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Ham Radio operators are increasing in number

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Ham radio has lost popularity in the last few decades, but a local club dedicated to the hobby says there's been a resurgence.

The Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association says these days more young people are getting their ham radio licenses.

Saturday is a nationwide "Field Day" event. Ham radio stations are set up across the nation. Just like this one at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. Amateur Radio operators are trying to reach as many other stations as they can in a 24-hour period.

Ham radio uses free radio bandwidths. It was useful during Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.

"Whenever there's an emergency, we come out, set up a station run on either a truck battery or generator. When all else fails, the amateur radio service comes in, makes contacts," said Mike Flanagan with Central MS Amateur Radio Association.

The Central Mississippi Ham Radio Club meets once a month at the Rankin county E.O.C Offices.

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