In 1940s, The Amateur Radio Stations were very popular everywhere in the world. Anyone can set up a radio station at home. You don’t need to have a license to set up a station. Same as to set up an email, face book or a blog now-a-days. With your station you can talk to people anywhere in the world. After each new station being connected with, they will mail each other a postcard with their name and address. After you have received the postcard from all 7 continents, you can mail them to the Head quarter of the World Amateur Radio Stations Association. They’ll mail back those cards along with a certificate to prove your effort and skill. You are a qualified “Ham”. When next time you get another seven card, you may mail them and get another certificate. The more certificates you receiver the better qualifications for you. The other Amateurs will look-up on you because you are an Old Ham!
To set up a Amateur Radio Station, first you should have a name for your station. For the people in China, the name will start with “C” , stands for China. Next to the “C” there is a number. Which telles people which Province you were in. Such as “1” is for the stations located in Shang-Hai. The last two letters usually were the abbreviation of the person’s name who set up the station. The station’s calling sign would be C1XX. Dz Yun lived in Shan-Syi province, it’s number is 6. Dz Yun’s calling sign is C6TW. Yu Wen love to talk with those friends whom she had never met. So her calling sign as “C6OL”(OL stands for Old Lyan). Syau Wen didn’t wanted to be left behind as well. Her father named her “C6YL” – YL was for Lyan junior.
Syau Wen miss those good old times so much. When she was sitting with her parents in front of the radio, holding the speaker talking with those uncles and aunts, she was wondering how they looked like: Were they tall or shout? Fatty or skinny? Any time when she heard her father calling: ” CQ,CQ. This C6TW. Please response.” She would ran to her father and stood next to him.
Sometimes because of the changing of air current, a new station was just started responding, it faded away. Dz Yun would say” My! Distortion.” Hopelessly.
Dz Yun invented an automatic calling card. When he turned it on, it would sent out a telegraphic message into the air. Whoever received the signal can either telegraph back or call back vocally. Dz Yun could keep on talking with someone on the radio while that calling card was working until he saw a green light went on to notify him that someone received his telegraph was trying to response.
He made the calling card out from an old phonograph disk. He cut the phonograph small and cut the edge as saw teeth with different sides of teeth and gaps. A needle touched the saw tooth. When The disk turned it came out with different signals. Syau Wen was amazed at what her father had made. She could never figured out how could people understand what her father meant with those strange “Di,Di…….Da…” sounds.
When Hams met in the air, they talk to each as if they have been knowing each other for years. In addition to exchange views, they talked about history, culture, tradition. They talked about their families as well. They treated each other sincerely. They were honest and men of honor. If you need some help, they will do their best.
After the 2nd World War was over, The news of the surrender of Japan went out through whole China. People were filled with a wild ecstatic happiness. Firecrackers could be heard everywhere for days. Eight long years of tough lives were not in vain. The victory was here finally. Those family members who had been forced to leave their home and wandered away now was the time to come home. People began to contact with their families back home looking forward for family reunion.
The Hams of those Amateur Radio Stations played a very important role in helping family reunion.
–to be continued–