Re: W0RW Lending Library is Open
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It was nice to work you yesterday. 559 was your report.
I have a suggestion for 2 more books for your lending library.
They Fought Alone by John Keats. A story about Wendel Fertig, an American Army officer in the Phileipene Island. When General Wainwright surrendered to the Japanese,Fertig took off and went into the hills of Mindanao. He met other American military members and they started a guerrilla army and fought the Japanese. Along the way he instructed a signal corps technician to build a transmitter so he could communicate with McArthur in Australia. Instead they tried to break into a Navy net run by a Coast Station in San Frsncisco. The operator in S.F. thought a Japanese station was trying to disrupt the net. However the unfolding story is interesting. Also later, when the Japanese were trying to D.F. the station, Fertig asked for an operator who could send and receive faster than the 10 wpm that was presently being used. They sent him doctor who was a ham and could run 30 wpm.
However, the Army operators in Australia, could only copy 10 wpm. McArthur in his ivory palace said, "That is good enough." So radio is a small part of this novel. Wikipedia's page on Wendel Fertig describes why McAurther did this.
Another is Kon Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl. This 3,000 mile trip from Peru across the Pacific, in a homemade balsa raft, in 1947 or 1948. One member of the crew was a ham. They kept schedules with American hams, who relayed their messages. The operator had a NC-188 receiver and a 6 watt oscillator. Their pet parrot almost destroyed their aerial, and that is a great story. The operator, Knut Haugland, is a true hero. They made a documentary film about the expedition using movies that took on the trip. I got the movie through our local library lending system, and it's great. Please read about the Kon Tiki expedition and Dnut Haugland in Wikipedia.
I attended a ham radio club in Mansfield OH in 1950,when I was 12 years old, and there was still talk about that expedition. I think they used 20 meters.
If you think these books would be an asset to your library, I'll gladly send them to you.
On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 5:01 PM w0rw <w0rw1@...> wrote: