Great SWL Memories

Shortwave Listening – my “gateway drug” into Ham Radio and a 38 year career in IT It was all sparked by the “inventors” series that Ms. Goodin taught in my 4th grade class at Merriam Avenue School. (And yes, that is the same Merriam as Merriam Webster fame). I was awestruck by stories of Edison and Marconi, and then in Boy Scouts, I saw…

I Listened To The Search and Rescue Effort for the Edmund Fitzgerald on Shortwave Radio

In 1971 or thereabouts, I built my first Heathkit Shortwave receiver – the woeful SW-717: That ended up being my Novice receiver – but to an 11 year old – this was the cats meow – it looked cool – heh heh. I do remember one very eventful thing – hearing a search and rescue effort for the Edmund Fitzgerald. It was a lost…