Synopses & Reviews
Jerry Powell was an ordinary guy on an extraordinary adventure. For 70 years he traveled the globe from his basement in Hackensack, New Jersey, using his ham radio to meet hundreds of people in the most remote corners of the world, literally from Antarctica to outer space. In return, each contact sent him a QSL cardthe personalized calling card of "hams." Hello World follows Powell's life, and the history of the world, through this collection. At the same time, the book is an exploration of a fascinating technology, the true precursor of the Internet, that still absorbs millions of people worldwide.
"Excellent! An intriguing story that's finally been told." Jim Haynie, W5JBP, AARL President
"This remarkable doument of a charming and oft-overlooked American subculture is equally valuable as a resource for stunning vernacular typography." Chip Kidd, author of The Cheese Monkeys
"A beautifully designed love letter to an 'average hobbiest,' Hello World is also a fascinating look at the crucial but unsung role that ham radios have played and continue to play in service to our country." Amy Fusselman, author of The Pharmacist's Mate
"I used to think a ham radio was just a big gray box in the basement. Now I know, ham radio is a hobby that makes people happy." Pam Rice, librarian/teacher Campbellsville, Kentucky
To an outsider, the world of ham radio is one of basement transmitters, clunky microphones, Morse code, and crackly, possibly clandestine, worldwide communications, a world both mysterious and geeky. But the real story is a lot more interesting: indeed, there are more than two million operators worldwide, including people like Walter Cronkite and Priscilla Presley. Gandhi had a ham radio, as do Marlon Brando and Juan Carlos, king of Spain.
Hello World takes us on a seventy-year odyssey through the world of ham radio. From 1927 until his death in 2001, operator Jerry Powell transmitted radio signals from his bedroom in Hackensack, New Jersey, touring the worlds most remote locations and communicating with people from Greenland to occupied Japan. Once he made contact with a fellow ham operator, he exchanged postcards known as QSLs cards with them. For seven decades, Powell collected hundreds of these cards, documenting his fascinating career in amateur radio and providing a dazzling graphic inventory of people and places far flung.
This book is both an introduction to the fascinating world of ham and a visual feast for anyone interested in the universal language of graphic design.
A Life in Ham Radio.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 254-255).
About the Author
Danny Gregory lives in New York City.
Paul Sahre is principal of his own design firm. He lives in New York City.