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Author Topic: WRL/Globe's W0GFQ dies at 100  (Read 1020 times)
K0OD
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« on: April 20, 2011, 05:46:53 AM »

"The Omaha native founded World Radio Laboratories in Council Bluffs in 1935 and it became one of the world's largest distributors of amateur radio equipment. Meyerson also established the World Radio electronics stores, a retail chain that operated in the Midlands from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Meyerson, known internationally by the radio call sign WØGFQ, died of complications from a stroke on Wednesday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He had celebrated his 100th birthday on March 7."

http://www.omaha.com/article/20110417/NEWS01/704179908
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K8AXW
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 09:10:08 AM »

I was fortunate to use one of Leo's fine transmitters back in 1956.  It was the Globeking 400B.  It was a heavy, well designed brute.  The audio was "broadcast quality." 

Most people pass on and leave very little if anything behind.  Others, like the Leo Meyersons, leave their mark on the world forever.

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AD4U
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011, 10:04:00 AM »

When I first got licensed in the 1960's, many of the ham radio dealers apparently also got a copy of the recently issued licenses.  These dealers sent catalogs to the new hams.  I remember that WRL sent me the very first ham radio catalog I ever got.  I spent HOURS drooling over the pictures of all the rigs - that I could not afford.

Dick  AD4U
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NI0C
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 06:22:41 PM »

My first transmitter was a Globe Chief 90, purchased used at Walter Ashe Radio in 1959.  It was a CW rig that ran approximately 90 watts input (maybe 50 watts output power).  It was still working when I replaced it in 1967 with a transmitter that had SSB capability. 

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Chuck  NI0C
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K0OD
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2011, 07:31:00 PM »

Sites devoted to Leo and WRL
http://www.w9wrl.com/wrl/index.html 

http://amfone.net/Tech/wrl/PhotoAlbum.htm

Ubiquitous 1950s WRL QSL Card
http://www.hayseed.net/~jpk5lad/QSL%20Cards/KN5LAD-WRL.jpg
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