A STORY CLOSER TO THE HEART OF HALLOWEEN
I took a week off to get my head straight over the events of last month, so I missed last weeks "THROW BACK THURSDAY". I thought I could take one week away from radio and have something more in line with Halloween, so I dug up this gem from 1896 - Enjoy!
IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN
Yep, Halloween is right around the corner so it's time to change my Blog pic to something more seasonal. The video I have posted below is another fine (albeit short) example of what Waters & Stanton's Peter Waters, creates each week (usually posted on Friday).
It's a short one about SWR (or as some call it "Swerr"), followed by 2 longer videos, one by K0LWC and the other by the "Wizard of Og" - KE0OG, Dave Casler, about using the SWR meter on your ICOM IC-7300.
Thanks so much for taking a little time out of your day to visit this Blog, and special thanks to those who sent condolence emails about my Dad's passing. Shortly after posting that page I brought it back to Draft status until a setup a permanent link, however, this page I've created will slowly grow as more photos are found, and more memories re-surface.
There have been quite a few articles and videos regarding Solar Cycle 25, and how big or small it may turn out to be. This is the latest one I've found (Sept 17th), so if you have an hour to kill take a gander of what they have to say.
SOME GOOD ADVICE
I subscribe and watch videos from Peter Waters of Waters & Stanton every week. His laid back approach to the subject at hand is greatly admired.
The first video is about getting into ham radio while spending the least amount you can afford, and the second one is titled: CB vs Ham Radio, a short video where Peter talks about the two services. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did (for what it's worth, I wish a US vendor would do something like this as well)
LOOK AT THE PAST
When the CB radio fad was most popular, many smaller newspapers had their own CB column, or at the least, they used columns from some of our larger cities to allow keep their subscribers 'in the loop', with current news about this new phenomenon. For example, the column 'CB Chatter' by Mike Wendland could be found in more than one newspaper across the nation.
The Saturday or Sunday editions of the news were usually geared towards gardening, sports, and occasionally CB radio. I've linked a page from a Sunday leisure section in 1976 which can be enlarged enough for you to read and enjoy -
SEPTEMBER 08, 2021
This weeks TBT is an advertisement from May 06, 1976 in the Ithaca Journal. The store is "Action Audio", which was also a Lafayette Radio Electronics affiliate.
23 channel CB radios had yet to become discounted, as the pricing indicates.
THROWBACK THURSDAY II
This weeks TBT image is a Radio Shack ad from December 1976 titled: "Give-a-CB" which showed Radio Shack's markdown as an attempt to move 23ch. radios out of their warehouse before the new 40ch. transceivers arrived.
I actually bought the TRC-47 am/ssb radio the year before for a sale price of $209.95 - which was a good price for a sideband rig that year. I didn't like it at all. Transmit audio was slightly below average, and while it had most of the typical controls (volume, squelch, RF gain, clarifier, and mode selection), it lacked a meter. Try giving a signal report without one. I traded this towards my purchase of a new E.F. Johnson Viking 352 in January of '76.
$159.95 was $50 less than their best sale price, but nowhere near what it would be selling for, only a few months later - $50
|REALISTIC TRC-47 AM/SSB MOBILE|
CB radios with Sideband (SSB) were expensive back in the early 70's, with base stations commanding a price well over $400, so it was unusual to see this ad in the January '74 issue of CB Magazine.