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Dougherty County ham radio enthusiasts prepare for emergencies

Ham radio enthusiasts put their skills to practice for emergencies Saturday. (Source: WALB) Ham radio enthusiasts put their skills to practice for emergencies Saturday. (Source: WALB)
It was the yearly ham radio field day at Avalon United Methodist Church in Dougherty County. (Source: WALB) It was the yearly ham radio field day at Avalon United Methodist Church in Dougherty County. (Source: WALB)
Eugene Clark, the Dougherty County Emergency coordinator, said ham radio operators can play a big role in emergency situations. (Source: WALB) Eugene Clark, the Dougherty County Emergency coordinator, said ham radio operators can play a big role in emergency situations. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Ham radio enthusiasts put their skills to practice for emergencies Saturday.

It was the yearly ham radio field day at Avalon United Methodist Church in Dougherty County.

Albany Amateur Radio Club members practiced with their mobile command center.

Organizers, including Eugene Clark who is the Dougherty County Emergency coordinator, say ham radio operators can play a big role in dangerous emergency situations.

That includes natural disasters, where ham radios can outlast traditional forms of communication.

"During our great flood, we were helicoptering people across the river for medical treatment, but again, we had to have communications," said Clark.

The field day was set to last throughout the night Saturday.

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