Got into radio as a SWL in 1966-67 in my "kid days"...I was taking a "Geographic Health Cure", as they called it back then, living in the desert trying to heal up a pair of bad lungs. I had to lay around and rest a lot (just what a teenager does NOT want to do!); Mom saw I was getting pretty bored pretty quick, and asked what I'd like do around the house. I said, "Well, there was this old wooden short-wave set in the last house we lived in,..." and the rest was history. And I still do like SWL'ing....! "Open ears learn more than open mouths".
The Ten Commandments of Boat Anchordom
Beware of the Chained Lightning, DC, AC, or HV of either; trifle not with it except whilst having one hand in thy pocket, and standing on thick rubber mats while wearing rubber-soled shoes, that thy days be many and not wind up as a cardiac arrest case.
Scoff not at The Manuals; unbelievers charge into the works headfirst and in a state of unknowing; their lamentations and cries fill the land, but not the airwaves.
If thou scoffest at #2 above, RTFM, and learn what a fool thou art the easy way. There is a hard way, but the wise eschew it, and the Emergency Room thereby.
Trifle not with Emission Testers for thy Firebottles; a thing the unbelievers use, they are mostly unreliable as to near-shorts, gas, transconductance, plate, grid and filament current and other matters of importance. Seek the Shrine of Hickock.
Honor thy Elmers and other Boat Anchor users, especially those who have used them over one decade at least, and three or more is even better; for they know the ins and outs, hints and kinks, and will give thee much good advice. Yea, sometimes all of it be contradictory, and a good deal of it pure hokum and puffery. But let this not dismay thee. Just remember that sometime it betide that an Extra License may just mean that ye Hamme is just good at passing tests, period.
Treat Dirt, Dust, Rust, and Corrosion as thy mortal enemies. Yea, they are pervasive pests, and require constant vigilance, for these Devils seldom lie dead in a ditch. Be sure, though, to use the proper lubricants and cleaners in their proper places; much wailing and gnashing of teeth will result from a confusion of mind over these substances.
If thou are unfortunate enough to have thy Boat Anchors lodged in an outbuilding or banished to the garage, redouble thy watch against enemies named in #6.
Test thy tubes yearly, and check thy alignment in the same season. If thou art a Banishee (see #7), do both twice yearly.
Always allow 1 hour warm-up before operating any Mohawk RX-1, and of a certainty, before testing or aligning anything with Firebottles in it.
Allow not the pricks and pins of Moderne Appliance Operators to injure thee; for they are surely imbeciles who dote on anything new, whilst ignoring The Wisdom of The Ages, and knoweth not the untold hours, days, weeks, months and sometimes years it takes to get a BA station on the air and then keep it running. The True Master will embrace the Best of the New, and keep green and running the Best of The Old.
-Lin Robertson/KJ6EF copyright 2011
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