Local radio enthusiasts tune in to Clark County Amateur Radio Club

first_imgIt’s hard to miss the Yassons’ house — just look for the tall radio mast coming out of the roof, with long, thin aerials extending like bare tree branches. Philip Yasson didn’t say just how tall it was, but he said it was tall enough to worry his neighbor.“He says, ‘Aren’t you worried about it falling over?’ ” Philip Yasson said. “And I said, ‘No, not really … because I have it designed so if it falls over, it’s going to fall on your house.’ ”Philip and his wife, Barbara, ages 81 and 70, are among the 350 members of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club, a local group that has been committed to keeping the practice of amateur radio — also called “ham radio” — alive since the 1930s. Amateur radio involves using radio waves to communicate with other operators, noncommercially, whether they be in the next town over or halfway around the world.“Amateur radio is not a broadcast,” said Barbara Yasson, also the CCARC’s secretary. “It’s a conversation between two people over the air.”Barbara Yasson looked over at the amateur radio station she shared with her husband, then issued a warning: “If you’re an absolute neat freak, then this is totally scary.”last_img

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