Ham Radio operators gathered at Mahoney Park in Lincoln on Saturday to test the strength of their equipment. A 24-hour competition allows operators from various locations to maximize the amount of communications from the devices.
The radios are used by hobbyists and emergency management personnel who depend on this channel of communication when other methods of communication fail or are unavailable, such as after a natural disaster. The radios are also used to help workers communicate during large events like the Lincoln Marathon and the Cornhusker State Games.
The operators are vying for bragging rights based on the strength of the signal their radios can generate and the amount of communications which can be sent from the devices within the time period which ends Sunday at noon.