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Radio From a Kit

Just wanted to say thank you for Robert Kegerreis' great story about "Bootleg 1610" (RW, Jan. 1). It brought back many memories about my first AM transmitter.

Just wanted to say thank you for Robert Kegerreis’ great story about “Bootleg 1610” (RW, Jan. 1).

It brought back many memories about my first AM transmitter. I purchased it about 1971. Our Radio Shack was a small corner of a furniture store that had a few basics. For $3.95, I picked up P-Box Kit 28-103, a “wireless” AM microphone. Running via a 9V battery, you could get to a few radios in the house. We added an AC-to-9V type of converter and a long wire and managed five or six blocks, playing the top 40 songs, some commercials we recorded off the TV and our input as DJs. We had a few listeners.

The local stations called the FCC. We never got a visit, but years later I would work for those same stations, WMTE(AM)/WRRK(FM), Manistee, Mich.

My friend from next door had a father taking a mail order electronics program, so he was a bit better on the tech side, while I was more the DJ type.

Now almost 40 years later, I have just celebrated my 30th anniversary in radio. My neighbor friend went on to be a CE and took care of a radio-TV combo. I have the P-Kit still, minus the small crystal type mic, which we removed and went direct from a cassette recorder output. I have enclosed a couple of pictures of it.

I have been a reader of Radio World since about 1981 and still read it cover to cover each time it arrives. Today, I too have been a casualty of downsizing and am on the net awaiting for the next LPFM window or an area station to become available.

Thanks RW and Robert for the great piece. I plan on keeping it next to my P-Kit for a future trip down memory lane.

Mike Shannon
“Shannon in the Morning and Deb”
Bedford, Ind.