Hallicrafters in the movies....

Eddy Swynar 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>
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
> 'start
> 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
> the
> 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
> believably,
> 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
> featured.
> 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'
> 73
> Dave WB7AWK
> http://www.boatanchors.com

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