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Ham radio enthusiasts will have field day

6/21/2013

By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

The Ellis County Ham Operators club will have a field day Saturday at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 U.S. Highway 183 Alternate.

The public is invited to the free event, which will run from 1 p.m. until dark, near the flag pole. There will be at least a few ham radio stations set up for the public. Members of the club will explain what a ham radio is and how it operates.

The field day is part of a nationwide event each year, said club member John Brady. Ham radio operators can communicate in emergencies when other forms of communication fail. They can communicate outside the United States, too.

"There's so much you can do," Brady said. "I've talked all over the world."

Brady, who got his ham radio license in 1993, said the original club in Hays started in the 1950s. A new group since has started, and this is the second year of the event.