Photos: Ham Radio field day

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Covington's David Assaf, left, taps out a message in Morse code at BREC's Highland Road Park Observatory Saturday, as Denham Springs' Leonard Bowman, right, logs all of their contacts into a computer. Local ham radio operator enthusiasts gathered there Saturday for 'American Radio Relay League Field Day' to practice communicating using ham radios, which they say are invaluable in times of emergency, when cell phones and the Internet may be unavailable.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Robin Hudson, left, logs communications, as Michael J. Nolan wears a hat emblazoned with 'Get On The Air,' as they make contact with other ham radio operators, transmitting Saturday from BREC's Highland Road Park Observatory. The two Baton Rouge men and other local local ham radio operator enthusiasts gathered there for 'American Radio Relay League Field Day.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge's William Jones, left, a newcomer to ham radio, speaks into a microphone to make voice contact with another ham station, as Baton Rouge's Jerry Hunt, right, logs the communications Saturday at BREC's Highland Road Park Observatory. Local ham radio operator enthusiasts gathered there Saturday for 'American Radio Relay League Field Day.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Ham radio enthusiast Jim Giammanco, left, watches as Connor McBride, 8, tries his hand at sending a Morse code message at BREC's Highland Road Park Observatory, where local ham radio operators gathered Saturday for 'American Radio Relay League Field Day.' 'Kids are fascinated by Morse-- because it's a CODE!' he said. McBride's mother Kaye McBride added 'and because it makes noise!'

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Zachary's Brook Samuel, left, monitors a computer as he sits at a ham radio transceiver, directing Athens, Alabama's Tim Trahan, right, who aims a dual band, yagi-type antenna at the horizon, as they try to make contact with ham radio operators on the International Space Station Saturday from BREC's Highland Road Park Observatory. Local ham radio operator enthusiasts gathered there for 'American Radio Relay League Field Day.'

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