Broadcasting live from Los Alamos

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By Kirsten Laskey

Amateur radio operators will be broadcasting across the country and throughout the world this weekend.

About 20 operators from Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club will be setting up stations, hooking up generators and transmitting their voices on radio waves from North Mesa Picnic Grounds to hone and sharpen their skills.

In 24 hours, the operators will attempt to make as many contacts as possible.

There will be high frequency radios, two transmitter operators on high frequency rounds and a Get on the Air (GOTA) station, which will be open to new radio amateurs to try out.

Even people without a license will be able to try to make contact with another radio operator. While the person operating the radio is required to have license, the person making the connection does not.

The field day will begin at noon Saturday and end at noon Sunday. To keep operators going, there will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday and sourdough pancakes will be served at 7 a.m. Sunday.

The National Association for Amateur Radio sponsors the annual event.

The whole purpose behind it, said Communication Officer for the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Bill Boedeker, is to practice setting up for an emergency.

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