Local Ham Radio Operators Gather For Communications Exercise

Local Ham Radio Operators Gather For Communications Exercise

Local Ham Radio Operators Gather For Communications Exercise

Amateur radio operators all over the country participate in the field day and host events similar to the one hosted by the Portsmouth Amateur Radio Club.

Great Southern DX Association is taking part in the annual amateur radio Field Day operations.

The rapid jaunt of Morse code dots and dashes Nick Yokanovich tapped out on his telegraph sounder carried across the field on the sluggish summer wind like an echo from another time.

Those interested in becoming a certified ham radio operator can visit the Rockford Amateur Radio Association page here.

Tom Williams, a member of the Portsmouth Amateur Radio Club, says that what he enjoys most about the club is the camaraderie and the fellowship.

"Hams are prepared to offer technical solutions and provide support for rescuers during times of national emergencies and natural disasters", Christovich said.

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Rocker has been operating ham radios for almost 40 years. He believes one of the reasons is because it has become simpler to get a license, which is acquired by passing an examination. They will provide free books and information.

"You contact them on the air, you exchange signal reports", said Rocker, "Then you get a confirmation".

Czaikowski said he's been a ham for 54 years and he sees more people becoming hams than 50 years ago.

Christovich explained that while there is no disaster scenario for the drill, members are able to work on their communication skills as well as have a little fun.

"I call it real time texting or real time email", Alan Swinger, club member, said.

This is a 24-hour event that started at 1 p.m. Saturday and will go until 1 p.m. Sunday.

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