Radio operators ‘ham’ it up at Parsons event

Amateur radio operators from Parsons, Elkins, Adolph, Hambleton, Gormania, Montrose, Kerens, Belington and Beverly – as well as Front Royal, Va., Oakland, Md. and Tampa, Fl. – gathered at Camp Kidd near Parsons for Field Day Saturday. The event is a time when operators – sometimes referred to as hams – get together to practice for emergencies, make sure their equipment is in tip-top shape, compete in radio contact contests and have a great time with other operators.

The Mountain State Transmitters, in conjunction with the Parsons Repeater Association, sponsored the event.

Remington Sweitzer, of Oakland, Md., said he got into the amateur radio hobby three years ago.

“I wanted to be a ham because my father, Mark, had his ticket,” Sweitzer said. “I have a technician license, which is the first level of amateur radio operators.

Sweitzer said he enjoys lots of types of radio operations including Packet.

“My dad and I enjoy going to ham radio conventions,” Sweitzer said. “We went to Dayton and Morgantown recently. It is lots of fun to see all the people and go through all of the radio equipment.

Sweitzer said working with amateur radio helps him in school.

“Radio operations help me in my math and science classes,” he said. “It also helps me understand electronics.”

Tucker County Commissioner Mike Rosenau visited with the operators during Saturday’s events.

“I wanted to come and support these folks and find out more about them,” Rosenau said. “They always help when communications go down, like during Superstorm Sandy. We appreciate their help.”

“This is one of the best learning activities of the year,” said Gene Roy, president of Mountain State Transmitters. “It features anything concerning amateur radio. Folks put up antennas, work on their radios and showcase the many facets of this hobby.”

Roy said he was pleased with the turnout for the day.

“This is one of my favorite events,” he noted. “I am glad to see so many amateur radio operators as well as members of the community and local government looking to learn about the hobby.”

Contact Beth Christian Broschart by email at bbroschart@theintermountain.com.