Happy Memorial Day

For most of us, Memorial Day signifies the unofficial beginning of summer, BBQs, and a long weekend. Here in Humboldt County, we have something called the Kinetic Grand Championship that takes place every year but we know that there is more to the Memorial holiday than this so we set out on a quest to understand what is really being celebrated on Memorial Day. We found a lot of information about the history behind Memorial. The short version: It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. In our search, we also found some radio related options to help honor those people who are risking their lives and sometimes sacrificing them to allow us the freedoms we enjoy today.

Memorial Day Old Time Radio Shows
http://www.otrcat.com/memorial-day-old-time-radio.html

Sirius XM Radio announced that it will launch a four day channel “Bob Hope Radio” devoted to the legendary entertainer and showman’s USO tours of the military during World War II. Begins Friday May 24th.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bob-hope-radio-launches-memorial-164500573.html

Radio Smart Talk will be interviewing combat vets about what Memorial Day means to them.
http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2013/05/radio-smart-talk-what-memorial-day-means-to-combat-vets.php

Please take a moment this weekend to remember all of the brave men and women who have given their lives while serving our country. If you have a story to share or a particular person you’d like to remember, please send us a comment and we’ll try to get it posted.

With radio, you will never get a busy signal!

“Stop all runners on the course.” Was the message heard over radio frequencies across the 26 mile course of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Nearly 150 amateur radio operators were present on this day assisting in communication and emergency efforts at the first aid stations of the marathon.

Whether it’s a natural or man-made disaster radio is the most reliable source of communication for news and information. With radio, you will never get a busy signal.

Tim Carter, amateur radio operator W3ATB and a good friend of C. Crane, was at the 2013 Boston Marathon and experienced first- hand the important role that radio communication can play in a disaster like this.

To read Tim’s entire Boston Marathon story, please visit his ham radio website at http://w3atb.com 

First Aid Station Boston Marathon
This is First Aid Station 12 looking east towards
Chestnut Avenue. Photo Credit: Tim Carter