The PurpleHull Pea Amateur Radio Club's callsign is, appropriately, K5PEA.
Pea-Fest Ham Radio
Operators Crucial for Successful Festival
NOTE: The PurpleHull Pea Amateur
Radio Club will participate in the "Arkansas QSO Party" this Saturday,
September 8, 2012. They will be set up on the grounds of the Emerson
United Methodist Church, 203 Church Street, in Emerson. Everyone is
invited to come and visit as they try to contact as many other ham
operators as possible in the 12-hour period from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
There are many out-of-the-ordinary,
quirky things about our festival. One that we noticed early on was
the unusually large number of amateur or "ham" radio operators who were
contributing their time and effort to make the festival possible.
In 2004, we weren't at all
surprised to learn these hams had gone a step further and formed the PurpleHull Pea Amateur Radio Club. Shortly thereafter, the FCC
granted the club the highly appropriate callsign, K5PEA.
Just what do these ham radio
In addition to the typical ham-related assistance, the festival's
official photographer and official meteorologist are hams.
Two former Commissioners of Tiller Racing are hams.
The Master of Ceremony for the World Cup PurpleHull Pea Shelling
Competition is a ham.
The chairman of the festival's "Million Tiller Parade" is a ham. (He
is also a former mayor of Emerson, and his wife
- a former festival chairman - and four daughters are licensed as well.)
The "Pea-R Guy" (the publicity chairman) is a ham.
The fellow who does a tremendous amount of footwork for the festival is a
Some who provide security assistance during the festival are also
licensed ham radio operators.
If you're interested in getting your amateur radio operator's license,
visit the Web site of the
ARRL - the Amateur Radio Relay League.
Or you can contact the club at the address below:
PurpleHull Pea Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 273
Emerson, AR 71740 USA