Getting a handle on ham radio
Amateur radio began in the late 1800s with the experimentation and development of wireless transmission. No one is exactly sure where the term “ham” comes from, but its both a hobby and a form of public service that allows licensed participants to operate communications equipment. Minnesota has nearly 12,000 amateur radio operators and more than 50 radio clubs. One of the oldest clubs is the St. Paul Radio Club founded in 1931. Involvement varies widely, from talking with other hams, to public service announcements and emergency work. In this piece KFAI producer Dixie Treichel talks to Ralph and Janet Bierbaum, Emanuel “Manny” Block, Twila Greenheck, Henry Kinane, Allan Klein, Orcena “Orcy” Lyle, Keith Miller, George Power, Janet and Janice Robidoux, and Mike Stapp.