“Chad Haviland and his 9-year-old son, Sam, enjoy backpacking along the Longleaf Trail, part of Kisatchie National Forest northwest of Alexandria. The wilderness sometimes makes the Havilands unreachable by cell phone and the outside world.
That’s until Sam and Chad became amateur radio operators a little over a year ago. Now, the Havilands and their hand-held ham radios not only keep them connected to each other, but also to people on the other side of the globe.
“You get to meet so many friends,” said Sam, whose ham radio call sign is KG5AYI. “I talked to India. I talked to people a couple of times in Canada. I talked to the same guy two or three times. He’s cool.”
The Havilands and members of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association will be camping and talking this weekend during Field Day. Hams, who set up radio stations outdoors and run them on generators, will try to contact as many stations as possible during a 24-hour period.”
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