[AMRadio] Re: Artificial Aerial Licence

kenw2dtc kenw2dtc at comcast.net
Tue Apr 15 17:31:15 EDT 2008

W7ALW said:  "in about 1946, I remember the black Ford sedans, with the loop 
antennas on the roofs, cruising around the neighborhood listening for the 
455 kc IFs of unlicensed radio receivers."

I remember reading an article about receiver licenses from many years ago in 
England.  Way back when, they also had big rotating loops on the roof of 
their cars but they couldn't receive anything.  What they did was start 
these cruises in the hot summer, when all the windows were open, and nobody 
had air conditioning, and listen for voices or music coming from a house or 
apartment open window.  They would go to the house or apartment and tell the 
homeowner that they picked up the radio with their equipment and asked to 
see the receiver license.  After a couple of fines, the word was spread that 
these cars could pick up their radios and everybody rushed down to get their 


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