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W3OK Field Day - ca. 1950

Ham Radio History 0 Comments 03/14/2023 

Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 03/14/2023

Home movie film from the early 1950s Field Day activities at W3OK/3.    Mel Snyder who shared these on YouTube says "Found in the attic of my dad, the "real" W3PYF, Clarence Snyder - a short piece of 8mm film of a Delaware Lehigh Amateur Radio Club Field Day from, I am guessing from the cars, 1950. I recognize my dad's 1950 Dodge as one of the "shacks." The heavy-set guy is the "real" W3OK; my father is the guy running around in the undershirt. I recognize Bill Werner and the faces of a few others. Hope you all enjoy seeing what ham radio was like in the war surplus era; you could buy a pair of "Command" sets for about $10 back then on "radio row" in NYC where the World Trade Center once stood (you could buy them for less at hamfests, if the original owner screwed them up)."

This is a silent movie - no sound - but a real glimpse into what ham radio was like in the post-WWII era when surplus was king.

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