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Luciano spots an Icom IC-705 in Westworld

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Luciano M. (LU7EME), who writes:

I think I have seen an Icom IC-705 transceiver in Episode 6, Season 4, of the
TV series “Westworld.”

The microphone is not quite the original, as the one shown in the episode has too many buttons and backlight…. The transceiver can be seen at the time 5:25.

I take this opportunity to congratulate you for your page. I have been a shortwave radio enthusiast since my childhood, and although I have recently become a licensed ham radio operator. I still enjoy listening to the broadcasts from all over the world.

Your posts, recommendations and news are most welcome.


Thank you so much for the kind comments, Luciano. Also, you’ve got very sharp eyes to have spotted this IC-705! Well done and thank you for sharing!

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FCC cracking down on Colorado pirates

Way High Radio’s studio.

(Source: Westword via Mike Hansgen)

Will the FCC Sink Pirate Radio in Colorado?

Word spread quickly about the mysterious unmarked black SUV parked at a highway exit just outside the town of Ward on January 24. In the self-sufficient mountain community perched at 9,500 feet, strangers always attract attention. But the strangers in the SUV weren’t just a curiosity; they were enforcement agents with the Federal Communications Commission, and they presented a real threat to a beloved community resource.

Since 1997, Ward had played host to an unlicensed FM radio station called Way High Radio. Colloquially known as “pirate” stations, radio operations such as Way High Radio are expressly forbidden by the FCC, which regulates America’s airwaves. That the station had been able to illegally broadcast from 90.5 FM for so many years was largely thanks to the isolation of the mountain town, roughly an hour-and-a-half drive from the FCC’s enforcement office in Denver.

When DJ Willy (not his real name) heard about the federal agents parked near town, he got a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach. This was a moment he’d been dreading for a long time. But he’d also studied up on FCC enforcement, and knew the agents would want to catch someone actually inside the radio station’s studio, a small trailer located next to Ward’s town hall with an antenna on top and a wooden sign that proclaimed “Office of Human Rights.”[…]

Continue reading the full article at Westword.

Click here to view Way High Radio’s website.

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