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 Post subject: History of the Boombox - NPR Music
PostPosted: Jan Wed 19, 2022 8:28 pm 
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There has been a gradual turning inward of oulture, beginning with the Walkman, the successor to the Boombox, to ipads to cellphones where people don't communicate in real time nearly as much anymore.

The Boombox represented the opposite of that.


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On the first voyage of Greenpeace, to Amchitka in 1971, one of the crew came aboard with a cassette player and bulky headphones. I believe that was the thing that affected the compass on the bridge.

In the film Roller Boogie, one character is carrying a boombox around constantly, but he has bulky headphones plugged in.


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I recall people walking/dancing down the street with radios as big as suitcases balanced on their shoulders, which could be heard a block away.

They must have gone through a lot of batteries.

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In 1980, someone I knew called them "200lb radios", which really did invoke the image of someone carrying a big and heavy radio on their shoulder.


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mblack wrote:
On the first voyage of Greenpeace, to Amchitka in 1971, one of the crew came aboard with a cassette player and bulky headphones. I believe that was the thing that affected the compass on the bridge.

In the film Roller Boogie, one character is carrying a boombox around constantly, but he has bulky headphones plugged in.


Thank, mblack!

Those are great moments! :D

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Mr. Detrola wrote:
I recall people walking/dancing down the street with radios as big as suitcases balanced on their shoulders, which could be heard a block away.

They must have gone through a lot of batteries.


You are 100% correct, Mr. Detrola!

In the comments, one guy who was in the early hip hop scene in NYC remembers them having to take up a collection for batteries every week! :lol:

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In 1980, someone I knew called them "200lb radios", which really did invoke the image of someone carrying a big and heavy radio on their shoulder.


Gotta be young and in good shape to do that, mblack!

I remember watching videos of street break dancers busking, and was amazed at the sheer strength, balance, and body control of these young men. Total focus. What gets me is even people who were obviously well to do, and not followers of the music, stopped to watch in amazement and gave money.

I just won a JVC RC-M70JW, which is considered second only to the JVC M90.

I got a deal, it needs some TLC but I knew that going in.


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mblack wrote:
In 1980, someone I knew called them "200lb radios", which really did invoke the image of someone carrying a big and heavy radio on their shoulder.


Take a peek at the first and second vids.

Breakdancing bears a striking resemblance to the Brazilian martial art Capoeira.

https://youtu.be/sgXq6iXDya8


https://youtu.be/fcpukutm7lw

Why, it reminds me of the days when I had testoserosone! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: History of the Boombox - NPR Music
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Boomboxes still rule. I cut my teeth MW DXing on one. Learned to null stations on it. Heard Colombia, heard Sinaloa, heard a Russian MW station out of Vladivostok on one (using a large 3.5 foot spiral loop). Good times. It got ripped off but I got the same model in a pawn shop about 8-9 years later.

In late 2011 / early 2012 I heard a station out of Mexico City on 1500 khz on the same radio, using a Select-A-Tenna. Auroral conditions.

And yeah, I also used it to tune in FM.


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Boomboxes still rule. I cut my teeth MW DXing on one. Learned to null stations on it. Heard Colombia, heard Sinaloa, heard a Russian MW station out of Vladivostok on one (using a large 3.5 foot spiral loop). Good times. It got ripped off but I got the same model in a pawn shop about 8-9 years later.

In late 2011 / early 2012 I heard a station out of Mexico City on 1500 khz on the same radio, using a Select-A-Tenna. Auroral conditions.

And yeah, I also used it to tune in FM.


Thanks, Denton!

I just finalized a deal on a JVC Rc-M70JW.
I am ecstatic.
Radio plays loud, no antenna or antenna mount unit (will cannibalize a cheap unit with same antenna), cassette doesn't work, and still a bargain. These things were built so well, if you have even a decent skeleton, it can be restored.

And yes, it goes up to 28 MHz on shortwave, and these tuners are legendary.

8)

P.S. - recognize my avatar? ) :D

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