” By ADAM POULISSE – Local amateur radio operators reach out to world
Mike Heiderscheidt was sitting in the basement of his Waterman home Monday night, but the world was at his fingertips.
Machines beeped and squawked to life all around the 74-year-old. With a hand-held microphone – similar to the ones used by truck drivers – Heiderscheidt did roll call for a list of amateur radio users and call letters from as far as Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Amateur radio users squawked back, checking their signal strength and reception, a weekly practice called “opening the net.”
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