Rock & Roll technology innovation from Amateur Radio

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W0PV, Sep 16, 2019.

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  1. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ken passed along this important point--

    "Richard Factor (named in the excerpt as Eventide founder) is WA2IKL, who won this year's Lifetime Technical Achievement Grammy!"

    Also, I did a partial restoration of Ken's pic. Here it is-- kenschaffer2.jpeg.jpg
     
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  2. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice thread! I remember being a 13 year old and going to radio shack to get a little wireless transmitter that clipped on your lapel. I took it out of the case and mounted it in my pawn shop guitar, replacing the microphone with a connection to the pickup. Horrible fidelity but no cord!

    Played that thing for hours until my neighbor came over and said there was some strange music coming in over their FM radio.
     
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  3. W0PV

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    Additional FYI, as mentioned in the articles, the REM song was not the only hit inspired by the Ken N2KS pure Ham Radio spirit derived sat DX setup. After The Police, on his debut solo album Sting has a track titled "Russians" He said this about its source,

    "In 2010, Sting explained that the song was inspired by watching Soviet TV via inventor Ken Schaffer's (N2KS) satellite receiver at Columbia University:[1][2]

    "I had a friend at university who invented a way to steal the satellite signal from Russian TV. We'd have a few beers and climb this tiny staircase to watch Russian television... At that time of night we'd only get children's Russian television, like their 'Sesame Street'. I was impressed with the care and attention they gave to their children's programmes. I regret our current enemies haven't got the same ethics."

    Sting performed the song at the 1986 Grammy Awards. His performance of the song was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.[3]"

    :cool:
     
  4. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had forgotten this song until now. Very moving. Proud its inspiration has connection with Amateur Radio.

    Despite Sting's lament about adversarial ethics, I am surprised no one has attempted an updated cover of it. Here is my five minute version of lyric tweeks,

    Across the globe there's a growing feeling of hysteria
    Conditioned to respond to all the threats
    In the rhetorical speeches of the terrorists
    The Strongman said, "We will bury you"
    I don't subscribe to this point of view
    It'd be such an ignorant thing to do
    If the terrorists loved children too
    How can I save my little boy from the Internets deadly toys?
    There is no monopoly on common sense
    On either side of the political fence
    We share the same biology, regardless of ideology
    Believe me when I say to you
    I hope the terrorists love children too
    There is no historical precedent
    To put the words in the mouth of the president?
    There's no such thing as a winnable war
    It's a lie we don't believe anymore
    Mister President says, "We will protect you"
    I don't subscribe to this point of view
    Believe me when I say to you
    I wish the terrorists could love all children too
    We share the same biology, regardless of ideology
    But what might save us, me and you
    Is if the terrorists would love all children too

     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2019
  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's Ken's pic with fractal based deconvolution and stitching---cleaned up nice! kenschaffer4.jpg
     
  6. WM1A

    WM1A Ham Member QRZ Page



    No fractal music? . . . thats a spankin'
     
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  7. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page


    Steve Katz is almost as popular a name as John Smith
     
  8. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    OK
     
  9. W9YW

    W9YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    There was Shaeffer-Vega, and also Cerwin-Vega! I worked for Gene Czerwinski, another inventor who built audio power amps using RCA's 1B05 transistors that powered his E-horn as what is remembered as the Universal Studio's Earthquake effect for movie houses. Marshall Buck was his researcher, and his great and innovative engineering staff did much much more. Then Cerwin-Vega! was sold, and sold, and split and sold. Gene's gone, and wasn't a ham so far as I can remember, or his head of engineering (at the time) Kirk Armstrong. Vega Associates.... has a place in history, but I'm not sure if it's declassified.
     
  10. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Its important to tell these stories, when possible, so folks know the provenance of much that we take for granted today.

    Otherwise they will think that DeForest ,and Les Paul, invented everything ;-)

    Cerwin Vega was one of those brand-relics that Gibson bought up and had no idea what to do with--in the HENRY era.

    Geez...Baldwin, Oberheim, over a dozen more. Bought. Killed.By Gibson. Which eventually killed itself.

    The NEW Gibson is back to doing guitars. Just guitars. Wish them well.
     

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