The death of the American ham radio industry

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W4ZD, Jul 24, 2019.

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  1. N2EY

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    So we're talking 40-50 years ago. Not today.

    That design was common for both 5 meter and 2-1/2 meter transceivers back then. The detector was superregenerative, though, and it only worked on AM. Such rigs were legal back then.....not so much, today.

    Ah, but you had to add a crystal and a switching system, and the output was less than a watt. What you had wasn't really a transceiver in the modern sense.

    There are plenty of designs for 1 and 2 tube regenerative receivers and 1 tube crystal oscillator transmitters, as well as solid-state versions of the same.

    I don't have a problem, I'm just commenting. Heck, I started out with a two-tube regenerative receiver and a 1 tube crystal oscillator transmitter.

    But I didn't stop there.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
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  2. KA4DPO

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    No, it was a regen, a Hartley configuration regenerative detector, sorry to burst your bubble.

    You're just trolling now.
  3. W4ZD

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    Youse guyz can argue the fine points all you want. What I do know, and consider important, is that

    • It was fun.
    • There was a personal sense of accomplishment, however small.
    • It often led to bigger and better things.

    Not bad, I'd say. Did I mention it was fun? :D
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  4. WZ7U

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    Down the hall with you.
  5. N2EY

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    Room 12A, just along the corridor.
  6. NL7W

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    HR is still fun in moderation.
    For example, I love SSB and CW contesting. It's finding the time to do it with family commitments and such.
    I'll get around to it again in the next couple of years.
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  7. W4ZD

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    Don't wait too many years. Most of us old farts don't have that many left. :D
  8. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page

    True. When I get back into the swing of things again, the few hams left will have to SCHEDULE activity periods using the Internet and or email.
    Oh... I believe that's already happening to some degree.
    I forsee QRZ becoming a great collaboration website.
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