Regular listeners to this ham radio podcast will recall the intriguing story about Russell Hutchinson, Radio Boy, the American P-O-W who virtually risked his life to construct and listen to an AM radio so he could help maintain the morale of the other 1,600 captives in a World War II Japanese pow camp in the Philippines. Well while Hutch was seripticiously catching war updates broadcast by KGEI radio from San Francisco, the French Resistance and a number of other civilians on the other side of the world were keeping tabs on German military inteligence and movements , then transmitting coded data back to the Allies at great personal risk. Tom Perera PH.D./W1TP, An authority on these clandestine radio operations, spoke at the 2015 Hamvention about the clandestine WW2 "spy" radio operations in general. Here's part 1 of that presentation. (P1 16M) Before we go we need to say "good-bye" to an old friend and former RAIN reader and now silent key, Duane Whittingham/N9SSN. Duane had been battling kidney-related issues the last few years; he was in his 40s. Duane's niece, Ashley, has set up a GoFundMe to raise money to have him buried in Lowell, Indiana along side his mother and grandmother. The Duane GoFundMe web address will be found on the Sites Mentioned page on therainreport.com. Farewell, old friend. If you're headed to the Dayton Hamvention in a couple weeks, be sure to drop by booth 329 and say "hello" to the Radio Amateur Information Network and the Gateway 160-Meter Radio Newsletter. The RAIN Report needs your help; see the bottom of the front page on therainreport.com for details. The RAIN Report is available on demand from therainreport.com; (Twitter) @therainreport; and via iTunes. Transmission of the RAIN Report is permitted under a Community Commons license. It is to be transmitted in its entirety.
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