Sunday, January 25, 2009

It is hard to describe the enthusiasm I had in dissecting the Allied Radio catalog. It is probably something similar to when people perused the Monkey Ward or Sears and Roebuck Catalogs.
So many goodies just unbelievable that you could imagine using all those parts and things to surround yourself with your hobby items.
So, I ordered my first brand new Amateur Radio Receiver.
It was a Gonset GR212.
I couldn't afford a Hallicrafters, they were twice the price and thrice as nice!

It arrived.

The inside of the box had this smell, so hard to describe.
I plugged it in, turned it on and the pilot lights lit the S meter.
A connected the antenna to the two screw terminals on the back
Turned up the volume,
and spun the dial.
Noise, pulses, chatter, static and more
Excitement. Such that I never had, well unless when I was younger and seeing the stuff under the Christmas Tree.
It was 1962.
I was into Ham Radio. Ham Radio, Ah could spend hours upon hours listening , talking and communicating with faceless other persons with like interests from around the world.
IT was magical.
IT is almost all gone.

That's another chapter.


  1. I LOVE your blog.........I love to reminisce about the old days......I especially like your pictures.....I have a post entitled 'I remember' its dated January 16......maybe you could add too it
    I'm going to follow your blog.....I really like it

  2. Thank you Darrel !, There is something about the old days that needs to be remembered. I feel sorry for the kids nowadays, one IPhone has stuff that filled a whole room for us in the old days, and it heated the room to!
    I'll check your blog out!



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From TV News to owning radio communications business, seen technology grow and change the way we live. Hobbies are still some photography and reading, satellite pickup. Did catering and cooking at wineries, taught cooking classes and culinary related ventures. Do a few regional cooking classes down here at my house from time to time, in between visiting and living in this beautiful country. Some tech consulting and lots of opinionated chatter.