Amateur radio club hosts field day
POSTED: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 9:26pm
BATON ROUGE, LA ( NBC33) — These men aren't your typical radio announcers. They are on-air, but they don't play any music.
"Amateur radio broadcasters aren't allowed to broadcast music," said amateur radio operator Jeremy Gerald.
But, they can send messages around the world using things you might find lying around your house.
"We can make contact using car batteries radios and wires in trees, " said Gerald.
Amateur radio enthusiasts or "hams" help keep the lines of communication open especially during a disaster.
"We will actually be the kind of people in an emergency you can go to us," said amateur radio operator Dana Browne. "We can do that. I can't save people with a helicopter, but I can certainly provide communication for people in an emergency. "
It's not all serious, sometimes the guys just want to have a little fun. Ham operator Dana Browne has contacted everyone from astronauts to Australians through his radio broadcast.
"You mean my signal went all the way there," said Browne. "No wires just the magic of radio and somebody can hear me that far away that's neat. "
Hams communicate with a mix of radios, computers, and beeps.
"It's not your grandfather's ham radio."
These amateur's say the hobby isn't just for adults and they want more kids to join in on the fun.
"This country needs people who are interested in science and technology," said Browne. "This is a way to do it and it's fun. you learn it can be fun you don't have to become a scientist or engineer or something like that ."
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