Beijing, China – His kingdom was tucked away in a tall building on a side street off a busy Beijing avenue – down a long, narrow corridor made even narrower by old radio equipment lining the walls.
His room was also made smaller by all the radio equipment collected in it. Cables. Boxes. Old antennae. Ordered chaos.
Pennants from amateur radio clubs in different countries were tacked on the walls.
He read the names off with pride – “Macau”, “Germany”, “Finland”, “Philippines” – “and look at this one from Israel!”
There was no denying his joy. Chen Ping loved his hobby.
The 71-year old engineer spent many of his happiest moments tinkering with radios.
Before the internet, there was short wave radio – it was his doorway to the world. A way through which he could “connect with more people”.
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