Ever since I was young I was fascinated by radio. My early recollections were of me watching Adam-12 (1968 – 1975) on TV. What fascinated me the most about the show was the use of the radio, and the pragmatic tone of the dispatcher using radio language.
I so wanted to be a cop just so I can talk on the radio. There was also a real fascinating show call Emergency (1972 – 1979) with more radio use and language that for a kid seemed rather strange.
The 70’s also seen the explosion of the popularity of CB radio. My first venture into CB radio was one Christmas morning when I received the best gift a father could give a son. Walkie-Talkies!!
I turned them on and the noise was deafening and addictive at the same time. All of these voices from all over the place talking to each other was amazing. I didn’t know it at the time but the 70s was a peak of the sun spot cycle and the ‘skip’ as it was called was very good. I could hear stations from all over North America, but why would they not answer me when I called them? I had so much to learn.
Needless to say I was hooked and radio communication would become a lifelong fascination. In time, I will be adding a ton more information to my timeline that includes my venture into Shortwave, Scanning and Amateur radio.
As they say, Please stay tuned!
73'DE VE4 and VE5JL