March 1953 Radio-Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Electronics,
published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
The neighborhood where I
grew up in the 1960s and 1970s was about 25 to 30 miles from the "big three" network
television broadcast stations (ABC, CBS, NBC) in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
That is considered a fairly long distance in the over-the-air TV realm. Knowing
what I know now, I am somewhat surprised that those in our area were able to receive
programs as well as we did when all the homes I recall had just a single, standard
multi-element antenna on the roof. If anyone had stacked, phased array setups like
this Finco Co-Lateral TV Antenna installed, I certainly do not remember any. Most
of the antennas in
Holly Hill Harbor and the surrounding communities did not even
have an antenna rotator, yet evidently were pulling in signals satisfactorily -
and without needing to be mounted on a tall tower. That said, about the time I was
16 years old and was seriously into adopting any and all technology I could afford
(which wasn't much), I took it upon myself to add an
Alliance Tenna-Rotor to my parents' rooftop antenna. Signals were noticeably
better by being able to point the antenna toward the source, but due to phenomena
I did not know about at the time (varying atmospheric absorption and multipath),
sometimes they were better when pointed in a significantly different direction than
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Posted March 17, 2020