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I still am enjoying your comments.
It’s interesting, isn’t it?
I like the minimalist approaches to radio
and electronics and science in general.
And (although it’s not really the same thing)
I remember being stunned by finding out how
various things worked when I was young – and
going through “my beginning” with these things.
Back then, I hooked a pretty large HI FI speaker up to a
little AM pocket radio and was really suprised
about how loud the audio was and how good it
sounded compared to the AM pocket radio by
itself. My father thought that the final audio
transistor in the radio would not survive driving
that big speaker. That made sense to me also, but
there was no problem.
I have done a lot of different fun things with radio.
In the last 40 years, I have been on all of the ham bands from 160M
to 23CM (1296 MHz.) And I have listened from 23 kHz up to the
limits of – well – again – 1296 MHz. The 1296 was one of the most
fun things I did in ham radio. BUT it really wasn’t my doing. A close
friend built a 1296 FM repeater. He was able to get his hands on
a few 1296 FM radios dirt cheap. So we tried that. It was really really
hard to get it to work at all. We finally did and with that came a big thrill.
It wasn’t the radios as much as trying to understand the reality of the
propagation up there. Neither of us had been on that band before, and we learned
a lot about that frequency range.
The crystal set stuff is really fun on a very basic level. I never imagined
that it was possible to make a set up with no external ground
or antenna – especially with such a small receiving loop.
The carrier current thing is neat, too. For me, it’s still largely
And I have also been facinated with E skip. (For about 40 years.)
I don’t get it, and neither do a lot of scientists. I’m not as
interested in logging DX stations on the FM BCB as in – trying
to figure out why the whole thing happened in the first place.
Well anyway – thanks for your replies. They are always fun!
Oh yeah – Carl – we tried the “speaker experiment” you mentioned.
(Again, about 40 years ago.) Please please please please: NOBODY
SHOULD TRY THAT NOWADAYS. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT TRYING IT.
Very Best Wishes,
Bruce, DOGRADIO – Ramping Up on 1020 kHz Carrier Current