Two local hams were invited to participate in a major amateur radio contest in February. Ted Edwards (W3TB) and Bill Conkling (NR4C) traveled to a 72 acre farm near Locust Grove, Virginia that seems to grow aluminum antenna towers rather than corn or soybeans. This is the home of Steve Bookout (NR4M), an avid radio contester and the spark of this massive radio station dedicated to contesting. A typical contest weekend may find as many as a dozen men and women manning the various radio transmitters and making contacts all over the world. The February scores have been tabulated and Ted and Bill are showing off the certificate that the team won in that February contest for being 1st in North America and #3 in the World.
Ted and Bill both belong to the Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club and operate their own small radio stations. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the James City Library on the second Tuesday of every month. Members participate in local events, contests and provide communications in local activities such as "Pedal the Parkway", and many biking and running events each year, For more information see the club website at http://k4rc.net.
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