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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 30, 2008
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Surely the equipment used for the ARRL Field Day events had technical names, but you wouldn't know it from talking with Tony Giroux. The Rouzerville, Pa., man first referred to the many cords and wires stretched around as the "spider web" before explaining what the annual field day means for amateur radio operators. "We're supposed to be proving we can go out in the woods, set up all our gadgets and widgets, and hook up with emergency power," said Giroux, whose call sign is KF3BX.
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By MARLO BARNHART | June 22, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - While ham radio enthusiasts admit it is challenging trying to attract new members, they say it shouldn't be. "Whenever there is a disaster, it is always the ham radio operators who come in to provide communication when all else fails," said Alan Raskind, a member of the Opequon Radio Society. Raskind and several other members of the local American Radio Relay League group set up Saturday at Martinsburg Mall to pique the curiosity of passers-by among the young and not so young.
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By MARLO BARNHART | June 21, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- While ham radio enthusiasts admit it is challenging trying to attract new people, they say it shouldn't be. "Whenever there is a disaster, it is always the ham radio operators who come in to provide communication when all else fails," said Alan Raskind, a member of the Opequon Radio Society. Raskind and several other members of the local American Radio Relay League group set up Saturday at Martinsburg Mall to pique the curiosity of passers-by among the young and not so young.
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By MARLO BARNHART | March 14, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - When Fran Little was 12 years old, he bought a crystal radio set kit, put it together and hooked it up to an antenna. "I actually heard local radio amateurs on the air and then went to their homes and talked with them," Little said, remembering the thrill as if it were yesterday. Little is a member of the Antietam Radio Association , which meets twice a month at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Not only is it a great hobby for young people, Little said his experience is an example of how it can become a lifelong vocation.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 30, 2006
Ham radio operators can know each other for decades without meeting. Page Pyne, who helped organize Saturday's amateur radio convention in Hagerstown, said he first met Bob Josuweit of Philadelphia at a convention in 1976. It was hard to forget the circumstances. The American Legion was holding a convention at the same Philadelphia hotel. A form of pneumonia spread, killing 34 people among the 221 who contracted it, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Web site.
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by KAREN HANNA | May 2, 2005
karenh@herald-mail.com SHARPSBURG - Charged by the sight of old electronics and boxes and boxes of vacuum tubes, dozens of amateur radio enthusiasts tuned in for Sunday's Great American Hamfest. Terry Alger, who has repaired televisions and radios for more than 30 years, browsed tables of wires and electronic parts. His antennas were tuned to finding a converter for his FM car stereo. "I'd like a short-wave radio converter for an automobile. They made them in the 50s. I had one. Guess what?
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April 30, 2005
Shepfest "Carnival of Music" will feature Jam the Radar, Matt Bailey, Jayme Salviati, Luther Jones, Syd, Mary Prankster and Filomath. Edd Ifft will emcee. There will be a kids' corner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will include sandy candy land, face painting, old-time photos and inflatable games. Today, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shepherd University, practice field behind Butcher Center, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. Call 304-876-5326. Block party A block party with barbecue and more.
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by MARLO BARNHART | February 6, 2005
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail will run "A Life Remembered. " The story will take a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Cyrus Francis Jones, who died Jan. 27 at the age of 88. His obituary appeared in the Jan. 31 editions of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail. marlob@herald-mail.com When they were youngsters growing up in Baltimore, Kenneth Jones said that his older brother, Cyrus, became fascinated with amateur ham radio operation and set up a station in their home.
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by DON AINES | June 28, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Hunched over in a small tent with earphones on and a microphone in hand, Chris Shelton was trying to reach anyone he could Sunday with a 50-watt, six-meter, short-wave radio set. "Unfortunately, it's not really great for long-distance communications," said Shelton, a Missouri school teacher. "We've only gotten nine contacts on this particular station. " Those contacts, however, included stations in Canada, Florida, Texas and his home state of Missouri.
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by MARLO BARNHART | July 1, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com Ron Parise is an astronaut with two space shuttle trips to his credit. But he is especially proud to be a "ham" in space. Parise spent time Sunday with members of the Antietam Radio Association, not only to help them celebrate their 50 years as amateur radio operators, or hams, but to share his experiences as a colleague who got to extend his hobby into space. Ham radio operators use two-way radio stations to communicate with each other over radio waves that span the earth - and now beyond.
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