tuning in

”What the press has been in the Nineteenth Century, radio will be for the Twentieth Century.”
Joseph Goebbels
Hitler’s Nazi Propaganda Minister


(My grandfather’s mid 1940’s Philco shortwave radio / Julie Cook / 2017)

I’m still in the process of slowly but surely picking through a lifetime of
“stuff” buried in Dad’s basement and attic…
Today my husband and I schlepped down and up two ancient pieces of technology…

One being grandfather’s 1942 shortwave radio…which if the truth be told, Dad had commandeered as a teen.

I can remember when I was little, “tuning in” to very “staticky” pitch rising
and falling foreign voices.
What I was hearing and listening to was both thrilling and frustrating.

Thrilling because I was listening to distant sounding voices in Germany,
Italy, Japan as my imagination carried me around a world that had most recently
seemed detached and strange.
Yet frustrating because I had not a single clue as to what was being said.

This was a time during the height of the Cold War.
Spies, Communists and propaganda was rife as was the threat of nuclear
annihilation…and as an impressionable young girl,
I yearned to be a part of it all…
the radio could be my key….or so I thought.

But my spy days were short lived due in part to to my age as well as my lack
of a language other than my own.
And I’m certain that watching shows such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as well
as Get Smart fueled that youthful imagination of mine.

So today as I brought the radio up from the basement,
the memory of my short lived spy days came flooding back
to the forefront of conciousness…

Once home this afternoon, I did a little research and was intrigued
to read that shortwave radio was still alive and well….

Old school technology seems to be happily having a bit of a resurgence…
Maybe low tech just might have a stronger and longer lasting connection
in the long run of importance…
who knew?!

“Did you know that it is possible for you to reach the entire world with
your message? Are you aware that you can reliably communicate to the
entire world from a single radio station that is equipped with multiple
antennas that target the entire globe and multiple transmitters?
If you live in the United States, this is a secret that has been held
by interest groups for nearly fifty years.
This secret is broadcasting on international world-band shortwave radio.”

“Recently, it has come to our attention that the internet as a whole may soon
become a field unsuitable for spreading the Gospel in any form.
More and more it is seen on the news how the United Nations is
trying to seize control of the internet. Countries that are members
of the United Nations are obliged to acknowledge the United Nations as
a superior authority.
As a result, if the United Nations gains control of the internet,
one could very easily find him or herself without the freedoms
guaranteed in the United States,
facing U.N. World Court in the Hague for ‘hate crimes,’
should someone or some interest group take offense to someone’s webcasts
or web page.
International world-band shortwave broadcasting, however,
is firmly protected in the United States under freedom of speech in the
First Amendment of the Constitution, and is protected from such restriction.
The idea of being brought up by the United Nations to World Court
for hate crimes may seem a bit of a stretch, but then again,
who would ever have thought Canada would officially proclaim the Holy Bible as
‘hate literature?’

“You are now aware of the best kept secret of evangelism.
This candle of truth, in America long hidden under a bushel,
is now placed on a candlestick,
where it illuminates America with the truth of the secret of world-band
international shortwave radio.
Shortwave radio is rapidly returning to America as people seek a source of
news and information that is unfettered by the forces of political correctness
and government policy.
With international shortwave radio rapidly becoming popular in the United States,
now is the best time to begin broadcasting, catching the wave of new listeners on international world-band shortwave.”

International Radio Station WWRB

Then I saw another angel flying in midheaven, with an eternal gospel to proclaim
to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;
and he said with a loud voice,
“Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come;
and worship him who made heaven and earth,
the sea and the fountains of water.”

Revelation 14:6-7

31 comments on “tuning in

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  2. My dad is amazing, too! He just turned 89.

    He tried to keep up with technology until Windows 10 made impossible to use his computer.

    But man! Did he have a thing for tools.

    I asked if he could lend me a very particular kind of wood chisel and he knew exactly where to go in his huge collection.

    He went right to a tool set that he had acquired in the 1950’s and hadn’t opened for about 40 years.

    I have trouble keeping track of the car keys that I use every day.

    • It is something– dad still has boxes of the tubes

      • My dad eventually went into electronics and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a technician.

        Truth to tell, tubes were very undependable and cranky and I think my dad welcome the development of integrated circuit chips.

        That your dad kept a collection of replacement tubes attests to that.

  3. Rebecca Berschwinger says:

    Hmmmmm….very interesting. You make a very good point. That’s exactly the direction we are heading. Going to keep that one at the forefront of my mind.

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    Paul’s dad was a short wave radio buff. It seemed to be a great diversion for him, from the day to day work of dealing with death. I fear that technology is going too far. Eventually we are going to destroy ourselves with it. Let’s just go into the cone of silence.

  5. oneta hayes says:

    Bringing good news to the perishing. Those who know need in all forms. Here life is so easy we do not recognize our need for Jesus as others do when they are exposed to the truth. Like opening the eyes of the blind.

  6. Wally Fry says:

    My dad played with stereo equipment back in the days of tubes. I remember he built this HUGE stereo that took up an entire wall, back with everything was separate. It had a turntable and a reel to reel player, and speakers that must have been 5 feet tall. I remember two songs on it for some reason. “The Thrill is Gone,” and “Hit the Road, Jack.”

  7. Citizen Tom says:

    Neat post! I fear the government will eventually squelch our right to speak freely on the Internet too. Radio probably is not a good solution for that. The problem is that the UN Gestapo could easily track you down. Nevertheless, radio might be more difficult to jam than an Internet website.

    • I found it really interesting considering how things are going with Christianity and the UN and the internet…that one day in the near future it may actually happen that the faithful will find themselves unable to share their faith on such a wide platform–a platform that will eventually limit if not ban that sharing…
      and how something that was so instrumental during a world war could make a resurgence for the purpose of once again sharing.

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