Homebrew Transmitter Inquiry

Rich Sahlender rsahlen at VOICENET.COM
Sat Jun 23 21:41:46 EDT 2001

I remember it... it's the first transmitter described in the
High-Frequency Transmitters section or Chapter 6 page 173 of my old
and torn 1949 ARRL Handbook. Always wanted to build one of those.
I'd copy it for you but this old handbook is really falling apart.
Perhaps someone else here has one good enough to make copies from?

73 de Rich WA3WLH

On Sat, Jun 23, 2001 at 11:22:32AM -0500, Ron Evans wrote:
> Around 1957, and I don't know for how many years before and after, a
> small homebrew transmitter appeared in one of the ARRL series paperback
> manuals, such as Hints and Kinks, the License Manual and a host of
> others.
> These paperback "manuals" had the distinctive cover with a large red
> rectangle in the upper left corner of the front cover, a black vertical
> strip descending down from the left side of large red rectangle, and the
> remainder of the page contained the photograph.  A red strip across the
> bottom was black text on red background, reading "Published By The
> American Radio Relay League."
> The large red rectangle in the upper left quadrant of the cover is where
> the title of the publicationn appeared.  (I'm sure you oldtimers, of
> whom I am one, remember this series!).
> HOW TO THE POINT:  I remember a homebrew Novice transmitter appearing in
> one of these publications around 1957.  The transmitter was built on two
> slats of wood laid horizontally across two wooden end pieces.  That
> formed the "chassis"...there was a gap between the two horiz. slats.  I
> believe the tank coil was "basket wound" around dowel rods and the only
> tube in the transmitter was a 6L6, but I'm not certain of that last
> "memory."  Nearly half a century downstream from the "boy" who never
> built that little transmitter, I now want to do exactly that.
> If anyone still has that publication (or reprint of the article), I
> would love to purchase it or a copy of the article from you.  I don't
> remember anything about the simple power supply, so if you have that
> information also, that would be grrrrrrrrrr8t!
> "DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!  Nostalgia attack!  Nostalgia attack!"
> Thanks to anyone who can help me duplicate this little peanut whistle.
> I would really prefer a copy of the article (or the original of the
> publication) rather than just the schematic of that mighty mite from the
> past.
> Does anyone remember this little "wooden wonder"?
> THANKS es Sincerest 73,
> Ron - K5MVR

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