Goldberg is a familiar name to comic book aficionados for his artistry in
Spider Man, the
Hulk, and the
QST magazine had him listed in the "Silent Keys" column in the November 2014 issue because he passed away in
August. A Silent Key, in Hamdom, is usually a title reserved for a deceased licensed operator
(the 'key' reference being a Morse code key), but a search of the Internet and the
FCC license database web page
did not turn up a call sign for him. Unless his record has been dropped from the database, Mr. Goldberg* might never
have actually been a Ham, but earned the Silent Key acknowledgement because of his involvement in a 1986 special
edition comic book titled "Archie's
Ham Radio Adventure." It was quite an extensive story that involved all the familiar Archie characters, and
even had a section addressed to parents encouraging them to promote both their kids' and their own interest in amateur
radio as an educational and character building tool. The edition was distributed free of charge as part of a joint
effort including the ARRL and Ham radio equipment companies.
Ham Radio Adventure's plot begins with techo-nerd Dilton using his personal Ham shack equipment to check with a
radio buddy in South America regarding a volcanic eruption situation and assisting in passing on the information
to others in the area. Impressed by his take-charge actions, Moose, Reggie, Archie, and others query Dilton about
Ham radio, whereupon he discusses the OSCAR satellites,
DXpeditions, and other related topics.
A few call signs are mentioned in the dialogs, but most have no listing in the FCC database.
Then, bringing the story closer to home, a local emergency situation occurs where a mock Viking ship being used
in a school play by YLs* Veronica and Betty getting thrust into a watery torrent after a nearby dam breaks. Using
air support provided by Veronica's millionaire father, Mr. Lodge, Dilton works with the Red Cross to rescues the
teen actors. Meanwhile Mr. Lodge, a licensed Ham himself with a to-die-for shack of equipment employs the
autopatch to contact police in pursuit
of an imposter film director during his getaway attempt.
A lot of information is crammed into the comic book's 36 pages. You can pick up a copy of
Archie's Ham Radio Adventure on eBay for under $20 if you're interested. Thanks to KK4DSD for scanning
and posting his full copy of
* Mike Esposito is co-artist on the effort.
** YL in Hamese stands for Young
Posted November 17, 2014