Hallicrafters in the movies....
gswynar at DURHAM.NET
Fri Feb 2 16:50:32 EST 2001
If you've ever watched the older Warner Brothers "Looney Tunes" cartoon
shorts of the 1930's-1940's, you'll recall sequences where Porky, Daffy---or
whatever character---sends/receives morse code as part of the plot...
Some years ago I was sitting with a book while my then 3 or 4 year old tyke
of a son watched TV---my ears instinctively perked up to the sound of CW
emanating from the featurette on the screen. I recall de-coding a "QST to
all amateurs..." message coming from the set.
In one particular W.B. short, I distinctly de-cyphyred a hidden CW text to
effect of "QST all Hams, if you can read this, send message and Schlesinger
will mail pix of Porky...", or words to that effect.
I wonder if Leon's successors would honour that pledge to-day...?! Hi Hi.
~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave" <Dave at BOATANCHORS.COM>
To: <BOATANCHORS at LISTSERV.TEMPE.GOV>
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 8:23 AM
Subject: Hallicrafters in the movies....
> Hello all,
> I have been reading the 1932 novel, When Worlds Collide by Edwin Balmer
> and Phillip Wylie - about 700 pages of delightful old sci-fi before the
> of 'real' spaceflight and nuclear energy. Essentially the story of the
> earth being
> wiped out by an approaching dual planet system, and a group of folks who
> build from scratch (in 7 months no less) a nuclear powered spaceship
> of transporting several hundred people to one of the invading worlds to
> civilization over'. Fun stuff!
> Anyway, I found the movie at the library - made about 1950 in color. In
> the science team uses 2 beautiful Hallicrafters S-40B receivers to monitor
> rest of the world as the destruction of earth begins. They give good
> shots of the receivers, and ostensibly play us audio from them - fairly
> I might add - perhaps they DID use the real audio as a 'special effect'!
> Anyway, just thought I'd add to the list of movies with boatanchors
> And hey - they DIDN'T have a microphone hooked to it to make it
> a transmitter!! (Although, I haven't watched the whole movie yet - went
> bed halfway through. I'll report if the second half turns the S-40B into
> 'the radio
> from the SS Minnow in the hands of the Professor'
> Dave WB7AWK
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