‘Ham’ radio operators compete in Devens in worldwide contest

By Amelia Pak-Harvey, apak-harvey@nashobapub.com

DEVENS — John Crovelli sits in a tent crowded with the finest radio equipment, turning a knob and pausing as Morse code pours over the airwaves.

“This station you’re hearing right now is in Brazil,” said the New Jersey resident while decoding the language in his head.

He scours the airwaves again and more intermittent beeps resurface.

“That’s a station in Japan,” he said. “How about that, huh?”

Crovelli and his teammate, George Demontrond, are one of 59 teams in the seventh World Radiosport Team Championship — think Olympics, but with Morse code as a second universal language.

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