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September.

1959

4

MORE

PICTURE

POWER

new

BLONDER -TONGUE

B-24

POW -R

BOOSTER

"Nifty Novice"

I built the "Nifty

described

in

the

plagues other

Bill Loveless,

Novice" 15 -meter transmit-

April

1059

issue,

kits.

and

have

and without the "chirp"

My buddy,

low-priced

ter

found it to be trouble -free

which

R'7O\VQ/5, made the following con-

11411

it's a powerful booster . or an amplified coupler!

provides sharp, dear TV pictures on

1, 2

or more TV sets

with only 1 antenna

`straight-thru'

gain

circuit provides

up

as

a powerful one -set

booster

to

10

db

`couple-two'

(per set)

circuit

provides up to 5

two

db gain

as an amplified

-set coupler

`straight-thru'

provide

no

circuit and B -T 4-set coupler

-loss 4-set distribution system

Employs

circuitry

"lower-

new frame -grid

tube

6DJS, new

gain

and

Pro-

covering

Features

to achieve highest signal

than -cascode"

noise

factor.

vides full broadband amplification

low

and

high

VHF

channels.

"NO- STRIP"

tive, electrical connections in seconds.

"on /off" switch.

300 ohm terminals for posi-

Has

Improve

more TV sets

TV reception

with

today

on

1,

a

single antenna.

2

or

Available at parts distributors. For details write:

BLONDER -TONGUE LABORATORIES,

INC.

9

Ailing

Street,

Mfg.

Dept.

Co.,

Y.

PEO,

Ltd.,

Newark

London,

2,

Ont.

N.

J.

Export:

UHF con-

In

Canada:

Telequipment

N. Y.

13,

N.

systems

Morhan Export Corp.,

verters

master TV

hi-fi components

industrial TV cameras

FM-AM radios

10

tacts with the transmitter loading

na:

EST

El

Paso,

Texas;

570;

Chicago,

Somerhill, Mass., I have passed

waiting 51

Detroit,

Ill.,

a dipole anten-

Mich.,

KNSOCO,

RST

589;

been

am very

KN9RJP,

KN 1 JOV, RST 479.

my

Novice exam and have

for my

ticket. I

far

pleased with the "Nifty

days so

Novice" transmitter, as it

GAntiS

will load anything

including a 12" coax cable.

JOE

El Paso, Texas

to

page 149 of your April

I

wish

call

your

of

10' 11"

attention to

the

for

antenna

each

leg,

an

are

or

error

10'

21'

on

11 ".

10"

1959 issue which describes

According to your pictorial, the

a

21 -mc. antenna.

over -all

This

dimensions

be

should

over -all.

Anyone who uses the original dimensions

will have heap big

M.

headache.

J. BILLINGS, D.D.S., AV 2BIV

Brooklyn, N. V.

You're right,

write to

us

Dr. Billings.

for aspirins.

TVe hope

they don't

VTVM User

I want to take this opportunity

appreciation to you and

esting

one

and helpful

that helped

your

articles in

Larry

It

just

\VV77

Klein

so

on

"Radio

happened

Junior

to express

my

inter-

The

me in particular was the article by

staff for the

purchased an

fornì)

"All- American

the March issue.

Repair

I

(kit

with<