The Sun Chronicle , Attleboro, MA
BY EMILY O’DONNELL SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
WRENTHAM – “CQ, CQ, CQ, calling CQ. This is W1UJ.” “W1UJ this is W1EQ, Whiskey One Echo Quebec 5908.”
To the untrained ear this sounds like nonsense, but to amateur radio operators it’s a way to communicate with people around the world. Operators use Morse code to call another operator on the same open radio frequency before switching over to spoken language to hold a normal conversation.
Amateur radio, or “ham radio,” enthusiasts will tell you that it’s a fun hobby.
But for one weekend every four years, ham radio communication is treated like a major sport.