On the air with Santa

Chris Harris/The Herald-Dispatch Wayne Elkins of Ham Radio speaks into his radio Saturday, August 11, 2007, during Hamfest held at the Veterans Memorial Feild House in Huntington. Several radio hobbyists from all over the country came out to enjoy some of the latest in high frequency technology. The event was sponsored by the Tri-state Amatuer Radio Association.

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — Tri-State Amateur Radio Association with The Museum of Radio and Technology are announcing the second annual "Get on the Air with Santa" event Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Museum of Radio and Technology, located at 1640 Florence Avenue in Huntington. 

“Each child who comes to the Museum will get to talk with Santa on the Amateur Radio Station or “Ham Shack” as we like to call it, at the Museum,” said; Mark Killen, President of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Association (TARA). “It is really hard to talk with Santa at this time of the year because he is hard at work preparing his list on who is naught or nice and making sure he has just the right toys for each child in the world. Even though he is hard at work, he has granted us special permission to talk with him on Amateur Radio. Very few people know that Santa coordinates all his elves and helpers throughout the world by using Amateur Radio! It helps him keep up with everyone”.

Not only will every get to talk with Santa, there will also be snacks, crafts, vintage video games, singing, classic movies and much more for each child to do, as well as touring the Museum and the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Since the event is using Amateur Radios, participants don’t have to come to the Museum to enjoy the event. 

All am Amateur Radio operators may join in live from their home. The event will be on the club repeater which can be heard on a scanner or a radio at the frequency of 146.760. For questions please feel free to call or text Mark Killen, President TARA at 740-550-3778.

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