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"School Of The Air" Lessons Broadcast To Outback (1962)

Ham Radio History 0 Comments 08/12/2022 

Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 08/12/2022

Despite being hundreds of miles from major cities in the Australian Outback, children received individual attention from teachers via shortwave radio.   In the 50's and early 60's - AM mode was used, but later the School of the Air moved to SSB, using the network created by the Flying Doctors Service.     This video shows an example where four teachers provide instruction to remote studios from a purpose-built School of the Air studio.

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