OT: Archiving data/video/movies/photos/oral history

From: Jim Strickland <jim_at_calico.litterbox.com>
Date: Mon Jun 5 00:57:15 2000

> > What little I've read on the subject, ww2 vintage civilian radios were made
> > from what amount to tube sets (very like chipsets) of 5 tubes designed to go
> > together with a minimum of other components to make a reasonably good superhet
> > receiver.
> The really are no WW2 civilian radios (very few were made). People had to
> do with what they had before the war, until the surplus floodgate opened
> in 1946. Hams were shut down during the war - some even "persuaded" to
> sell or donate their receivers to the government (in 1941, U.S. military
> electronics was a crying shame). Nearly all TV development stopped and
> turned over to the government.
> In general - a bad time to be a hacker.
> You are thinking of the "all American five" - sets of tubes that were
> made for each other. They were mostly used after 1945.

Yup, that's what I'm thinking of. I've dealt with two tube radios, one of which
is now gone, sadly. One was a 4 tube 1945 sears radio, and one is my 1940
philco, which I *think* is a 5 tube unit that gets AM and shortwave. Last time
I had it working I was getting the BBC in London with it, and a few other
big powerful shortwave stations on the other side of the atlantic. I've since
been given a quite powerful modern receiver and it's just not as much fun.
Jim Strickland
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