From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: On the Air

Sober ham radio operators carry the message into the clouds

We are two recovering alcoholics, husband and wife, and we are also licensed amateur radio operators (commonly called “hams.”) We live in Northwestern Michigan, and our call signs are: Terry—AA9BA and Dave—WS9T.

Every day we are near one of our radios, we check into HAAM, or The Friends of Bill W. (FOBW). This is a meeting broadcast live on radio in which recovering alcoholics who are hams, living all over the U.S. and Canada, can talk to each other and share our experience, strength, and hope. It mixes our radio hobby with the unique friendship we share as recovering alcoholics. The formal name of our group is HAAM, which is derived from ham radio and AA. While on the air, we refer to ourselves as the Friends of Bill W. in an effort to retain anonymity.

-- Dave W./Terry W.

Williamsburg, Michigan

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