World Radio put Council Bluffs on the cutting edge of technology

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W0PV, Jan 14, 2019.

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  1. W9AFB

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    Not everyday that Council Bluffs makes the headlines! A neat story for those who missed out on that period of history.
  2. W0PV

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    Barry aka TRON !! (also the famous ex-NSØN) I was thinking of Midwestern NAQRO kin like you when posing this. It's great to see your interesting response, you are indeed Mr. Xtal :cool:

    Hope to OTA or eyeball QSO you again some day SOON, perhaps Xenia (?) I will be at Hamcation Orlando this year too.

    73, John, WØPV (ex-WAØPEV)
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  3. W0PV

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    In case you or others missed it, the blue highlighted headline under the photo in the OP is a hyperlink to the article in the local newspaper. It contains two more photos of interest, see below.


    "Helen Fans assembles a citizen band radio at World Radio Laboratories facility at 3415 W. Broadway in 1959".


    "Just three days into 1954, the city experienced what would prove to be the worst fire of that year. A three-alarm blaze destroyed the World Radio building at Seventh and Broadway. Seeing smoke, a passerby pounded on the doors of the eleven second floor apartments giving the residents ample time to flee to flee to safety."
  4. W0HXL

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    I lived in Omaha for 50+ years and knew Leo. He was a member of Nebraska Chapter 25 and Omaha Chapter 210 QCWA. I still have the 1985 ARRL Handbook that Leo signed . He was a real pioneer in radio and certainly Ham Radio.
    Dick Newsome W0HXL
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  5. NI0S

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    What a great story. In 1964 after serving in the Air Force, I made a trip to WRL and purchased a WRL 6 Meter transceiver kit which I installed in my VW.

    Norm, NI0S
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  6. K0NEB

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    Leo was my Elmer. I would not be a ham today if not for the personal guidance of Leo, a friend of my family growing up in Omaha. I took my Novice code classes at WRL and got my Novice in January 1969. I this week celebrate 50 years in amateur radio, and I owe it all to Leo, W0GFQ!
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  7. W1YW

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    I'm in love:)
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  8. W1YW

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    I don't know why, in the case of gals chasing guys, that the combination of a 'pretty girl ---that solders' was never obvious....
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  9. K0UO

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    I loved that place and had a World Radio Lab ham call area map in my first ham Shack
  10. KE4OH

    KE4OH Ham Member QRZ Page

    My memory may not have this exactly correct but .... I remember back in the late 70s when I was a new ham, a group put together an operating event called the Classic Radio Exchange (still around today but called the Classic Exchange.) Participants made QSOs and got bonus points based on how old their rigs were. Lots of WRL gear used during these events.

    I believe for the first few years, there was an extra award called the "Leo Meyerson Lookalike Award" for, as one might guess, the participant who most closely resembled Leo. I just always thought that was neat and a great way to honor a man who made a huge contribution to radio.

    I have a completely beat up, but working, Globe Scout 680 and a Galaxy GT-550 waiting it's turn for the workbench. So that's an early and late example of the gear old Leo had a hand in.
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