Greg Blair’s radio story is the latest in our series called Listener Posts, where I place all of your personal radio histories.
In the meantime, many thanks to Greg Blair who originally posted the following on the Shortwave Listeners Worldwide Facebook group. Greg writes:
How I Discovered Shortwave Radio
I had built a simple crystal radio from plans in a library book…(I think it was “The Boy’s Book of Radio” or similar. ) I added a one transistor amplifier later. I had a really great long wire antenna from the garage to the house, up about 30 feet, about 75 feet long, and a good earth ground.
I was playing around with it, and I had an old phonograph amplifier I connected to the output of it. I de-tuned the coil and apparently managed to get it tuned into the 49 meter band. All of a sudden I was hearing broadcasters from Europe. Some were in English, others in foreign languages.
Up to that point I had thought that all radio was like AM broadcast, only good for a few hundred miles even at night. I was flabbergasted. That marked the beginning of my addiction to radio. I have never gotten over the miracle of HF radio ever since.
Many thanks, Greg, for sharing your memories with us!
I can only imagine the thrill is must have been to tune in stations from across the planet on your simple, home-brew radio set.
I encourage other SWLing Post readers and contributors to submit their own listener post! Tell us how you became interested in radio!