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Old 12-10-2014, 11:06 PM   #1
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I am assuming many of you saw the news about the 67 y.o. Hawaiian fisherman who was in a 25 ft sailboat around T-giv when he was hit by a rouge wave that tossed him overboard and took out his radio antenna.

He was rescued today, great news because he got the radio to broadcast a signal.

Now, here's my question, and I believe the answers will indicate a difference in age.

You're on a boat, it's taking on water, your radio is working but the antenna is gone and you can't send a message. What's the FIRST think you think of ?


I contend that those of us who were brought up on transistor radios, AM/FM car radios, and pre-cable TV don't waste a millisecond in finding the solution.



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Old 12-10-2014, 11:11 PM   #2
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I am assuming many of you saw the news about the 67 y.o. Hawaiian fisherman who was in a 25 ft sailboat around T-giv when he was hit by a rouge wave that tossed him overboard and took out his radio antenna.

He was rescued today, great news because he got the radio to broadcast a signal.

Now, here's my question, and I believe the answers will indicate a difference in age.

You're on a boat, it's taking on water, your radio is working but the antenna is gone and you can't send a message. What's the FIRST think you think of ?


I contend that those of us who were brought up on transistor radios, AM/FM car radios, and pre-cable TV don't waste a millisecond in finding the solution.
Well, the first thing I think of is Gilligan's Island. For the fix, tin foil or some kind of metal. Or touching the antenna lead.
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Of course you go into the closet and grab a coat hanger.
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Either that, or you attach the radio to your fishing rod and raise it up as high as you can.
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I'd use the tinfoil I always have on my head and fashion an antenna.
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You pull out your handy dandy iPhone.

Your out if luck if I all you have is an android. :whistling:
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Obviously John (CApainter) is of the age when a wire coat hanger was affixed in a fender of about 2% of all cars on the road when he was in his formative years.



It was just an automatic fix for when the antenna got snapped off.

ALSO seen on job-site radios and on top of TV's replacing the UHF ant.

The WW was reminded of a time in the 70's when she and her BFF were in the city and had locked themselves out of the car. They asked a youth if he could help. He said just a minute and came back with one of those ubiquitous hangers, straightened it out, inserted it through the window, and unlatched the door.



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Obviously John (CApainter) is of the age when a wire coat hanger was affixed in a fender of about 2% of all cars on the road when he was in his formative years.



It was just an automatic fix for when the antenna got snapped off.

ALSO seen on job-site radios and on top of TV's replacing the UHF ant.

The WW was reminded of a time in the 70's when she and her BFF were in the city and had locked themselves out of the car. They asked a youth if he could help. He said just a minute and came back with one of those ubiquitous hangers, straightened it out, inserted it through the window, and unlatched the door.
The standard clothes hanger. Useful to everyone not named Joan Crawford. She really hated those things.
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I don't think Painter-Aaron's suggestion of first pulling out the iPhone should be discarded so quickly.

Pretty sure there's an app for shipwrecks.
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I don't think Painter-Aaron's suggestion of first pulling out the iPhone should be discarded so quickly.

Pretty sure there's an app for shipwrecks.
Well MAYBE, if you HAD an iToy, you could whip it out, but apparently this 67 y.o. didn't HAVE a cell phone.

And I don' think iToys are as waterproof as a wire coat hanger or a Galaxy S5



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