This was my very first radio

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AL7RU, Aug 8, 2016.

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  1. W5TTP

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    I remember having a crystal radio, hooking up the alligator clip to my bicycle and cruising the neighborhood to impress. At about 10 tears old, that worked as planned. Now, at a most 70, people just don't seem to be impressed!

    JUST Joking...haha

    Chuck w5ttp
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  2. NM7L

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    Sears Wayfarer 6-band portable circa 1968:

    Lost it while at college in the early 1980s: couldn't remember who I lent it to & it was gone. Found another one locally a few years back - now I use it to listen to Mariners ballgames when working out in the yard or out in the swim spa. Great sounding rig!
  3. K4YND

    K4YND Ham Member QRZ Page

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    Not exactly a K3, but sure enjoyed making contacts as a novice in 1976
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  4. KE9EX

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    A Magnavox 6-Transistor from 1962. I discovered that with skillful tuning (a skill which would come in very handy later) I could get
    plenty of far-away stations, like WWL, New Orleans "From the Roosevelt Hotel". magnavoxAM-80.jpg

    A couple of years later I became interested in shortwave radio, and dear old dad brought home a Sears Silvertone Tombstone like this one. It worked surprisingly well.
    And, like many here, I started hearing the hams, as well as bugging people for hours listening to WWV. They were still in Greenbelt, Maryland.
    Sivertone SW.jpg I always thought this dial looked cool. silvertone dial.jpg
    Too bad it got left in a damp basement after I moved away and the circuits got moldy. The day we set it out on the curb, mom said it disappeared as soon as we got back in the house.
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  5. K2WH

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    First real radio.

    A KDK 2 meter FM.

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  6. W5BIB

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    I had one just like this that we bought at a Supermarket in Milwaukee in about 1960.
    We had a Basset Hound & I used to scare him with it!! I'd catch him sleeping & put the radio up next to his ear & turn it on !!! Scared the hell outta him.:eek: One night we went to the Drive-In theater & I left it on the dining-room table. (oops)... When we got home (SAM) had gotten the radio off of the table & KILLED it!!:D The biggest pieces I found were the battery & the speaker !!! (he slept on the floor for the next several nights)

    Then there's the time he found & ate a whole bag of Marshmallows while we were gone !! What a mess :rolleyes:


  7. AC4BB

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    Made by Satan Helluva radio.
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  8. KD2L

    KD2L Ham Member QRZ Page

    I could pick up WBZ on Sunday mornings when WHDH was off the air for maintenance for an hour.
  9. K3YGX

    K3YGX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got my first XTAL radio in ' had a slider to tune with and an alligator clip that I clipped on to an extension cord for an antenna....I lived a block away from Mission Delores in San Francisco. I could get KYA, KDIA and KABL... 2 out of 3 stations were great music, KABL was the old folks stuff.....I was a kid then. the other two were rock & roll and R&B.....that got me started in two life long interests, radio and music.
  10. AL7RU

    AL7RU Ham Member QRZ Page

    And KSFO! Giants games with Russ Hodges & Lon Simmons. Russ the Moose Syracuse.

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