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Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:51 pm
by admin
No, it just means that Paying work is thin. :lol:

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 12:50 am
by admin
Hey Speed...did you ever find that photo of your dad's stuff? I would love to see it.

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 12:17 am
by admin
I took my Extra Class examination tonight (5/21) and passed. I now hold an Extra Class ticket which means aboslutely nothing to anyone other than me and anyone else who is into radio. But it was a lot of study, a lot of math and a lot of memorization which at my age is something that .... what was I talking about....?????

Anyway, I didn't want to say anything in advance because I was actually worried that I might flunk the exam and then P-Dog would razz me for the rest of eternity. But now, I can go around with my head held high. This is the top of the Amateur radio heap so I'm pretty proud to say I still have some functioning brain cells (see P-Dog? You was wrong about my brain!) :lol:

That's all, thought you all might like to know.
:mrgreen:

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 2:39 pm
by admin
Some posts just beg to be deleted. :x

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 10:04 pm
by pdog
admin wrote:Some posts just beg to be deleted. :x

CURSES!!!

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:37 pm
by speeddemon_uk
Finally got round to digging an old family album out from my other house, this picture is of my grandfather on a local town market stall selling a listen to the wireless for 2 (old) pence a go, back in those days there were 240 pennies in a UK pound which was at that time about $4.50 to one UK pound.

having said that 2p was part of an average wage of around £1.5 pounds per week for 50 odd hours.

We believe that he also used to take his radio to the east coast where he possibly with someone already established as a showman sold the same service.

Its very hard to acurately date the picture but it was way before the radio became common in UK homes, broadcasting here started in the early 1920's. Plenty of info on google about the early days..

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:38 pm
by speeddemon_uk
Please note the aerial that has been drilled and tapped into a cast iron Lamp post, the upper part of it was probably removed for the war effort.

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:07 pm
by mporter
Sam, thats very cool. Thanks for sharing with us.
Mike

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:01 am
by admin
Sam! I can't thank you enough for posting that amazing photograph. My goodness how far we have come in the last 80 years (or more).. I assume that your grandad is the one with the headphones on the left. What was his name? I"d love to send this photo to QST the ARRL magazine with a little blurb and your description about it. Let me know if that would be permissible.

Re: Amateur Radio

PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:57 am
by speeddemon_uk
Jim, I would think closer to 100 years maybe. yes the one with the headphones on.

His name was Alfred Freeman, my middle name is Alfred as was the way of things at the time I was born.

I'm not sure if this will work but if not copy into google and it will come up with Patents that he owned, modified and otherwise contributed too. if you look most of those that are Alfred Freeman of Wellingborough, Kettering and Isham (several different spellings are all his mainly conveyors and systems.

https://www.google.ch/search?tbo=p&tbm= ... gws_rd=ssl

The picture is a copy of one of the pictures found in his loft after he died, My Auntie who emigrated to BC in Canada and was a professional Photographer made up several copies of the album of pictures and gave them to his sons and daughters, my fathers copy is in my possession.

He was also a very keen Photographer himself and did all his own development and printing from way back, he had a visit from Kodak once after writing to them and asking if they could supply small quanties of various chemicals, they wanted to know why he wanted them, to which he replied so he could develop his own colour films. A process that was exclusive to Kodak at that time (if you bought a roll of colour film it came with an envelope to send back to Kodak for developing, they didn't (couldn't) believe someone had worked out the process.

I worked for him for a very short while on some of those conveyor systems when I was about 17 years old in his factory in Wellingborough, a small town in the county of Northamptonshire which was known for the boots and shoes that were made there. Northampton town Football team (soccer) has always been known as "the cobblers".