Radio: Restricted Hams

Of the 55,000 licensed radio amateurs in the U. S., some 5,000 regularly worked foreign stations. For the most part their conversations with alien hams consisted of trivia about the weather, eclectic gossip of tubes and frequencies. When war came, most amateurs subscribed to a self-imposed neutrality code, foreswore all contacts with hams in Europe. Last week FCC further restricted their activities, forbade them to signal any foreign hams at all. Prohibited also was the use of any portable transmitter capable of sending messages "farther than the line of sight." Violators face immediate loss of license and up to $500 fine.


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