Amateur radio operator teaches campers in Winthrop about life before cellphones

Ham radio operator Jack Schrader explained the technology behind and the uses of ham radios to more than 30 campers at the YMCA Camp of Maine.

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Using a Kenwood radio from the 1980s, Schrader told the voice from Pennsylvania that he was operating remotely from a summer camp outside of Augusta, Maine. Vic, familiar with the type of equipment Schrader has at home, which includes several other radios and towers and antennas, was impressed that Schrader was able to link up lakeside in order to show the kids how this technology works.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in person,” said camp lifeguard Will Boothby, 17, of Washington, D.C. “It was like something I’ve seen in a movie.”