Radio: Hams Across the Iron

During the war, FCC took over a 160-meter amateur band for the use of loran, the aerial navigational device (TIME, March 18, 1946). This week there was good news for some 80,000 U.S. hams (amateur radio operators): FCC was giving part of the band back. Hereafter, U.S. hams,* whose ranks increase by 200 every month, will have a little more elbow room for their incessant chattering with the men & women of every continent.

Every week, U.S. hams casually talk to hams behind the Iron Curtain. Usually the topics discussed are politically innocuous: the...

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