How did you first get attracted to ham radio, as a kid?

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  1. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    For Christmas 1983 (age 12) I got this:
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    And one of the projects is a crystal set, using the variable cap, ferrite bar coil, and germanium diode. Had lots of fun with this kit as a teenager, and still have it! Can't wait for my son to get just a little bit older so I can bring it out and play with it with him.

    I remember I also made a "click click" telegraph key with it, using the relay and included "Morse key," the blue box in the compartment on the right. Only I didn't know Morse back then.
     
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  2. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had one similar to that... I used to get a kick out of making the relay into a buzzer by wiring one set of contacts to interrupt the dc to the coil. :)
     
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  3. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    I'm surprised they still had them for sale as late as 1983.

    I had one around 1977 as I recall. Decided to get one when I was there getting my battery of the month.

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  4. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Those are really great. They are still made in many shapes and forms!

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  5. KC8VWM

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    Wow! Never seen that one before. :)

    ...Extra dee lux!
     
  6. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think mine was "200 in one projects" in the mid 70's. I do remember burning out a few resistors and going to Lafayette with my dad to pick up new ones (along with checking bags of TV and radio tubes).

    You know what happens when I go 'home' for Christmas? 5 family members pull broken junk out of their luggage and plop it on dad's dining room table. He just pulls broken stuff off the shelf.

    I bring a Tek DSO when I visit. Cuts down on repair time! :p
     
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  7. K5ITM

    K5ITM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hah! Those Science Fair/RS kits were great fun... mine was about ‘77 as well. Slightly different colors... more red in it if I recall. I’ve been meaning to grab a good one off eBay. I did pick up an Elenco snap circuit set for my son a couple of years ago that he enjoys.
     
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  8. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think I burned out the transistors in mine... too ignorant to even know it back then!
     
  9. N6QIC

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    When I was young I used to go with my dad to Thrifty mart and test tubes on the tube tester. It was always fun.
     
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  10. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I did too, but I read that doing that shortens the life of the relay since it causes a spark across the contacts. I seem to remember that one of the projects was a spark gap transmitter.
     

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