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This symbol is presumably recognized worldwide...

This symbol is recognized worldwide as signifying amateur radio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day, an acquaintance said that his neighbor, who is also an amateur radio operator, told him the hobby is dying out as a result of cell phones and internet. I disagree. I told him that hams are very inventive people, and that experimentation with new electronic communications is ongoing. Radio communications became possible through the vibrations, or oscillations, of a tiny piece of crystal—a small rock—to which electricity is applied. The size of the crystal determined the rate of vibration, its frequency. Today, no longer bound to crystals, receivers and transmitters have a large spectrum of frequencies available to tune across with one radio.

I’ve enjoyed ham radio since the mid-1970s and am continually amazed how this “hobby” has evolved to include satellites and a worldwide email system. Despite the modern advances, the old methods still prevail: moving the tuning dial on a receiver, listening for someone calling “CQ,” which is a general invitation to talk, and then broadcasting an answering call. Yes, ham radio is really the first Social Media, predating Facebook by a hundred years.

One of my favorite activities is the Bible nets. Nets are gatherings of hams on a particular frequency (sort of like a channel) at a particular time and day. There is one called the Bible Fellowship Network that operates daily very early in the morning. There are other Bible nets that operate in the afternoons. Bible nets are usually a round table affair with hams commenting on a scripture, giving a report on something for which they wish to praise the Lord, or requesting prayer and being prayed for over the air waves.

Given radios humble beginnings with a crystal vibrating, is it too much of a stretch to say that rocks to cry out?

I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Luke 19:40
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .