Tag Archive for RadioHistory

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…

Operation Acoustic Kitty

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Did the creativity never end?! In the mid-1960′s, the CIA recruited a number of housecats as their latest agents. The transistor was becoming more and more capable and all the science & electronic magazines of the day praised the miniaturization it had created in just a few short years. Intelligence agencies of the world’s major…

Republic of Lakota?

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Why not – after all, Transnistria and Kosovo are striving for independent status and have recently been put on the air with callsigns of dubious legality meant to call attention to their desires. Vlad UA4WHX is currently operating as T10VB from Transnistria – a so called breakaway territory that borders Moldova. On a popular DX forum, Vlad…

“Carlos the Jackal” and Radio Free Europe

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From the not-too-distant past, here’s a story that details radio’s power to influence, inform and even provoke. . In 1978 Romania had been living under the totalitarian regime of Nicolae Ceausescu for 13 long years. All aspects of media were controlled by the government, leaving Romanians with one porthole to the world outside their borders…