I seem to have a knack for developing ideas for websites that sound like a good idea, but in practice don’t seem to pan out. You’d think I’d just quit, but I’ve come up with yet another idea for a website that sounds like it might be fun to do—namely the Ham Radio Story Project.
This website was inspired by the Story Corps, which was itself inspired by NPR’s National Story Project. Basically, the idea would be to capture personal stories of how amateur radio has touched lives, either the lives of amateur radio operators themselves, or of the people that we serve.
The stories could be written or recorded. To help me collect stories in audio format, I’ve purchased a small, hand-held digital recorder.
I think that I also have a great story for the first bit of audio. At the USECA hamfest last weekend, I got to talking with a guy, who, as it turns out, was one of the first technical coordinators for ARROW, my club here in Ann Arbor. He told me a great story from back in the early 70s of how the ARROW repeater was causing interference to the AAPD mobile radios. That’s all I’ll say so that I don’t give the story away.
So, start thinking about what kind of story you’d like to tell:
- Perhaps you had an Elmer who was especially helpful to you, or
- you had an exceptional experience one Field Day, or
- you know of a ham who went way out of his or her way during an emergency, or
- you got an incredibly good deal on a piece of gear at Dayton one year, or
- well…..you get the idea.
Send me an email, and I’ll put you on a list, so that you’ll be one of the first to know when I get HamRadioStoryProject.Com up and running.