[CQ-Contest] I Caused the NYC Blackout 40 Years Ago Today
k2qmf at juno.com
Thu Nov 10 10:22:18 EST 2005
I wouldn't feel like your off the hook just yet!!
They still are not sure what caused that black out!!!
73, Ted K2QMF
On Wed, 09 Nov 2005 15:42:14 -0800 "Ken Widelitz" <widelitz at gte.net>
> November 9, 1965. I remember it well. It was my mother's birthday. I
> was 15
> and a novice, WN2TFK. I couldn't wait to get home from school
> because I was
> ready to put my coke bottle vertical on the air for the 1st time. It
> about 30' of aluminum pipe insulated with a big glass coke bottle at
> bottom, fed through an inductor wrapped around a cardboard popcorn
> container. By the time everything was ready, it was starting to get
> dark. As
> I touched the feedline to the back of my Eico 720, the lights in my
> flickered and dimmed. I pulled the wire away and the lights
> brightened to
> normal. That is really WEIRD, I thought. How can that happen. I
> touched the
> feedline to the back of the radio again. This time, the lights
> went off, and stayed off. Uh oh. I looked outside. No lights in the
> neighborhood. "Mom, I don't know why that happened. All I did way
> touch the
> new antenna to the back of my transmitter. I'm sorry." We got out
> transistor AM radio and found that all of NYC was blacked out.
> People were
> stuck on subways, in elevators - all because of me and my antenna.
> I didn't find out it wasn't my fault until the next day. Whew!!!
> 73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT
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