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  1. K4JRB

    K4JRB Ham Member QRZ Page

    WRL was also the home to Hy-Gain antennas first under the name of Globe beams. Hy-Gain was sold to Telex and is now owned by MFJ. Galaxy sold part of their line to RCA and later the rest of the line. Hams know the Transceivers as the Galaxy III and V and later GT-550. A matching 1KW amp was also produced. Leo was a pioneer in getting gear to hams. I had friends growing up who had frequent calls from Leo to introduce new gear. One friend was always buying gear such as a Globe King B, Harvey Wells Antenna Tuner, and Cosmophone 35.
    If it ws made for hams Leo sold it.

    Dave K4JRB
  2. K5XS

    K5XS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry. I wasn’t paying attention. Thanks for clarifying.

    But all the same, thanks for posting it!
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  3. W0PV

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    WRL's 1959 glamorous Helen at work rocks. These days the charms of her gift and skill combo would likely be a bit attenuated (for OM me) with fad fashionable pink Glyptal hair highlights and mini clevis pin piercings. :confused::oops::p
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2019
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  4. W5MP

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    I very much enjoyed reading this brief history of World Radio Labs. There was much I didn't know, even after all these decades. Thanks for making this available.
    Mike W5MP
  5. N4KZ

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    I still have the 1968 and '69 WRL catalogs I received in the mail back then. They're wonderful to look at. -- 73, N4KZ
  6. KE4OH

    KE4OH Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's pretty cool that WRL manufactured their own ham gear designs but also sold some competing gear.

    Not related to that ... I just remembered that I also have a WLR Comet Kit Signal Slicer self-powered Q-multiplier. I've never seen another one, though I have seen an old ad for one. It is slated to be put back to work taming a Hallicrafters S-40B as soon as the RX gets off the bench.
  7. W6RD

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    Best Ham store I ever saw. More stuff in one place by far than any other. I was there in the early Spring of 1967. Drove all the way down from ND to visit
    the store. Leo was there and waited on me. I walked out with a brand new SR-160,DC supply, and a Hustler antenna. I will never forget walking around the store
    looking at the rows and rows of parts. A true Home Brewers heaven.
    WA0EWW back then
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  9. W7ARX

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    Great article! I had back when my first real HF SSB Xcvr, the GT-500A, Remote VFO, PS and Speaker. Cut my teeth on working DX with that set up with inverted vee antenna. Opened the door for more to come. Great radio, wish I still had it.
  10. K0DD

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    That's a nice article... Thanks for the memory John.
    The Gran Masters of early amateur radio entrepreneurship... Retailers like Ward Jensen ECI, Terry Sterman AES, and Leo Meyerson WRL... I met Leo in '75 while living in Omaha. He'd thrown his golf clubs or equivalent atop the 40 meter phasing lines in the trunk of his Cadillac and had broken a lead off an antenna. Quick fix... Lived a long life for sure.

    Erika DD
    Hi Barry hope all is well...
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