Weekly Update

Hello to all my fellow history lovers! I hear that we are having one of the driest January's on record, but you would not know that the way the sky looks as I type this! Up here in the northeast we are waiting for a fast moving storm system to get here (and then leave!). Fortunately, it is warm and we will see rain rather than the white stuff that needs to be shoveled.

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, CB radios were all the rage, and I had one too. Most of my friends did, and we all soon found a convenient way to communicate. Up until that time, we made call after call after call to get a few kids together for a game or some other event. In today's world of the internet, social media, and instant communication, it seems odd that a simple radio would make communicating much easier.

Of course, radio is not new, and in the basement of the original Oliver Ames High School, a radio lab was set up for students to use and learn from. Generations of kids built crystal sets from kits. A short while later, short-wave radio allowed radio operators to talk to ships at sea, airplanes, and opened up the world to ham radio operators. The card below is one of several recently donated by Robert Vogel. It features the call letters of John. A. Dupont, who lived at 37 Mechanic Street in the 1940's (later mover to 78 Lincoln Street). Cards like this one, which gave technical details of the operators radio equipment and room for a message in some type of unique shorthand, would be sent to an operator in another part of the country or even overseas as connections were made. This card was sent to someone in North Carolina in 1941.

Wishing you all the best,

Frank

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