It seemed like a good idea at the time…

“A wire a hundred feet long wrapped around a specially devised helmet serves as the antenna.”

How long could the carbon-zinc batteries have lasted? Tens of minutes at best?

From Modern Mechanix, March 1931:




  5 comments for “It seemed like a good idea at the time…

  1. Larry W2LJ
    November 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Which begs the question ….. was there a follow up high incidence of bobbies developing brain tumors? Today’s “scientists” would have you believe so.

    • November 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

      I’d like to know what freq range these “pedestrian portables” operated at and how many were in actual operation.

  2. Don
    November 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

    HAHAHA this is great. As an added bonus, the wire wrapped around the helmet could help to keep them warm during the winter months.

  3. November 28, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Hum, Don might be onto something! I’ve been looking for a cheap form of heat as winters are long, dark and cold here!

    • Don
      November 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

      It will either keep you warm, or cause so much brain damage that you dont care how cold it is outside.

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