By: James Whittaker
A lifelong obsession with amateur radio started for Kevin Stockton as a teenager, snatching brief bursts of conversation with his father from far-flung destinations like Namibia and the Maldives.
The Arkansas native, now a speech therapist in the Cayman Islands, vividly recalls tuning in late at night to hear his father’s familiar voice crackle over the airwaves.
From there, his enthusiasm for amateur radio developed into a passion that will see him compete next month in the World Radiosport Championships in the U.S.
The contest pits the best amateur or “ham radio” operators from around the world against each other – challenging them to make as many “contacts” as possible with other enthusiasts across the globe in a 24-hour period.