With a couple of pieces of wood and some wire, Marcus Sutliff can talk with astronauts in the International Space Station.
“If only they would slow down just a bit,” Sutliff said while setting up his antennae and radio. “You can talk to anyone with a radio.”
The Edmond Amateur Radio Society gathered Saturday to showcase amateur radio at Oak Cliff Fire Station as part of amateur radio field day and to educate anyone interested in the life of a “radio ham.”
Charles “Dick” Rouse, or KE5TGZ as he's known by his radio call sign, has been president of the society for the past four years.
Rouse said he's seen the group swell to more than 100 members.
For guys who hardly ever see each other in person, Rouse said the sense of camaraderie is pretty amazing.
“We all talk every night,” Rouse said. “This is an amazing community. It's all about good old-fashioned communication.”
Saturday was also a competition with other societies across the country to see who could connect with as many other ham radio users in a 24-hour period. Radios whirred loudly as operators scrolled back and forth on the dial searching for the next frequency that could connect them to a new voice.