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Clearwater Amateur Radio Club is the answer for Trivia 551 a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.

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Monday: Was the size of a regular refrigerator

Tuesday: Now it fits in a pocket.

Wednesday: Practiced together

Thursday: Was informal at first

Friday: Communicate regularly

Saturday: Reach out around the world

Monday: Are mobile

Clearwater Amateur Radio Club got it'start in about 1972 when a handful of ham operators got together on an informatl basis. Among the founders were Les Barger, Ray Norton, Ed Moore, Don Sumpter, Ed Chames and Clarence Archer.

The equipment has gone from radios as big as refrigerators that were salvaged from planes to little hand held radios that can fit in a pocket. In the early days, before there cell phones and personal computers they provided another way to communicate. They are still some of the first on scene when there is a disaster. They are also found helping provide communication for public events such as the jet boat races on the Clearwater River that were held a few years ago. Their reach is sometimes close to home and on special occasions, all around the world.

Originally, there seven different levels that operators tested for and knowing morse code was need to pass. Now there are just three levels and know morse code requirement. The club meets once a month to network among themselves and discuss activities such as field days and community events where they are helpin with communication. They also do radio check with 'Net Control' once a week. They primarily use two different repeaters.

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