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    KG4UYY James Lance Bass - 'N SYNC pop singer.
    WN30QW Jim Croce Singer/Songwriter
    W4CGP (Ex-WA4CZD) Chet Atkins Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist
    WB4KCG Ronnie Milsap Singer/Songwriter
    KD4WUJ Patty Loveless Country Music Singer
    WB6ACU Joe Walsh Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter
    N6FUP Stu Cooks Baseball player
    KD6OY Garry Shandling TV Personality
    N6YOS Priscilla Presley Actress (wife of Elvis)
    NK7U Joe Rudi Baseball player
    K7UGA Barry Goldwater late US Senator/SK 1998
    FO5GJ Marlon Brando Actor
    KB2GSD Walter Cronkite - "The worlds most recognised" US television newsreader - Walter has an asteroid named after him
    K2HEP John Sculley - former CEO of Pepsi
    M0SDX Sergei Rebrov - Professional soccer player
    N6FUP Stuart Alden Cook (Stu Cook) - Bass guitar player in American rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival
    W6UK Alvino Rey - Musician, reportedly invented / pioneered the electric guitar
    9DRV David Packard - Co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard.(sk).





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    Default Re: Famous Ham Radio Operators.

    The K# calls are oldest then W#, WA# WB#. Anything like KD# is fairly recent.

    I received my license back in 1976 as WN5ZDD (as a novice) then it was changed to WB5ZDD when I upgraded, having the "N" in the call for a novice was common back then. So Joe Walsh and I were probably licensed within a few years of each other.

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    Ham radio - are these like walkie talkies for grownups... but you can talk to people in space?
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    Quote Originally Posted by denverd1 View Post
    Ham radio - are these like walkie talkies for grownups... but you can talk to people in space?
    Yes, and yes. The International Space Station.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hjrF78J_IY"]ISS hamradio contact received with a Kenwood handheld TH-F7 - YouTube[/ame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudderoy View Post
    The K# calls are oldest then W#, WA# WB#. Anything like KD# is fairly recent.

    I received my license back in 1976 as WN5ZDD (as a novice) then it was changed to WB5ZDD when I upgraded, having the "N" in the call for a novice was common back then. So Joe Walsh and I were probably licensed within a few years of each other.
    Per his latest appearance on HamNation he said it was 1960. I thought it was interesting listening to Joe talk about his life in ham radio.

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    Congrats to Tim Allen (Home Improvement & Last Man Standing) for obtaining his Technician license.

    The producer of Last Man Standing, John Amodeo is a ham (NN6JA), hence the main character of the show Mike Baxter also being a ham. A lot of the supporting crew of the show have also gone on to get their licenses.

    This last weekend a special ham event was held from the "Last Man Standing" set using the call K6H. The radios that appear in the show were used with antennas mounted ontop of the studio.
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    Tim Alan Dick (his real name) - KK6OTD
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    Quote Originally Posted by prerunner1982 View Post
    Per his latest appearance on HamNation he said it was 1960. I thought it was interesting listening to Joe talk about his life in ham radio.

    http://twit.tv/show/ham-nation/144
    Mine's from 1956. 1x3. Most don't know the original purpose of W and K calls.

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    How about Donald Duck?
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    FWIW Jimmy Buffett is a ham. I used to listen to him running a maritime net check in from down in the Carribean area around 1800cst (fall/winter, mid-90's). I was chasing a numbers station that used to transmit in Spanish using the same freq same time from Cuba. Best guess based on the directional equipment available at the time - later confirmed when we heard a live Radio Havana announcer in the background when you could clearly hear a door open in the background, then ceased when door closed, all in real time.

    As for talking to space shots, when I was a kid, various governmental outfits as well as a local Ham group used to set up tracking & comms equipment on the grounds of Riverbank Labs during the Mercury & Gemini programs (probably Apollo also) whenever there was a launch. My friends and I would wonder down to the labs and hang out till we were chased away by MPs. The local Hams took pity on us & brought us into their operations shack to listen in on the comms. I was hooked. I didn't stop hanging out at the labs until I enlisted. Took code classes, built receivers, antennas, wandered about till my folks would come drag me home.
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