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Offline Strange Beacons

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Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« on: February 04, 2019, 0108 UTC »
Sad News: I just learned today that Don Schimmel has passed away at the age of 91. Don worked in communications with the U.S. Navy and CIA. He is best remembered by radio hobbyists as the author of the book, "The Underground Frequency Guide" and the online column about radio oddities, "Radio Intrigue." SK

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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 0222 UTC »
I loved his Radio Intrigue articles - he will be missed RIP
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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 1240 UTC »
The title of Don's book The Underground Frequency Guide was the inspiration for the name of this site.
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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 1418 UTC »
The title of Don's book The Underground Frequency Guide was the inspiration for the name of this site.

Well I'll be dipped!

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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 0128 UTC »
Sorry to hear that. I met him at a Winter SWL Fest about 20-25 years ago & had a brief, pleasant chat.
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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 2058 UTC »
Well I'll be dipped!

...Dipped in what?

Chocolate? Powdered sugar? Molasses? Poop?
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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 1731 UTC »
The title of Don's book The Underground Frequency Guide was the inspiration for the name of this site.

That is an excellent legacy.

The Underground Frequency Guide is the book that really launched me into this sub-region of the radio hobby (that and childhood memories of monitoring strange signals on my uncle's old shortwave radio at night when I was supposed to be sleeping).

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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2019, 1523 UTC »
 Anybody know if Harry Caul is still around?
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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2019, 1839 UTC »
All I ever had was the Confidential Frequency List. And of course Passport.
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Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2019, 1636 UTC »
RIP, Don. I know the Confidential Frequency List wasn't his book, but since someone mentioned it, that book was also one that launched my interest in shortwave. After I got a scanner and a CB radio as a kid, I obsessively checked out every single book about radio that the local library had. Mostly ARRL stuff but, oddly, they had a copy of the Confidential Frequency List and I obsessed over it until I could cajole my parents into getting me a shortwave receiver. The abbreviated, terse descriptions of odd things heard on a frequency (example I still remember: "Tailpipe Perky") had me convinced I was going to be listening to spies and intrigue nonstop.
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