O/T Spark Gap Transmitters was: Interest in UUCP?

From: Jim Strickland <jim_at_calico.litterbox.com>
Date: Wed Jun 20 17:32:08 2001

> Actually, we got a special permit to activate a spark transmitter
> [1000 watts, quenched gap Navy WW I unit] several years ago at the AWA
> [Antique Wireless Association] annual meeting in Rochester, NY. We were
> allowed a 60 sec transmission once an hour for a 12 hour period for
> purposes of "historical demonstration".
> I'm sure the harmonics [multiple and MANY] played hell with the local
> TV and radio reception. Across the parking lot it could be received
> anywhere from 400KC [where it was "supposed to be tuned"] .. on up to
> about 50MC or so.
> Sorry about the O/T post but it's a special interest area for me.
> There a 500 watt, 500 cycle War I Navy transmitter sitting behind me in
> my office!
> Craig

Cool, I didn't think the FCC was so accomidating.

Jim Strickland
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