MAYS LANDING – William McCord clicked the receiver on his ham radio and sent a greeting out into the ether.
This time only static replied. But sometimes he reaches people across South Jersey or even across the Atlantic Ocean.
McCord, of Middle Township, and Bob Webb, of Northfield, gave a presentation on amateur radio to children Saturday at the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum in the Hamilton Mall. The Southern Counties Amateur Radio Association is a regular presenter at the nonprofit museum.
In some ways, ham radio was the world’s first social network.
“I’ve talked to someone in Australia,” McCord said.
The typical radio signal travels just 10 miles or so but can be carried over repeaters to distant ears thousands of miles away, he said.
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