Where have you seen ham radio in movies and tv shows?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W7TCT, Oct 5, 2017.

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  1. KC3GSV

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  2. W7UUU

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    Carl Sagan's "Contact" - both the book and the Jody Foster movie.

    Also, "Testament" - 1984 cold war "we just got nuked"

    BOTH portrayals are really lame - like cringe-worthy lame.

    Another is "Another Earth" fairly obscure movie with HORRID portrayal of ham radio.

    I've never understood why directors don't ask around for a local ham somewhere in the studio. Or someone who "knows a ham guy" - to get things right about how hams actually call CQ, how they use their callsigns to ID, etc. So simple but they rarely if ever get it right.

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  3. WB2WIK

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    TV show Last Man Standing featured ham radio in several episodes and actually showed a pretty modern "shack."


    There were even real operating events on the air from exactly that station, but with real callsigns.
  4. WB7OXP

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    of course w6xrl4 is a famous ham from tv. and self proclaimed emcommer

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  5. KK6NOH

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    the television series "falling skies" had amateur radio in it several times.

    Two times i can think of was a tube transmitter uncle scott used in the beginning of the series, and a yeasu ft 101 transceiver later on in the series. They also had a little kit receiver they made and a couple military radios like the old vietnam era HT.
  6. W3WN

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    A couple of years ago, I had some emails back & forth with someone who was allegedly writing & producing an "end of the world" type movie. He originally was asking if my daughter would be interested in appearing in it... but eventually we got to talking about that very thing, how Amateur Radio was portrayed.

    He asked me for an example of how traffic is actually sent. I gave him one.

    Haven't heard a word from him since. It's been a few years now, so I guess there's not going to be a movie after all.
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  7. K9STH

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    Just before World War II, there were several Nancy Drew movies. Those are shown on a couple of the "cable" television channels from time to time.

    The movie in which her boyfriend was an amateur radio operator is "Nancy Drew Detective" from 1938. Here is a "You Tube" for the first half of the movie in which the amateur radio operation is shown:

    and the second half where the boyfriend uses the X-ray, really a diathermy, machine to send code:

    Glen, K9STH
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  8. K8ERV

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    Not on cable back then, maybe that is why I did not see them

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  9. N6QIC

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  10. W5PB

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    Not explicitly amateur radio, but "Zontar - The Thing From Venus" seems to be influenced by it. Relevant scenes at 6:30 and 12:50

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