Amateur “ham” radio operators gathered Saturday for an annual 24-hour emergency field test at Ken Adam Park, adjacent to Hancock College’s Lompoc Center. The test ended at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Field Day is the annual test of radio operators’ ability to set up emergency communications under field conditions and operate solely on emergency power systems for 24 hours, said Ray Lischka, the emergency coordinator for Lompoc Valley Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
The event is shared with thousands of ham radio operators across the country and Canada. It’s sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national organization of amateur radio.