A very cool interview indeed. But how could it be otherwise? With Eric on one end of the Skype connection and Alan on the other, coolness was inevitable.
In this interview we are reminded of the FACT that Alan has a major case of THE KNACK. Proof is found in the way he obtained the wire for his first SW antenna: he unwound the magnet wire in the yoke transformer of a discarded TV set. THAT, my friends, is the stuff that KNACK is made of!
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I share Alan's affection for the TEC 465 'scope, but I twitched a bit when he said it is "easy to work on." It scared the hell out of me! It features both plug-in transistors and lethally high voltage -- so high that Alan had to lend me a special high voltage probe just to do the measurements.
Alan's mention of Project Diana and the history of moonbounce reminded me of Ross Bateman, W4AO, the wizard who, in 1952 bounced the first amateur radio signals off the moon. He did it from the town I live in now, Falls Church, Virginia. Alan provided me with the address from which the signals were launched.
Thanks Alan! Thanks Eric!