October 30, 2012 |
AS HURRICANE SANDY approached the Philly region Monday afternoon, the emergency shelter at Cheltenham High School was more than ready to withstand Sandy's best punch. In addition to 100 cots, three prepared meals a day, a nurse, a mental-health professional and a generator, the shelter also has two volunteer amateur-radio operators working 12-hour shifts to provide emergency communications between the shelter and Montgomery County's Emergency Operations Center in Eagleville and the American Red Cross.
December 2, 2011 |
Leonard Prybutok, 89, an electrician, educator, and ham radio operator who supplied communications during Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii in 1992, died of kidney failure Sunday, Nov. 27, at Atria, an assisted-living residence in Center City. Mr. Prybutok was an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for three years. Then for 20 years, he was a foreman and estimator for Peter H. Lowenthal & Co., an electrical contractor in North Wales. He was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98. In 1979, Mr. Prybutok changed careers and became a vocational education teacher at Dobbins Technical High School and then at Edison High School.
July 3, 2011 |
On a stunning Saturday in suburbia, in a hilly park where George Washington pondered an attack on Philadelphia, the hams prepare for modern disaster. They arrive in SUVs clutching smartphones, then set up folding tables with old-school gear like generators and antennae strung up through the trees with homemade tennis-ball guns. Call them the original Geek Squad. They toil in amateur radio in the event Mother Nature - or a cyber-terrorist - pulls the plug on our precarious computer-powered, device-dependent way of life.
March 3, 2011 |
Eugene C. Pressler Jr., 80, a retired bank executive and ham radio enthusiast, died of pneumonia Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Foulkeways, a retirement community in Gwynedd. Mr. Pressler graduated from Collegeville-Trappe High School and three years ago helped organize his class' 60th reunion. He attended Ursinus College. For several years, he worked for his father's firm, Pressler Employment Services in Philadelphia, before joining Continental Bank. During his 20 years at Continental, he was manager of employee relations, assistant director of personnel, and director of human resources.
May 5, 2010 |
William Goldstein, 91, of Willingboro, a radio and communication captain during World War II who for 30 years helped upgrade X-ray technology at many Southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals, died of congestive heart failure Monday in the Masonic Home of New Jersey. Following intense, yearlong training to be an operative for the Office of Strategic Services, Mr. Goldstein, known to everyone as Bill, decided he preferred communication electronics. He had grown up building radio sets in his basement, said his daughter Dena Goldstein Sharpe.
August 24, 2005 |
Eleanor Jones Hammonds, 90, of Bryn Mawr, a former tennis tournament organizer and official and ham radio operator, died of heart failure Saturday at home. For more than 25 years, Mrs. Hammonds was a referee for lawn tennis tournaments in Pennsylvania. She chaired the Middle States Tennis Association Women's Intercollegiate Championships for many years and served several terms as chairwoman of the Women's Interclub Tennis Association of Philadelphia. The Eleanor Hammonds Trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the association's tournament at the Merion Cricket Club.
July 18, 2004 |
Radio gear and laptops? Check. Hot dogs, pastries, potato chips, Twizzlers and sodas? Roger. Twenty-five ham radio operators from throughout Chester County came well prepared for their annual 24-hour Field Day competition, held recently in the basement of the county's Government Services Center on Westtown Road. The goal was simple: To contact as many other ham radio operators as possible, all over the world, in a 24-hour period. Meanwhile, clubs around North America were trying to do the same thing in the competition, which has been held since 1933.
December 22, 2000 |
Santa's elves, apparently, have a listening problem. "I told them I wanted 600 wooden soldiers 1 foot high," the big guy explained to 6-year-old Rikee-Lyn Sooy, "but they built 100 wooden soldiers 6 feet high. These elves are driving me crazy!" Instead of perching on Santa's lap, Rikee-Lyn listed to him through a small device in her left hand. She was patched through to the North Pole by members of the Gloucester City Amateur Radio Club, who spent their Tuesday evening giving children the opportunity share their wish lists with Santa.
June 25, 2000 |
Neal Fogliani is sitting in the "shack" at the firehouse here in front of a stereo-receiver-sized radio that occasionally crackles with static and bleeps with Morse code. Shack is ham-radio-speak for a radio room, and Fogliani, also known by his call letters N3JAH, is brimming with excitement. "I was talking to a guy in Honduras last night," said Fogliani, a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown. Fogliani, by his own admission, is a paper chaser - a ham radio enthusiast who delights in contacting amateur radio operators all over the world.
April 28, 2000 |
"Frequency" is for those who thought "Field of Dreams" was OK, but needed a serial killer. It stars James Caviezel as a New York City cop who plugs in the old ham radio that belonged to his dad - dead some 20 years - and hears the voice of his father (Dennis Quaid) in the ether. Could this really be happening? It's a question both men - past and present - must face, and it's also the question "Frequency" poses to its audience. The answer, from the viewer's perspective, is a surprising yes. Director Greg Hoblit ("Fallen")