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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Amateur Radio Operators Invited to Summits on the Air:

KINGSPORT — Amateur radio operators from throughout the Southeast will be coming to the Tri-Cities next month for a special event called Summits on the Air. Organizer Patrick Harris said the event will allow these radio operators — or “hams,” as they are sometimes called — to meet other hobbyists and engage in a bit of friendly competition. “Summits on the Air is an awards program (think trophies and certificates) where we hike to mountaintops, set up small portable radios and antennas and try to make radio contacts,” Harris said. “It is a bit like a scavenger hunt or, as I often tell people, it is like geocaching for ham radio.” ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, states that amateur radio is a hobby and service that “brings people, electronics and communication together.” “People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones,” the ARRL website states. “It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.”

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