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Thursday, December 4, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY

I told you on Tuesday there was a clue in the photo to today's post. My buddy Tom from California was the only one who correctly picked up on it.  No, it wasn't the 64 or 65 Chevrolet Impala.  It was the license plate.


That's an Amateur Radio Call license plate and those were my call letters back in the day.  I predicted my lifelong broadcasting career a bit early when I became a "ham" radio operator.


Here's a picture taken in one my many ham shacks over the years. I got my first license in 1955, as a 15 year old boy and held a series of licenses over the years.  I think this particular scene was in the basement of our family home in North Dakota though I can't be sure.  I've always been amused by the photo because it has all the air of a spy in his den in World War Two, getting some bombing coordinates to his confederates in the Allies.

'Course, I've always had a vivid imagination, too.

11 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

You DO look like you're in a war movie conveying secret information. Great photograph.

Should Fish More said...

Be sure to change your crystals frequently, otherwise the Germans will locate you.

Thérèse said...

Wow! Much more sophisticated that what I had imagined... Pretty cool. Woud you have a picture of the antennas for next week?

Catalyst/Taylor said...

Regrettably I never had any sophisticated antennae. Usually just a wire or a vertical pole. And, sorry, no pictures.

Phil Perisich said...

I will have to forward your photo to my brother-in-law who is a big ham radio operator. He will probably send back the model of the equipment. He was a radio operator in the Navy and a whiz at the last art of Morse Code. My sister is also a ham and they both belong to the emergency communication group in Big Bear, California.

joeh said...

Decoding the Enigma?

Tom Cochrun said...

Great photo and amazing gear! Is that an Elvis hair cut you are styling?

Catalyst/Taylor said...

No, just time for a shower, I think.

Phil Perisich said...

From my brother-in-law: "Looks like a Johnson Viking transmitter and maybe an RME receiver??"

Catalyst/Taylor said...

I'd say he's probably right though somewhere around 50 years has certainly dimmed my memory.

The Bug said...

Cool! You look like a movie star playing a WWII spy...