Tag Archive for RadioHistory

Why ham radio endures in a world of tweets

It’s always nice when our hobby gets favorable publicity among the non-ham population. From David Rowan at WIRED: Somehow it makes little sense that amateur “ham” radio continues to thrive in the age of Twitter, Facebook and iPhones. Yet the century-old communications technology — which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam…

From 1935: How to count DXCC entities

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Kosovo, Scarborough Reef, Kingman Reef, Mount Athos and other entities and “maybe-entities” keep DX interesting. It’s almost impossible to discuss them without the topic of the conversation meandering to questions on how decisions are made to determine what constitutes an entity. (And speaking of entities, I seem to recall that as late as the 1970′s,…

Video documentary: The role of British hams during both world wars

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From the East Anglican Film Archive: “Illustrated with archival film and photographs, as well as interviews with those involved, the documentary traces the evolution of civilian involvement in radio-based intelligence during both world wars. Wireless espionage was to play an even more important role during World War II, with the Secret Intelligence Service setting up…

Old radios and good-lookin’ women

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In January 2013, I posted something to the effect that one of my goals for the year was to find some way to combine my two hobbies – ham radio and photography. The year came and went without that resolution being realized. The problem was inspiration - or rather a lack of it. Inspiration has now arrived in…

EM1933L commemorates 1933 Holodomor

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Not much is known in the US (and perhaps much of the world) about the genocide-by-starvation perpetrated against Ukrainians by Stalinist Russia in 1932-33. During this short amount of time, millions of Ukrainians starved to death. The word holodomor means “extermination by hunger” and emphasizes the intentional man-made aspect of its implementation. A more detailed summary…