HAMMIN' IT UP: Okaloosa ham radio enthusiasts gather for field day

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM.

"It’s a hobby that I can take into when I get old, because you sit down when you do it," he said. "You can talk to people all over the world."

Glenn Goll, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, said he enjoys talking to people through his home system.

"I've gotten into Australia, New Zealand, France, England," he said. "That's halfway around the world ...”

Operators share signal levels and call-sign information and conduct the occasional small talk, members said.

"Usually its the weather, kids, grandkids and antennas," Goll said. "We try to stay away from religion and politics."

Amateur radios have progressed since their 20th century, simple-coded origins, Hayes said. 

"There are digital modes where you can work on a computer and talk via the computer if you are hard of hearing," he said.

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