PENDLETON - Amateur radio operators, known as "hams,"?will man radios at the National Weather Service's Pendleton station for 24 hours starting this afternoon. The event coincides with national SKYWARN Recognition Day, in which 107 National Weather Service stations will participate.

The amateur radio operators will use ham?radios to communicate with others across the country, practicing their emergency communication skills. The event continues from 4 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday.

Ham radio operators often play a big role during emergencies such as earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service. They stepped in when other communication systems were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in and around New Orleans in 2005.

The National Weather Service's Pendleton station is still seeking radio operators for this weekend's event. Licensed operators who are interested may contact Alan Polan there at 541-276-4493, or by e-mail at Alan.Polan@noaa.gov.

- Eric Florip

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