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Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio holds training in WXOW’s parking lot

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LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) - The Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association set up camp in the WXOW parking lot on Saturday for the day.

Vice President Bill Klein-Schmidt explained they can set up anywhere they want and they try to do it as often as they can.

"Basically what we are doing today is what they call the Minnesota QSO party and what that consists of is us trying to contact as many counties in the state of Minnesota that we can in a certain period of time," said Klein-Schmidt.

He said trainings also help them practice setting up their gear quickly and in cold, bad weather. It is important because if communication were ever to go down, they would still be able to communicate with people through ham radio.

"Just in case of some sort of emergency situation, we have participated in emergency drills with county and state officials in the past and we just want to make sure we are up to speed with everything we have in order to be able to set it up quickly in a sort of situation like that. As well as have fun with our hobby," said Klein-Schmidt.

They are able to talk to anyone in the world through the radio without any interference. He explained that they typically invite the public the see what they do but right now with COVID, they aren't allowing it.

Klein-Schmidt said that if anyone is interested in getting involved in ham radio, you can look on their website for more information and they would like to share their hobby.

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