Ham radio operators gather for mock emergency

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club in Curry County will contact other radio operators around the area in a mock emergency Saturday and Sunday at Clovis Community College. The weekend event is called the Amateur Radio Relay League. For recently retired Master Sgt. Jeff Hardy from […]

Tuesday morning briefing: amateur radio operators and choir

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

Local golf partners each score hole in one

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Two Portales amateur golf partners beat the odds, each recently dropping a pair of aces from the tee only a month apart. But you haven’t heard the best part yet when it comes to this hole-in-one story. Each golfer has multiple aces to their credit. For William Raisbeck, it […]

Amateur bull riding good for laughs

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist I’m sure it’s written someplace that every ranch boy must try riding a bull — in a rodeo — at least once in his life. In the olden days most every town had an amateur rodeo every year — usually a jackpot deal. That was the perfect place for a […]

Clovis’ Reid captures U.S. Amateur qualifier

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Travis Reid shot a two-day score of 66-69 — 135 on Wednesday and Thursday to take first place in a U.S. Amateur qualifier at the University of New Mexico’s South course. With the victory, Reid qualified for national competition Aug. 18-24 in Pinehurst, N.C. He posted a four-stroke margin […]

ENMU group organizing ham radio operators

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer How do people communicate in the event of a disaster such as a tornado that knocks out typical communication methods? One way is amateur or “ham” radio, and a recently formed group in Portales hopes more people will get involved with what they say is tried and true technology. […]

Radio club to host Sky Warn class

PNT Staff Report The Greyhound Amateur Radio Club will co-sponsor a SKY WARN class and Emergency Management seminar July 9 at

Dora’s Kyler Smith sinks hole-in-one

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer 1 in 12,750. Those are the odds of an amateur golfer recording a hole-in-one, according to Golf Digest. Many golfers go their entire lives without hitting an ace. Dora’s Kyler Smith did it earlier this month at the Portales Country Club. The 17-year-old joined friend and coach Ty Thatcher […]

Amateur dinosaur hunter strikes it rich

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By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico North of Clovis, in the Tucumcari Basin, dinosaurs roamed a tropical swamp 225 million years ago. Teresa Allsup, an amateur paleontologist from Clovis, collects the skeletons left behind. On a recent dig, Allsup’s passion for hunting for dinosaur fossils emerged in a series of “awesomes” and “wows” as she […]

Hamming it up

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico It’s a small world after all — at least for amateur radio users. Eastern New Mexico Amateur Radio Club members said they are able to talk and listen to people in other countries and even astronauts in orbit through a loosely connected network of users. “I love short wave. […]