New Directions Radio: NDR Directory of Ham Radio and Information Selectivity

New Directions Radio shares news about the NDR directory of ham radio and choosing information selectivity from media when being inundated by too much information.

| November/December 1982

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    Although the directory itself will cost some money, a listing in it—with your name, address, phone number, and (if you're a ham operator) call letters, plus up to 100 words of self-description—is free.

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The New Directions Radio column shares the latest on radio activities, including the NDR directory of ham radio and information selectivity. 

Copthorne Macdonald is an amateur radio enthusiast, inventor of slow scan television, and founder of New Directions Radio. New Directions Radio article MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 78, November/December 1982. 

Copthorne Macdonald: THE NDR DIRECTORY

A while back Harry Spetla (KA2DRE) suggested that we publish the NDR directory of ham radio: a directory of NDR hams and other folks who are sympathetic with the aims of New Directions Radio. Such a document could—for one thing—serve as a handy reference to our radio friends' names, addresses, and phone numbers. But beyond that, if the book included notes on each individual's interests and areas of competence, it would help people locate others with common concerns and/or with expertise in specific fields.

We've discussed the idea on the air, and a plan of action has begun to jell. Since demand for the booklet is likely to be high enough to require printing several hundred copies, we've decided that the project should be a nonprofit, volunteer, group endeavor. Perhaps if we spread the work out among a number of people, the guide will become a labor of love for many rather than one of drudgery for just a few.

Harry is coordinating the job, managing the money, and—with the help of Bob Robinson (K1PRR)—handling production. Lee Branum (KL7IJG) is sending radio messages to people whose addresses we already have and who are likely to want to be listed in the directory. Meanwhile, I'll be taking on the editorial chores, typing the information into my computer and turning out the camera-ready copy to be printed.

Of course, we may well need more volunteers . . . particularly people who might be able to arrange local printing, or who are willing to help collate and staple pages or stamp and mail envelopes. And, naturally, we also need contributions to help cover our startup costs. We're not sure—at this point —just what the postpaid price of the book will be, but donations made to the New Directions Radio Directory Project will be credited (gratefully) toward your purchase of a copy. If you'd like to help in any way, send your check and/or offer of assistance to Harry Spetla, Dept. TMEN, Hoosick Falls, New York.

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