Build your own quartz antenna. These (2) 4-3/8" x 3" x 1-5/16" plastic boxes each have (2) boxes of quartz crystals inside and (2) aluminum U-brackets that are attached to a single screw terminal on one short side of the box. Back in the early 70's, they were originally made to be used in pairs as part of a 300 Ohm antenna. Not sure if they will work with today's TV's but all you need is cabling to connect them and give it a try. Made in Brazil, the antenna capital of South America, probably.
This ear bud/microphone set, for to talk on the cellular telephone while you're walking down the street, has a locking reel so it will be exactly the right length from your pocket to your ear. Includes a shirt-clip and standard ear bud, but has a 2.5mm TRS mini-plug (the older style phone plug) so you may need to buy an adapter (readily available at your local A/V emporium) to a 1/8" TRS mini-plug that's the current standard.
This little package of take-out parts is from a marine public address system, but you don't really have to be on the water to use it. You'll get a 15K-Ohm handset mic (1/4" out) with an 11-foot cord partially coiled, an in-line level control with a telephone plug input, a mount for the mic and a 20-foot DIN-telephone plug cord.
Look around and see if you have a giant universal remote control that smells like chocolate. No? Guess what. Ours is over 9" x 4-1/2" x 3/4" thick, which is hard to lose in the couch cushions, and it looks and smells like a big ol' chocolate candy bar. Can be programmed (via 3/4" square buttons) to control a TV, VCR, DVD player, DVR, cable box, satellite dish, audio equipment (from hundreds of manufacturers) and streetlights. (OK, we lied about the streetlights, but still.) You add (2) "AA" batteries while ignoring the "AAA" printed on the package.
Need a clean screen, Gene? This little tacky gel roller is made specifically to clean smart phone screens. Just roll it across the screen and watch it remove fingerprints, smears, chicken-finger grease, all the schmutz that gets between you and those cat videos. Rinse in warm water and dry, and it’s good as new. (Also good for squeegeeing the air from under screen protectors.) Measures 2” across x approx 1” dia on a 6” handle with a little cover.
You’re not alone. Lots of people pretend they’re rock stars in the bathroom, and you can enhance the pretense with this 9” long, red-handled hair brush with a built-in electronic microphone (“…we’ll be back to pick you up later!”),1/2W amp and 1” speaker in the handle. Will also play sounds from a media player or phone via standard 1/8” input jack on a 4-foot jumper cord. Has power, dual-level volume and mic kill buttons. Runs on (3) “AAA” batteries that you add. Brush is removable for cleaning.
Now you can share your music with your friends, Romans, countrymen, and even strangers on a train. Just plug your buds into the standard 1/8” headphone jacks and you’ll both be tuned in. Slides into a little black rubber case that has a 7/8” slip ring so you can hang it on whatever. Bonus: the bottom of the case is a touch stylus. We’ll pick one in red, black, green, blue, pink or purple.
Television still travels right through the air, just like your grandparents got it. This passive, 75-Ohm HDTV antenna gets FM, VHF and UHF signals. Measures 13" x 9" x .020 with a pair of suction cups for window mounting. Includes a 20-foot white coax cable with a male F connector.
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