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Title: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: KK4APV on April 19, 2013, 01:37:21 PM
I did a search of threads on this topic here, and the last one I could find was more than two years ago, so I thought I'd start a new thread.

It was a movie that first got me thinking about Ham Radio, and that movie  was "Testament" with Jane Alexander and William Devane (1983).

The character Henry Abhart was the quiet hero of the movie, because he had a ham radio and emergency power.

In the movie, a nuclear explosion had leveled San Francisco, and the movie was centered on a tiny (fictional) town of Hamlin, CA. Henry Abhart was able to turn on his radio and contact other radio operators in other parts of the country and the world. It was because of Henry that Hamlin was NOT cut off from the rest of the world.

It was a *powerful* movie and a powerful scene, and it was that scene that inspired me to get into ham radio (and I just became an "extra"!).

"Frequency" and "Contact" are frequently mentioned as good movies that feature ham radio but there must be others.

What are they?  :)

http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/2011/02/26/its-official-im-now-a-ham/

Rose


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: WB2WIK on April 19, 2013, 02:12:15 PM
Watch the last 15 mins or so of the film Independence Day (1996, with Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, et al).

What is used to "save the world" from the alien invaders who wish to destroy the planet?


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: PA3GOS on April 19, 2013, 04:14:26 PM
"Hamlin"... Great name for a fictional town in such a movie.


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: KE3WD on April 19, 2013, 04:26:02 PM
I like the two foot long straight key...


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: K2OWK on April 19, 2013, 05:41:23 PM
 I have two, "Frequency" and "Contact".

73s

K2OWK


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: AF5CC on April 19, 2013, 07:41:23 PM
I have a movie on tape called "High Frequency."  Had a kid on the east coast talking with a ham in Switzerland and solving a mystery.  Turns out the kid really isn't licensed, though.

John AF5CC


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: F8WBD on April 19, 2013, 11:45:25 PM
There is an old French film from the 1950's entitled "Si tout les gars du monde". Story revolves around efforts to get medication to a fishing trawler in the north atlantic. Crew suffering from food-poisoning. Radio amateurs in France, Africa, Germany aid in the effort. Many nations involved including US military in Germany. Film production technical advice from REF-Union, the French ARRL.  Catchy title music. Not available on dvd, unfortunately.


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: K1CJS on April 20, 2013, 11:03:57 AM
You left out TV series--Jericho used ham radio (or its close cousin!) in quite a few of its episodes.


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: K4NYA on April 20, 2013, 11:59:58 AM
I wouldn't call this my "favorite" movie by any stretch of the imagination, but there's a film called Ghost House from the mid-'80's that was done in hilarious fashion by Rifftrax.  It has some minor bits involving ham radio.

http://www.rifftrax.com/vod/ghosthouse (http://www.rifftrax.com/vod/ghosthouse)


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: AF5CC on April 20, 2013, 02:10:03 PM
Phenomenon staring John Travolta featured ham radio-specifically a Kenwood TS940.  He was able to copy RTTY by ear. Wish I could do that!

John AF5CC


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: KK4APV on April 21, 2013, 08:22:28 AM
Phenomenon staring John Travolta featured ham radio-specifically a Kenwood TS940.  He was able to copy RTTY by ear. Wish I could do that!

John AF5CC

I *loved* that movie! I'll have to watch it again!

Thanks for the movie ideas. I really appreciate it.


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: AC4BB on April 22, 2013, 11:48:49 AM
 Not a movie but, The new Burger King commercial features an Icom IC-718. ;D


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: G0VKT on April 23, 2013, 02:31:30 AM
Not a film, but "The Radio Ham" with Tony Hancock. Very funny.


Title: RE: Your Favorite Movie Featuring Ham Radio?
Post by: VE4DLA on April 27, 2013, 07:41:41 AM
The Bank Job, Jason Statham. I highly recommend it.