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Trivia Question for February 11, 2016 – Government Hams

With election season in full swing I started looking at elected officials who are hams.  There are 435 members of the United States House of Representatives. Of that number, how many are hams?

QUESTION: How many members of congress are hams?
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Trivia Question 10/18/12 – The First Transistor Radio

Regency TR-1 Transistor RadioOn this date in history… On October 18, 1954 the first commercially produced transistor radio was announced.  The Regency TR-1 went on sale in November 1954 and sold about 100,000 units its first year for $49.95 each.  Which is more than $400 today.


How many transistors did the first transistor radio have?

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Trivia Question 10/4/12 – Dick Tracy

2-Way Wrist RadioWell, a big 10-4 to everyone on “10-4 Day” — the day when every message is understood. And, also today, we say Happy Birthday Dick Tracy!

On this day in history, October 4, 1931, the Dick Tracy comic strip created by Chester Gould made its debut in the Detroit Mirror. 81 years later, Detective Dick Tracy is still fighting crime in the comic strips.


Dick Tracy made his first appearance in 1931. In what year did Tracy’s famous 2-Way Wrist Radio first appear?

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The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio

ARRL’s new video, “The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio,” is an 8-minute video that follows some of the innovative, imaginative and fun ways “hams” use radio technology in new and creative ways. The presentation is directed toward the DIY (do it yourself) movement, which is inspiring a new generation of creators, hackers and innovators. The message should be helpful for existing members to shape the ways they understand and talk about ham radio. For more information and related resources, visit http://www.arrl.org/wedothat-radio-org.

Trivia Question 10/20/11 – First Transistor Radio

Regency TR-1 Transistor RadioQUESTION:

The first Transistor Radio, the Regency TR-1 was announced on October 18, 1954.  It was put on sale in November 1954, and was the first practical transistor radio made in any significant numbers.  Billboard reported that “the radio has only four transistors. One acts a combination mixer-oscillator, one as an audio amplifier, and two as intermediate-frequency amplifiers.”

How much did the first transistor radio sell for when it was introduced in 1954?

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