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06/27/10 — Hamming it up

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Hamming it up

By Steve Herring
Published in News on June 27, 2010 1:50 AM

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Roger Smith, 63, who has been an amateur radio operator since the age of 12, uses Morse Code to connect with other amateur radio operators throughout the world during Field Day. The event, takes place the last week of June and features groups of amateur radio operators from all over the world competing to see who can connect to the most operator stations in the span of 24 hours while working under complicated situations, such as using make-shift equipment and power.

Roger Smith's small enclosed trailer and Albert Lioen's tent were separated by less than 100 feet, but the methods they were using to communicate with the world were separated by almost 160 years. Smith was transmitting by Morse Code,...

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