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Author Topic: 1970's hams in Brookline, Massachusetts on CB radio.  (Read 19094 times)
AB1PS
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« on: April 26, 2012, 09:11:13 PM »

OK, this is a long shot but I thought I'd give it a try.

I was a teenager in the '70s (with a full head of hair, ahh, those were the days!) I got caught up in the 70's CB radio craze and ragchewed with everyone in the town of Brookline, MA., right next to Boston. CB was so very different back then, filled with civil, lively conversations with good, clean humor and a lot of sociable fun. Channel 29 was the local channel and I had great conversations with three hams on CB who lived in Brookline. I never asked them for their Amateur Radio call signs, unfortunately. I only remember their first names, CB "handles" and a few other details. Here's what I remember:

David, handle: Rotary Rocket. Dave's handle came from his hobby as an amateur auto racer who drove his Mazda RX-7 (introduced in 1978 and equipped with a Wankel rotary engine) at the NH motor speedway. He used to play hockey for the Boston Bruins (1970's or late 60's) but his hockey career was ended by a knee injury.

Lou, handle: Music Man. Lou was a retail businessman who lived in a high rise condo on Beacon St., with a Shakespeare "Big Stik" 11 meter band vertical on the roof.

Steve, I don't remember his handle but he was a mutual friend and foil to Dave and Lou. They had hilarious conversations on ch 29. Steve lived a few houses away from David on Griggs Terrace in Brookline.

It would be great to reconnect with at least one of these gentlemen to let them know I became a ham and to reminisce about the good ol' days on 11 meters. (back when it was good!)

73, de Peter AB1PS
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AA6RR
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 04:03:55 AM »

Hi Peter.You have provided some good search criteria, but I am not coming up with anything real concrete. I have searched from the early 70's through the early 80's. This is a list of hams from around 1978 (may have used their middle names):

WB1BUX (Novice) David B Chouinard, 101 Coolidge St
WB1BUY (Technician) James L Novakoff, 200 Gardner Rd
WB1ECM (Novice) Richard L Hatch, 214 High St.
W1FVP (General) Steven J Baker, 35 Columbia St
W1GI (Advanced) David Bauman, Box 273
K1MJT (Advanced) Stephen E Bach, c/o 46 Carlton St-#3
WA1QGC (Advanced) David L Fox, 50 Williams St
WA1UGM (Technician) Stephen H Rabinowitz, 70 Centre St #4-D
WA1WZE (Novice) Steven R Rogers, 16 Short St #2

73, Mike - AA6RR
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AB1PS
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 08:27:26 PM »

Thanks very much for your help, Mike!

I appreciate it!   Smiley

So far, nothing rings a bell so I'll have to keep looking.

73! de Peter AB1PS
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K5TEC
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2018, 10:50:26 AM »

Hi Peter,

I just came across your post, so I hope it is not too late to reply (6 years)?  I was part of that channel 29 Brookline crazy group as a high school kid in the mid to late '70s. We were mostly CBers, not hams, so I don't recall any call signs.  Dave (race car driver) was AKA "Muzzle Loader", Steve was the "Villager", Lou was indeed "Music Man", and I was "K5" because of a K5 Chevy Blazer I drove. My current call sign retains a piece of that history - K5TEC. I also recall a "Small Stuff", "Capricorn", and "Yellowbird" in that group, but i would have to look through old records to find others.  Many of us started a REACT Team to help with walkathons for Brookline PD. It was called "Muddy River REACT" and ran for about 3 years before it all dissolved when I went off to college, others lost interest, and CB use started to wane. I still have all the records and membership rosters from that group, if it is of interest in reconnecting with old friends.

73,
Bob K5TEC
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2018, 09:22:37 PM »

I see the person who wrote the original post has an Expired License but no mention if he is a SK? He may no longer be around for your reply?   Huh Huh

Clayton
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2018, 12:27:37 PM »

 Nice story.
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