Amateur radio operators test their skills for Amateur Radio Field Day

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) — Saturday was the annual Amateur Radio Field Day– one of the biggest events for amateur radio operators in the United States.

Amateur radio operators all over the world tested their skills — including some right here in the Coulee region.

They test their equipment and skills by making as many radio contacts as possible within 24 hours.

They do that by using different frequency bands and modes– like morse and voice code.

For most operators, it isn’t just a hobby. It’s a just-in-case community service.

“We’re basically there to serve the community in case of say a natural disaster when infrastructure might be down we are there to help in any community event where we’re needed,” Rick Colter, an amateur radio operator, said.

The local Riverland Amateur Radio Club has been a part of national field day since the early 1980s.

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