I’ve been out of town this week on a work-related mission. The company I work for still won’t let us fly due to the virus. Instead, they sent me on a twelve-hundred mile round-trip car ride across the banana republic formerly known as the United States because that was safer?
Following last week’s events you can understand why every car and pick-up truck I saw along the way made me wonder if its occupants were headed to DC or perhaps a state capital to create a little more mayhem in the coming days.
There’s a persistent rumor that ham radio may have played some part in the storming of the United States Capitol.
Unsubstantiated reports that one or more FM repeater was turned off in DC during the riots because some in the mob were seen carrying VHF/UHF handheld radios and may have used those to coordinate the attack, something that probably won’t make the news in QST next month.
There are also some enthusiasts sympathetic to the cause of the insurrection suggesting that those removed from social media sites should take up ham radio as a place where they can safely share their views without reprisal. Just what we need. More prick-waving hams on 75 meters declaring themselves patriots and followers of Jesus with enough guns and ammo to keep Trump in the White House for a Third Reich. Yippee-Ki-Yay.