Ham radio operators prepare for emergency events

Ham radio operators prepare for emergency events

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Some local amateur radio enthusiasts spent Sunday honing their skills to prepare in the event of a natural disaster.

The 24-hour event took place at the Carlin Park Civic Center in Jupiter.

The event aimed to encourage amateur radio operators to communicate with each other and build contacts.

Often when there's a natural diaster, folks can use ham radios to keep in touch when other communication systems go down.

Laurence Grayhills of the Jupiter-Tequesta Repeater Group says, "When an actual emergency event occurs, we're not caught unprepared...we're ready to go and we have the equipment that we know is going to work and we're ready to spring into action."

The repeater group is celebrating its 35 anniversary this year.

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