CQ, CQ, CQ…Hopewell?

Tonight, for the first time in months, I got on the ham radio, calling CQ on the 40-meter band. My second contact was “Bob.” In a flash, my buddy Milton´╗┐ (sitting with me) looked up Bob’s call sign on his computer, and started laughing hysterically....

It’s Official: I’m Now A Ham!

In the mid-1980s, I saw the movie Testament, starring Jane Alexander and William Devane. The story is set in a fictitious town of Hamlin (near San Francisco), and tells the story of an average American family in a Norman Rockwell town. One moment, the kids are...

Sears Home in Buena Vista, Virginia

The last time I visited Buena Vista, Virginia was 1969. Our family had been vacationing in Douthat State Park and we were awakened in the wee hours by a park ranger and told to get out immediately due to extreme flooding. Hurricane Camille had visited overnight and...