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Public Radio Tiny House Story

Hello tiny-house aficionados! I am a reporter with KALW, a public radio station in San Francisco. (We’re an affiliate of NPR and BBC.) I’m preparing a story on tiny-houses for ‘Crosscurrents,’ our local news shows, and am looking to interview Bay Area tiny-house residents.

If you live in the Bay Area and have chosen to live in a tiny-house for environmentalist reasons, or if you’re living in a tiny-house because of financial hardship, I’d like to talk to you. I can travel to wherever you live, at your convenience — and you’ll be free to remain anonymous (we can invent a pseudonym for you). Please get in touch if you’re interested in being interviewed — and thanks so much for reading!

Jon Atkinson

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Grant Wagner - September 9, 2011 Reply

W7DET had one really nice HAM station for what looks like a mid 50’s install. That’s not commercial radio though.

Unfortunately it looks like the callsign W7DET has been recycled, meaning the owner of this site has either passed away or simply let his license expire.

Irene - September 9, 2011 Reply

I miss black-and-white everything. 🙂

Jim - September 9, 2011 Reply

I was also wondering what W7DET’s shack had to do with public radio or tiny house’s myself!:-)

    Kent Griswold - September 9, 2011 Reply

    That was the photo Jon sent me, I know it is not related 🙂

      Grant Wagner - September 9, 2011 Reply

      I’m sorry, I don’t think either of us were meaning to be critical. At least for me, it just peaked my nerd sense. Now I’ve got to figure out what all of those boxes are.

        Josh - September 10, 2011 Reply

        Maybe it “piqued” your nerd sense?

JT - September 9, 2011 Reply

I looked up the call letters on line and here’s what I found.,_1957.gif


Angie - September 9, 2011 Reply

I love seeing the ham radio equipment. As the daughter of a ham, I grew up with that stuff, married a ham, and became a ham.
(one big Hamily).

did you notice he even has an old teletype on the far left? I remember having one at home a while ago.

I think the equipment is Collins brand, but not sure. And has a really good D-104 mike.

He could do low level broadcasting with that set up.

ProjectGirl - September 9, 2011 Reply

Oh how I wish I were a candidate for an interview! Sigh. Alas, maybe in a couple of years. I’ll look forward to listening.

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - September 9, 2011 Reply

How cool! Have fun Bay Area Tiny Housers!

kpez - September 10, 2011 Reply

Thank you! I thought it was a Ham Station. Da is a Ham. I couldn’t get my learners permit until I passed the Novice, many years ago.

Tad Cook - August 31, 2014 Reply

You can find all the details on W7DET and the equipment in this 1957 photograph of his Seattle ham radio station via the links posted at:



Seattle, WA

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