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Title: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on June 21, 2011, 08:18:24 PM
Saw the new big movie hit "Super8" and was awesome ,but get this in case you haven't heard yet.

The time period it takes place in is between 1976-1982. Along with that the story line brings good old C.B. And better yet Ham Radio into the game to save the day. You Get to hear code play a role Heathkit and Vikings being used. If they did use an actual location they sure used someones antenna farm. Cool! Who's was it? Maybe just site props but gotta ask.

So when you get the chance to see the movie based on script and the talent of the cast was fantastic. The plus bonus are all the Ham Radio loaded scenes!

73!


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N4JTE on June 21, 2011, 10:37:28 PM
Tnx for that, looking foward to it. The producer/ director was hired at 16 years old to splice tapes for Speilberg, came a long way, hi
Regards,
Bob


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KC0KEK on June 22, 2011, 07:57:08 AM
Thanks for the heads-up. Hopefully someone from QST will see the movie and contact the studio to determine whether it's a real antenna farm and, if so, whose it is. It also would be interesting to know whether there was a ham on the staff who worked in those details as a shout-out to the hobby.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on June 22, 2011, 09:01:20 AM
Thats kinda what I was thinking. Someone on set ,or maybe producer is a Ham ,or knows a Ham. For what ever reason I've seen many movies with Ham radio like in Tranformers, Frequency, Predetor and others. This one was probably one of the better other than frequency where they showed how Ham Radio was the thing to have to intercept military chatter on sub ham frequencies (MARS).

Any Ham I know would find this just awesomely cool if you love this hobby. Just makes you wanna scream "Yeahhhhhh, I'm a Ham". Sounds geekish but we're all techno geeks to some degree. LOL! There's just no other hobby better!


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on June 22, 2011, 09:42:30 AM
One other thing!

If anyone knows of any other movies that integrated Ham Radio of any kind please list them. Interested in seeing how many movies can be mentioned that involved Ham Radio. Just seems like in the past ten years more and more movies mention Ham Radio or use Ham equipment in their scripts.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: AE4RV on June 22, 2011, 11:10:28 AM
Contact.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W8JX on June 22, 2011, 11:41:26 AM
Contact.

And they even used a ham call too.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: AE4RV on June 22, 2011, 11:49:43 AM
Them! shows a scene with a police officer using a bug (ironic, I know). Has anyone else ever seen a speed key in a movie? I didn't know anything about them until I became a ham, straight keys and paddles are all I had ever seen.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: AC4RD on June 22, 2011, 12:30:45 PM
If anyone knows of any other movies that integrated Ham Radio of any kind please list them.

I've never seen the movie made from the novel, but _The Anderson Tapes_ was a bestselling thriller 20+ years ago; in it, a young wheelchair-bound man summons help during a robbery via his ham radio.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KA5N on June 22, 2011, 12:37:26 PM
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I've never seen the movie made from the novel, but _The Anderson Tapes_ was a bestselling thriller 20+ years ago; in it, a young wheelchair-bound man summons help during a robbery via his ham radio.
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Yeah the scene was in the movie.  Sean Connery was the lead actor.  Was a good flick.  The ham part
was minimal.

Allen


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: AE4RV on June 22, 2011, 12:49:11 PM
I believe that The French Connection features ham radio and was written by a ham as well. My brother is the expert on that book (and I think movie), not me.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KG4LMZ on June 22, 2011, 12:49:58 PM
I don't know if they ever made it to film, but there were several episodes of stuff like "The Hardy Boys" and "The Three Investigators" books that included ham radio.  Couldn't tell you specific titles, that was waaayyyy too long ago.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on June 22, 2011, 02:39:29 PM
AE4RV,

Never really seen any movie that had anything other than a straight key in it. Except for maybe one and can't seem to think of it right now or in the last 4 hours ,but I'll be paying attention in the future.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KA5N on June 22, 2011, 04:06:35 PM
AE4RV,

Never really seen any movie that had anything other than a straight key in it. Except for maybe one and can't seem to think of it right now or in the last 4 hours ,but I'll be paying attention in the future.

The Movie  "Battle Cry" with Aldo Ray and Tab Hunter as marines were learning code and Aldo is sending CW with a bug about his girl friend to Hunter (after class of course).
Allen


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KJ4AGA on June 23, 2011, 08:28:00 AM
I can't remember the name of the movie but a guy contacts his dead father in the past to warn him about his mothers murder.....by ham radio using auroral propagation lol.  Pretty good movie non the less.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W8JX on June 23, 2011, 08:32:26 AM
I can't remember the name of the movie but a guy contacts his dead father in the past to warn him about his mothers murder.....by ham radio using auroral propagation lol.  Pretty good movie non the less.

Frequency.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KJ4AGA on June 23, 2011, 08:56:46 AM
That was it, just came back to post the name and you beat me to it.

I think it's an SB-301 in the movie if I remember correctly.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W8JX on June 23, 2011, 09:05:57 AM
I have movie I will have to re-watch it sometime.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KA5N on June 23, 2011, 12:00:04 PM
That was it, just came back to post the name and you beat me to it.

I think it's an SB-301 in the movie if I remember correctly.

Boy, that's a tough one. " Frequency"  with Dennis Quaid.

Amazing how a receiver also worked as a transmitter and a time machine as well.

Allen



Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: WB2WIK on June 23, 2011, 03:28:54 PM
I tried plugging a mike into my SB-301.

The only place it would fit was the headphones jack, so I tried that.

No luck.  Not only could I not communicate back in time, but the mike blew up.

Have to try again sometime.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W8JX on June 23, 2011, 07:39:06 PM
Yep it is a 301 just watch movie again. It is complete with Heathkit desk mike and speaker. W2QYV. They could have at least used a SB-101 since they went through trouble to get a radio of that era.  but how many would know I guess. They used 15m too.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2EY on June 24, 2011, 05:08:08 AM
Them! shows a scene with a police officer using a bug (ironic, I know). Has anyone else ever seen a speed key in a movie? I didn't know anything about them until I became a ham, straight keys and paddles are all I had ever seen.

In the opening scenes of "Contact" there is a Vibroplex Original Standard on the table, but it goes unused.

Although not amateur radio, the film "Island In The Sky" has a lot of good radio stuff in it. Including bug use.

"Island" is about a WW2 cargo plane (C-47/DC-3 IIRC) forced down in the snowy Canadian wilderness. The crew struggles to survive with limited fuel and battery power (plane engines won't start in the extreme cold). BC-348, BC-191/375 and "Gibson Girl" emergency tx are important to the story.

73 de Jim, N2EY


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: AE4RV on June 24, 2011, 06:36:13 AM
I'll check that out, Jim, thanks.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on June 24, 2011, 12:31:08 PM
Man! I have a lot of old school flicks to check out.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KA5N on June 24, 2011, 01:02:42 PM
I think this thread is missing the homebrew flicks.  One in particular is the movie "The Red Tent"
where the airship "Italia" .  Commanded by General Umberto Nobile (Peter Finch) is on an Artic
rescue mission but goes down in a storm and the gas bag is blown away with half the crew.
A red tent is set up to show that the other half of the crew is in distress.  Problem is that the
radio transmitter has a broken grid leak resistor  in the oscillator and they have no spares.  So the radioman makes a new one by using a graphite pencil to mark on a piece of paper until he gets the correct resistance.  He makes a call and a ham in Norway or Russia hears the call.
This is a good movie and it also has Sean Connery as Roald Admundson and also Claudia Cardinale (who cares what her role is!!!!!!).
Worth a watch.
Allen


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KQ6Q on June 24, 2011, 04:40:30 PM
A book with a Ham Radio feature element was The French Atlantic Affair -en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_French_Atlantic_Affair

The book was a great read, can't remember if I watched the mini-series, but I probably did.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: K7KBN on June 25, 2011, 09:50:58 AM
"Super 8" was a pretty good movie; wife and I saw it yesterday.

I did notice that the "ham" frequency that the one fella was complaining about was "13201" - missing the 20M band just a bit - but the beautiful-looking Heathkit "Seneca" being used might not have worked for that frequency.  "Seneca" was a 2M/6M TRANSMITTER.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: VK6NDT on June 26, 2011, 12:40:57 AM
I can't remember the name of the movie but a guy contacts his dead father in the past to warn him about his mothers murder.....by ham radio using auroral propagation lol.  Pretty good movie non the less.

That one is called "frequency". good movie i thought.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: AD6KA on June 26, 2011, 04:10:13 PM
I saw a "B Grade" made-for-TV sci fi monster flick where the small
town sheriff's dispatcher's radio was a TS-940 and hand mic. They
had a good long shot of that radio...right before the monster ate the female
dispatcher....while all the deputies were in the field chasing the monster!  ;D

When I worked at HRO Burbank, studio and film maker prop guys often
came into the store to rent Demo HF units for use in films. They paid quite well.

Ken, AD6KA


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W4HIJ on June 27, 2011, 04:36:30 PM
A book with a Ham Radio feature element was The French Atlantic Affair -en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_French_Atlantic_Affair

The book was a great read, can't remember if I watched the mini-series, but I probably did.
The book was great. The made for TV mini series was a big disappointment. The again, the book had a lot of sex and adult situations in it that could not be translated to TV.
IIRC they changed the ham op in the story from a grown married man to a kid in the mini series.
73,
Michael, W4HIJ


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on June 28, 2011, 01:34:52 PM
"Super 8" was a pretty good movie; wife and I saw it yesterday.

I did notice that the "ham" frequency that the one fella was complaining about was "13201" - missing the 20M band just a bit - but the beautiful-looking Heathkit "Seneca" being used might not have worked for that frequency.  "Seneca" was a 2M/6M TRANSMITTER.

Quote from: K7KBN on June 25, 2011, 09:50:58 AM
"Super 8" was a pretty good movie; wife and I saw it yesterday.

I did notice that the "ham" frequency that the one fella was complaining about was "13201" - missing the 20M band just a bit - but the beautiful-looking Heathkit "Seneca" being used might not have worked for that frequency.  "Seneca" was a 2M/6M TRANSMITTER.

Glad you liked it Pat!

I think the Ham in the movie was just refering to him listening to his Ham frequencies and came across 13.201. Whats cool is us Hams or most season Hams would know that band is usually used for Mars operating and a little further up in the 13 MHz range. Military can choose any frequency it wants during times like that.

Anyway!

Came across another show showing some Ham gear just yesterday.

It was on Discovery Channel I believe but caught the tail end of it. The show I think was "Doomsday Prepare'ers" or something. Towards the tail end I can see what's deffinitly a Ham radio for sure. If anyone caught this episode what was the rig he was using?

Wonder if he was a Ham himself?

73!


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W3LK on June 28, 2011, 03:13:20 PM
The latest episode of Leverage had an Icom 756 of some variety on the bench in the comms tent.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: K5WCF on June 30, 2011, 11:18:12 AM
The movie Phenomenon, the character Forest Whitaker played was a Ham operator. John Travolta's character starts to decipher high speed morse code being transmitted, I believe, by the Govt. with his new found powers.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KD0LAV on July 02, 2011, 06:11:52 AM
This isn't a movie but a book.  Anyone remember a book back in the 60's called " SOS At Midnight"?  Was about a group of kids, all amatuers in California that witnessed a drug drop and one got kidnapped.  I read it hundreds of time when I should have been studying in study hall.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W3LK on July 02, 2011, 07:44:18 AM
I still have a copy! Walter Thomkins wrote several similar novels on teenagers and amateur radio.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on July 02, 2011, 09:39:00 AM
I dont particularly read because it bores my nature just sitting doing only that unless a book peaks my interest. This book sounds like a book I can read. Including quite a few movies I'm now looking for I've got a book too.

Gezzz! I won't be leavin the couch for quite a while thanks to you guys. LOL!


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: AC4RD on July 03, 2011, 06:42:51 AM
This book sounds like a book I can read. Including quite a few movies I'm now looking for I've got a book too.

There are several of those books by Walter Tompkins:  They feature a high-school student, Tommy Rockford, K6ATX, and his friends, using their ham radio skills and equipment to solve crimes and help people.   I loved those books when I found them in my elementary-school library.   Some of the titles to look for are CQ Ghost Ship, DX Brings Danger, Grand Canyon QSO, SOS at Midnight, and maybe one or two others. 

The books were reprinted by the ARRL 20-30 years ago, and I often see them at hamfests in the boxes of used books.  The plots aren't brain-teasers, but they are fun, and I suspect they introduced a lot of kids to ham radio.   Keep an eye out for the books at hamfests--you'll enjoy them!


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on July 22, 2011, 04:02:44 PM
Not quite Ham Radio but......

The movie "The Perfect Storm"!

Captain -  scene...."No antenna no Radio".....when their approaching the eye of a perfect storm mate's try to re-install the vertical antenna before he witness's it fly away.

Could've tried loading up one of the guy wires or anything else to get the "May Day May Day" transmitted for help.

Someones thinking SWR right? Who cares! Anything would work better than nothing in a situation like that. You'd be surprised how far you can still get out with a 3:1 SWR and how well the rig will handle a 4:1.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W3LK on July 22, 2011, 04:19:05 PM
And the average fisherman knows all about makeshift antennas, right? :)


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on July 22, 2011, 06:17:10 PM
And the average fisherman knows all about makeshift antennas, right? :)


 ::). Well being you put it that way that's what separates a Ham from the everyday Joe Shmoe. When someone goof's a Ham because today's modern technology has them brain dead lazy the knowledge of good old RF basic technology comes through everytime. Not even a SAT Phone would've worked in that storm. Ah! Maybe I'd give it a 50/50.

Movie is based on a true story so God rest their souls ,but from a Ham prospective watching a movie that's what comes to mind. That's really the point!  ;)


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: KB1TXK on July 23, 2011, 06:10:50 PM
In the movie Ponyo, and Icom rig is used on 6m using a portable dipole-ish antenna (right next to the ocean too!)


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2HBX on July 24, 2011, 04:52:01 PM
Although not a movie, I remember a TV series where David Jannsen (of "The Fugitive" fame) played a private detective. One of the episodes' central plot elements was a ham operator. I vaguely remember a scene where Jannsen's character was talking to the guy as he was sitting in his van overlooking the ocean working 40 meters.

73,
Larry, N2HBX


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on July 24, 2011, 09:36:55 PM
That's pretty cool!

Watched "Captain America" tonight and saw some nice vintage AM transmitters as well as hearing CW transmissions during the movie. Not quite Ham Radio but love hearing More Code anywhere.


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N2RRA on September 22, 2011, 08:42:08 AM
Big ham radio example on the new recent episode of "After Armageddon" on the history channel.

1 hour and 30 minutes into the two hour episode shows how short wave will be the only form of communication and use a Swan and silver eagle D-104 microphone. Cool!

Not cool if it were to happen!


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: N0PFE on September 22, 2011, 10:31:13 AM
I can't remember the name of the movie but a guy contacts his dead father in the past to warn him about his mothers murder.....by ham radio using auroral propagation lol.  Pretty good movie non the less.

'Frequency'. Not bad for a very fictitious story line.
http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3265790233/

...-.- N0PFE


Title: RE: Ham Radio yet once again on the big movie screen. Who's antenna farms was......
Post by: W3PO on September 23, 2011, 03:26:45 AM
Gents,
A movie about amateur radio was made in France in 1956.
The title was "If all the guys in the world" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049703/
My dad took me to watch it in the early 60s, and I caught the bug.
Pretty good yarn: a fishing boat crew get food poisoning and use their radio to contact someone in Morroco.
At his point the communication chain starts till medicine is delivered and save the day.