Amateur radio enthusiasts connected through nostalgia

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Those with a passion for nostalgia had a field day Sunday. The Annual American Radio Relay League Field Day wrapped up earlier. 

The ARRL field day is a 24-hour event where people contact each other from all over the U.S. and Canada.

“It goes for 24-hours, from noon to noon, yesterday to today,” Wichita Amateur Radio Society President Chuck Schotta said. “The object is to collect as many contacts as you can across the United States. It’s actually a contest, but it’s roots go back to emergency preparedness. Being able to set up in less than optimal conditions and being able to communicate.”

Schotta has been involved with amateur radio for some time.

“It’s something I got interested in when I was very young,” Schotta said. “I was about 9 or 10 when I got interested in this. It’s kind of the mystique of being able to use something simple. Something very reliable and it’s also kind of nerdy fun that we enjoy. It’s kind of cool talking to people in Rhode Island or wherever.”

Schotta said he is happy to see the younger generation getting involved in ham radio.

“It’s fun. I actually got my license when I was 8, so I am one of the youngest kids in Texas,”  Wichita Radio Society amateur Zach Reese said. “It’s fun because I get to talk to people all over the world and do different things. We have field day every year, and it’s pretty fun. We do tons of other events like we run Hotter ‘n’ Hell and we run THOR too.”

With young people involved, even though the equipment is old, the use of ham radio will last a long time.

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