Remco Caravelle
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K1JN's Remco Caravelle

Rush Limbaugh and the Remco Caravelle

Broadcasters of note started out with this unit... David Limbaugh, syndicated columnist and lawyer Tells us about his brother Rush Limbaugh:

"When we were very young Rush persuaded our parents to buy him a Remco Caravelle, a little toy that served as a mini-broadcast studio. That little device enabled Rush to simulate his own radio broadcasts and actually transmit them over the AM radio waves within the confines of our home. Our parents dutifully and indulgently listened downstairs as Rush held forth from our bedroom on the second floor."

Click this page on Rush's site and you can hear him talk about this  radio and how it got him into broadcasting!


Rush Reunited With Boyhood Radio
May 16, 2003

People ask me all the time when did I first discover I wanted to go into radio and why. I can honestly trace it back to when I was about ten years old, and it's real simple to explain why, which you can hear me do in the audio link below.

Part of my discovery came in the form of a toy radio called a Remco Caravelle. I was certain there wasn’t a soul in my audience who knew what a
Remco Caravelle was, unless you remembered the one or two times I talked about it over the course of 14 years. My mother gave it to me for Christmas in 1962 when I was eleven.

Turns out there was a soul out there, Jim Patrick of Florida, who not only knew what a Remco Caravelle was, but had one in his possession and sent it to me. I couldn’t believe it! He also sent along the cover of the Sears catalog from which it was ordered, and the page advertising the toy.

Now you can imagine what happened to a young Maha Rushie getting his hands on a toy like this. The thing allowed me to broadcast on any frequency I chose over AM radio. It didn’t really have much range and only worked in my house, but it had a little microphone and I could play records and such. I had an audience of one, my mother, who would dutifully listen to me playing disc jockey with this thing. It was great, and the best way to describe how I felt receiving this incredible gift from Jim Patrick was instant nostalgia. The care and precision this man he took to package and ship this piece of precious memory to me is touching. It's a tremendous thing that he's done and I can't thank him enough.
Listen to Rush...
(…reminisce about his early childhood toy)
(…talk about the early days of young Rush discovering his passion)
(…crunch out the inflation calculations pertaining to the toy's cost then and now)
See Photos of the Remco Caravelle ...
(Caravelle Radio Transmitter/Receiver)
(Caravelle Instructions)
(1962 Sears and Roebuck Catalog)


This used to be the link and it went dead so we put the top
page here incase the other link goes dead.

History of K1JN


It was the very early sixties, my 8th or 9th birthday. My father came home from work and said there was something in the car he wanted me to bring in the house for him. In the car was my birthday present, a Remco Caravelle. It was an AM/CW broadcast band transciever. With it you could broadcast over the household AM set. That was my first exposure to the magic of radio. I recently came across one on eBay and purchased it. I cleaned it up and it works fine. Click here for a photo of it.

Fast forward to the mid '70s. All of my friends and I had CBs in our cars (you know you did too). The fad didn't last long for most people, but I ended up putting a CB in the house. Late at night when the band was quiet and sometimes during the day when the band opened, I could hear distant stations. I was hooked and started studying for my ticket!


Joe Dupre, K1GOW helped me get my novice license in June 1979. I was living in Warwick, RI at the time. My novice call was KA1DLL. My first station was a used Heathkit SB-102. I put up a dipole for 15/40 meters and it didn't take long before I was hooked! I can still feel the thrill of working my first DX with that simple set up. A short time later, I moved to Danielson, CT and graduated to a trap vertical. I soon upgraded to General and then Advanced class in 1980 and received the call KA1MH. Ah, the good old days of driving to the Customs House in Boston to take the tests at the FCC office there. While living in Danielson I was a member of the Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association, K1MUJ. I then moved to Groton, CT. While in Groton, I got my first ever new HF rig, a Kenwood TS-530S and I became the trustee for one of the Pioneer Valley Repeater Association machines located in Groton. I remeber painting a house so I could raise the money to buy an Azden PCS-2000 synthisized 2M rig and retire the Regency crystal controlled mobile I was using. I continued operating until 1983 when I sold my equipment and pursued other interests.


In 1994 the radio bug bit again and I became active from my present location in Mystic, CT. I completed DXCC and WAS. I became interested in contesting and joined the CTRI Contest Group, taking part in their mult-single efforts. I learned a lot there and made some wonderful friendships. I upgraded to Extra class in June of '96 and also became a Volunteer Examiner. I applied for and received the vanity callsign of K1JN in November of 1996. I worked my first 200 countries using simple wire and vertical antennas. In August of 1998 I was fortunate to be able to put up my first tower, a 72' freestanding aluminum one. What a difference that made!


Today I am active on all HF bands from 160 through 10 meters, plus 6 meters, 2 meters and 440. My main interests are chasing DX, contesting, and awards. To date I have 318 out of the 335 current DXCC entities confirmed. I have completed DXCC on 7 bands and I'm working on 30 and 160 meters for 9 band DXCC. I'm also chasing countries on the digital modes for RTTY DXCC. I have 247 contacts confirmed out of the 250 required for 5 band WAS and I've earned the WAZ and WPX awards. I conduct volunteer exam sessions for and serve as Vice President of the CTRI Contest Group and also served as the CT area manager for the Yankee Clipper Contest Club. In July 2000, I won the CT section phone only in the IARU contest and in November 2001 I took 1st place USA Zone 5 in the Japan International DX Contest. My best contest score so far is 3.1 million points in the 2001 CQWW SSB contest operating as single op assisted from the home station. I placed 15th in the U.S. in that one. For the 2002 CQWW SSB I plan to be at J3A in Grenada for an all YCCC Multi-Multi operation.


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