|[AMRadio] music to entertain|
recycler at swbell.net
Sun Oct 31 01:34:20 EST 2004
Many years ago in my partially misspent youth, long before I got
a ham license, I had compiled a 90 minute tape of old music and
'50's commericals (commercials found on discarded tapes from a
broadcast station), and played this every sunday at noon on the
CB channel 30 while I drank whiskey. I was near a highway and for
an antenna I used the outer shield of the cable TV wire, which
ran about 200' before it got to a place where there was a ground
wire. I used a modified-for-fidelity Radio Shack TRC-458 Navaho
base station (even with a 500 ohm balanced audio input) and a
home made 100 watt PEP linear with a pair of 6146's and ran 20W
carrier, and a home made antenna tuner got the current flowing
into the cable's shield. I would sometimes start it running and,
instead of drinking, go for a drive to see how far it would go
and still sound good. I was getting about 10 miles and the audio
quality was superb. Once, a neighbor asked me if I had ever heard
music on the telephone. "Huh? never heard of such a thing, must
be a wire crossed" was the reply to that one..
Occasionally, when I would get done, someone in DX land would say
'play some more' or "!@%#$$! why can't ya play something different!!"
I suppose I am a redneck. HOO-Whee!! Those were some fun days.
Had a souped up pontiac GTO and a betamax too.
I niether get drunk (Come to Jesus) nor play music on the air
(got ham ticket and swore to the Wouff Hong) any more.
I am still interested in high fidelity, but I use a good dummy
load when I play, and generally use specific waveforms and
frequencies to make measurements.
That base station's still around here somewhere, but it's been
un-modified and adjusted back to factory specifications as it
should be. It's a great SSB rig, as CB radios go.
Catch ya on the flip flop, er.. 73,
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