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May 27, 1985 | DARYL KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
Don C. Wallace, a pioneer in radio communications and dean of the country's long-distance amateur radio operators, died Saturday in Long Beach after suffering a stroke. He was 86. From his "antenna ranch" atop a ridge on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Wallace had been in touch with more people in more countries than any other ham operator in the world since 1955, colleagues said Sunday. "He was the No. 1 man, No. 1 in the world," said Lloyd Colvin of Richmond, Calif.
December 9, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A U.S. Navy Hercules C-130 transport plane based at Point Mugu and carrying 11 people crashed on an icy airstrip in Antarctica Tuesday, U.S. Embassy personnel in Christchurch, New Zealand, said. Three people were feared dead. Embassy spokesman Mike Gould said the the ski-equipped plane was attached to the California-based Antarctica Development Squadron 6. According to Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr.
Refugees reverently appear at the door of Enes Boric's radio room beneath this capital city's mammoth central mosque, clutching tiny scraps of paper with meticulously copied telephone numbers. With nowhere else to turn, they beg Boric to use his network of ham radio operators to help them contact relatives in Srebrenica, Zenica, Tuzla and other besieged communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, hoping to learn anything about their families' fate.
January 21, 1991 | A Times staff writer
For families with relatives stationed in the Persian Gulf, a local group of amateur radio operators is offering to send messages to the front line free of charge. Based at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Los Angeles, the radio network hopes to gear up to 20 outgoing messages per half hour, said Frank Collins, one of several volunteers running the service.
April 14, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
GODALMING, England - He had just landed his biggest assignment yet, senior telegraph officer on the world's biggest ship. On the second day of its maiden voyage, he celebrated his 25th birthday. Four days later, in the first minutes of April 15, 1912, Jack Phillips was at his post in the wireless room of the Titanic, sending out distress signals and cries for help in Morse code. "CQD CQD," Phillips tapped out. Calling all ships - distress. "Come at once. We have struck a berg.
September 20, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of Southland residents were besieging local ham radio operators Tuesday for word of relatives and friends on Caribbean islands who may have been in the path of Hurricane Hugo. But with requests for emergency disaster assistance taking priority in ham communications to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, most of those concerned are not likely to get their messages answered for several more days, according to amateur radio instructor Gordon West of Costa Mesa.
September 18, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
In a corner of an exhibition hall at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Fred Martin of Thousand Oaks was chit-chatting with Japan, Nebraska and Butte, Mont. "He just asked if I copy him," Martin said Friday afternoon, listening to a rapid series of dits and dats from a ham operator in Japan. Suddenly, a louder signal blotted it out, and Martin was visibly annoyed. "Somebody stepped on us," he said, scowling as he looked around for another operator causing the interference.
The messages from U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf come in sporadically, passed along by one specially trained radio operator to another, eventually reaching family members in Orange County hungry for word from their loved ones. The messages, 25 words or less, are usually reassuring, said Dennis Clark, who belongs to a network of radio hobbyists connected to the Military Affiliate Radio System.
February 22, 1987 | NANCY REED, Times Staff Writer
Commanding a view from a hilltop in Valley Center, Stan Rohrer lives with his wife, Barbara, and two teen-age daughters at 1,200 feet--a good elevation for a radio antenna. A native of Wakarusa, Ind., Rohrer became interested in amateur radio in high school, and it has made his life easier ever since, he said. It also led him to the avocado groves he now manages for a living.
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