Ham Radio Operators' Meeting

Copthorne Macdonald, the inventor of slow-scan television, was motivated to organize east coast meetings following the positive results of the second New Directions Radio ham radio operators meeting in Petrolia, CA in 1980.

| January/February 1981

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The success of west coast a ham radio operators' meeting leed Copthorne Macdonald to try organizing east coast meetings.


Last year, more than 20 West Coast NDR members spent an August weekend at Cambiamos—the country home of Bill Sturgeon and Judy Turnbull—in Petrolia, California.

That ham radio operators' meeting marked the second gathering of NDR West. Although I wasn't there, the gang was kind enough to share some reactions with me in the form of a "group letter." Several of the comments deserve a wider audience, and I'd like to pass them along to you.

Bill Goodart (K6CSP): "Wish you were here. This meeting is an example of New Directions Radio at its best. Being able to communicate in person helps keep NDR vital and meaningful."

Thacher Robinson (WB7PRV): "Lots of lovely things happened in Petrolla, but perhaps most significant was the Integration of technical and spiritual communication, two means of relating that are often divorced in our civilization."

Bill Sturgeon (KB6PC): "When I first read your column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS  years ago, little did I know that it would lead to this rewarding experience. The word that best describes this assemblage of fine brothers and sisters is ... caring."

Bill Kibler (W6SAZ): "Amateur radio is only a medium. It's people that make NDR West prosper and grow, that make meetings like this possible. Politics, lifestyles, radio, nuclear energy, and philosophy are only a few of the topics of discussion that have begun to fill many radio bands over the past few years. Making connections and sharing resources will continue to be the cornerstone of NDR. Let's get the rest of the U.S. on the wagon, Cop!"

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