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20 Thursday, July 3, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette :: Ham Radio Field Day 1997 photos by Dave Downing TONOPAH -- Amateur "ham" radio operators from throughout north and central Nevada descended on Tonopah this past weekend to participate in an emergency exercise and contest. The hams are members of the Rural Amateur Radio Association and operated under the callsign of the local Tonopah branch, KC7WIR. The exer- cise is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT and involves the participa- tion of hams throughout North America and the world. Hams are allowed only several hours to set up a station in a remote location without any commercial power. They then operate the station for 21 hours and contact as many other amateur stations as they possibly can. They get special points for space communications. Amateurs have their own satellites in orbit and these orbiting "radio stations" can be remotely operated by the hams on the ground. Local amateurs selected the Tonopah Historic Min- ing Park as their base of operations. Utilizing the existing headframe of the famous Mizpah Mine the amateurs climbed the frame and strung antennas in all directions. Solar panels and other power sources were laid out and the entire assemblage of wires were Strung into the Mizpah hoist engineering build- ing. According to Kris Dean, field day chairman, the group made 450 contacts throughout the United States and Canada during the 21-hour event. bo un on $1