151 Years of amateur radio

NORTH SHORE CELEBRATES 151 YEARS OF AMATEUR RADIO ... report ZL1 HV 

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To honour three of its members who between them have been active radio amateurs for over a century and a half, Branch 29 recently held a social evening. The trio are ZL1AC, Len Spackman, first licenced in 1923; ZL1APZ, Alan Evans and ZL1HQ, Bert Batty licenced in 1924. They were all made honorary life members of the branch and First District Vice-President ZL1AMN, Dave, was on hand to present each with a certificate to that effect.

During the Evening ZL1AJL, Carol, played a selection of circa 1920 "hi-fi" Edison cylinders on her 1917 model Edison portable record reproducer. This machine still uses the original diamond needle. In counter-point the film Hams Wide World was shown. Naturally there was a lot of nostalgic reminiscence. Talk of increasing the receiver reaction and keying the earth return revealed some long ago less than legitimate activities. Another intriguing device mentioned was a "chopper" which had the effect of making a signal audible over a large band of frequencies in order to attract attention. Then, as now, it seems that the RI's were an understanding bunch of chaps. Does any other branch have three members in their jubilee year?

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