RADIO CLUB TRIES TO MAKE CONTACT.
David Mulvey, 26, of Lancaster sat in a small travel trailer Saturday at Lancaster City Park and tracked space shuttle Columbia and the Russian space station Mir.
``We missed (Mir) this round but we'll get it next time,'' Mulvey said.
He checked his list of approximate times when the orbiters would be near enough for ham radio operators in the Antelope Valley to try to make contact with crew members.
Mulvey was one of about 100 ham radio operators in the Antelope Valley who participated in a field day and 24-hour contest across the United States and Canada to see which group can make the most contacts - on the Earth and even in space.
``This is great,'' Mulvey said. ``It keeps us out of trouble and gives us a chance to test our equipment.''
The 26-year-old Lancaster resident got interested in ham radio about four years ago.
``I started with a walkie talkie and worked my way up,'' said Mulvey, a painting contractor.
The Antelope Valley Amateur Radio Club transformed a section of the park into an operations center - with 12 stations, large antennae, generators, tents and trailers - for the contest that will continue until 11 a.m. today. All at the park are participating as one contestant to make as many contacts as they can.
``This is all about quantity,'' said Dan Sherwood, president of the club. ``This day is designed to get every ham radio operator to speak to every other ham radio operator.''
Last year the club just missed scoring in the top 10th percentile with 1,600 contacts, Sherwood said.
Photo: (1--color in AV edition only) Participating in acontest, ham radio operator Don Fuller listens to the call letters of a contact he made from the Antelope Valley.
(2--ran in SAC only) Tyler Riddle logs cointacts made by Don Fuller in a ham radio operators contest.
Terri Thuente/Daily News
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|Date:||Jun 23, 1996|
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