Ham radio group plans emergency training

Dozens of federally licensed amateur radio operators, also known as “hams,” from the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group will gather June 24 and 25 for an annual marathon emergency-training exercise called Field Day.

Constant communication among amateur radio stations in the United States and Canada is required during the 24-hour training exercise, which involves using generator- or battery-powered amateur radio equipment to simulate responses to a disaster or an emergency.

Field Day activities will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and continue without interruption until 2 p.m. Sunday at 38668 Sierra Lane, Lovettsville. Visitors are welcome.

For information, go to arrl.org/field-day. For information about the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, go to k4lrg.org.

Free recycling bins are available for events

To help increase recycling, Loudoun County provides free portable outdoor recycling bins to residents, businesses, homeowners associations and event planners for backyard cookouts, pool parties, sporting events, community festivals and other gatherings.

After the event, users can take the bins to one of the county’s public recycling drop-off centers, listed at loudoun.gov/recycle.

The program is provided by the Department of General Services Waste Management Division through funding from the Virginia Litter Prevention and Recycling Grant Program.

For information or to reserve a bin, call the Solid Waste Management Division at 703-771-5514.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck