Amateur radio operator Leigh Klotz Jr. of Palo Alto spent two hours on Sunday near the flagpole at Palo Verde School, sending Morse code to different locations throughout the United States. He was one of many ham operators taking part in the 2006 American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day held in late June each year.
Klotz also spent eight hours on Saturday and logged 25 contacts. The purpose of ARRL Field Day 2006 is to work as many stations as possible on amateur radio (ham) bands, both a competition and drill for potential emergencies. The organization's motto is, "When all else fails."
Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/Palo Alto Weekly.