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bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Fri Mar 3 23:16:20 EST 2006
On 4 Mar 2006 at 4:03, Donald Chester wrote:
> >From: "Brian Carling" <bcarling at cfl.rr.com>
> >(This actually refers to the British licensing of radio and TV
> >receivers. Both require a license and they actually go around
> >in vans to "ctach" and punish persons listening without a license!)
> I have been told that those vans were purely "psychological warfare" and had
> no real means to detect receiving equipment. It was a scare tactic to
> frighten the public into thinking they had better purchase a licence.
> I suppose they could monitor TV sweep oscillator or local oscillators in
> superhets, but with hundreds of sets operating in a city environment it
> would have been difficult to pinpoint an "unlicensed" one.
They did monitor for the local oscillators. I saw them on more
than one occasion patrolling with their highly directional antenna.
It was a rotatable dipole with lots of loading inductance along the
element. It was conical shaped tapering to a narrow outer end, and
was about 4-6 feet in length. It looked quite impressinve painted
in G.P.O. green livery the same color as the vehicle - a Morris MInor
1000 van! Same kind of vehicle as a VW bug only British - smaller and
lower to the ground.
> When I lived in France they had a similar law. But I went to a fleamarket
> and picked up an old 1930's vintage "tombstone" longwave/MW/SW broadcast
> receiver and used it, and nobody ever said anything. I remember it was
> quite a novelty amongst tenants in the apartment building, because most of
> them had never before seen one of those old radios actually work (this was
> in the early 70's).
That's right Don - tu parles bien le francais! I have heard you going at it on
the air! Did you know we spent time in Brittany this past summer? It was
Soixante-treize de AF4K, Brian
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