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You are too old if you remember...

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Now THAT would have been hilarious! :rotfl:
  2. jerry downing

    jerry downing Godfather

    Mar 7, 2004
    I remember building Heathkits in the '60s and '70s. I built stereos, several color TVs, shortwave radios, and gadgets. The TVs are gone now. They were too expensive and difficult to repair. (Try getting your hands on a 6JE6.) I still have the radios and test equipment though.
  3. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    There was somewhat of a scam going on with a 'mail-order' Electronics Degree program in the 60-70s, I forget the name, but basically you could take several electronics courses by mail and get Heathkits as modules for the courses. In particular, VA benefits paid for the courses.

    I found several guys that took the courses but never opened the 'kits' and had oscilloscopes and the really nice 25" SOLID-STATE Color TV. I ended up buying 3 of the TVs (in addition to some test equipment) for $200 or so (each TV). If I remember, the TV was nearly $1000 from Heath.

    The TV was state of the art for it's time - even with the ultrasonic remote control! I used one of them until 1990 or so. . . it received the 3 channels we got and had a great picture!
  4. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Yup still got one of those, Darned shame the top got wet and ruined. We keep it around since it will sew material that is too thick for modern sewing machines.

    That was when they still had pride in how something looked as well as how it worked.

  5. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    That's too funny!

    I recall one we had that made a sharp PING! for any of a very limited number of actions. It may not have controlled volume, but not sure about that.
  6. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    4 track tapes
    Bucky Beaver
    Black and white console TVs that turned off into a shrinking white dot
    Radios that were pieces of furniture
    when Brazil nuts were commonly referred to by a completely politically incorrect name

    Don "and if I have to explain that last one well. . . not gonna" Bolton
  7. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    Zenith made a similar one and our Boxer dog had lots of tags on his collar. When he would scratch his neck channels would change.

    Don "early technology is so amusing now" Bolton
  8. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    And the dot ended up burning a whole in the phosphorus!
  9. yosoyellobo

    yosoyellobo Icon

    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    You got me on the last one. I had to look it up.
  10. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I built a Heathkit amp in the late '50s. I wanted to post about it earlier, but I couldn't remember the name. That pretty much satisfied my electronics building urge, once built I really didn't know why I built it or what to do with it. A bunch of us were using kits from Heathkit and I guess I should have just built the radio.

  11. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I don't know what my grandmother's Singer would have been worth today, but it sure looked nice. The whole thing folded into a table. I guess my grandfather got it at a discount because he worked for them.

    We had a Gunner's Mate on our ship and he had a Singer. Made lots of money sewing on patches and fixing uniforms.

  12. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    We had a TV that would change channels if you rattle your keys on a keyring.
  13. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    My grandparents had a TV with an ultrasonic remote.

    My dad and I built several Heathkits when I was a kid. He needed me to identify the color bands on the resistors, etc. We also had a Scott kit tube amp, but I think he bought it already built.

    I remember my first transistor radio. It had 2 transistors!
  14. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I didn't even know they were actually called Brazil Nuts until I was in my late teens.
  15. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    During the late forties and fifties, I built a number of Heathkits and Eico kits - a Heath signal generator, audio generator, VTVM, amplifier and preamp, table radio and a phonograph. I built an Eico oscilloscope and converted the sweep circuit to the one Heath used, because it was more linear. I also built an Eico reel to reel tape recorder kit, which I still have.

    Speaking of tape recorders, the first one I owned was a Magnecordette, which came in a portable Fabricoid leatherette case containing a Magnecord PT6-J professional 7 inch full track recorder along with a consumer grade preamp.. The recorder ran at 7 1/2 ips and 15 ips. I bought 10 inch reel adapters for it, which gave me lots of record time. When a half track conversion became available, I had one installed. I built a small Radio Shack amplifier, which I installed in the cover along with a 5 inch speaker. When a wood case became available, I upgraded to it. I traded it for an Ampex portable recorder in the late fifties.
  16. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    My first tape recorder, from the mid 1960s, had "rim drive". Anyone remember rim drive? Not only did it warble, if you ever spliced out any of the tape on reel it was on, the remaining speech slowed down because the tape had been moving faster across the recording head when it had been recorded.

    My first "full function remote control" was on my Accutrac turntable from the mid 1970s. That was the turn table with the escalator on it that went up and got each record to gently lower it onto the turntable, where the tone arm would then brutally jab it with the ferocity of an ice pick attack.

    it used some kind of infrared optical sensor to primitively locate each song track, but it could never place the tone arm precisely enough to make that feature useful.
  17. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    And the lesson we learned was to get a "capstan drive" next time.
  18. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I think I have another one. How about nobody smoking in theaters anymore. That really used to scare me. Visions of bodies stacked against locked exit doors.

  19. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I do remember these:

  20. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I remember seeing them at flea markets and yard sales. Never used one. Did they work well?


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