Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WA4CZD, Dec 22, 2018.
December 1933 QST
December 1939 QST
"Tear out this page and leave it casually on the dining room table."
I love looking at these old ads from a simpler time.
Someone flipped a switch; they're all coming up now!
Yep. All sorts of failures. That's why parts stores were so common.
We did not realize back then the importance of arcs, sparks, and smoke were playing in forming the close social bonds with our fellow ops.
The equipment failures and struggles getting on the air often resulted in common visits to and from Elmers, common banter and social interaction at club meetings, and even fostered ole' wive's tales.
Pretty hard elements to replicate through email, youtube, and Facetime. .but at least we still remember the road map to get back there.
I don't recall too many failures back then. As a novice, my Adventurer transmitter, and my National receiver, never failed once, despite several instances of abuse from lack of experience and just plain stupidity. That station was 100 Percent reliable.
Since that time I have only experienced three failures that took me off the air. The 15 meter driver coil in my HT-32B fried and required three days to wind a new coil and get it repaired .
The finals in my TR4-CW went soft from tuning up too long, took one day to buy new ones, replace, and neutralize them.
And,,,,,My brand new IC-746PRO went TU after about two hours of operation. That was in 2001, so hardly the good old days, HRO didn't want to exchange it so I called Bob Ferrero and it was replaced the next morning. A lot of brand new equipment fails, and when it does it is usually not something that you or I can repair, so it takes longer than in the good old days to get it back from the shop.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Cheap TV sweep tubes used by Drake and other manufacturers not really designed to function as RF amplification.