A Look Back at Static

0D6326B4-1A62-4CA9-985F-B316F11E166FHow many of you are old enough to remember seeing static on your television screen? That is often what you saw if you turned on the TV after the stations had signed off for the night or before they signed on in the morning. (Yes, kiddies, there was a time many, many years ago when TV channels weren’t 24×7.)

Or, seeing static on your TV screen meant that you needed to get your ass up and out of your easy chair or off the sofa, walk over to the TV, and fiddle with the rabbit ears until a viewable image appeared.

Remember rabbit ears?

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And then there were those times when you were at home or in your car trying to tune into your favorite AM radio station and all you could get was static, no matter how frantically you turned the knob in search of some familiar music.

24F8A67D-EED5-45F2-9B1A-D9A151246528Of course, this reminds me of the Steely Dan song “FM (No Static At All).”

And finally, how many times were you on the phone and heard crackling or hissing noises and have to say to the person on the other end of the line, “Let me call you back. There’s too much static.”

And that, my friends, is all I have to say about static today.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “static.”

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19 thoughts on “A Look Back at Static

  1. newepicauthor January 13, 2018 / 8:58 am

    Yes, I do remember those days before Phase Locked Loop was invented. A phase-locked loop (PLL) is an electronic circuit with a voltage or voltage-driven oscillator that constantly adjusts to match the frequency of an input signal. PLLs are used to generate, stabilize, modulate, demodulate, filter or recover a signal from a noisy communications channel where data has been interrupted.

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    • Fandango January 13, 2018 / 9:06 am

      I’m not sure about the technology, but I appreciate the results.

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  2. rugby843 January 13, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Rabbit ears were easy. It was getting on g he roof to adjust the antenna that was difficult: ))

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  3. rugby843 January 13, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Then when the picture although still snowy, did come on it was Wrestling!

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  4. Suze January 13, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    I remember my older brother attaching a loop of aluminum foil to my head and having me stand next to the television, hold the antenna in one hand and wave the other in different directions until the picture showed up! Then I was doomed to stand still until the show was over. Thank goodness for 1/2 hour cartoons!

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    • Fandango January 13, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      A human antenna! That’s a hoot!

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  5. thebackyardpoet January 15, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Back in the day, you knew you were too stoned when you sat and watched the test signal for hours after the channel went off the air

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