This is a homebrew project I’ve wanted to get on the air for a long time. It’s about the history of amateur (or ‘ham’) radio, partly as technical evolution and partly as a long eddy of fascinating and beautiful subcultures. I’m a ham operator myself, have been for many years, and so this is hugely autobiographical. It’s meant as a kind of thank-you to my Elmers, the several generous men who helped me get started many years ago. It’s also professionally reasonable, since I teach history.
“Radio Ranch” comes from a Gene Autry potboiler for boys. My summers were a lot like that, on a real ranch, where my elders indulged me in cowboy hats and antennas.
I’d love a QSO with you! Please say hello, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or find me in 20-meter greyline most weekends, usually around 14.035, especially at DX contest time, when I’m looking for North Americans.
Duncan Fisher MM0WXD ex-WA7WXD
Picture: Boys’ Life Magazine, February 1956
tags: amateur radio history, ham radio history, history of amateur radio, history of ham radio