Residents make cross country connections at the Amateur Radio National Field Day

Updated: Jun. 24, 2018 at 9:00 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- The Columbus Amateur Radio Club held an event that was full of fun for those who were interested in ham radio.

Passionate enthusiasts of the Columbus Amateur Radio Club rigging their antennae and scanning frequencies from Cooper Creek Park all Saturday to celebrate the science of this powerful method of communication.

Columbus Amateur Radio Club kicks off the 2018 ARRL National Field Day

Logan Dunman of the Columbus Amateur Radio Club says, "It's really mostly the reason why I got into it, because I was like, 'Oh cool, I can talk to people!"

The Radio Club's set up offered something for everyone on this National Field Day. From the seasoned veterans relaying messages in Morse Code, to the new crop of potential radio lovers trying to get on the air.

President of the Columbus Amateur Radio Club Barry Odum tells us just how much you can really do at this event. "You have a direct line to people in other countries. You get on there and you make an exchange - 'How's your weather? ' Hope things are going well!' You can travel the world with a radio right from your home, and we're doing it right from the park in this instance," Odum says.

Logan learned this love or amateur radio from his "Papa" Jerry Dunman, who also taught him to appreciate the power of communication with another person and the skills he can apply later in his life.

Jerry Dunman, Coach for the Columbus Amateur Radio Club says, "It's really powerful. Communications is the root of everything. Once you understand how a radio wave works, you can play with it as a toy, but there are applications."

Logan says he wants to invite even more people to the club's next open house and show them the ropes as well.

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