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K2ATJ is now anchoring for This Week In Amateur Radio  podcasts/ham radio bulletin service.   Catch us on participating repeaters or Podcast at:  This Week in Amateur Radio.


I use inexpensive RG6 cable for HF and receiving (not for vhf or uhf) It's just fine. Read all about it here and start saving a lot of moolah on coax.∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞

Retired broadcast engineer (FCC 1stClass Radiotelephone, 1964) ; electronic journalist , documentary producer, professional iconoclast.  K2ATJ call originally my father's in l950. Carrying on the legacy. VFW, American Legion   Member Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club, l968-1970

                                             Original K2ATJ (Larry)     K2ATJ in l970 aboard USS AMERICA front row, 4th fm left


RIGHT: K2ATJ on set of "Her Alibi" 1989 Baltimore, MD.


BELOW: My father's listing of K2ATJ in the l950 Callbook. He got this call in l938.

Radio runs in the blood. My great uncle was Wilbur "Budd" Hulick, of the comedy radio team of Stoopnagel and Budd


Credited with creating the Bob and Ray type of radio humor  they made 4 movies and were on the air for years with CBS and NBC top of the ratings during that era.

Archive of MP3 recordings of Stoopnagle and Budd


One of Jerry Lewis' seminal influences was Wilbur "Budd" Hulick whom he pays homage to in "You're Never Too Young" movie where his screen name is Wilbur Hoolick.  RIP Jerry you made the world laugh.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27re_Never_Too_Young

DILBERT:  "Doctor? Can he lead a normal life?" Doctor:  "No. He'll be an engineer"


WITI Mobile News Unit, l978 30 foot Wil-Burt mast, Microwave  Associates 4' disc-rod antenna array


Mobile unit and SkyCamera Six at Lambeau Field, Green Bay Wisconsin l978

WITI Tower, 1081 feet AGL. Built 1962 , at that time largest self supporter in USA There is an elevator to the top, runs on 12 vdc winch.

K2ATJ in l967

K2ATJ in l967 @Colllins audio board, WALL, WALL-FM

Have a good laugh with Steve Scott who grew up in a radio household playing with microphones and earphones and tape recorders  making wierd noises and voices into them. Sound familiar ?


Editing Two Inch Videotape in the l960's was indeed a painstaking and almost insane task. There was NO electronic editing initially, the photo below is an RCA generation 1 TR1 vertical transport 4 head 2 inch machine using the old iron oxide tape.

To edit, one used a microscopic tool coupled to an aluminum edit block, which used micrometer click wheels to move the tape pieces back and forth until you visibly observed an edit pulse on the edit synch track (frame pulse) and that pulse had to match the frame of the source tape you were cutting in.  To see the electromagnetic pulse, you applied a solution of Edi-Vue to the tape which had fine magnetic particles in it. They lined up with the pulse and you saw it thru the microscope. Then you applied splicing tape, burnishe it, and hoped for the best.  Note the rudimentary cart, crummy working environment. The TR1 , being all tubes, threw off an enormous amount of heat, required hours of maintenance and minute adjustments continously, and had a total of 10 racks of electronics. Fortunately other models came along, and Ampex eventually cornered the market from RCA with better machines, namely the 1200 color series with electronic insert editing.


I want one of these -- in a 1 KW configuration... https://hackaday.com/2017/04/05/retrotechtacular-a-walk-in-broadcast-transmitter/


In the early 60's as a teenager and holder of an FCC First Class Radiotelephone license I held a part time engineering job at the local 1KW AM station in my home town in the Hudson River Valley.

As was the case in Top 40 hits/personality oriented rockers of that era, on-air craziness and hijinks often ruled the day, and the Engineering Department was not immune to participating in such stunts.

The Program Director, lately arrived from New York, and a severe go-getter (right down to his polyester double-knit burgundy pants, white belt and shoes) was a stickler for adhering to the playlist, getting the station's call letters on after every record, and maintaining what he called "the BRIGHTer sound" of WALL radio, as compared to the DULL sound of competition WGNY.

Bright was the keyword of the day. You had to be BRIGHT. Larry in his search to make the station MORE BRIGHT and more up-tempo, had read somewhere that if you wrapped the turntable capstans with a layer of aluminum splicing tape, the 45's would spin at 46 or 47 RPM and thus sound BRIGHTER over the air. And so he did, and so did the records until the layer of tape wore off after 5 plays, and gunked up the capstans with adhesive. Then they sounded wow-ee and fluttery, distinctly NOT BRIGHT.

Larry was constantly tweaking the Volumax and Audimax (to the consternation of the CE) looking for that combination of BRIGHTNESS that would shatter the ratings, increase his prestige and salary.

And so he was weekly inquiring of the engineering deparment as to new and brighter ways to improve the AM sound.

We had something right up his vinyl alley.

Enter: The Pseudo-Acoustic Brightness Controller.

Conjured up from a rack panel, 2 Daven audio attenuators, and knobs this device was installed late at night in the bottom of the transmitter remote control rack. Although no wires were connected to the attenuators, this was not evident unless you looked at the back of the rack, which, of course, no one did.

Totally useless piece of equipment, but in the world of Psycho-Acoustics, perception IS reality.

Accompanying the installation was a card listing the settings of the PABC, not to exceed 20 during the day and 25 at night, not to be adjusted by anyone other than a FCC 1st Class Engineer.

The first week the unit was in 'operation' we had questions: Why do we run it at 20 and 25? A: That's where WGNY sets their PABC. Q: What happens if you set it higher? A: The station sounds brighter.

And now the fun part:

The PD also had an air shifter during afternoon drive-time and observed by the CE and myself from an adjacent announce booth, caught furtively cranking the controls on the PABC up to maximum.

Exiting to the control room we confronted the culprit.. why are you cranking it up when expressly forbidden by memo and directive:

With a straight face and the conviction of a used-car salesman, we were told that he'd personally received many phone calls from listeners complimenting him on the new, brighter sound, of his show.

Trying to contain belly busting gales of mirth, we directed his attention to the rear of the rack, and the non existent connections to the Davens.

Redfaced the PD cued up the next 45 and continued with the BRIGHT sounds of the Larry Michaels Show. After all when you believe your own BS you're very convincing.


What do you hams talk about??

W04K: "One of my favorite book passages on this topic is by the prolific Hollywood screenwriter Ernest Lehman (silent key K6DXK). He wrote the screen plays for many of the classics of the 1950's and 60's. Among them: "North by Northwest", "West Side Story", "Sabrina" and "The Sound of Music".

In his 1977 book "The French Atlantic Affair" (in which ham radio was a central part of the plot)he wrote: "

"Yes, Dr. Berlin, but what do you hams talk about? Is what they usually said to him, and he'd realize then that they'd never understand, and he'd change the subject. But sometimes, though rarely, he'd come across someone who really dug his hobby, and then you couldn't get him off. He'd go on and on about the feeling it gave him of being able to move himself through time and space, annihilating time and distance, his mind, his body, his consciousness out there roaming the planet like some cosmic spirit, and the sense of power, benign power, not the evil kind, knowing that his voice was rattling a loudspeaker in a far-off room in Bombay, or going out through an open window in Johannesburg to someone walking by on the street outside, or filling a room carved out of ice below the frozen wastes at the South Pole.

The here and now, the physical and geographical limitations that all beings are stuck with, would fall away from him as he immersed himself in the action on twenty meters on a good night in spring when the sunspots were dancing and the ionosphere was in a reflective mood and the short path was open to Europe and the Middle East and the Antarctic and Australia, and maybe Africa would come sneaking in the other way around, and later the Far East and Indonesia, you never knew what. He'd close his eyes, or gaze hypnotized at the speaker, and he'd listen to them and talk to them, voices in the night, his night, that is, with the moon shining into the den through the great beam antenna that rose from the lawn outside...

...And while it was his night in California, it was tomorrow morning in Oslo and Hil was getting ready to shovel the snow from in front of the garage so he could go to work, and in Brisbane it was late tomorrow afternoon and Tommy had just gotten home from a rainy day at the lab, and Toshi in Kyoto had just finished tomorrow's dinner, and then later, Phil was talking to him from his car speeding through the Malaysian jungles to pick up Margaret at her French lesson in Penang, and Phil would lower the car window and let him hear the street noises of Penang even as he sat in his den in the house in Bel Air while the guy right next door was listening to the eleven o'clock news on Channel 2, for God's sake, and you ask me what do we talk about? We don?t talk about a damned thing and it's terrific."

Ham Dismayed Rig Hasn’t Needed Repairs  From the Funny Hams at: http://hamhijinks.com/ham

by K5KAC, on the scene

LONG PINE, NEBRASKA – “I guess I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into,” said Trey Arend, blankly staring at his Hallicrafters SR-150 as it perfectly received an 80m roundtable.

3941744369_f40b9a666e_bArend bought his first Boat Anchor five years ago imagining long evenings aligning oscillators and testing tubes. “It was going to be a labor of love,” he said, spinning the precision-calibrated VFO. He leans down and checks into the net, asking for a signal report. He is met with “59s” and “20 overs.” He regularly hears “great audio, old man” blasting from the speaker. “Armchair copy!”

”I don’t know what I am doing wrong,” Arend says as he flicks off the well-grounded and regulated power supply. “I have tried everything. Bumping the desk hard enough to knock it out of alignment; occasional coffee spills. I am at a loss.”

“I bought this oscilloscope, tube tester, and digital multimeter expecting to use it,” he says. Arend wipes a layer of dust from the pristine boxes. “I guess I’ll mark them up a bit and try to offload them at the next hamfest.”

As of press time Arend was searching classifieds for a “worked-the-last-time-I-turned-it-on” Swan 350A.


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