[amsat-bb] Off-topic, But Related To Amateur Radio

R.T.Liddy k8bl at ameritech.net
Sat Sep 3 03:00:33 UTC 2016

Hi Bernhard,
I just checked that episode out on-line. It's Season 3,Episode 3.  Yep, it's a Yaesu FT-101B like I had myselfmany years ago.  It's funny that he has his shack in acloset just as I did in our first small house.
It's hard to tell what Mode he's in from the RX audio, butit looks like the switch is in the Tune position. HIHI  A latershot shows a Bug Key next to the XCVR.
He's using the Call KC4L which is registered to a Hamin Gainesville, FL. I wonder if he knows that??
Thanks for the tip on the Show.     73,     Bob  K8BL

      From: B J <va6bmj at gmail.com>
 To: amsat-bb <amsat-bb at amsat.org> 
 Sent: Friday, September 2, 2016 10:06 PM
 Subject: [amsat-bb] Off-topic, But Related To Amateur Radio
Amateur radio was part of this week's episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire".

In the opening part, the character Gordon had set up his ham shack in
a closet in his house and he was fiddling with his transceiver.  He
says it was home-brew, but it was really an FT-101B, which I found
rather amusing.  I thought I recognized the radio and, when I looked
closely during the replay of that episode, the model number could be
clearly seen.

I'm sure his on-air manner would have branded him as a lid, unless
such behaviour was permitted 30 years ago when the episode is supposed
to be set.

One thing I found odd was that it sounded like he was operating AM as
I think he was on HF.  I remember when AM was common on those bands
where I grew up but that was during the mid-1960s.  I thought that by
the 1980s, SSB was the main voice mode.

He was having problems making contacts, and his wife suggested that
maybe a lot of hams were possibly on-line.  In the mid-'80s?  I'm not
so sure about that, even though there were dial-in services and
bulletin boards available back then (I was active on a CompuServe
space board at the time).  Even the use of the term "on-line" seems a
bit suspicious, as I don't recall it ever being used in those days.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting that amateur radio was part of
this week's story, despite some questionable details.  Unfortunately,
nothing about satellites.


Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
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