World Radio put Council Bluffs on the cutting edge of technology

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  1. K1LKP

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  2. W4VR

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    Leo paid me a visit back in the 90's. I picked him up at a QCWA meeting in northern Virginia. I took him to National Airport where he bought me lunch. Needless to say I had an interesting eyeball QSO with him. I used to chat with him on the 40 meter band.
  3. KM1H

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    I met Leo at some ARRL conventions when it was part of my job at National Radio to man a booth and talk to owners who had questions about their gear.

    Seemed a personable guy but I dont remember any real conversations. He wasnt at any of the evening hospitality suites I visited.

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  4. K5ABB

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    When I was first licensed as WN0ETE back in nineteen-ought seventy-one, we lived in Omaha, and going across the river to Council Bluffs and WRL was like going to heaven to a teenage ham like me. I swear I hadn't even thought of them for the last 40 years.

    Wow, what memories.
  5. K0DD

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    That lady looks a LOT like my MOM did circa 54-59; typical of Western Iowa beauties of the day. ;) This was definitely staged for print advertising. The look keeps updating but will always be a fashion show.

    Erika DD
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  6. W1YW

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    ..and Erika solders! :)
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  7. W8UBC

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    My dad bought me a Globe Scout 65A as my first transmitter in 1954. I worked over 175 countries and every state on 40 mtr cw and 15 mtr, AM phone with that rig. It was still operational in 1968.
    What a surprise to read this wonderful article. Thank you so very much!

    Tom Norris, W8UBC
    Iowa City, IA
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  8. K0DD

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    Yes she does! Pretty well too... My very first job in 1972 was making $2.30 an hour production soldering circuit cards packed with TTL Logic. My soldering station? A pretty blue Weller W-TCP. Several kVA lighter duty than that hot stick from 1959. HA

    Erika DD :eek:
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  9. W7XTZ

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    Dave!!! U changed your picture, Mike w7xtz
  10. KD0HKD

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    While born in Omaha, I grew up at Kearney, Nebraska and while attending high school, I worked for a local electronics retailer, which also had a Radio Shack dealership. I can remember the boss telling customers from time to time, "We don't have that here. Your best bet would be to go to World Radio in Council Bluffs!"

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