Ham Radio Was A Great Hobby

Best Hobby A Young Man In The 1950's Could Have!

My First "Rig"

I Was First Licensed In 1957

I received my license in Junior High School and began a long career at this hobby.  My initial project was to build a transmitter, the trusty Globe Scout 680 (See the right column). It worked and I communicated with about 150 countries with the brass-key!  I tried to use an S38E as a receiver but alas, I had to upgrade to an NC-303 !

My neighbor, Bob Coomler and I had a ball.   We was licensed as WN6NLP (Nasty Little People).

High School Provided New Friends

In 2000, I visited my high school with Edward Heyman and other friends and got to visit with Mr., Jack Brown my High School Radio Shop Teacher after 40 years!

Yes... I was a geek (but we didn't have that term in those days...
It was NERD

Jack Brown Was Our Electronics Shop Instructor

No nonsense but loads of fun! He was an amazing guy.

Jack passed on a few years later but he was a great teacher, leader, and role model for a lot of us living through the early 1960's. 

I will never forget his 1952 Ford with the Elmac transmitter and receiver and long tall whip antenna that always seemed like it was going to hit something.

Morse Code

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Ham's In Los Alamitos

Amazing but we have almost 150!

The Equipment Was Interesting

But remember, the insides were all very accessible and generally had high voltage (300-500 volts) everywhere. The vacuum tubes got red hot so after several hours of having the equipment on, the room was hot as can be. No transistors and no integrated circuits! All the components were attached to a steel or aluminum chassis making the radios weigh in at 50-150 pounds each!  Portable means an extension cord!

Globe Scout 90A Transmitter Kit!

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Modes: CW
Bands: 160 - 10 Meters
Input Power: 90W-CW
Power Supply: Internal
Final Tube(s): 2ea. 807
Modulator: Plug-in option
New Price/Year: $59.95 kit, $74.50 wired/1958-1960
Size: 8.0"h x 14.0"w x 9.0"d
Approx. Weight: 27 lbs

Hallicrafters S38E

Amazing what one can hear from a receiver like this!
We heard the world from this little box

National NC303 Receiver

Loved this old receiver!
I rebuilt this machine into a non-vacuum-tube system...
pretty hot for its day!!

Collins KWM-2A

Best radio ever

AN/SRT-15 restored
My Navy Mars AN/SRT-15 which I restored and put on-line for many years

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