Ham radio Christmas

Atlanta Ham Christmas cover by N2EST Hamtoons
Atlanta Ham Christmas cover by N2EST Hamtoons

Back in the 1980s, I drew several Christmas covers for The Atlanta Ham, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Radio Club, my home club at the time. The first one (with the green background) appeared in 1986, the second in 1989.

Enjoy … and Happy Holidays to all of my ham-radio friends.

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Little Ralphie was a ham

 

“A Christmas Story” — the holiday classic movie about little Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun — is shown non-stop on TV this time of year. Did you know Ralphie eventually became an amateur-radio operator?

It’s true: the late Jean Shepherd, the author and voice behind the movie, became a ham in his teens and stayed licensed throughout his life. He was a fixture on New York broadcast radio, and his semi-autobiographical essays, published mostly in Playboy magazine, became the basis for the much-loved movie.

Shepherd was a hardcore CW operator, so much so that the American Radio Relay League had him introduce this code-practice tape circa 1980, produced several years before “A Christmas Story” premiered in theaters in 1983. You can hear it above. Enjoy  — and Merry Christmas!

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