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Binghamton Amateur Radio Association has united ham radio enthusiasts for decades

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- The Binghamton Amateur Radio Association met for one of their regular meetings Wednesday night- something this organization has been doing locally for decades.

It's a group for enthusiasts of amateur radio (otherwise known as ham radio) to get together and learn new things about the hobby.

Ham radios can be used for emergency communication and even talking to astronauts. But for many club members, it's a fun and interesting way to meet people all over the world.

"Over the Christmas break I was down in Florida and talking on my car radio talking to a ham in Japan climbing a mountain," says Drew Deskur, B.A.R.A member. "I think that's sort of neat to be able to just strike up a casual conversation with a guy literally just 5 or 6 thousand miles away and sharing our hobby."

During regular meetings, members like to present on different aspects of the technology for everyone to learn something new.

They also offer tests to anyone looking to get their official ham radio license.

Meetings are open to the public and you do not have to be licensed to partake.


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