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A Real Ham:

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by K7NSW on August 28, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
WOW! His story is so familiar. I too started out with a home brew galena crystal set. Bought the rock and cat's whisker detector at the local hardware store for 25 cents. I loved poking that whisker around the surface of that crystal looking for a "hot spot". Then "graduated" to a WW I trench radio circuit I found in a magazine. Used a pencil lead and a blued steel safety razor blade for the detector. Wound the coils myself, etc. The plastic headphones/"cans" made my ears sore. Relief came in the form of a set of WWII paded earphones like the ones I see on the heads of B-17 crew members. Never had an Elmer. Had to teach myself - school of hard knocks. Thank goodness no electrical shocks except for rf burns to my finger tips from the set screws on the knobs of my DX-20 50 watt cw transmitter. Seems like a common background now-a-days is swl and/or cb folks migrating to amateur radio. Whatever our backgrounds, we all seem to be loving it.
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