I Just asked if Wally had a ham radio license as some of the pictures showed him talking on what looks like a home made radio set.... We got this back from the group...
I have been asking some of our historians about this and we donít believe so. Here is a reply for Dale Schwamborn:
The answer is no. Make a distinction between ham radio and two-way car radios. Wally did have a two-way in Africa. I just realized that he had one, as did a few other African Caravanners.
There may also be a misunderstanding about Wally's Zenith Trans-Oceanic radio, which he used on Caravans. His sleeping habits were snooze, wake-up do work or listen to broadband broadcasts like VOA and BBC. This Zenith was not a ham radio.
At his home I never saw the towering antennas required for hamming and definitely never on any of his Airstreams.
Our historian is also digging into the topic. If I learn of anything different, I will let you know.
Have a great day!
WBCCI, Wally Byam Airstream Club
803 E. Pike Street
Jackson Center, OH 45334
Not that I've ever heard - but I seriously doubt he was.
Jim, Past President
WBCCI Amateur Radio Club - RVSVCnet