New Directions Radio: Ham Radio Operators on the West Coast

New Directions Radio shares bios of ham radio operators located on the west coast and news about a simple receiver project producing great results.


| November/December 1977


The New Directions Radio column shares the latest on radio activities, this issue highlights ham radio operators located on the west coast.

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. 48, November/December 1977.

Ham Radio Operators on the West Coast

New Directions Radio is alive and well on the West Coast! Alternatives-oriented ham radio has definitely exceeded "critical mass" proportions out West and appears to have established a self-sustaining chain reaction. Randy Brink, WA78KR (who-together with "So" Bogardus, W6HSE puts out The New Directions Roundtable Newsletter) claims much of the credit for this . . . he's been an active NDR promoter since the early part of 1974. A while back, Randy and his wife, Meta-who hail from Port Orchard, Washington — traveled throughout the western U.S. in order to meet some of the gang, and with characteristic thoughtfullness — took pictures as they went. Here — to help the rest of us get acquainted with "them that's doing" — are a few of Randy and Meta's photos, along with some comments about what these folks are up to.

Bo Bogardus (W6HSE), who currently lives in Berkeley, California, is a retired military man whose interests are now decidedly anti-military.

In addition to publishing The NDR Newsletter, Bo prints a newsletter for the Women for Peace organization. He also moderates the Sunday evening session of the Roundtable.

In Los Angeles, Randy spent an enjoyable evening with Bill Goodart, K6CSP and Curt Barnes, WB6EUN. Randy's three a and a half years in the military helped sensitize him to matters of war and peace, too: He is currently working with the Pacific Life Community in the Trident submarine protest. In addition, Randy has been active with a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group called — of all things — New Directions, which is currently focusing its efforts on the nuclear issue.





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