Amateur radio operators across the country tested their equipment Sunday morning in their annual Field Day.
Every year, ham radio operators make sure their emergency equipment is functional in preparation for future crises. These volunteers assist the National Weather Service and Emergency Management agencies in spotting and reporting severe weather.
In Lincoln, operators set up their antennas and stations at Mahoney Park over the weekend. Organizers estimate there are around 2,000 radio amateurs in the state, 500 in Lancaster County alone.
"We can run our equipment off of the grid and we can provide communications when the landlines and the cell lines and the computers are down," ham radio operator Lydia Wasserstein explained.
Wasserstein says Field Day isn't just for testing, it also gives people in the community a chance to explore amateur radio. She says at least 100 people came through their camp to learn about the equipment and try their hand at radio communication.