Thanks John - this is a great start. Maybe I can find some time to start compiling some of this information, then we can ask folks for their personal anecdotes, photos, etc. This could be a fun project and a useful history lesson. I'll keep you posted.
Jim ----- Original Message ----- From: John Callarman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Date: Friday, March 9, 2007 11:33 am Subject: [IRCA] Fw: (was: New MW QSL) Ernest R. Cooper? Part 3 To: IRCA <IRCA@hard-core-dx.com> > Thus endeth the marathon. > > John Callarman, KA9SPA, Family Genealogist, Retired Newspaper > Editor, DX-oyente, Krum TX (AKA Qal R. Mann, Krumudgeon) > ----- Original Message ----- > From: John Callarman<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: Mailing list for the International Radio Club of > America<mailto:email@example.com> > Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 8:13 PM > Subject: Re: [IRCA] (was: New MW QSL) Ernest R. Cooper? > > > Jim Pogue wrote: "Gee John, it sure would be great if someone > (hint, hint) could begin compiling some of these great stories and > biographies." > > > There are some other names I would add to Harry Helms list of, not > necessarily fathers of DX but those who have helped, in Harry's > words, "create today's DX hobby." > > > > Bob Cooper, no relation to Dick or Ernie, is the TV-FM DX guru. > Cooper founded the American Ionospheric Propagation Association > (which later became the Worldwide Television FM-TV DX Assocation) > in 1954, and in > > 1960, he established DXing Horizons Magazine, which was for a time > the home of Ken Boord's SWBC work. Cooper was a pioneer in the > cable TV industry, which started as a means of importing signals > from distant on-air TV stations into remote, otherwise unserved > areas. I recall that one of Cooper's DXing Horizons editors was > Glen Kippel, a Colorado broadcaster and engineer whom I convinced > the manager of KTUE, Tulia, Texas, to hire. Later Glen worked at > KIXZ in Amarillo with two other fellow NRC'ers, John Tudenham > and Jerry Hickman. > > > > Another DXing Horizons columnist was Bruce Elving, whose FM Atlas > is the FM equivalent of the NRC Log. Elving is another who > deserves to be on the list of those who are responsible for > helping to create today's DX hobby. I first met Bruce at the > NRC's 1991 Omaha convention, where he was invited to speak about > FM DX, and again at the 2002 WTFDA convention in Yukon, Oklahoma. > His monthly newsletter is one of the mainstays of available > information on the FM end of the broadcast industry. > > > > Chip Kelly, a Dallas area resident, founded 100000watts, which > Scott Fybush now operates since it has become an arm of Clear > Channel's M Street Journal. I enjoyed photographing a historic > first meeting of Fybush and Kelly in the DFW area in 2002 during > a tower-hunting expedition. Fybush's Tower of the Week website is > one of the fun stops on my Internet favorite tab. The information > source Kelly invented and Fybush now oversees put both of these > gentlemen on my list of current hobby stalwarts. > > > > John Bryant, retired architecture department professor at Oklahoma > State, compiler of an updated list of Japanese BCB stations, > author of a history of Zenith radios, one of today's top BCB > antenna researchers and DXpedition users, and one of five > founders of Corazon-DX, a website that deals with Mexican AM > stations, goes on my list. > > > > So does Jerry Berg, a Connecticut attorney, who, with Don Jensen, > kept up the Numero Uno mailing list up until a couple of years > ago, and who has established a mechanism for preserving historic > verifications, deserves mention. > > > > So do Wayne Heinen, who so capably compiles and edits the NRC Log; > Fred Vobbe, who for a couple of decades has made the hobby > available to the visually handicapped via NRC's monthly DX Audio > Service tapes; Paul Swearingen, who has set a longevity record as > publisher of NRC's DX News (however galling that may be to some > on this list); and Kevin Redding, who spends many hours making > this valuable information source available to the hobby, also are > on my list of DX Hobby Heroes. > > > > It's been a labor of love on the part of everyone Harry and I have > mentioned in this thread and I hope, despite what Harry refers to > as "some very bad blood between" some of the names on his list of > nine, I hope that today, no blood will either boil or flow! (Qal > R. Mann, Krumudgeon and hysterical historian, ABDX via DXLD) > > > > John wrote-- ``The late Carleton Lord, in a treatise he did for > the NRC book, noted that Radio Golf, an invention of Frank H. > Jones, owner of a station in Cuba, was introduced in the Aug. 5, > 1922 edition of Radio Broadcasting News.`` > > > > Ah yes, Frank Jones. Back then, Cuba was not "that Communist > country where Fidel Castro lives." In fact, many silent films > were shot in Havana and wealthy businesspeople like Mr Jones set > up radio stations there -- his was in a small town called > Tuinucu, but the main industry there was the sugar business, and > he was certainly involved in that. His station was 6 KW, and > liking a good rhyme, he used the slogan "when you hear the sound > of the cuckoo, you're listing to radio Tuinucu" -- or something > like that. DX'ers learned to identify certain stations by their > unique sounders and slogans. 6KW was not the only important > station people could receive from Cuba -- PWX in Havana was owned > by the Telephone Company and a number of US performers went there > to broadcast. Ah the good old days before ideology became more > important that doing interesting radio... > > > > That having been said, did Mr Jones really come up with the idea > of Radio Golf? We may never know. Radio Broadcasting News was a > publication of Westinghouse, which automatically makes me suspect > it, since KDKA and other Westinghouse stations were famous for > using their publicity department to make claims for having done > things first when in fact they had NOT -- but their corporate > publicists were able to outshout the little entrepreneurs and > amateurs who had achieved the "first" before Westinghouse. Jones > had quite an impressive station and the ships at sea often > reported hearing it throughout the 1920s, as did many American > listeners. On the other hand, I have many copies of early radio > mags that suggest the competitiveness of the early amateur made > even DX'ers want to be more than just passive listeners -- they > wanted to compete as the hams did, and hear more stations from > more places (most radio mags still listed ham radio achievements > during the 20s, and th! > e non-ham could see how hams were competing to work all states, > work all countries, etc.) > > > > By the way, John, I have the announcement in Radio World, 8 July > 1922 of the founding of the National Radio Club! (Donna Halper, > ibid.) > > > There was one survivor of the tragic 1962 trip from Denver to > Indianapolis for the 1963 convention - Marv Robbins, who had been > one of the hosts for the 1959 Omaha NRC convention and the 1963 > Denver gathering at which the IRCA seeds were planted. The Nittler > brother who died was Francis H. Nittler (who had one of the finest > collections of Mexican BCB verifications I've enjoyed seeing.) > Maurice W. Nittler was the surviving brother, who is still active > in IRCA as Bill Nittler. > > John Callarman, KA9SPA, Family Genealogist, Retired Newspaper > Editor, DX-oyente, Krum TX (AKA Qal R. 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