The objective: To contact as many other operators as possible in a 24-hour period, using battery and generator power and impromptu antennas. Contacts are made in both voice transmission and Morse code.
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the group seemed off to a slow start, due in part to difficulties caused by the sun's current lack of sunspots, whose magnetic properties can enhance radio communications on Earth. Hopes were high, though, that night-time operation would yield better results. While many will return to their homes for rest, at least one operator plans to camp on the grounds.
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