Is anybody out there?

Dean Blair has an unusual hobby. He is a HAM radio operator who takes his skills to the hills, 'bagging' peaks by hiking to the top, then reaching out to fellow enthusiasts via the airwaves. He said he considers it a good day if he can make contact with several other HAM radio operators worldwide while enjoy the mountaintop vista. On this day, last fall, he summited Richland Balsam off the Blue Ridge Parkway and made contact with several international radio operators. 

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