[AMRadio] "The Box"

Bry Carling bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Wed Oct 2 15:10:51 EDT 2013

I wish we could hear the fine gentlemen who introduced me to amateur radio around 1964 politely chatting on AM every Saturday morning with 10 watts on 160m.
They were a great example. 

I never heard and trash talk and the rules were taken seriously. No business, politics or sex talk. They knew the authorities were monitoring and took it seriously. They would not even mention the name of any business but would refer to them with hidden language to indicate who they meant.

Bry Carling

> On Oct 2, 2013, at 2:05 PM, "Bernie  Doran" <qedconsultants at embarqmail.com> wrote:
> I listened to about 20 minutes of this and simply was not impressed with what I heard.
> Note, new paragraph, unrelated to the above comment.
> 75 in the late 50s and 60s was, in many peoples minds, not a place to find gentlemen. There were  groups that told jokes as raw as there is, sexual related comments, profanity, drugs and booze conversations. " the cold 807" and of course the fighting with SSB stations that reached levels of absurdity, and then those that felt it was a great idea to record and broadcast  music and assorted radio programs.   All apparently with no concerns that anyone with the simplest SW receiver could and was listening. It was a bad as anything I have heard on 14.275 with our VE friend and others.
> I have heard similar squabbling with some of the SSB  groups at the 3880 area of 75.  For those out of this area, you probably know others, the one I am thinking about throws in nearly every transmission, "A.M. is trash", and takes some measure of pride with jamming.     Even now I hear
> some questionable A.M.    I have always felt that if one would not strand out in the middle of a parking lot with a PA system and say the things one sometimes hears , perhaps it might be prudent not to broadcast the same language.   I would not call the 50s and 60s  a pioneering era of A.M. I would say a dying era.
> I often wonder how many remember  W8GZ General Windom, yes that one. he had well over 300 confirmed on A.M. keep in mind this was at time long before "DX aids"  and the number of DX stations was probably less that 1/20 of the current number.   I did meet him and visit his station in Reynoldsburg.  I was a pup at the time.   I recall his 20 meter transmitter was PP 250Ts. and the RX was a extensively modified HRO.
> There is no intent to offend anyone with this, simply my views.    Bernie W8RPW 
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