hamming it up

HAM radio operators at Pole

Our five amateur radio operators: Dave, Fritz, Jerry, Lloyd and Alex, here in the main part of comms. The ham shack got a lot of activity all year, not only for phone patches but also for making contacts with other amateurs all over the world in English and Russian!

Jim Fletcher

Jim Fletcher in the ham shack doing a phone patch. In 1977
the Palmer and Siple winterovers already had the capability to
make telephone calls via the ATS-3 satellite, but for us, ham
radio was the only way to talk to family and friends back home.

Dave Thelander in comms

Dave Thelander gets on the horn...

Bill Spindler on the radio
Here's my turn for a patch. Or perhaps I'm talking to Siple Station, where 5 men were wintering over in the deeply buried old station. By this time of the year they'd run out of cigarettes! We would use these radios for communication with folks at many of the other Antarctic stations.

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