Tuesday, March 1 at 7PM
speaking & signing
Contact Sport: A Story of Champions, Airwaves, and a One Day Race Around the World
Join us this evening as J.K. George, author and experienced radio operator, guides us through the exciting world of amateur radio competition and the intriguing characters of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship. We'll meet the fascinating personalities that comprise the teams as well as those they left on the outside. They'll get lost, battle malfunctions and stay at the top of their game as best they can.
ABOUT CONTACT SPORT
In the woods of Massachusetts, pairs of contestants huddle in tents filled with communications equipment. Their voices soar through the air, riding waves into the atmosphere, as they comb through static and noise for a response from the other side of the world. They re searching for loot in the form of other voices in the sky. The rarer their contact, the more valuable their treasure.
Joining them in their quest is author J.K. George, an experienced radio operator himself, who guides you through the exciting world of amateur radio competition and the intriguing characters of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship. The competitors hail from across the planet from youthful challengers to veterans with decades of radiosporting experience. You will meet fascinating personalities not only among the teams themselves but also among their "widows" - spouses left behind for the allure of the airwaves.
They battle computer malfunctions, getting lost, and staying at the top of their game for 24 hours in a hot, stuffy tent. The final scores bring surprises, disappointments, even a recount, and decades-long friendships will be stressed in the fight for the crown of amateur radio the ultimate contact sport.
ABOUT J.K. GEORGE
J. K. (Jim) George has operated amateur radios for more than fifty years. An electrical engineer by trade, he spent his career in the semiconductor industry, where he became a corporate VP at Motorola. His first book was Reunion, a novel about a difficult relationship between a father and son, as well as life-long friendships within a unique high-school peer group. A native of Appalachia, he now lives in the Texas Hill Country outside Austin with his wife and family.
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