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HAM Operators Practice for the Times they’re Needed

Saturday, January 6, 2007
By Curt Hodges
The Jonesboro Sun

JONESBORO — While the Internet, cell phones and other modern means of communications are the hot things today, amateur radio is still the old standby.

During disasters, when all electricity is gone, ham radio operators are still the first-line crew — after practicing for the time they will be needed.

They’re all volunteers, giving of their own time, equipment and other things, said Jack Richardson of Jonesboro, a longtime amateur radio operator and retired as Craighead County’s director of emergency services and preparedness.

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Arkansas Radio Club Making Great (Air)waves

By Matt Doran

Becoming a licensed amateur radio operator in 1968, when hobby radio was in its “infantile” stages, proved a fateful decision for Brighton Township’s Jim Kvochick.

As a young man, he landed a job with a radio station because employers there figured he could pass the commercial radio test if he’d passed his amateur radio test, he said. Now 54 years old, Kvochick has been able to leverage his hobby of exploring technology into a position as a technology consultant for AT&T, a job he said he enjoys.

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Unlike FCC, Fans say Morse is Here to Stay

By Brian Albrecht, Reporter

The Plain Dealer
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If you can read this — it means goodbye — you’re conversant in Morse code, a language of dots and dashes that has linked people around the world for more than 150 years.

Recent action by the Federal Communications Commission, however, may prompt some to wonder whether this historic format of radio and telegraphy will soon join hieroglyphics in the dusty locker of dead languages.
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These Kids are the Next Wave for Ham Radio

By KATE PERRY, Staff writer

SCHENECTADY — Forget instant messaging. Amateur radio was the thing for some kids across the country Sunday.

In Schenectady, you could hear a young voice over the scratchy static coming from the transceiver — a radio that can transmit and receive — set up in the basement of the Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium.

“Hi — I’m Carter, and I’m wondering what age you are and what grade you are in. Over,” said an 11-year-old calling out from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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