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Ham radio in popular movies, always inaccurate, always illogical

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by 9A5O, Nov 13, 2020.

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  1. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not exactly ham radio, but radio. Just finished watching an early John Wayne movie, Riders of Destiny. In the final chase scene, Wayne is chasing the bad guy and in the background there is a series of telephone poles and then what looks like a tall radio tower with guy wires. I'm sure they didn't have those in the old west.
     
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  2. VK6ZGO

    VK6ZGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not even radio, but in one old Western, the unmistakable sillhouette of a combine harvester was visible on a hill in the background.
     
  3. WA4ILH

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    And contrails in the sky.
    Tom WA4ILH
     
  4. N3HGB

    N3HGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Watching "City On The Hill", the police surveillance van had quite the collection of flea market 1980s electronics and an MFJ Antenna Tuner as part of the audio recording setup o_O
     
  5. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page


    A BIG +1 Dave!
     
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  6. 2E0CIT

    2E0CIT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Those telephone poles and radio masts, -they were probably built during the War of Independence when the revolutionary army rammed the ramparts and took over the airports to stop the British occupying them.;);););););)
     
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  7. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page

    But before the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. ;););););)
     
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  8. KI5AAI

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    I was watching a "B" Sci-Fi movie from the 50's the other day and I swear I saw a WAS award certificate above the ham radio operator's desk. I need to remember the movie so I can take a screenshot of it.
     
  9. KP4SX

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    It was easier to get WAS in the 50s. :rolleyes:
     
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  10. 9A5O

    9A5O Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have had my WAS for many years now, but I still vividly remember the agony of chasing South Dakota. After I finally got hold of a SD QSL, soon after I worked and confirmed two more of that elusive state. The other day I worked W7W aka "Come Get Wyoming"! I guess the joke is on us! Finally, I resent the 'new' FCC rule that call areas no longer mean the actual state your US counterpart is in! A lot of K/W seven or zero call areas (I was struggling with for my WAS) are actually located in Florida or Kentucky. What a sham!
     

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