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1960s ARRL Promotional Film

Ham Radio History 0 Comments 04/93/2022 


Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 04/93/2022
This 1960s film from the American Radio Relay League gives viewers a look at the “wide world” of amateur radio, also known as ham radio, a “popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together.” Radio/TV personality Arthur Godfrey narrates and Senator Barry Goldwater and others provide a panorama of the "wide world" of amateur radio.


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