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Clarence Carlson

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Radio operator on Jarvis Island, 1937
« on: January 21, 2016, 02:57:38 PM »

I found this resource whilst exploring some information on oral history of Pacific Islands. Specifically it has a transcript of an interview with Victor BS Kim (among others), who was the amateur radio operator on Jarvis Island during the time of Amelia's disappearance. Interviews It's a fairly large pdf document and his interview begins at page 57.

I listed this under Radio Reflections because he answered several specific questions about what his duties were as the radio operator, how he was selected and how the radio was specifically used during the time on the island. He emphasizes that he used radio to make two regular contacts a day and was concerned that any further use would exceed the battery power available. Not exactly plowing any new ground but seems a good read for backround to understand what the radio operators had to deal with in this environment.
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Sheila Shigley

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Re: Radio operator on Jarvis Island, 1937
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2016, 04:22:28 PM »

This is a wonderful read - the old link is now bad, but here's a current one: Interviews

Full title of the document is HUI PANALÄ‘AU: Hawaiian Colonists in the Pacific, 1935 –1942. Very worth the time for anyone studying the situation in the Pacific just before, during, and after AE and FN's flight. Includes multiple references to the young men's radio and weather work, descriptions of area shipwrecks, etc.

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