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Jun 27, 2010 7:27 PM by Courtney Meznarich

American Radio Relay League holds Field Day in Paso Robles

Dozens of people were preparing for an emergency in Paso Robles Saturday but don't worry, it was all a test.

In fact the American Radio Relay League's Field Day event has been preparing amateur radio operators for an emergency for the last 50 years.

Organizers say in a real emergency the lines of communication can be cut off and that is where these guys come in.

"It gives us a chance to actually put it into practice and keep up sharp, so that if there is another emergency, like when 9-11 happened, or the Zaca Fire down in Santa Barbara County, the earthquake here in Paso Robles, amateur radio was one of the first people on the scene helping give communications," said Avery Wright, the chairman of Saturday's event.

The event was also open to anyone interesting in seeing how an emergency operation comes together.

Organizers say some participants were able to tune in using stations as far away as Europe.

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