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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 6:20:10 PM on 29 August 2020.
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QUOTE: This month’s front cover illustration shows the ingenious way in which the engineers of AWA have solved the problem of providing power for portable radio transmitting equipment used in inaccessible districts [in this case North-West Papua].

The pedal-driven generator shown on the right is the solution. When the transmitter is needed, a native boy mounts the machine and “rides”. As the bicycle has no wheels, the boy gets nowhere, but the transmitter does, because the energy generated in this way provides all the power necessary to establish communications over distances of 200 miles or more.


Pedal Powered Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:18:53 PM on 29 August 2020.
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The radio operator sure has a hard life, that's for sure. On a more equal opportunity note however, the lad had a job and probably did it well and by the looks even had a work-provided uniform.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:09:17 PM on 29 August 2020.
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I dunno. He doesn't look real keen to me. I'm imagining a dialogue that goes something like this:

"Pedal faster, boy! I need watts, boy! Hundreds of them!"


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 1:27:26 AM on 30 August 2020.
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Not that I care at all about political correctness, but... the kid doesn't exactly look happy.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 9:35:22 AM on 30 August 2020.
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I wonder if his dress was included in the kit for the radio:
dress, AWA, power source, for the use of


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 9:56:19 AM on 30 August 2020.
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Wonder if he's the one in the Microcrash Technical Support cartoon from India. With laptop & pedal wireless generator.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 10:25:30 AM on 1 September 2020.
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I reckon that outfit would be pretty power hungry.
Poor kid. (This one's broken. Bring out another).


 
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