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Help me date this very old W7DK club Field Day film!

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W7UUU, Apr 18, 2021.

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  1. K3XR

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    Located my 1956 Handbook...The price is $3.00. The price on a 1959 Handbook is $3.50. That narrows it down as far as the Handbook is concerned.
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  2. N2EY

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    (*cough*) money laundering (*cough*)
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  3. W7UUU

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    Mystery solved - thanks to Nick @K7MO:

    "The good old FD film was shot on 16 mm B&W silent film by John Kelly W7KKN as a KTNT-TV (channel 11) production that was shown at times as a filler. It was narrated live from a script that was with the film the last time I showed it. The film was shot in the time period between 1952 and 1955. Shown in the film that I can recognize are: Max Bice Chief Engineer of KTNT, Cliff Osborne W7MFG of C&G Electronics, W7SFO, Dick Ryan W7RGD our Bark Editor for years, Joe Asplin W7IG who's farm they were at, Bob Churchward W7RXS, Irma Aufang (later) Duncan W7OVW, and Roy Devish W7AZI in the cook shack. "


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  4. WQ4G

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    Very interesting video. Thanks for posting it.

    Mmmm... Bacon and Pancakes for breakfast (or was that for dinner?).

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  5. K3XR

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    Thanks to Chuck Dachis "The Hallicrafters Collector" and his great book the SX-88 was sold between 1954-55.
  6. W4NNF

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    Given the Handbook at the cars, I'd say no later than '59 - 60.... and 1956 would seem to be pretty much on the money.

    Postscript...I see Dave nailed it down to 1955. What a nice little film. I might give it a watch on the big TV this evening. :)
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  7. KD2L

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    The white Ford wagon is a '57
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  8. W3WN

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    Great little film. Thanks Dave!
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  9. K3XR

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    This is a 1957 Ford wagon.
    This is a 1956 Ford wagon.

    I'm not certain. The 57 had more of a "fin" on the side not so the 56. Looking at the Ford wagon at the 2:54 mark in the video.

    Edit...To follow up on N2EY post below it could be a 1955 Ford wagon. Little difference on the rear from the 55 to the 56.
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  10. N2EY

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    It's almost certainly FD 1955. Here's why:

    The SX-88 and NC-98 were first advertised in 1953, so it can't be older than that. The 1956 Handbook is only seen in the title-card shots, which were probably added in post-production during the winter of 1955-1956.

    But the most important clue is hiding in plain sight.

    The opening sequence says that W7DK/7 was the 7th district winner. Checking the FD scores in the QST archive, we see that W7DK/7 was indeed the top 7-land FD score in 1954 and 1955.

    The 1953 7-land leader was W7AW/7, and the 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961 7-land leader was W7HZ/7. (I stopped checking after 1961, figuring that by then there would be newer cars and other clues by then)

    So it has to be one of those two years (1954 - 1955).

    I doubt it took them from summer 1954 to early 1956 to complete the film, and the Ford wagon looks like a 1955, so that leaves 1955 as the most likely.

    1955 Ford station wagon:


    BTW - I think I saw this movie about 55 years ago, at a local club meeting, before I even had a license. In those days, ARRL would send films to affiliated clubs for the postage, and one meeting there was an FD film. I remember the "2 Meters" pun very clearly, so I'm pretty sure this was it.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
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