SLIDESHOW: ARRL Field Day

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Kent Hufford (left), a retired Army colonel, instructs Jerry George, who is with the Red Cross, to wait as other amateur radio operators attempt to make the same contact in Rhode Island simultaneously during the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. George made the contacts as Hufford logged the information, totaling 127 contacts in the first hour on Saturday. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Mike Newland wears a hat with his call sign NC8N during the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. "It stands for 'never confront 8 ninjas'", Newland said, jokingly. "We have fun with our call signs." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A member of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club attempts to make a contact using Morse code during the first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Six members of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club worked in this Aiken County Emergency Services trailer in the North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 parking lot on the first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day on Saturday, June 22, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A 4-element, 6-meter beam antennae is seen during the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Steve Czaikowski (right) attempts to repair an antennae for the GOTA station with the help of 18-year-old Philip Beach during the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. "This is like an emergency exercise," club member Dave Hazell said of the problems with the new antennae. "And if you're thrown into something not everything is pat, so this is a great situation to learn in." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Steve Czaikowski (right) attempts to repair an antennae for the GOTA station with the help of 18-year-old Philip Beach during the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. "This is like an emergency exercise," club member Dave Hazell said of the problems with the new antennae. "And if you're thrown into something not everything is pat, so this is a great situation to learn in." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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David Kjellquist talks about the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Members of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club attempt to make a contact during the first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jerry George uses a mouse to control computer software as he attempts to make a contact during the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The operator may also use the traditional dial (foreground) to control the radio computer software. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Steve Czaikowski (center) attempts to repair an antennae for the GOTA station with the help of 18-year-old Philip Beach (left) during the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day at North Augusta Public Safety Station 2 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. "This is like an emergency exercise," club member Dave Hazell (right) said of the problems with the new antennae. "And if you're thrown into something not everything is pat, so this is a great situation to learn in." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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The North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club's first day of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day was on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The 2-day competition helps amateur radio operators practice their skills. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

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