Communication was always an issue on the outdoor trips. In the early days, phone calls were the norm, but were dependent on finding a land line along the route. It was incredible that some of the news bulletins from these early trips were several pages long and sent out by mail every third day or so.
In the late ’70’s and early ’80’s we graduated to the single side band radios. The communication was spotty at times, and certainly depended on the set up of the radio antenna. As this photo shows, students on ‘radio crew’ had to be fairly ingenious to get the antenna set high enough and in the right direction in order to have the call reach the school.
What are your stories of setting up the radios? (Click on the title and scroll to the bottom to submit your memory. Click on the photo to see a larger version)