Hundreds of ham radio enthusiasts gather at convention center (Virginia)

Virginia Beach resident Ed Williams spends close to eight hours a day in his home studio, manipulating controls and switches, seeking a connection to the unknown.

As an amateur radio enthusiast, he is not alone.

Thousands of fans of amateur radio, also known as ham radio, have gathered in Virginia Beach for more than three decades to view, purchase and sell equipment and to make connections to other amateur radio operators across the globe. Amateur radio enthusiasts communicate with fellow hobbyists across the country and around the world, according to website for AARL[sic], the national association for amateur radio.

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