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Ham Gear in Mayberry?

David E. Greer (N4KZ) on November 29, 2003
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The Andy Griffith reunion special that aired on CBS-TV on November 11 supposedly featured a sheriff's office set that was identical to the original. Or so they said. But astute radio eyes noticed that the two-way radio equipment on the table beside Andy's desk was different. In the recent special, the radio on the bottom was clearly a Heath HW-16 novice CW rig from the late '60s and early '70s, from after the Griffith show left the air. The radio on top appeared to be a tube-type crystal controlled CB radio. That's my guess. Did anyone recognize what model it was?

In the original show, there were two radios on the desk. I always thought the bottom one was an Eico CW transmitter. I don't remember the model. I never recognized the top radio. Anyone know what it was?

And I don't ever remember seeing an episode where Andy or Barney actually used the "police" radio equipment in the sheriff's office. Or did I miss it?

Just reliving my youth.
73, Dave, N4KZ

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Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N1JAO on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I don't remember either- but man I loved that show!
Robert
N1JAO
p.s. they should have had Yaesu MKV on the reunion show!
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W4MGY on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The ham rigs shown in the early show was an Eico 720 cw transmitter, and 730 modulator. Some tine later, an Eico 723 Cw transmitter was shown. It is interesting to note the ham gear mentioned was shown along what should have been considered a 'proper' police type radio at the time...a control console and mike from a Motorola base station.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KB1IVU on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Did Barney Fife ever pass Element 1 ???
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N8FVJ on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I noticed the HW-16 right away on that special show. And, I had the same question regarding the radio on top of that HW-16. Hum........
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KB9HGI on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I did see one episode where Andy did talk on the radio to the State Police about a escape convict beeing loose there. Don't remember which episode.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC7ATO on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I have it on good authority that "Barney" is a charter member of NCI.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC5EQL on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I missed the reunion episode, but this post reminded me of an episode in which information heard on a Hallicrafters SX-110 receiver was being used by a traveling band of gypsies to decieve the citizens of Mayberry. My first SWL radio was an SX-110, and when I first viewed this episode (1991-92), my radio was in use. Great series and a good radio.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KA5N on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I built both an Eico 730 and 720 and a 723 as well. I always wondered what help Andy's and Barney's Eico gear was to crime fighting. Old science fiction movies are another source for viewing classic ham gear. The worst scifi movie I ever saw was a stinker named "Capture that Capsule" and they used a Hallicrafters S-38C for the "space capsule" control unit.
Allen KA5N
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W4JFR on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Barney?...Code?...No Code? I saw the HW-16, but no key. I guess that's it...the debate began in Mayberry!
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N2BR on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Sheriff Andy Taylor made Barney caarrie the code key in his pocket and would not allow him to hook it up!
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K3UD on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I remember the Hallicrafters radio in the Gypsy episode but it was an S-108 and not a 110 as it had no s-meter on it. The other equipment in the show was indeed a Eico 720 and later, a 723.

Anyone remember the sitcom Alf, with the Clegg equipment in the garage?


73
George
K3UD
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N3TTN on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
" Did Barney Fife ever pass Element 1 ???"



No. I have it on good authority that Deputy Fife never mastered enough code to get a novice ticket, and he operated bootleg 10 meter phone after that, on a modified CB rig. Goober Pyle however, was a 20 wpm extra, who used the CB handle "oldfart13".... Gollllleeeeee!! Shezzzam!
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KF6GOM on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
wonder is aunt bee cooked as good as those tubes
in those radios..also Gomer was a no-Code tech i think.
 
New NCI Spokesperson?  
by KD7KGX on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
LOL...

The idea of Barney Fife being a charter member of NCI is extremely funny.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KA3RFE on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
K3UD:

I recogized that there was ham gear in the garage, but I thought it looked more like an old Icom
 
RE: Low Band VHF'ers  
by HAMFAN on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I can't recall the jailhouse radios but always remembered the good 'ol 96" stainless steel whip bent over to a roof-rain gutter clip on the car. So this suggests 30~40mhz vhf low band operation.

Barney, like many of us including myself, actually knew/know the code but refused/refuses to take the test on principle as code has nothing to do with HF voice privilages.
 
Bruce Willis DIE HARD Ham Gear!  
by K4III on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I recently watched one of the DIE HARD movies starring Bruce Willis where there are hijackers at an airport using handheld radios to communicate with each other. I couldn't help notice that the radios were ham radios of an older model. Something like TH-22 or something "-22".

They looked like older Kenwood or Icom handhelds, the size of the 202 Radio Shack series.

Bruce Willis was in Frequency and I wonder whether the same producer or person who brought "ham radio" into the movie "Frequency" brought in the ham gear for this other Willis movie.

Also, is Bruce Willis a ham by now? He's had more experience with this equipment on sets than many hams probably have!!!

 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W0TLO on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Did anyone ever see the roof of the court house?
I wonder if they used a fan dipole!
 
RE: Bruce Willis DIE HARD Ham Gear!  
by W0TLO on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I also remember Kurt Russel using the Icoms that had the dual antennas (can't remember the model #)
in Stargate.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
i remember that the old B&W shows had a Eoco 720 transmitter , and a old Eico? C.B. or a early modle International Executive? a non push to talk , it had a transmit side bar switch much like the heathkit lunch box rigs also and on the squad car appired to be a 102 inch C.B. stanless steel whip that that in one seen all most hit Barny ahen he got out of the squad car.
later in the color shows they had a Motorola Base with a big gold M on the speaker part and a motorola dask mike and i think they keeped the eico 720?
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by AA9WS on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
In the early episodes, the radio that was shown was an EICO 7$$ (not sure of the model number) series CB with the PTT bar locked on transmit. This radio was from about 1960.
 
RE: Bruce Willis DIE HARD Ham Gear!  
by WN3VAW on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The "terrorists" in the first Die Hard movie are using Kenwood TH-42 HT's (the 440 version of the TH-22).

Handy gadgets. If you observe carefully, you'll also notice that the US Army soldiers and the "terrorists" in Die Hard 2: Die Harder are using the exact same radios! (I guess the prop department got a good deal on the lot!)

Oh, and since someone mentioned Frequency also in this thread, the careful observer will note that the "transceiver" is actually an SB-301 receiver. There is a very quick glance at the nameplate (if you're not expecting it, you'll miss it), but several views of the back of the rig and it's identical to the 301.

What, you were really expecting authenticty in a movie?

73, ron wn3vaw
 
RE: Bruce Willis DIE HARD Ham Gear!  
by WW0H on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I saw the episode with Andy & the State Police and I think that's the only time the radio was used, that I saw.

As for Die Hard, perhaps we should complain that the terrorists were using HT's that also transmitted on the police frequency! I thought it was interesting that when Bruce called for help, the dispatcher basically ignored him because he wasn't authorized to operate on their frequency. Made me wonder how much of police procedure the authors knew.

As for Die Hard 2 - I thought it was funny that again the bad guys were using HT's but were being monitored on HF base units. Duh.
 
Radio Gear in the Movies/TV  
by W4CNG on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
It's called product placement nowdays. Everything from toilet paper to beer to Cell Phones are placed into TV/Movie situations now days with $$$ Compensation for doing so. So all you folks get ready for 7-10 years of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup!
We have Push to Talk, the others have Push to Wait!
Yippie Ki-Yay *&^%$#@!, PS Bruce Willis was not in Frequency......
Steve W4CNG
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K3DLB on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The Eico on the show was a 762k citizens band radio.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N0VLJ on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Great thread! But, does anyone know that there were LYRICS to the theme song? The chorus seems to sum up eham in general: "Whether it's hot...whether it's cool...No better spot, for whistlin' like a fool!"....tube gear and Eico and cw forever!!!! You're (not "your") welcome!
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WB7TOG on November 29, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
In the original the bottom radio was indeed a Eico-720 cw rig. I had one and it was my first rig. Crystal controled one crystal at a time by plugging it into the receptacle on the front. But...no one mentions another neat trivia observation. The desk mike they had was plugged into the CW key jack. I guess they figured no one would notice. 73s...
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KI4CKR on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Did Barney pass Element 1?

Andy did. He has been a ham for eons. He still makes appearances at the local hamfests.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W5ONV on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Setting in the background and just about out of view was an old Heath SB series linear.Aunt Bee often used this to set Andys food on,usually fried chicken to keep it warm.The 2, 3-500Z tubes were real good for keeping food warm back in thoes days.
Oh,Floyd the barber was a General back in his days,he was a good old ham.
 
Ham gear in movies.  
by KG4INK on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I recently watched Spy Kids 2. Near the beginning of the movie, they are at spy head quarters. They are showcasing spy gadgets and then rolls by a cart which contained numerous items of ham gear. One appeared to be an Icom HF rig. It actually got a pretty good amount of movie time and a close-up shot. Also I saw a movie with Kevin Bacon where he is an invisible man and through out the movie they use the credit card size Alinco dual bands. Ham radio still seems to provide the neat futuristic gadget thing that movie companies look for. Hats off to our hobby and the braniac designers that provide the imaginative designs.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8VWM on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Andy had to give up his ham ticket after the Mayberry FCC field office cited him for causing RFI to all the 1951 model Zenith TV sets in Mayberry...
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8VWM on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Has anyone noticed that the shows "whistling" theme song is actually a message in CW?
 
RE: StarGate Radio  
by KE4RWS on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Okay, I realize this was originally about Andy Griffith, but I noticed the H/T's used on the movie (not the series) "StarGate" were Icom IC-2SRA 2-meter handhelds with the built-in wide banded receiver that had the second antenna on it. The unique thing about these radio's were the fact they had two rubber duck antenna's on it vs. one.

I wanted one of those things so bad when I first got licensed. I thought they were the coolest because of the two-antenna thing. Oh the things that got my attention back then!!
 
RE: Hams of Mayberry  
by HAMFAN on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Andy's a ham? Maybe so!

Andrew Griffith KB3BKO Jim Thorpe Pa.
Andrew Griffith WA7WYV Tuscon Ar.

But the big news is:

Robert E Bass KB5WY Griffith rd, Monroe NC ** Have we finally tracked down Earnest T. ?????????????????
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K1YDA on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
31 mhz AM was used for public service back in the 50's. FM was not required until later. I had the
720/730 and they would have crystaled up on 31 mhz fine.
 
RE: Famous Hams  
by W4PC on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
http://drdave1.tripod.com/Amateur_Radio/Celebrity_Hams/celebrity_hams.html
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4CQR on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I believe there were at least 2 different "radio sets" used on the show in the courthouse. Early ones may have been Motorola- there were 2 and I seem to recall they had a chrome V or inverted V on the front panel.

But of more interest are the 2 radios used in later episodes. Both were made by the Eico company. The longish bottom radio with the meter is an amateur radio model and is not capable of voice- only morse code. It appears the microphone is plugged into
the jack where the code key actually went. This is an Eico model 720. The smaller radio on top was an Eico Citizens Band transceiver. Neither radio was capable of VHF LO- which was what the Antenna on the squad car is cut for (30-50 MHz).


Reference:

http://www.mayberry.com/tagsrwc/wbmutbb/anewsome/private/squadcarinfo.htm
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8WCW on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

Ok, trivia is one thing, but this thread takes it to an entirely different level.

You are kidding, right?
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Yup the old show used the EICO's. As I saw episodes, I would look for what the stage designer through together.

I had the EICO-753, which all owners had problems with. I bet those EICO's on the show were thrown out by somebody. I also thought I saw a Heathkit used too.

I guess back then people were less savvy. Just a bunch of any rigs thown together would be good for the set.

I guess back then FM LOW BAND(wide FM) was used.
I guess Motorola did not have any VHF-LO rigs to be used on a TV set.

How many times you see in todays movies, Ham rigs being used.
 
RE: Hams of Mayberry  
by KC8KXI on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Andy's call sign is W4ULD.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA8QNN on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hey wait a minute, I had an Eico 720 and Hallicrafters S-108 as a novice station I was wondering where those rigs went. I'm glad to see that even this thread has become a code-no code debate.

Larry
WA8QNN
 
RE: Hams of Mayberry  
by KC8VWM on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

>>>How many times you see in todays movies, Ham rigs being used.<<<

Ham rigs make great "props" in movies. This is especially true of many Sci Fi or Hollywood NASA type movies.

I seem to recall the movie "The Abyss" using ham rigs during several scenes in this underwater classic.

Look closely at the radio equipment in the background in many hollywood movies. Especially in "mocked up space expedition type spacecraft" if you look closely they are there. I remember one Hollywood space ship showing what appeared to be a dual band ham satellite antenna with full compliment of azimuth and rotational controls on the outside hull.

Moon or Mars type bases are often shown in movies with amateur radio antennas attached to them. One example is the movie "Total Recall"

Shure desk mics seem to be the prominent style mic used in these type of movies.

The movie "Alien" had a few shots displaying amateur radio gear.

Q: Do you remember the callsign used in the series, "Emergency"?

A: KMG 365

I have always liked that portable radio box they used to communicate with "Rampart"


73

Charles - KC8VWM
 
RE: Hams of Mayberry  
by AC5UP on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
" But the big news is:

Robert E Bass KB5WY Griffith rd, Monroe NC ** Have we finally tracked down Earnest T. ????????????????? "

If you're thinking of the character Earnest P. Worrell (Hey, Vern...) played by the late Jim Varney, there's no need to look any further. Here's the obit:

-------------

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jim Varney, the rubbernecked comic who portrayed his rube character "Ernest" from hundreds of television commercials to a series of movies, died Thursday. He was 50. Varney died of lung cancer at his home in White House, Tenn., about 20 miles north of Nashville, said his attorney Hoot Gibson.

Varney became a cult figure in the 1980s in a series of regional commercials, portraying Ernest P. Worrell, a know-it-all good ol' boy whose best-known phrase was "Know-what-I-mean?" and who addressed a character known as "Vern." In the commercials, he got his fingers slammed in a house window, fell off a ladder and got electrically shocked fooling with a broken TV set. He plugged a variety of sponsors, including dairy products, car dealerships, pizza and radio stations.

His movie credits included "Ernest Goes to Camp"; "Ernest Rides Again"; "Ernest Saves Christmas"; "Ernest Goes to Jail"; "Ernest Scared Stupid"; "Ernest Goes to School"; "100 Proof," an independent film; "The Beverly Hillbillies" (as Jed Clampett); and "Treehouse Hostage." Varney also was the voice of Slinky Dog in "Toy Story" and Toy Story II."


 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on November 30, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
That was my point. All the movies I have seen use HAM RIGS.
You would think with the big budget, go with a Rockwell Collins or Racal.

Yes indeed while the ham rigs in future genre movies
look OK, to the avarage Joe, Hollywood could do better!
(Hi_HI). They do create an anachronism to the 700,000
of us.
 
RE: Low Band VHF'ers  
by CURMUDGEON on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Those who claim to refuse to pass the cw exam as a protest, on principal, have no principles.
 
RE: Low Band VHF'ers  
by HAMFAN on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
AC5UP, Hi there, really now friend, if you don't remember Ernest T. Bass from the Andy Griffith Show, then you're needing a subscription to TV Land for christmas

and Curmuddwhatever...you're still not a ham, you're still a chicken crap coward with no principles for not posting with a callsign and you can still continue to bite me.

KE4ENX
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K1NG on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I always enjoyed "ALF", and I was surprised to see a Kenwood TS-940 with accy's in the garage. I don't remember Clegg gear though...
73 de John, K1NG
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Gery good family entertainment abd its still Classic vewing today!. no gang violance , no blood and guts, or profanity!. in fact i saked the XYL to find some DVD's for my Christmas gift!
OK, i checked my old electronics illastrated and popular electronics old magizinesthe B&W shows used a
C.B. they used was a Eico 770 4 channel. and below was a Eico 720 c w rig. i remember the crystal socket being front center with no crysyal,(rock)in it.
that makes me feal that "In Theory" they could of used the Eico 770 with 1 to 2 watts output to drive the 720 (6146) as a liner amp. That would be ok for busness class "C" license but not CLASS "D" license for c.b.
also in 2 shows when the white squad car (ford galixey 500 i think?) took a sharp turn in main st. the 108 inch whip on the back left bumper went wild from sode to side was waving all over the place. it was not hard to miss that! i dot belive it was a low vhf 30-50 mhz whip. also when Barny braked the ford squad car and got out of the driver dood the 108 inch whip all most hit him in the head or back of the neck. cushcraft and radio shack later sold a clip that you put on the driver rain gutter.
as a matter of fact in some shows they had that gutter clip and the antenna in the plastic hold doun clip position. the whip all most hitting Barney in the head,
maby that 108 inch antenna hit the Director or Aunt Bee, Floyd , or Ottis in the head?!
73es
i enjoyed reading the comments.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by AD7DB on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The only time I ever saw Sheriff Taylor use a radio was when they were looking for the escaped convicts. When he found them, he knew who they were because they were still wearing prison issue shoes. On that episode he used the 2-way in his patrol car. Never saw him use that radio again, and never saw him use the one at his office even once.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I love this Mayberry radio trivia!
i dont recall them ever talking on a mike in the car?
yah, Andy when he was talking to the state pllice looking for one excaped con, Andy had ben cut short by the state cops by saying 10-4, then they would not say any thing more. rather curt & short roaio procedures. state dude was on ther WW-2 walkie talki the one with the 4-5 inch long round coil and the whip on top and it looks like a big big early cell phone brick painted o.d. with the portruding ear phone and mike.
on MASH Maj. Farrite Face Burns used one in a bus when they men from the mash 4077 were lost.
any ways, Andy pickes up the small mike off of the Eico 770 c.b. and says" I dun tenn foured yah!" cutting the state dude off! in the same curt manor as he did Andy 2 or 3 times.
later
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W4GLX on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Did any body see the Movie Frequency? What kind of rigs did they use in the Movie?
 
RE: New NCI Spokesperson?  
by CODEBASHER on December 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
>by KD7KGX on November 29, 2003
>LOL...
>
>The idea of Barney Fife being a charter member of NCI >is extremely funny.

I heard that Barney Fife arrested Arnold Schwarzenegger
at some point in time
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC2TX on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The rigs used in "Frequency" were Heathkits. Specifically a SB-303's.(Or was it a SB-301) It is interesting to note that the ARRL had input to this movie and they were STILL using receivers as transceivers.
 
RE: Bruce Willis DIE HARD Ham Gear!  
by KB6KGX on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Bruce Willis was not in "Frequency". I believe that was Dennis Quaid.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Yup, Randy Quaid and a heathkit in frequncy.
Anyone see that Stallone flick, where a Yeasu
FT-901DM was used by the ""bad guys""?
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K8DIT on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I have an old barn full of ham gear, does anyone want to make a TV series using it so it can be ignored in the script and later recalled as having been part of the ambiance of the milieu? Incidentally all of the cast of the Andy Griffith show were licensed hams under their real names and only aunt Bea could copy QRQ. She was also an early ARRL apparatchnik and was responsible for incentive licensing. Gomer was an early CB fanatic and single handedly brought the CB call sign program to its knees, then dissappeared from the radio scene to pursue his career in hollywood.
Ron Howard was so taken with the radio gear as Opie that he now subliminally uses ham radio in all his films. The references are so subtle that noone has been able to detect them.
 
Ham Gear in The Simpsons  
by N8IK on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
As long as we're bouncing this thread around, did anyone see The Simpsons episode where Homer goes to the South Pacific to be a missionary? He and Marge are talking on a 15m phone frequency! Of course they're using CB lingo and I highly doubt either has a ticket. Although Homer could be a NCI spokesperson.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W8JJI on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I'm sure a lot of you remember "The Munsters" tv show.

Does anyone remember the episode when Herman had a ham radio?

Herman was calling CQ and then began to sing a song "my mothers eyes" on the air. Someone from europe came back to him and begged him to quit!

Now there would be a challenge, What kind of ham radio did Herman Munster have? Only the back of the radio was shown and if I remember correctly, the top cover was off and all the tubes were exposed.


How about HOGANS HEROES ? Was there any recognizable radio equipment in that show ?
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Herman Munsters Rig was homebrewed!
Bunch of big tubes. The loud speaker was one of those
horns used on ancient phonographs.

I remember that episode. He just get on the air.
Talks to a bunch of kids on CB walkie talkies.
The kids make Herman believe the kids are invading Martians!
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K5NOK on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Ok, I remember watching M*A*S*H as a kid. They had a radio that Radar used to talk to "Sparkey" and also do phone patches back to the States. I remember it being in almost every episode. I haven't watched the show in a while but this thread has me curious what kind of radio it was and if that was standard practice for the military in that day.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W1JIM on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
And how about Star Trek (and the spinoffs). Even in the new "Enterprise" they never show any chargers or wall warts for all of those handheld devices. What do they do, throw them away when the batteries go down?
James B.
W1JIM
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N0NB on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
With regard to ALF, Willie Tanner was supposed to be a ham, but he certainly didn't spend a whole lot of time int the shack as I recall. I think Gordon spent more time in there than anyone. At the very least, that show should have made the point that being a ham doesn't equate to having a "ham widow" and "ham ophans"!

Neat thread.

73, de Nate >>
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K3KHG on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I seem to remember as a youngster , watching a movie with Aurther Godfrey and I believe Doris Day ....
In the movie ( kinda centered around ham radio ) was this great Ham shack , Sx-101 , Ht-32, Ht-33 .
I often wondered if it was Mr. Godfreys own ham equipment that was used in the movie.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Ahh shucks W1JIM. All of Startreks stuff works on matter/antimatter dilithium crystal technology.
The reason for no wall warts, those batteries run for years!(hi-hi)
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W2MC on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Nah, they dont do that...

they have the transporter beam AA's into the equipment at regular intervals!!!


:)

Jon
W2MC
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W3JGG on December 2, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Has anyone figured out the message encoded in the theme song?
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8VWM on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The Star Trek Communicator is one of Science Fiction’s most popular props. This is also one of Trek’s most accurate predictions, the hand held communication device. Back in the mid-sixties, the idea of such a technological marvel was only a dream, nowadays we use cell phone technology based on this design.

Star Trek’s classic years had some really great radio designs ones that never really look too outdated.

The communicator is one of these. With its black plastic body and flip-up grid antenna, speaker grill, three indicator lights, and two knobs, it truly looks real, not unlike an actual mini walkie-talkie radio. And with the working twirling moiré running in a couple of close-ups, the communicator really looked like something out of the future.

For more information on the Star Trek Communicator including several real good close up shots visit here:

Source:
http://www.racprops.com/issue5/classiccomm/

73

Charles - KC8VWM
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
what about the moive Phonomenon, with John Travolta.
in a seen there was a Kenwood ts520 or 530?
in the newer t.v. re-work Phonomenon recently aired. they used a yeasu rig? ft-1000D?
the radio props on MASH in the 4077 were not as good as it could be. but the actors and the stories were great.
in retrospect, the army never had any field radio gear that was realy recognizabile.
except maby about a dozen radios that are very popularon the ham bands still today.
the r390, r390a, r391 r392 ,bc610,t368 ,
art-13 grc-19, prc 12,13 and some collins rigs ,kwm2a and the s line that A.Mers use today

except for the 6 meter walkie talkie brick that
Maj. ferret face Burns used once.
i think the radio props in mash were a P.A. box up high with a big on/off switch and a big pilot lamp green lense and the filament in side glowing so bright you could read a news paper off of it. Maby a pair of 2A3's. the mike looked like a early sure brouthers 404 for P.A. use.
the switch board looked like a old army field patch like i seen in use in 1970 in the field at Gellenhousen, Germany.
outher than the old black and Olive Drab green (O.D.)bag field phones and the chest carbon mike and the 2000 ohm head phones, look like the ones i had for a crystal set from Knight Kit. they would start to hurt your ears the head spring was so tight after about 1 hour.
later.
rtty
end of message....................................
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
i just thought of another moive that had ham radio in it
Contact or first contact? staring Jody Foster.
early in the moive they had a Collins station set up and her dad using it.
later dudes
 
Munsters  
by K0EX on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

Herman & Grandpa's callsign, if I remember correctly, was W9XLR.

Anyone confirm this?

-Mark K0EX
 
Munsters (follow-up)  
by K0EX on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

The episode was, "If a Martian Answers, Hang Up". It was the 18th episode of the 1965-66 season.

-Mark K0EX

 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
That 1960's Munsters episode, got me interested in radio. I was like 7. Wow, they used a real call.
I guess Herman was into FREEBANDING, he did talk on CB with a ham rig!

I guess the writter of that episode knew a thing or two.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by AD3G on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I see a connection here with Ron Howard (Opie in the Andy Griffith show),and all the newer movies he produces/directs with ham radio gear in them(Frequency,etc)...is Ron a ham?? Several come up on the QRZ database as possibles.....hmmmmmm
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W2HP on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
For a while they used a Eico 720 CW transmitter. Earlier in the series they had a old Motorola Consolette FMTRU-80B base station. It was a VHF 30 watt base. It had the old style shure/Motorola base mike also. But if you looked closely you would not see any antenna. Andy,s old Ford a 57 or 58 thereabouts, had a Low Band whip on the back. Loved the program and its still on syndication here in the NYC-NNJ area. Pete W2HP
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KF4VGX on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
There you have it ! Injoyed the reading the post for a change . May need to start a trivia on what types of Radios were used on the older TV shows. Car 54 where are you ! Adam 12 etc . Where is Car 54 anyway :)
I still like to see old movies where you wound up the ringer on old Phones .
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4KZ on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I'm glad that many of you have enjoyed this bit of ham radio trivia. Too bad a few of you couldn't resist turning it into another CW forever debate. That stuff is getting mighty old. Anyway, someone sent me a "free frame" shot of Andy Griffith sitting in his old sheriff's office with yet another radio in the background that I hadn't seen before in the show. It appeared to be one of the Heathkit SSB transmitters from the early 1960s -- perhaps a Marauder. The photo was not from the most recent reunion show but perhaps from one of the Mayberry revisited reunion made-for-TV movies broadcast in recent years.

Also, over the years I've seen several times that Andy Griffith is a ham. It came up again on this thread. One call often associated with Andy is W4ULD. Indeed, QRZ.COM shows the licensee to be Andrew S. Griffith of Morehead City, N.C. but the birthday listed doesn't match that of Andy Griffith, the actor. Another call sometimes associated with Andy is a WA7 call. I am skeptical that Andy the actor is a ham. If he were, it will be well-known and documented. While the similarity of names makes it rather intriguing, I am skeptical the "sheriff" works 20 meters much.
73, Dave, N4KZ (See you on the air!)
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8VWM on December 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

>>>>I still like to see old movies where you wound up the ringer on old Phones . <<<<

Hmm...I wonder if they make a repeater that works like that?

:)

 
RE: Bruce Willis DIE HARD Ham Gear!  
by K0IMJ on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The Heathkit 301s in the movie Frequency were supplied my me. I shipped 3 301s to Toronto where the movie was shot. 73 Gary KŘIMJ www.heathkits.com
 
RE: Bruce Willis DIE HARD Ham Gear!  
by K0IMJ on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I supplied the 301s for the movie Frequency, 3 of them. Oh it was Dennis Quaid not Bruce Willis starring in the movie. Hi Gary KŘIMJ www.heathkits.com
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
i cant remember the name of this moive that had some ham gear. but it was like a very early 1935? to 1040's black and white
this is when ham radio operators according to this moive could transmitt sporting events? anty ways it was i think the Dempsy fight. this chubby guy, he looked a little like a younger W.C. Fields. had a transmitter set up in some bar. then it qutit working . the outher listeners gathered around said
"Hay buddy, Can you get the fight back on?"
this chubby ham dude switches it off, reaches in what looks like a big open rack transmitter and grabes a big tube that was hot with his bare hand. pulls out a big tube looking very much like a 813. removes it HOT, pluges another one in, the fight resumes , every one else is swepped away by the excitment of the Dempsy fight. and the chubby ham dude is behind the bar hunched over a little shacking his had a bit in pain, being as macho as he can, with most of his hand fingers and nerve endings going AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! HE DIDNT COMPLAIN! he took it like a man, he didnt run to the first aid kit looking for some BURN SPRAY.
good acting from the chubby ham dude!
later in the moive the popular love triangle happens. the chubby ham dude doesn't get the chick. his buddy did.
any ways does any one know the moives title?
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N1MX on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Talking about Mayberry...
A project I was involved with needed a precision granite inspection base (used for measurements, etc.) I contacted L.S.Starrett tool company, and they directed me to their division in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

I called the facility in Mount Airy, and a woman with a very familiar southern accent proceeded to speak with me. Nearing the end of my order, I had to tell her how much I thought she sounded like someone from Mayberry RFD..her answer was "Mount Airy is where Andy Griffith came from, and he based the show and many of its characters on Mount Airy and its residents...". So, If you want a little flash-back, give a call down to L.S. Starrett granite division and have a little land-line QSO with "Mayberry RFD"... :)
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hawaii 5 Oh had a Collins KWs or KWS1 for a radio prop.
they never acted out talking over it. Just now and then you would see it on the set.

 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
OK, here is a piece of trivia. Remember that TV show Hazel? They had one episode where a whiz kid moves into
town. He is a ham.

The Hazel house hold gets TVI. Of course they blame it on the HAM!

You then see some guy from the FCC looking for the TVI. The FCC official was acting like Jay Edgar Hoover, and was using a box with a loop antenna on it.

It was found the TVI was not caused by the ham at all.

Who remembers what was the real cause of the TVI?

HINT: If you think it is something that are in many
homes, you are getting warm!

When they find out it was not the young Ham, they feel so guilty they buy the young ham a world wide clock for his shack.

73 MIKE

 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W9LBB on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
The episode of THE MUNSTERS with ham gear (Grandpa's ham rig, that is) showed a military surplus rig, the BC-654 or BC-654A. They were built by Crosley, and gave AM, CW, and MCW on 3800 - 5800 KHz, maybe 10 watts worth of it. Receiver was a single conversion superhet. THAT huge box was supposed to be a PORTABLE field radio (circa WW2)!
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8KXI on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I did a search and found a picture of W4ULD and as another said, it is not him... I stand corrected :) But it sure did sound like him on the air... must be that NC accent :)

kc8kxi
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by AE4X on December 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
How about Die Hard (one of the sequels) (the one that took place in DC during the winter snow storm). In one scene the SWAT team wheels in what looks like a Kenwood TS940 with a scope on top to be taken into the field. Anyone remember that?
I remember ALF, too. Not a lot of episodes with Willie in the hamshack but he WAS a HAM.
Forrest Whittaker portrayed a ham in Phenomenom. Looked like an FT1000D.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N4EDE on December 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
i remember another show. the old B&W Lassie
Timmy buys or gets a cb walkie talkie and a heathkit lunch box 11 meter rig. before 1958 11 meters was a ham band. that why you see it on some old rigs.
his friend sold him it because he got a ham unit that Timmy tells his mother that he can now talk to Afraca and all over the world! they didnt show Timmy's friens new BIG radio that i can remember. but as a kid watching that show. It was very intresting. And the Ham Bug bit me very hard to be a ham.
any ways later, its the radio is the one that saves Timmy and not Lassie.
73es
safe & happy holidays all!
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by TUBEGUY on December 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Most of the old 007 James Bond movies usually had some type of ham gear in them,everything from R390A's to Realistic DX300 recvrs.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K5CEY on December 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
N4EDE,
Yes that was a Collins KW 1 transmitter that was used as a prop on Hawaii Five O.
I've actually talked to the chap in Hawaii that was using that very rig on 15 meter AM.
He has a good friend in the television production business that called him and said they were getting rid of old stage props, and was welcome to the KW 1 if he wanted it. So he acuired it and put it on the air.
Oh boy. I just found that QSO in my log.I didn't realize it was that long ago! It was KH6IRT "Pete" in Honolulu July 29,1992 on 21.410 Mhz AM 'phone.
John K5CEY
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W4JNK on December 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

Does anyone remember all the radio gear that was on the old "Francis The Talking Mule" series ???

I remember the Army "Walkie Talkies".

Also the ole hand crank dinamotors in the old war movies ???

And the old "ARC 5's" in the old bombers movies of WWII ???
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KA0CKK on December 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Best line from M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Ferret-face.

Second-best line from M*A*S*H: Frank Burns eats worms.

 
RE: Mobile radios in Adam-12  
by K7IHC on December 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I thought the mobile radio was a Mocom 70, VHF high-band: Yes?
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA0ZZG on December 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Yes, all are right. The most used radio props were
a couple of EICO rigs. I heard that they actually
belonged to one of the camera men and were loaned
to the set, at the last minute, to get something on
that shelf. Eventually they were returned to that
camera man. If he had left the prop ID tags on them,
they would now be very valuable. Hard to prove if
a set of radios were the real ones though. Has
anyone been able to track them? Collecting old
TV show props has become quite a market. The only
prop radio I've been able to afford is a little portable radio that was used in the girl's bedroom
set on the Brady Bunch. Most prop radios no longer
work. The prop master usually modifies them.
Keep looking.
Dave...
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KB0QLG on December 7, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
there were one or two episodes I remember where Gomer was up on the roof of the jail, no antennas in sight that I recall.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KB0QLG on December 7, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Anyone recall the old Highway Patrol TV show from the 50's with Broadrick Crawford. They used 102 inch whips on the patrol cars. Also in CHiPs the black and white patrol cars had 102" whips.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by HAMDUDE on December 7, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Barney secretly operated a pirate station from the courthouse when Andy was away. He used to broadcast anti governemnt propaganda much like they do on the shortwave bands now. This is where Rush Limbaugh got the idea from. It was later found out that Gomer used to assist Barney by standing on the courthouse roof holding up the antenna in his hands. This accounts for his semi retarded behavior due to massive exposure to RF. It was also revealed that Floyd the barber used to listen quite frequently and sometimes even wrote scripts for Barney for broadcast. Many years later it was revealed that Aunt Bea used to get on the air as "Mayberry Rose" and broadcast secret cookie recipes to the listeners. It was also known to the Mayberry underground that Opie was the station engineer, and often tuned up at power levels exceeding 500kw from the courthouse rig, now you know why Ron Howard is bald today. If only Andy knew the secret life his cohorts were leading.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W8PU on December 7, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I remember an Eico also on the earlier shows. And I do remember at least one episode where they used the radio..there may have been more. Never the less it was great series and I doubt there will ever be one again as loved as the Andy Griffith Show.

Gary
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KG0JL on December 7, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Enjoyable to read this thread- code/no-coders...loosen up!!!

Along similar lines....

Remember the movie Contact- adapted from Carl Sagan's book of the same title? Ellie, (in older life, played by Jodie Foster) uses what appears to be a Heath Kit (possibly HW101)transciever in the beginning of the movie.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W5LSD on December 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Otis Cambel sailed right thru Element 1
with a blood alcohol level of 3.76
because he hadn't heard that you could just
whine and complain until they handed you a
free ticket.
 
RE: CHP radio antennas  
by K7IHC on December 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
KB0QLG:
The CHP has been using the 42 MHz band since the early 50's. The quarter wave whips you've seen on the vehicles are about 66 in long. Here's a link to an interesting website on the history of CHP radio equipment: www.mbay.net/~wb6nvh/chpradio.htm
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on December 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I liked the home brew looking stuff that was used in the 1960's TV show "Mission Impossible".
Thier electronics dude "Barney" built all these TX' and RX's in aluminum miniboxes. Lots of those cheap red push buttons from radio shack for PTT.
World wide range. They must have used the old weather satelights.

Maxwell smarts shoe transciever had good range too!
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by W8JJI on December 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Did anyone ever see the (second or third generation) Flinstones cartoon (circa '80-'85) were Fred and Barney had a couple of CB radios?

In the episode Fred was trying to make contact with Barney but these truck drivers were interfering with their communication (unintentionally), so Fred got a LINEAR AMPLIFIER ! (actually it was a small animal in a box running on a wheel ) I'm not kidding ! An AMPLIFIER !

Fred told Barney that he would go up on a hill where he could see all of Bedrock.
Fred was then able to make contact with Barney but he was tearing-up the 2 truck drivers radios so bad that they were getting really mad ! I think that some threats were exchenged over the air... I cant remember the rest of the episode.

I was really suprized that the whole episode had to do with this subject and include an illegal CB amplifier. Ah , what a laugh that was !
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2LDS on December 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
What about the movie A TOUCH OF EVIL. If I remember correctly the gang of thugs in the motel were blasting music out of an SX-42. Great movie!
 
Ham Gear in movies  
by W6ZO on December 9, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Here is an instance where ham rigs were actually used in a movie. In Apocalypse Now – they wanted to give Marlon Brando’s (another ham connection!) voice an unusual quality – the scene towards the end where his voice is just floating through the jungle – so they came and borrowed 2 Icom 730s (plus power supplies and dummy loads) from us at HRO Oakland and ran the audio into one and recorded it out of the other while slightly varying the frequency of one of the radios.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WA2JJH on December 9, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
In the very first star wars movie, they used a similar trick that was used in Apocolyps now.

One did not see the radio's. However all the communications sounded like SSB with the R.I.T slighty off, in the final fighter scene.

You heard Luke talk to Hans and others with that donald duck off frequency sound. I guess most people thought that is what futuristic communications would sound like.
It was 1977, I took my Genave 2 meter H-T
with me to the movie. I talked to my friends on a 2M repeater after the movie. I said what a cheap sound effect! They must have used some SSB CB's!

73 de MIKE
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N3ZKP on December 9, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
<< Ok, I remember watching M*A*S*H as a kid. They had a radio that Radar used to talk to "Sparkey" and also do phone patches back to the States. I remember it being in almost every episode. I haven't watched the show in a while but this thread has me curious what kind of radio it was and if that was standard practice for the military in that day. >>

It wasn't a radio. It was a standard field telephone switchboard.

Lon
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8VWM on December 10, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

>>>so Fred got a LINEAR AMPLIFIER ! (actually it was a small animal in a box running on a wheel ) I'm not kidding ! An AMPLIFIER ! <<<

Fred was a member of RACES and used this amp as an emergency backup in case the power went out.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KC8VWM on December 10, 2003 Mail this to a friend!

>>>he was tearing-up the 2 truck drivers radios so bad that they were getting really mad ! I think that some threats were exchanged over the air... I cant remember the rest of the episode. <<<

Actually, this wasn't an episode. It was an incident that really occured... The truck driver was Gomer Pyle from Mayberry and he was on the Bedrock frequency at the time.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N9OJU on December 10, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hey:
In the Movie "That Darn Cat" they use a nice new HF radio as an FBI base station. The idea was to coordinate agents in the field. The radio is shown in the ON position with a display and the FBI guy is keying the mic. The thing is, there was no antenna attached as you can see the back of the set. THIS DRIVES ME NUTS! There are other mobile ham radios shown in the security guards jeep too! ICOM gear I think. The Andy Griffith edpisode with the gypsies and the shortwave radio was a good one. In the end the gypsied seel Andy the radio and later he finds that it has its internal organs removed, he got gyped!
Oh well
LOL
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WB5ITT on February 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Oh get real!!!! Don Knotts is NOT a member of NCI!!

What some people will print and believe!
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by WB5ITT on February 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
In the original series they have a old Motorola console used on the old tube base stations (large console; likely DC control model tubed itself with spkr in the center of cabinet) but I cannot recall the model off the top of my head...though I worked on a few in my life!....I cannot recall what other unit was there BUT you can catch the show on TVLAND via cable/sat and look for the gear there..the special's set was NOT like the original in many ways....(do you always believe TV shows??? ;)

Chris
WB5ITT
Houston
 
RE: Munsters  
by WB5ITT on February 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Herman's call was W9XLR4 !!! ;)

Chris
WB5ITT
 
RE: Munsters  
by WB5ITT on February 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Oppps...I need to correct earlier post:
W6XRL4 !!! (knew it had a 4 after it :)
 
RE: Munsters  
by WB5ITT on February 6, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Oppps...I need to correct earlier post:
W6XRL4 !!! (knew it had a 4 after it :)
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by LWOOD on February 7, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
How about Skippy the Kangaroo. An Auusy kids show from the sixties that had real ham gear I think. That focus was on home education of children in remote areas of Austrailia via Amateur radio.
 
RE: Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by KD5CYI on July 11, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I believe I recall a episode where Andy talked to Barney Base to mobile with Barneys replies always ending with 10-4 over and out and I believe he got excited (go figure) and started saying things like over and under, out and in.
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by K4JC on August 21, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Actually, Herman Munster's call sign was W6XLR4, and the first scene in the episode was two FCC men discussing what a great thing it was to be issuing a new ham license!

Also, does anyone recall an old movie called "The Next Voice You Hear"? A community starts hearing the voice of God on their broadcast radios and, of course, blames "the kid down the street with the ham set!"

A very Grade B but still rather entertaining movie is "High Frequency" which involves ham radio in the plot. The production is pretty hokey but there are some fantastic scenes of the Swiss Alps in it.

Great thread!
 
Ham Gear in Mayberry?  
by N5BSD on February 27, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
What about Xmen2 I think it was.
They have an ICOM Dual Band rig in the control panel of the X-Jet. They 'talk' to Wolverine on it at one point they are using. Can't remember the model number now, but it was the one with the really nice colorful display that could receive slow-scan TX images on it. I almost fell out of my chair when I figured it after looking in a book that very day and seeing it.


John
N5BSD
 
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