The Gaston County Amateur Radio Society hosted a Winter Field Day event at the home of George Poteat (NC0G) Jan. 28-29.

Ten club members and two guests made more than 180 national and international radio contacts, using a variety of modes of radio communications.

Winter Field Day is an event with the purpose of encouraging amateur radio emergency preparedness under extreme weather conditions.

"Since emergencies and disasters are unpredictable by nature, the goal is to enhance radio communication skills in a less than favorable weather scenario," said Tom Agerton, a member of the group. "Being prepared is the key to a timely response during any emergency event and this is what is expected of amateur radio operators by local authorities and the general community."

The group meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Red Cross, 190 S. Oakland St., Gastonia.

You do not have to be a licensed HAM to attend and all visitors are welcome.