For over 100 years, amateur or “Ham” radio has been a hobby for people from pre-teens to seniors. This weekend, the American Radio Relay League will sponsor a field day to celebrate and promote ham radio. Sonoma County Radio Amateurs – representing the area's nearly 25-hundred licensed operators – will host the event in Santa Rosa.
Ham radio is such a colorful term, several explanations have arisen about how it began. One story says that professional radio operators looked down their noses at their “ham-fisted” colleagues who entered Morse code clumsily. Brian Torr of Sonoma County Radio Amateurs has a related idea.
Find out more about this year's Field Day here.