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Where does the radio phrase "Ham" originate?

There are a number of definitions given, so you takes your choice. This is my preferred version: The word HAM is derived from the initial letter of each of three pioneers of Radio; Hertz, Armstrong and Marconi.
Heinrich H ertz helped to develop the theory of electromagnetic waves. Hertz even detected them with a spark.

Edwin Howard Armstrong started as a teenager as a radio amateur and was a star student in electrical engineering at Columbia. In 1912 he figured out how to improve the audion dramatically. In 1914 Armstrong demonstrated his idea to the Marconi Company, where David Sarnoff realized its importance.
Guglielmo Marconi used sparks to create radio waves. He grew up in Italy the son of an Italian father and a Scotch-Irish mother. In 1899 Marconi successfully linked England and France across the English channel (where there was already a cable)--more significant was transmission from ships. Marconi transmitted signals across the Atlantic in 1901.

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English vocal version, Words and music are by the late Maurice Durieux VE2QS and VE2BR and played by VE2QS and his orchestra with vocal by Joyce Hahn. it was produced around 1951.

There was also a French vocal version, words and music by the late Maurice Durieux VE2QS and F9KT and Played by VE2QS and his Orchestra. Sung in French by Raymond Girerd

Finally there was an Instrumental version, also played by Maurice Durieux VE2QS and his Orchestra

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Taekwondo has nothing remotely to do with Amateur Radio to the best of my knowledge, but it's a great sport and my nephew Derek (Del) has a lot to do with Taekwondo at the Gatwick Club.

Originally developed as a means of self-defence, Taekwondo has developed into a competitive sport while still retaining the traditional background that martial arts are known for.

Literally translated, Taekwondo means "the way of striking with hand and foot."Benefits of studying Taekwondo include improved physical condition, confidence, and discipline. After years of training, the entire body can be used to defend against attacks from any direction or height.

Techniques learned in Taekwondo are used in sport competition, demonstrations, and in life-threatening situations.

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