By WBØRUR, on the scene
SCHENECTADY, UTAH – In an unprecedented operating decision, Wyandott County amateur radio operator Angelina McFarland says she will begin working 75 meter phone exclusively on upper sideband next month.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” says the 62-year-old grandmother of five. From her log cabin in the Wasatch Mountains, McFarland says it’s time to take action and “be the change I want to see in the world.”
“In the 60’s, I was burning my bra on Main Street, marching on Washington and joining my friends in other forms of civil disobedience. This seems like a logical extension,” she says, arranging her flowing rainbow colored robes.
Brown rice cooks on the stove as the sound of a sitar recording echos through the two room cabin, which is hewn from locally harvested logs.
She pushes back the “love beads” which separate her living room from the entrance to her ham shack to display her gear for reporters.
“A few months ago, I fought the expansion of a big box store in downtown Pagosa Springs…and I won!” she exclaims. “Now I need a new cause. And The Man has been holding back 75 meter upper sideband for too long.”