Eleva (WQOW) — HAM radio enthusiasts from all over the U.S. and Canada, otherwise known as “hams”, joined together Saturday to participate in the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day.
Eighteen year old Laura Accola is a new member and one of the few females a part of the Eau Claire Amateur Radio Club. She has already made over 200 contacts across the country, using her radio.
“HAM radio is really about just kind of discovering radio and learning to work with it,” Accola said.
A HAM radio is a shortwave radio that allows you to communicate with other radios and people all over the world.
“There’s no internet backbone or anything evolved, its just the radio, the antenna, and the radio waves traveling through the atmosphere,” another member, Troy Faulkner, said.
There are many different amateur radio contests throughout the country, but this is the biggest and most popular one.
Faulkner said these contests are a fun way to bring people together and talk to “hams” from a variety of different places.
“There’s more participation in this contest than any other HAM radio contest throughout the year and like I said, it gives us an opportunity to take our radios out of our permanent locations and set them up temporarily,” Faulkner said.