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CANFIELD, Ohio - The Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association took part in national exercise or field day, and event taking place across the U.S. and Canada.

The ham radio operators were busy setting up at the Mill Creek Metro Parks in Canfield.

They made contact with others in our country and across the globe without domestic power and support.

The exercise helps test and improve their emergency communication skills which are critical in disasters and emergencies.

"We say when all else fails, amateur radio because that's true even in the case of the Boston Marathon. There was no major hurricane or tornado, but everyone tried to get on their cell phone at the same time and cell phones are not geared for that much traffic. We can handle that type of traffic," said Frank Sole with the Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association.

The exercise continues until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Folks can go out and meet the ham operators and ask questions. They are on Route 46 across from the Canfield Fair Grounds.

More than 25,000 people take part in the field day each year.

 

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