Peoples Temple Radio:
An Archived Site

One of the least examined aspects of Peoples Temple’s history was its relationship with the Federal Commiunications Commission (FCC). The relationship was also an important one: Jonestown’s only medium of direct and immediate communication with the outside world was through its HAM amateur radio; the Concerned Relatives oppositional group knew of the Temple’s use of its HAM radio – and of its misuses as well, such as conducting Temple business on its bandwidths – and alerted the FCC of the violations; and HAM operators around the US started reporting their own experiences with communications from Jonestown. With all these considerations in mind, history student and HAM operator Josef Dieckman launched a website to document all aspects of Jonestown radio. The site was active for several years in the first decade of the 2000s before going offline. This website has restored as much of the site as has been possible to do, and has archived it below.

Restored Pages

Some of the links within these articles are no longer operational and have been disabled.

Additional Info

Yaesu Ham Radio Amateur Radio FT-101 FT 101 ft 101 Jonestown Peoples Temple Jim Jones
Yaesu FT 101 EE
Yeasu FT 101 E
Yeasu FT 101 B
           Please help me on my search for 2 specific ham radios.

How do you answer the following questions?

1) Do you own either a Yaesu FT 101 EE, FT 101 E, or an FT 101 B?

2) Did you purchase said radio(s) in used condition?(read: not new)

3) Did you purchase said radio(s) in the San Francisco Bay Area?

4) Did you make said purchse AFTER January of 1979?

If this sounds like you, then please please please check the serial numbers of the radios in question.
I am looking for the following:

     1) SN 7M310162
      2) SN 7C251311
If you have either of these radios, please contact me as soon as possible by phone or email.


                                                     or ask for Joey at

(Editor's Note: Please contact / 360-317-1313.)