Radio: Pitcairn Island

For 147 years after British mutineers colonized Pitcairn Island in 1790 the islanders had only occasional contact with the outside world through visiting boats.

Last year the American Radio Relay League secured for this South Pacific speck a modern radio transmitter. One night last week Operator Andrew Young (VR6AY, Pitcairn) talked with Operator Dorothy Hall (W21XY, Queens, L. I.), told her that all ships were avoiding the island because of a false rumor of typhoid epidemic, that Pitcairn was in desperate need of medicines for inhabitants who were ill from other causes.


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