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Local amateur radio clubs hold most popular on-the-air event

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The 2013 Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day was held on Saturday.

The 24-hour single most popular on-the-air event is held annually in the U.S. and Canada. Every year on the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs and friends to operate from remote locations.

This year, the Hattiesburg and Lamar Amateur Radio Clubs gathered at the Lamar Baptist Association Facility. In addition to the field day activities, an educational lecture on solar power was sponsored by Stion, our local solar panel manufacturer.

"Our goal is to learn as much as we can about the availability of solar power to be used as emergency power," said amateur radio enthusiast, Eric Williams.  

"In this case it gives them an opportunity to utilize solar electricity exactly as they would under emergency conditions," said North Texas Renewable Energy Group guest speaker, Dan Lepinski. "This gives them the opportunity to use it and learn from it here under practice conditions so that they're ready for it when the real thing strikes."

According to Lepinski, there are a fewer than half of dozen companies in the United States left who make solar panels.

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