There’s something almost majestic about the array of electronic equipment displayed in what once was a bedroom of Jerry Sobel’s home and what now resembles the radio shack of a movie-screen submarine.
On a set of double wooden shelves is a receiver from the ’50s, two transceivers, and an amplifier Sobel built from a kit during the ’70s. There’s a snaky gooseneck microphone and a desk microphone. And, there’s a handheld FM device that looks like a walkie-talkie a kid might play with but which can do things a kid’s walkie-talkie can only dream of.
But it’s the strange assemblage of characters — K0MBB — affixed to a speaker and on the wall that explains what all of this cool stuff is about. It’s the amateur radio call sign of Sobel, president of the Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club (www.LVRAC.org) and practitioner of a not-so-retro electronic art that’s more popular than ever.
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