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Ham radio enthusiasts take to the airways

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WILLISTON Vt. -

Vermont ham radio enthusiasts held their annual field day Sunday.

The Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont club set up radio stations from scratch in Williston.  They were participating in a contest with thousands of other groups across the United States and Canada also working on ham radio.

The stations run off generators or batteries.  The purpose of the competition is to be able to create communication methods during a disaster, when electricity, phones, and internet are down.

"In a big enough disaster, you can't talk to anyone, and some people get really upset by that -- that they're cut off from the world. What we tell people at amateur radio, if you have a radio and a battery and a wire -- you can talk to people," said the club's Mitch Stern.

The goal of the contest is to be able to communicate with as many other stations as possible.  Organizers say the group talked to competitors in almost every state.

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