Human Unity Conference, Ham Radio Networks, and Other Amateur Radio Initiatives

In this installment of his regular column, Copthorne Macdonald discussed an upcoming unity conference, ham radio networks, and the development of an autocall device.


| May/June 1981



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Copthorne Macdonald, the inventor of slow-scan television, promoted and participated in the 1981 Human Unity Conference.


PHOTO: MADALEIN MACDONALD

Let me begin with an Albert Einstein quote, "A human being is part of the whole called by us universe ... a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Einstein could see the unity of all things. For him, that concept was as real as were energy and mass. Others have seen it, too ... artists, saints, sages, and wise ordinary folks. Most of us, however, find it easy to think oneness, but not to feel it deeply enough to let it influence our lives. Yet considering the world situation, I believe we'd better learn to act as if we were all part of a complex fabric and do so fast!

But just how can we internalize such a sense of connectedness? The question is a difficult one, and will be among the topics discussed at the eighth annual Human Unity Conference (to be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from July 23 to 26, 1981). Furthermore, the "magic" of ham radio will allow folks not attending to discuss such problems with people at the conference. And I can't think of a more graphic demonstration of connectedness than those thoughts traveling thousands of miles, from one human being to another, on electromagnetic waves!

Howard Silsdorf (WB7AQP) and Rob Southcott (VE7BRS) are coordinating the ham radio activities at the conference. 

Ham Radio Networks

While we're on the subject of communications networks, many of you will be glad to hear that we now have a viable East Coast New Directions Net! The enthusiastic "founder members" of the group are with me—Bob Robinson (K1 PRR) of Yarmouth, Maine; Bill Hanrahan (KA1KF) of Plymouth, Massachusetts; and, a little farther down the coast, Buddy Travis (KA4NNN) of Richmond, Virginia. Each of us can hear the others, the frequency is generally free of interference, and it's a delight to be getting together! The price we pay for our interaction is the loss of a little sleep, as the net meets at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time each weekday morning, and usually continues until about 7:00 on the clearest frequency between 3898 and 3903. Join us!

Several other on-air activities are now well enough established to survive the delay between my writing this and your reading it. Two West Coast nets, for example, are sure to continue. The evening net—the New Directions Roundtable West—meets Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, on 3898 kHz at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time ... and also holds a morning gathering each day, on 7166 kHz at 8:30 a.m.





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