Ham radio hobbyists talk from Tahoe mountaintop | SierraSun.com

Ham radio hobbyists talk from Tahoe mountaintop

Sierra Sun/Mike Thompson

NORTH LAKE TAHOE and#8212; Amateur ham radio operators gathered on top of Martis Peak, overlooking Truckee and Tahoe, to hone their emergency communication skills.

The national event known as and#8220;Field Dayand#8221; gets radio operators in touch, able to communicate through emergencies like natural disasters.

The local amateur radio operators tested their abilities this weekend to reach out and talk to other and#8220;hamsand#8221; across the country and around the world. As part of a national simulation and competition that has been going since 1933, the Truckee team set up their field station atop Martis Peak, 8,000 feet up in a Calfire fire lookout.

Ham radio operators have played a role in national emergency responses from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to fires in the Sierra Nevada.

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