6/20/2022 8:38:00 PM Ham Radio Field Day This Saturday American Legion Post No. 544 in Hickory is place to be
Local ham radio enthusiasts will meet Saturday in Hickory. Seen here is Yvette Cendes, one of the many ham radio operators around the world, back in 2005.
Thomas Lark Staff Writer
HICKORY––Are you a ham radio enthusiast?
If so, you’ll want to attend the Catawba Valley Field Day. The 24-hour event starts this Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m., and it will be held at the American Legion Post No. 544, located at 420 26th Ave. NE. in the 28601 ZIP code area of Hickory, according to David Coviello.
The president of the non-profit Catawba Valley Amateur Radio Society, Coviello told The Herald more Monday.
“Our FCC ham callsign is ‘W4CVR,’” he informed. “Currently and for the past three years, we are the only active ham radio club in Catawba County.
“We will have several kinds of radios displayed on different ham frequency bands,” Coviello added, detailing Saturday’s event. “It’s the one day a year that someone that is not a licensed ham operator can come talk on our radios to people on the other side of the world and get introduced to the hobby. Our goals are to raise awareness of the hobby and to also get the younger folks interested.”
He continued that this year marks the first time for the ham radio field day in this area.
“Our group has between 20 and 30 members,” he informed of the tight-knit circle of friends and ham hobby enthusiasts that came together in May of 2019. “Currently, all are ham operators.”
Coviello continued that the Catawba Valley Amateur Radio Society is the only active amateur radio (or ham radio) club in Catawba County that regularly meets monthly, provides license testing and is involved with community events and engagement. Dues are $10 annually.