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Man-from Mars Radio Hat

Clive Maxfield
11/12/2012 09:02 PM EST

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   11/13/2012 2:18:29 PM
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If I could go back in time, I would certainly buy one of these little beauties

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mike_m   11/13/2012 9:42:36 PM
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That's similar too, but much cooler than, the guys I used to see at a hamfest in Flagstaff back in the 80's and 90's who had a TV camera and a 1.2 Ghz yagi antenna along with a 1 or 2 watt transceiver all mounted in a backpack with a helmet cam. They were Broadcasting a live video link of the hamfest people. I'd rather have one of these 50's era radio hats any day of the week. Mike

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rf_austin   11/14/2012 2:12:15 PM
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Doesn't the tube filament current leave your forehead sweating? Defeats the purpose of a hat doesn't it?

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Max The Magnificent   11/14/2012 2:13:46 PM
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Maybe there's an optional fan attachment -- or maybe you just have to walk quickly to generate a cooling breeze :-)

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antedeluvian   11/14/2012 9:14:59 PM
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Maybe it's intended for northern climes- good in winter.

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David Ashton   11/14/2012 11:33:36 PM
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Since the tubes are outside the hat (as shown) the tube heat would be dissipated externally. However I note from the Wikipedia article that it only had a 20-hour battery life... the battery was a monster carried external to the hat. Good thing someone invented transistors, isn't it?

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Rcurl   11/15/2012 1:06:03 AM
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My Dad went to Sears & Roebuck to get a replacement battery for the hat. The battery was a 22.5 volt/1.5 volt "Hearing aid battery". He asked for it by number and when the salesman came back from the stockroom he screamed at the top of his lungs "WE DON"T HAVE ANY!!!

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Max The Magnificent   11/15/2012 3:19:51 PM
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LOL

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Max The Magnificent   11/15/2012 3:20:26 PM
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I love warming my hands by the glow of vacuum tubes on a cold night...

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rf_austin   11/15/2012 5:35:10 PM
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What's not shown on the cover is the OLED display and capacitive touch controls for tuning the radio and adjusting the audio. Oh... and I think these folks are planning suing Apple for patent infringement since it is a mobile audio device.

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Max The Magnificent   11/15/2012 5:50:03 PM
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I thought Apple were planning on suing them for daring to provide a non-Apple solution :-)

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ANON1249426187345   11/17/2012 6:32:32 PM
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The lower left of the magazine cover says "The Radio Hat - THE NEW DESIGN". That implies that this isn't the FIRST radio hat they featured...

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2012 6:37:05 PM
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Wow -- well spotted!

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David Ashton   11/18/2012 10:47:07 PM
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There's a view of the innards here: http://blog.modernmechanix.com/sun-hat-has-built-in-radio/

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antedeluvian   11/19/2012 2:19:18 PM
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The article ends with "Mr. Hoeflich’s company, American Merri-Lei Corp., Brooklyn, N. Y., makes the talking benny.". Any idea what a "talking benny" is/was?

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n8ves   12/18/2012 4:55:51 PM
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Or the guy that shows up every year at the Dayton Hamvention with a three foot crank up tower mounted on a blue hard hat. Complete with lights and a working VHF/UHF antenna....

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Ghery   1/3/2013 10:41:35 PM
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"me and my engineering chum Rick Curl" My schoolteacher wife would cring. Does anybody proofread these columns? :-)

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