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  • Brian Ramsbey
    Not too far off there woody, my father a WW2 radar specialist, taught me at a very early age to built tube radios. That s all I knew was tubes, then I finally
    Message 1 of 12 , May 1, 2006
      Not too far off there woody, my father a WW2 radar specialist, taught me
      at a very early age to built tube radios. That's all I knew was tubes,
      then I finally got to build something with ICs and my digital age
      started. Somehow I jumped over the Transistor age..... I used to read
      a magazine called "Elementary Electronics" which had all sort of great
      projects you could build with parts found at Radio Shack(or should I say
      Allied Radio as it was know in those days). I built all kinds of
      projects. Ahhhh the good old days, it had for me to get my kids even
      to breadboard up a circuit now. The most they want to learn about
      electronics is how to plug in the cables on their PS2........sad......

      Brian R.


      woody_woodward wrote:
      > Actually, my first build-it-yourself was a crystal set. Then a single
      > tube radio, and then a transistor radio. My favorite was a circuit
      > from Popular Electronics magazine. Was a regenerative dector and
      > double tuned. Sensitive and selective. And (get this) I ran it off a
      > lemon juice battery.... Today's kids will never know such joy.
      >
      > Woody
      > ====================================================
      > --- In oldradioshowsonmp3@yahoogroups.com, "Rick Roberts"
      > <rickrob@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > How many of you remember this....getting a book out of the library...on
      > > how to build your own am radio ?
      > >
      > > For me it was the early 1960s....getting the book and then going to
      > > your local electronics store and I don't mean Best Buy....just a tv and
      > > radio repair shop...usually only one in the whole county if you lived
      > > in the country like I do....getting the hair thin spool of copper
      > > wire....and transistors then just coming in and I don't remember what
      > > else except the battery...shaped like none today...and going home and
      > > getting the flat piece of wood to mount it all on...and the thrill of
      > > finishing this monster in a few days and then actually picking up a
      > > station...wow...what has changed in 40 yrs or so....probably some of
      > > you did it with vacuum tubes.
      > >
      > > Just a thought of how times have changed.
      > >
      > > Best
      > > Sipsey
      > >
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    • Mark Stratton
      ... While I agree that it is sad, it s also understandable. There s no sense of wonder in PD2 s or other gadgets to kids in these times. They ve grown up
      Message 2 of 12 , May 1, 2006
        On 5/1/06, Brian Ramsbey <bramsbey@...> wrote:
        >
        > Not too far off there woody, my father a WW2 radar specialist, taught me
        > at a very early age to built tube radios. That's all I knew was tubes,
        > then I finally got to build something with ICs and my digital age
        > started. Somehow I jumped over the Transistor age..... I used to read
        > a magazine called "Elementary Electronics" which had all sort of great
        > projects you could build with parts found at Radio Shack(or should I say
        > Allied Radio as it was know in those days). I built all kinds of
        > projects. Ahhhh the good old days, it had for me to get my kids even
        > to breadboard up a circuit now. The most they want to learn about
        > electronics is how to plug in the cables on their PS2........sad......
        >
        >
        While I agree that it is sad, it's also understandable. There's no sense of
        wonder in PD2's or other gadgets to kids in these times. They've grown up
        with them, so it's to be expected. It's also nigh impossible to build any
        useful gadgets for less than it costs to buy them nowadays. That could also
        be an explanation, as there is no motivation to do so beyond "knowing how."

        It's now cheaper to buy a computer than it is to buy most of the parts and
        do it yourself.

        I well recall the crystal set I had as a small boy. Came with a worthless,
        yet decorative plastic antenna that poked through a hole in the plastic
        box. The ground wire attached to the steam radiator in the house we lived
        in, and when we left that house, it never worked as well again...pity that.

        Best,
        Mark


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