Rondel Stevens of Zephyr helped two different “ham” radio groups fill their worksheets with contacts during the national Field Day Saturday.
Before joining the Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s base of operations Saturday afternoon at the Brown County Red Cross office, Stevens had already spent three hours on the radio in Mills County.
“They’re outside, not inside like here,” Stevens said between twists on the radio dial and comments to partner Ray Schulze. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be,” he added with a chuckle.”
“Not me,” Schulze added. “I like being inside on a day like this, with the air-conditioning.”
Club members were in position behind radio consoles throughout the Red Cross chapter building attempting to make contact with as many other operators throughout the world as possible. Some contacts were being made through Morse Code; others were being done by voice.
“We’ve been having a little trouble getting out there,” Schulze said about four hours into the Field Day Saturday. “We’re having trouble with our antenna or something. But whatever happens, you know we’ll have some fun.”
The objective of the nationwide competition is for local radio emergency services to test their equipment under emergency field conditions. In order to do so, radio emergency services must attempt to contact as many amateur radio stations the United States and Canada using different frequency bands and modes.
The public is welcome to visit the Red Cross office at 600 E. Adams and watch what is happening, Schulze said. The club is keeping a log of visitors, in addition to its list of radio contacts.