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The Radio Boys: On Secret Service Duty

 
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The Radio Boys: On Secret Service Duty, Gerald Breckenridge
 
In 1922 radio was cool enough to feature in a series of adventure stories.
 
"Mr. Hampton, a scientific man, enthusiastic over the development of radio telephony long before the radio craze swept the country... was licensed by the government to build a transmission station and use an 1,800-meter wave length for trans-oceanic experiment(s)..."

The QSL card is in the mail: Newsline 2150

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Amateur Radio Newsline No. 2150.
 for January 11, 2018 tells the story of my 24 year wait for a QSL card.

Original post Patience is a Virtue is here on 618 Comms.

THE QSL CARD IS IN THE MAIL - EVENTUALLY

PAUL/ANCHOR: Our last story for this week asks the question: Can a QSL card be a member of the quarter-century club? For that answer we turn to Mike Askins KE5CXP.

MIKE: It pays to send those QSL cards, even if it takes a while. Even if it takes 24 years - the time that elapsed between the New Year's Day QSO in 1995 between Doug Grant K1DG and John Fulton N9NJX on 20 meters - and the New Years arrival this year of Doug's card.

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Patience is a virtue...

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After a 20 year break I just got back into Amateur Radio. I got my first QSL card in the mail today. Wait, how can that be? I don't even have an HF antenna up yet? Then I saw the note...


Ham fisted juveniles...

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In the late 19th Century, railroad telegraphers tried to protect their jobs by insisting their skill could only be passed on to their children. The railroads responded by hiring (for lower wages) teenagers as telegraphers.

The railroad men complained about those "ham fisted juveniles..."

Is this the origin of the name "Ham?" Who knows. But its a fun story anyway...


Lightning precautions

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If you haven't given any thought to lighting precautions for your shack check out this article from The Belleville (Illinois) Advocate. It reported an unusual event in July of 1867. 

Notice I didn't say "Lighting prevention." If it hits there's not much you can do. For information about protection and safety check out this page from the  ARRL