A vast, unseen world: Amateur radio operators use old, new technology to communicate globally (Mississippi)

Allen McBroom stands in the backyard outside his home west of Starkville pointing up toward the sky. 

“You see that?” he asks. 

Barely perceptible against the dusk-darkened tree line stretches a 102-foot long, 14-gauge wire, narrower than a pencil. 

“Over the past two weeks,” McBroom continues, “I’ve talked to people from as far away as Japan and South Africa through that antenna.” 

This was part of what McBroom called “the 10-cent tour of a 25-cent radio station,” a tour that ended in an office in the back of his house where considerably more than a quarter’s worth of amateur radio equipment sat ready to use. 

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