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Thursday, June 19, 2008

I'm getting nostalgic

TWIAR contributor Philip Neidlinger got put on the ARRL site this week, and they talk about his forte, discussing Dead Electrical Dudes. He's been getting more popular with his segments, and it seems like historical discussion of ham radio (namely Bill Continelli's Ancient Amateur Archives) is gaining popularity. I myself was very captivated at Bill's discussion of the "very first broadcast" on what was considered broadcast radio in the 1920s during TWIAR International 176. You need to check it out if you haven't already.

I find that Bill is a great storyteller. One of my personal favorites is his personalized recount of using scanners and a portable radio to navigate out of New York City during 9/11. He was in another building south of WTC Tower 2 and heard the plane fly over as it slammed into the tower.

What is striking was that he only mentions the actual events he saw of the World Trade Center in one sentence, noting them as "horrifying", then proceeds to discuss how he evacuated Manhattan on the trains that were initially thought to have been shut down for longer than expected. It was somewhat refreshing, considering how desensitized most everyone is regarding 9/11. We know people jumped. We know the towers fell. We know that so many died that day. It was nice to know that this personal recollection didn't repeat the same story we've all seen replayed over and over time and again.

I highly recommend you give it a listen. It can be found here.