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The first video below is my favorite. It
is a one-minute clip from a 1960s episode of "The Twilight Zone" television show.
It is an outrageous slam on amateur radio operators by a couple neighbor family
whose radio and TV shows are being interrupted by interference. Dad looks out
the window and sees what are actually television antennas on the guy's roof and
when Mom asks if there is anything they can do about the neighbor, he walks
toward the telephone saying he can at least check to find out whether neighbor
man has a license to operate. Mom then says, "Do you think you should, Stu?
Those men seem kind of...threatening somehow." Those d**n evil Hams! As you
might expect if your are familiar with the series, it turned out to be aliens
making contact with Earthlings...
QST reader Dave Berman, WA2PAY, wrote in
the March 2020 issue's "Letters from Our Members" column about an episode of the
old "Highway Patrol" television show entitled, "Radioactive," wherein
the ARRL (American Radio Relay League" is mentioned and Ham radio operator Pat Conway
plays a lead role in the show. Broderick Crawford stars as head highway patrolman
Dan Mathews. I did some screen shots of Mel's shack showing the massive transmitter
cabinet and the receiving station desk. On a table across the room is a Precision
Apparatus Co. E-200-C Signal Generator. Do you recognize any of the other equipment?
Note on the chalkboard that the nuclear scientist has beryllium misspelled as "berilium,"
unless he happens to be an Indonesian, in which case it's OK...
QST reader George P. Orphan, KG4DXJ,
wrote in the February 2020 issue's "Letters from Our Members" column about an episode
of the old "Hazel" television show entitled, "Stop Rockin'
Our Reception," where interference on the Baxters' TV set was blamed on the
"shortwave set" operated by a teenager, Bruce, who had recently moved in down the
street. George Baxter, the household's impulsive lawyer father, was convinced enough
that Bruce, a friend of his son, Harold, was responsible that he paid a visit to
the boy's house and spoke to his father about it. Bruce politely informs Mr. B
that unless his television was was manufactured before 1950, it was unlikely that
his operations on the 10−meter band would be causing the interference, but it fell
on deaf ears. Shortly thereafter, a power company investigator was seen walking
around the front yard with a box bearing a loop antenna on the top of it. At the
request of Bruce's father...
Here is a really interesting animation of
the world's top 20 country ranked by the
Internet users in those countries. It runs (as of this posting date) from 1990
through 2019. I have not verified the numbers used by the Animate Stats producers,
but the results do not seem unreasonable. Given the the U.S. Department of Defense's
research arm, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), created the Advanced
Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) that eventually became the Internet,
showing the U.S. as the run-away leader in the beginning is not surprising. Around
1996, things begin to change quickly as Japan advances, but it is in 2000 when the
Internet user landscape really becomes dynamic ...
Back in 2012, I posted a video of the PBS
"Frontline" show (Cell Tower Deaths) that highlighted the dangers cell tower climber
technicians face while working for very low wages. Other news stories since then
have reported on new regulations from OSHA and other agencies that have helped make
the safety issue better, but I haven't seen anything on whether the pay has gotten
any better. There are lots of videos and photos online of
all over the world, but this one showing tower climber Kevin Schmidt making the
ascension to the very top of the now inactive KDLT TV analog broadcast antenna near
Salem, SD, is unique in that the recording was made from a drone platform. It has
more than 12 million views. Capturing this kind of video requires a drone with a
wireless live feed so the pilot ...
This you need to see. The full story behind
this video is unknown, but supposedly customers were complaining about poor reception
associated with the Bear Creek Road microwave station somewhere in northern California.
Upon inspection, the technicians discovered a small hole in the radome. When the
cover was pulled away, according to the video somewhere between 35 to 50 gallons
of acorns spilled out.
You can see the bulge in the radome before emptying. The tech probably thought the
water drain hole was clogged and it was full of water. From a National Geographic
story: "Walter Koenig, a senior scientist with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology,
says he's pretty sure the the acorn woodpecker ..."
By now, most people involved with spread
spectrum communications are (or should be) aware that Hollywood starlet
is credited for being the first to suggest a frequency hopping scheme for secure
communications. If you do a Google search on Hedy Lamarr and spread spectrum, you
see that except for a few mentions on tech websites, it has only been in the news
since the end of the last decade. Scientific American magazine ran an article
titled, "Hedy Lamarr: Not Just a Pretty Face," in 2008. Google honored her in 2015
with a Doodle on their homepage. "The most beautiful woman in the world," with the
assistance of her co-inventor-composer George Antheil ...
Most people who were around in the 1970s
remember the sitcom "Laverne &
Shirley." It was popular as a part of the whole 1950s renaissance that was happening
with shows like "Happy Days," "Grease," "American Graffiti," et al, that captured
the attention of the parents of us teenagers as well as us. I was being held against
my will at Southern Senior High School at the time, and many of the kids adopted
a "greaser" lifestyle that included cigarette packs rolled up in t-shirt sleeves
and Brylcreem in the hair (mainly just the guys), leather jackets and
Keds high-top sneakers (guys and gals), and poodle skirts and saddle Oxford
shoes (mainly just the gals). Two weirdo characters, Lenny and Squiggy, made cameo ...