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The incredibly famous W5LET
Bare Essentials Transmitter???
That was built on a wooden board???
That used a neon bulb to tell you that
the AC outlet was plugged in the wrong
way (zap)?? That used a 50C5 or 50L6
beam power tube?
That is not the transmtter I have now, but
I almost blew myself to smittereens with
the B.E.T. from Electronics Illustrated in 1971.
But that was sort of a normal initiation into
ham radio back then.
The one tube transmitter I have now is very
safe and very well designed.
But back then:
There were all sort of one tube
transmitters in ham magazines.
I think I remember one that was
60 watts!!! Can you imagine?
I do remember a 35 watt one tube
transmitter that was in the 1969 ARRL
handbook. It used a single 6146.
What was the voltage on the telegraph
Of course, getting zapped by the key or
getting a burn off the antenna or feed line
was a badge of honor then.
and my first callsign was:
and proud of it, too.