This is the Bauer Equipment of
The Broadcast Archive
Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer
Last updated 7/1/03
Bauer Broadcaster - 50 and 100 W
Paul Gregg remembers:
Yes -- we made a lot of these in the early 60's -- the 50 watters first --
then the 100 watters. The one pictured is a 50 watt unit.
These transmitters got to Vietnam long before AFRT. In the early stages of
our involvement there was a program called "Hamlet Radio" -- the idea
being to bring the people into small hamlets so they could better govern and
protect themselves. The US AID program bought 50 complete radio stations from us
-- including a small console, a turntable, the transmitter and a short tower
system that could be tuned to any frequency in the band.
The tower was top loaded with a 120 uh inductor in a
fiberglass box and the upper guy wires were connected to it. We prepared a chart
of tuning settings so that it could be set up easily in the field and the
transmitter could easily be loaded into it. They worked well -- too well for
Vietnam, however. Once on the air the hamlet became the target for the night and
was stormed by the Vietcong.
After a few of these disasters they dropped the idea and
not long after that our military presence increased and the AFRT was given this
equipment. All this happened during our early days in San Carlos before we moved
to Palo Alto and later to Sacramento. Later AFRT bought a 707 that became their
main transmitter in Saigon.