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Surfin’: History That’s Worth Repeating


By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor

This week, Surfin’ gets historical about ham radio.

I’ve been interested in “old stuff” for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I collected old baseball cards, Matchbox cars, Mad magazines and radios, and I majored in history in college.

I still collect old stuff -- and I’m still interested in history -- so I was pleased to learn about a new website dedicated to the history of ham radio. Chris Codella, W2PA, created Ham Radio History, and although the site has been up for less than a month, it already features an interesting collection of articles related to the early days of ham radio. I enjoyed reading them, and I learned something in the process. I highly recommend the website.

Speaking of historical ham radio, my recent complaint about the dearth of Internet photos of a classic ham radio, the Cosmophone, brought a flood of e-mails from readers who knew where to look. Many readers pointed me to K0EOO’s photo of a Cosmophone. Other readers e-mailed me Cosmophone-related links -- once I sort them all out, I plan to list them here.

Until next time, keep on surfin’!

Editor’s note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, seeks the unusual in radio. To contact Stan, send e-mail or add comments to the WA1LOU blog.




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