From noon, Saturday, to noon, Sunday, the amateur radio operators of the Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club, also called Hams, will participate in a nation-wide, 24-hour communications test. The event is called Field Day, and will take place at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.

Field Day is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, a national organization that represents amateur radio.

Field Day is an operating event designed to test emergency preparedness in less then optimal conditions. It allows Hams to gain confidence and experience for a day when their communications skills may be needed in an emergency, such as an earthquake, flood or forest fire.

The Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club has members from Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. The club and members who belong to a sub group of the amateur radio community, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, use a fully outfitted communications vehicle, provide communications and other to help at many civic functions such as the annual Bridge Run, Hood to Coast Run, the children's Halloween Party and other functions.

The public is invited to visit the Field Day encampment, and maybe a Ham will hand you a microphone so you can say hello to a Ham across the river or across the Pacific Ocean.

For more information, call Frank at 325-6181.

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