This week I conducted a presentation on amateur radio for a neighborhood historical group. I was a bit nervous going into this as it was my first attempt at explaining our hobby in a presentation to the general public. For me it’s a challenge to capture the full essence of amateur radio in 45 minutes and not use too much lingo or go off on tangents. However, the presentation seemed to be pretty well received and I even got some laughs from the audience when talking about things like big antennas in backyards, interference, drinking beer at Field Day, and the 6 meter “magic band.”
This isn’t your grandfather’s amateur radio….
Explaining how radio waves bounce off the ionosphere
After the presentation we had wine, cheese, and various homemade dips and deserts. I fielded a lot of questions and several folks told me stories about relatives who were shortwave listeners, hams, or radiomen in the war. A good time was had by all, as they say….