what a shock to come back to ham radio to find everything has change, WOW slowly getting there, I am totally new to this mode l am disabled so l will be what you call a chaser please don’t ask me to many questions OH just thought that’s a different show lol. I am on QRZ and if you are passing please take a loot at my page… oh well lets see how this goes
Hello Allan I bet you found a few things changed since 35 years ago.
Well first you are back just in time for the new sunspot cycle to get started.
There are plenty of Portable / QRP activities now days SOTA , POTA ,WWFF and a few other portable activities that use the internet as a back bone to help you know who is taking part in what. The SW3 site being the premium world wide site SOTA is a fantastic way to get some travel, exercise and radio fun all at the same time.
Ian vk5cz …
Welcome back Allan!
Yes, nice thing about ham radio is that in addition to changing, it waits patiently for school, family, military, etc… Saw your QRZ page; clearly you’re a man of many talents.
All Best, Ken
HA ! Yes, Allan, I’ll bet it’s a real culture shock listening to the
bands today. I am active every day and sometimes I sit and
wonder what has happened to ham radio.
And yes, growing old is not for sissies!
Imagine stepping away in 1955 and returning to radio 35 years later, in 1990. Gone are the wall to wall AM harmonics on phone bands. Gone are the separate transmitters, weighing 210 pounds (KWS-1) and 100 pounds (DX-100), and the 60 pound receivers. Gone are the J-38 keys and Vibroplex bugs. Gone are the key clicks and chirps and drifts. Gone are the 6L6 and 810 tubes. Gone is the green key model 28 Teletype. Gone is the black crackle finish on your home brew equipment. Gone are the fatalities from transformerless AC-DC chassis. Gone is Radio Row. All that’s left is nostalgia and the antique wireless association.
Golly, Elliot, I haven’t heard that expression for years! It gives me a nostalgia trip!
I never saw true crackle finish used on radio gear, it was mainly black wrinkle or grey hammer finish. Wrinkle is often called crackle but it is actually completely different, I don’t know if you can even get crackle nowadays.
As a kid/teenager I was somewhat dismissive of old noisy TTYs and valve (tube) technology when I first came across it at school aged 11. Microprocessors and digital electronics was advancing rapidly and computers seemed more fun that copying TANJUG or TASS news services with an AR88 etc. But as I learnt more about electronics the more impressive the innards of TTYs became. Serial to parallel data conversion and vice versa using mechanics not silicon was what got me hooked. And also understanding when I tried to make anything so it didn’t fall apart was that Creed and Teletype Corp had had that licked since the 30s… there’s lots of mass and inertia in a TTY rattling away and having them survive for 80+ years with only lubrication shows how stunningly well made they were.
Then there’s the purring when marking , the clattering when spacing and the noise when printing…clatter, clatter, ting, whooooomp, thunk, clatter, clatter, clatter. And then there’s the smell of warm oil.
What still gets me now is hearing the startup: a TTY sat silent then the signal starts marking and there’s that wonderful spin up noise of the motor and the whump-clunk as the selector magnets engage.