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Reporter's notebook: Having a field day

 


CLOVIS — In a time when nearly everyone has a cell phone, the days of communicating via radio may seem archaic.

Welcome to yesterday, starting today in the field by Trinity Lutheran Church, 1705 W. 21st St., in Clovis.

The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Radio Club will be hosting its annual field day starting at noon today and President Weldon Kube said he expects to have around 25 people competing.

Kube said the goal of the contest is to make contact with as many different people as possible using a ham radio, mostly throughout the country but sometimes even places around the world.

The 24-hour event concludes Sunday at noon, though Kube said participants will likely be filtering in and out throughout the day.

Besides the annual field day, Kube said the radio club also provides backup communications for Clovis’ office of emergency management and frequently talks to people at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque about local weather conditions on the ground.

Kube said in the early days of the club, which was formed around 1950 according to its website, the radios used would often be homemade. Today’s amateur radio enthusiasts make use of commercial products, but many of the antennas you will see today are homemade, Kube said.

Anyone interested is welcome to come out and watch the contest and get some hands-on radio experience of their own.

“The public is welcome. They can even get on there and operate it and make contacts themselves,” Kube said.

— Compiled by Staff Writer Jamie Cushman

 

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