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Amateur radio operators demonstrate their skills

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  • Chris Brown of Gurnee fixes equipment at the Libertyville facility on Saturday.

       Chris Brown of Gurnee fixes equipment at the Libertyville facility on Saturday.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

  • Bill Werner, left, of Libertyville logs contacts made while Bruce Becker of Northbrook contacts other amateur radio users around the country.

       Bill Werner, left, of Libertyville logs contacts made while Bruce Becker of Northbrook contacts other amateur radio users around the country.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

  • John Siepmann of Buffalo Grove tried to contact other amateur radio enthusiasts via an HF radio using morse code.

       John Siepmann of Buffalo Grove tried to contact other amateur radio enthusiasts via an HF radio using morse code.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

  • Lake County Emergency Services set up their mobile command post Saturday to demonstrate the advantages of radio communications during a disaster. The Field Days continues Sunday.

       Lake County Emergency Services set up their mobile command post Saturday to demonstrate the advantages of radio communications during a disaster. The Field Days continues Sunday.
    Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

 
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Amateur ("ham") radio operators and emergency management personnel are participating in a nationwide 24-hour emergency communications exercise this weekend.

The annual "Field Day," held each June, allows operators to demonstrate and test an array of communication systems and technologies.

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The public is invited to join Lake County RACES volunteers from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday on the Lake County government campus in Libertyville to learn more about amateur radio and emergency communications.

There will be demonstrations and opportunities for visitors to get on the air, making voice contact with other amateur stations across the country.

The county campus is on the north side of Winchester Road, just west of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville.

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