Looks like a bunch of people socializing...and it is. But this is a special bunch of people. These people are "hams." "Hams?" you say. "What in the the world is a 'ham' and what makes them special?"
"Ham" is the nickname given to licensed amateur radio operators. O.K., that didn't help much. Try this...these are people whose hobby is centered around electronics and using those electronics to communicate with the world.
The amateur radio operators or hams pictured on these pages are members of the Runestone Amateur Radio Club of Alexandria, MN and live throughout Central Minnesota. Pictured above (l-r) are Mary Schouweiler (wife of George Schouweiler, N0RCL) of Alexandria, Maggie VanHavermaet, N0NYV, Sauk Centre, Nancy Johanson (wife of Wayne Johnanson, WAOEBZ), Osakis, and Mike Wisniewski, KC0TF, of Grey Eagle. Pictured below is Joe VanHavermaet, KC0PPU, of Sauk Centre. The combination of letters and numerals behind the names is call letters of their radio stations just as WCCO is the call letters of a Minneapolis commercial radio station..To earn their amateur radio license, they had to take and pass a government (FCC) test. If they pass they are assigned call letters for their stations (for example, NN0Q are the call letters of my station).