County 'ham' radio operators demonstrate relevance


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Mason County Amateur Radio Club finalize the NVIS (near-vertical incidence skywave) military-style antenna. Although the Mason County Amateur Radio Club can transmit around the world, the NVIS antenna is specifically made for shorter distances, of 1,000 miles or fewer.

When Tim Weber arrived in Shelton in 1977, he recalls that a small group of amateur or "ham" radio hobbyists gathered monthly in the upper room of Blondie's (then Timbers) restaurant.

"It was informal then, and the main interests included DXing, 2-meters and computer use in packet radio," said Weber, who is Mason County Amateur Radio Club vice president. "I can't recall when the club became more formal, with bylaws and officers, but I know it held field days in the 1980s. I participated in just two of those; one on South Mountain, above the Simpson sort yard, and the other in a field owned...

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