Perhaps this link and others should be moved to the Vintage Electronics Forum, here on DTV USA ... perhaps as a 'sticky' for a list of resources. I could add a few cool links like a Radio Shack Walkie-Talkie tribute site and a couple Vintage Transistor Radio sites. Come to think of it, I saved a Vintage Television restoration site.
This time you are dating yourself, EV. My Dad always called Montgomery Ward - 'Monkey Ward' - !!
OK, when I was a kid I remember going to the Ward's Department Store in downtown Seattle and Dad pointed the building out to me from an elevated highway called 'The Viaduct' which is to the west of the building, next to Puget Sound. (It's the same design/age as the Nimitz Freeway that collapsed in a California earthquake and it is scheduled to be replaced very soon).
Anyway, on top of the Ward's building they had an interesting (possibly loaded) horizontal dipole antenna strung from opposite corners that was KXA-AM 770's antenna. No clue what their ERP was, but they had to go off-air nightly "do to skywave interference to other stations ..."
By the way, it was only a few blocks north of the FCC building which had an antenna farm all over it. I took my 3rd and 2nd class Radio Telephone license tests there. Thanks for the memories! Monkey Ward ... LOL!
They were the main characters of "That 70s Show," a Fox sitcom that ran from 1998 to 2006, played by Laura Prepon and Topher Grace. The show is widely syndicated now; I watch its reruns any time "Nightline" airs yet another installment of "Venezuelan Beauty Contestants and the Secrets Only Their Plastic Surgeons Know about for Sure," or some such -- which is frequently these days.
Some old friends and myself used to refer to Lafayette Radio & Electronics as "Laffing House".
My good buddy Stu once bought a battery charger from them that just sucked whatever life that was left out of the battery. Stu was good with electronics and he was able to fix the problem.
I went in for a replacement stylus (that's a record player needle for you kids) and none were available on the floor. You could see a little into the stock room in the back and the CSR had to climb up to a top shelf to get to what I wanted. The shelf came tumbling down onto other shelfs like dominos. My friends and myself (we were about 15 years old at the time in 1972) were in hysterics! That was one of the funniest things I ever saw.
We walked out without the stylus and I got it somewhere else. I don't remember where. I guess that wasn't so eventful. Or funny. LOL
I spent my first 'real' paycheck from an after-school job at Radio Shack in the early 1970s and I purchased a 30K ohm/volt VOM. I still have it and it works perfectly, unlike my aging bones ... :violin:
Some of my fondest memories as a kid were of listening to the Oak Ridge Boys, John Denver and God-knows-who-else on Dad's 1972 Clarinette II record player, which cost $99.95 -- or $94.00 without the dust cover! It was the first thing he bought when he moved out on his own after high school (even before he bought a TV!).
We used that thing well into the '90s, by which time it had taken over as our Christmas music machine, blasting holiday tunes from some ancient outdoor speaker as folks shopped Grandpa's selection of Christmas trees in our side yard.
As I recall, Dad finally told me to throw it out after Grandpa died in 2003. We sold his house, and everything we didn't sell at the auction went in a big dumpster ... including the Clarinette. And yes, I'm still sorry I did it.
Yea, I spent last night looking at all the old radio shack books. It was great seeing the old 8-track players and hobby kits I bought as a kid and put together. And all the old cb radios I saved up and bought...