Ham radio day reaches across borders

June 23, 2013 • Local News

Morse code radio operator Gary Babcock, left, communicates with other stations Saturday afternoon as Ryan Burden watches during the National Association for Amateur Radio Field Day. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

Shaded beneath tents Saturday at Stapp Parade Field at New Mexico Military Institute, ham radio operators joined with more than 35,000 other stations around the globe for a 24-hour amateur radio marathon.

Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club members set up four remote stations and five temporary antennas, one tracking satellite and several radios.

“We will be able to talk to anyplace in the world,” said Garry Blosser.

Blosser sat at a Gota, or “Get on the Air” station for a two-hour stretch in 105-degree heat as he reached out to dozens of operators in places reaching from Virginia to Canada and California. The operators, who might typically exchange a few words and some Login to read more

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