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Two Teens, a Ham Radio, and Operation Deep Freeze

A bit of Ham Radio history that deserves to be remembered

DX-60 Modifications 0 Comments 05/05/2022 

Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 05/05/2022

Few words better characterize the period from 1945-1970 than "science".    But while the space program was the most visible and exciting,  the eleven nations included in the Antarctic portion of the 1957-1958 International Geophysical Year created several permanent research stations, including the first permanent station at the South Pole. The effort to create a permanent scientific presence at, literally, the end of the earth required enormous effort of scientists and military personnel.

The work was difficult and took a toll on the workers who were isolated from their families for months at a time in those days before satellites made global communications something we take for granted today.    Their morale was boosted by a couple of teenagers from New Jersey who happened to be ham radio operators with a strong sense of empathy.

"The History Guy" describes Operation Deep Freeze in this video and the role the Madey brothers played in running countless phone patches between scientists and Navy personnel at the first permanent research station on Antarctica and their families.

Because there is little actual footage of the events described, this is mostly a narration over period-correct films including one showing the assembly of Hallicrafters transmitters.   But it is worth the time to watch regardless.

   Everyone knows the history of the "Missiles of October"  - the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.   But many - even dedicated radio fans - may not know that 10 US AM radio stations joined the fight against the threat of nuclear proliferation by becoming the medium wave extension of the Voice of America.    This excerpt from a 206 page paper entitled "Cuban American Radio W...  READ MORE
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   Here we see a part of the collection of mostly entry-level shortwave and ham receivers owned by Tom WBØDVM of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.    Many will recognize Tom even without his trademark Hayseed Hamfest t-shirt and can-cap cap,  so daughter Denise aka "Dee Dee" does the honors.   By the way she is KBØLMH, which we're told stands for "Little Miss Hayseed".Ne...  READ MORE
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Did you hear KC2XIO?

Experimental radio station from 1971
Category: Monitoring Post
A strange yet familiar-sounding voice appeared on 13.56 MHz in 1971...can you identify who and what it was? Your browser does not support the audio tag.First - the "who"....This is the voice of Jane Barbe, which was familiar to everyone from the many recordings she made for the telephone systems around the world.   Of course it would be natural to hire the most talented voice actres...  READ MORE
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/09/2022 
   In an era when many legacy companies seem to have forgotten their legacy, or have been bought out and remnants of their vintage past have been scrubbed from their websites, it's nice to see a company that does just the opposite.Triad Transformers has been around since 1943 and embraces its past, as a supplier that powered everything from  Leo Fender's guitar amplifiers to the Apollo missions....  READ MORE
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/05/2022 
   Digital meters aren't new nor are they quite "dime a dozen" but when you can guy one for under five bucks right off the rack, why get excited about one for $50?    One reason:  "non contact DC current measurement"!The UNI-T UT210E does all the usual things you'd expect from a handheld meter in this class: AC DC Current measurement Resistance measurement LCD backlight ...  READ MORE
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/05/2022 

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