VIDEO: El Paso County OEM held an Amateur Radio Field Day. Local ham radio operators competed to see how many radio contacts they can make around the world in 24 hours.

The El Paso County Special Communications Unit is a volunteer team that provides auxiliary communications during fires, blizzards, severe weather, and any other time communications help is needed. Amateur radio operators are also important in the event of an extreme emergency or catastrophic communications failure in the community.

SCU meets on the third Thursday evening of each month and welcomes new volunteers interested in participating. Volunteers are not required to have previous experience or radio license prior to joining. To learn more, call Fred Kendall at 719-453-3754, or send an email to