Friday, March 22, 2013

"Just Like Twitter, Only More Advanced…"

Mandy Baxter (Molly Ephraim) talks on ham radio during
a recent episode of "Last Man Standing" on ABC.
(Photo courtesy "Last Man Standing")
That's the assessment of ham radio made by Mandy Baxter, the character played by Molly Ephraim on the ABC-TV comedy, "Last Man Standing." In an episode that aired in mid-March, the teenaged Mandy has been banned from her computer and cell-phone until she improves her history grades. She gets on the air from her father's ham station, though, and declares it to be "just like Twitter, only more advanced (since) you don't have to type!" In the program, hams who she contacts provide help with her paper. If you missed the show when it aired, you may watch it online at <>. It is Show 217, titled "The Fight." Producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, will have an article about the making of the episode in an upcoming issue of CQ.