• Short Summary

    IN THE YEAR IN WHICH MAN FIRST STEPPED FOOT ONTO THE MOON, A MODEST ELECTRONICS EXPERT IN WANGANUI, NEAR WELLINGTON, MR.

  • Description

    IN THE YEAR IN WHICH MAN FIRST STEPPED FOOT ONTO THE MOON, A MODEST ELECTRONICS EXPERT IN WANGANUI, NEAR WELLINGTON, MR. JIM COYLE HAS ADDED HIS OWN CONTRIBUTION TO SCIENCE.....BY INVENTING A RADIO WHICH RUNS ON BEER, INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL BATTERY.

    POWER UNIT FOR THE RADIO IS A BANK OF THREE PLASTIC CONTAINERS, EACH WITH A PAIR OF DISSIMILAR METAL CONTACTS. WHEN FILLED WITH BEER, THE THREE-CELL POWER UNIT PRODUCES 0.7 VOLTS AT 2 MILLIAMPS.

    THE RADIO ITSELF HAS FOUR TRANSISTORS AND DRIVES AN EARPHONE. THE INVENTOR SAYS IT'S POSSIBLE TO USE MORE CELLS AND POWER A LOUDSPEAKER, BUT THIS REQUIRES MORE LIQUID CONTENT - A SITUATION HE REGARDS AS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE. A FULL CHARGE OF BEER - AND ALL BRANDS ARE ACCEPTABLE, EVEN WHEN FLAT - WILL POWER THE RADIO FOR ABOUT FOUR-DAYS.

    TEETOTALLERS, SAYS MR. COYLE, NEED NOT FEEL OUT OF IT AS HIS RADIO WILL WORK JUST AS EFFECTIVELY ON LEMON JUICE, VINEGAR OR COLD TEA.

    THE INVENTOR, HOWEVER, WOULD NOT DISCLOSE THE SECRET OF HIS SUCCESS, AND TO MAKE SURE IT REMAINS THAT WAY, HE RECENTLY HAD HIS BRAIN INSURED FOR ONE-MILLION-NEW ZEALAND DOLLARS (APPROX 480- THOUSAND POUNDS - STERLING).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2T1R46EXM3KHW4N40SHB9NP37
    Media URN:
    VLVA2T1R46EXM3KHW4N40SHB9NP37
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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