Reading this thread brought back a dose of nostalgia from my early days
(Teenager) as an amateur radio practitioner. The Sun Spot Cycle in 1957-
1958 was great! Although as a teenager I was aware of the Sun Spots, I didn't have any appreciation for them. Typical iconoclastic teenager!
However the Sun Spots and the Pi Network output of the Globe Scout 65A
provided endless entertainment for the teen age hams around Atlanta.
We would load up anything from rain gutters, bed springs, heating duct work, 75 Watt light bulbs, etc., to stray cats. We would try to load anything we could get to
hold still. The cats would not hold still once the Globe Scout was keyed up!
I worked 14 countries and 21 States on my bed springs!
The only thing that kept a bunch of us from selling bed spring antennas to
other hams was the fact that Gotham Antennas were cheaper!!!
So much for getting rich young!
Everything radiated. It would have been a good season for even selling Isotrons.
73, Cal K4JSR