.com

The Arrowhead Radio Amateur Club met at the Thompson Hill Rest Stop in Duluth on Saturday to prepare for the worst.

The club participated in a nationwide event called "Field Day," a contest to see how many different organizations they can contact in 24 hours.

There is also a bigger purpose for the event. The club members go "off the grid" for the day and rely on generators and batteries, replicating an emergency or natural disaster.

"It's more so a demonstration that if something were to happen we're capable of communicating with other states, with other people, to make sure that there is always constant communication in the United States," said club member Tyler Gibson.

Gibson has been a radio operator for four years. At events like these, he said it's important for young people to learn from the more experienced radio operators.

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