Ian Powell first became interested in amateur radios when he would go hunting with his dad. The 15-year-old said there wasn’t cell service in some of the remote areas; however, they weren’t cut off from communicating with others because of a mobile unit and handheld radio his dad brought on the trips.

That initial exposure, Powell said, has further developed into a personal interest in ham radios. In addition, he said it has helped him in being more social with others, resulting in not being as shy.

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Tammy Malgesini has worked as a community reporter/columnist for EO Media Group since 2006. She earned a psychology/sociology degree from George Fox College. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband and two German shepherds.

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