LAKE VILLAGE — Ham operators across the country set up Saturday for a 24 hour test of their capabilities, an annual event that helps the operators practice their skills. A group of the amateur radio operators set up on the grounds of the former Lake Township Fire Department with campers, antennae and multiple radios for the 24-hour event.

The goal is to simulate communications via their radios in the event of a catastrophic loss of power and means to communicate both nationally and worldwide. The group also does weather spotting and sky warning. Michael Swiader, president of the Amateur Radio Association of Newton County, explained the group also assists the Northwest Indiana Search and Rescue cadaver dogs in locating bodies. With their radio’s GPS, they can send the location to within 3 feet anywhere in the world.

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