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Posted: 01/08/2021
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W9RAN wins MCRN 7th place

Midwest Classic Radio Net The Midwest Classic Radio Net has been conducted on 3885 kHz AM since 1987 as a salute to classic AM rigs and operation.    The net remains one of the most popular AM nets in the country and sometimes last for well over an hour.Harry N9CQX took over the net after long-time NCS WA9ZTY became a silent key and instituted record-keeping to know how many stations participated.  Befo...  READ MORE
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Posted: 09/21/2020
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The Old QSL Card site is back

who doesn't love old QSL cards? After the old Google+ site was shut down by Google, the amazing online collection of old QSL cards maintained by Bob Green, W8JYZ, has a new home - at his website.     Browse thousands of vintage QSL cardsIt doesn't take long to find a memorable name or callsign - maybe even someone you know!Please share your appreciation with W8JYZ at the link on the home page for providin...  READ MORE
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Posted: 09/12/2020
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Spartanburg Hamfest - sanity in the age of COVID-19

Intelligent risk-management by attendees Sanity!  Individual responsibility!From the BRARS webpage:Welcome to the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society (BRARS) HamfestBy purchasing a Hamfest ticket, You are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, “While attending the BRARS Hamfest you and any guests that you may bring voluntarily assume all risks related to ex...  READ MORE
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Posted: 09/11/2020
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Beaker Street returns to the air!

If you remember it, you were there! If you remember "Beaker Street" it's about the best news ever!   Otherwise this will seem like going to someone else's high school reunion...In the late 60s, for kids living in "flyover country" in most small towns in the midwest, there were not many local rock and roll radio stations that could be heard during the day.   But with sunset came the ski...  READ MORE
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Posted: 06/08/2020
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Hamfests Return!

A quick look at the Wauseon OH swap on June 6, 2020 Thanks to Rex WA6GYC for this short video of the Wauseon OH swapfest - one of the first to be held in what is otherwise "the summer without hamfests".   Bryan KB8ELG, club president and promoter, put an AN/GRC-9 field radio on the air, hand-crank power and all!   Full information can be found at the club's website  http://k8bxq.org/hamfestAccording to Rex,&nb...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/24/2020
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Soviet Spy Radio found in forest

(oh yeah, I put that there...I'll take it now thanks!) COLOGNE, GERMANY—According to a Live Science report, archaeologist Erich Classen of the Rhineland Regional Association and his colleagues were looking for a Roman villa in western Germany when they unearthed a Soviet spy radio that had been sealed in a metal box and hidden along a path through what was the Hambach Forest, just a few miles away from a nuclear research center and military air ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/11/2020
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Announcing the W9DYV Radio Society

honoring SSB pioneer Wes Schum W9DYV Nick Tusa, K5EF,  longtime friend of Wes Schum and organizer of the W9DYV-Central Electronics Technical Symposium for a number of years, has announced that the W9DYV callsign will again be active, as the club callsign of the W9DYV Radio Societ NFP. Congratulations to Nick and friends for memorializing Wes Schum's contributions to amateur radio in this way!...  READ MORE
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Posted: 08/26/2019
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WBBM-AM tower moves to Bloomington IL

watch the old tower fall (video link below)  The WBBM-AM radio tower has moved out of Itasca and found a new home in Bloomingdale.After 77 years, the over 680-foot WBBM-AM radio tower came down Thursday in Itasca. The property sold for development and WBBM Newsradio's new tower will now be located in Bloomingdale, at the same site as its sister station,WSCR (670 The Score), and will be diplexing off of their tow...  READ MORE
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Posted: 07/21/2019
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Apollo 11 and Collins Radio

“Every American voice transmitted from space was via Collins Radio Co. equipment” Those who may be interested in the technical details and the history of the space program leading up to Apollo should find plenty of interesting reading at this site:https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4204/contents.htmlUsed with permission.The Manned Space Flight Network antennas operated in the S-Band, on frequencies around 2.2 GHz. The system employed was known as the "Unified S-...  READ MORE
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Posted: 06/17/2019
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Google gets stung for swiping content thanks to embedded morse code

Dah-dit hits crash dot-dash cash-bash From The Inquirer:GOOGLE HAS FALLEN for a sting which is said to have proved the firm is 'stealing' data from a rival website.Genius.com, a site specialising in providing song lyrics, had suspected that Google had been scraping its site and using the lyrics to populate the 'information panels' often seen in the side of search results.This isn't that uncommon, but...  READ MORE

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Posted: 02/19/2021
Category: Vintage Radio
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International Crystal and the crystal synthesizer

How a crystal company reduced the number of crystals needed I have always been intrigued by the International Crystal CB radios which had a unique appearance with a channel selector that resembled a telephone dial.    The high end "Executive" models were big and expensive and sported an aluminum trim ring that no other radio had.    So I had to buy one to play with.     It was cheap, like $25 and ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/11/2021
Category: Historic
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KBCX - US Forest Service Regional Radio

from Missoula Montana to the northwest Hams, especially those who enjoy operating AM and QRP should be aware of the pioneering efforts of the US Forest Service to adopt and advance the radio art in the early decades of the 20th century.The history of radio in the USFS literally takes a book to cover, but an interesting example can be found in station KBCX, the Region 1 Radio Operations Center in Missoula Montana.    It w...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/09/2021
Category: Vintage Radio
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The R-1451 HF Manual Receiver aka WLR-6 "Water Boy" System

ESM-ELINT receiver from the 1960s Working on various vintages of equipment gives one a better appreciation for what we have today.    Example - this is a frequency counter from the "HF Manual Receiver" which was part of a wideband surveillance receiving system that extended from VLF to microwave frequencies using a bank of front-ends to cover the range.    It was designed as "ESM":...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/30/2021
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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The John Meck T-60 Transmitter

the only ham product from this famous radio/TV manufacturer Plymouth Indiana might not be famous for too many things, but John Meck Industries was the first manufacturer to start producing radios for home us in the US after World War II.   He'd started the namesake company prior to the war but like most others in the radio business it was converted to wartime production, making quartz crystals among other things.   Later, thousands ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/16/2021
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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The amazing Transcom SBT-3

one of ham radio's one hit wonders If, like me, you enjoy flipping through old issues of 73 magazine from the 60s, you're bound to have at least seen the ads for the Transcom SBT-3 three-band SSB tranceiver.  Being made in Escondido CA in the mid-60s, my guess has always been that engineers from other San Diego SSB compnanies such as Don Stoner, Les Earnshaw from Southcom, Herb Johnson, founder of Swan or Faust Gonsett may...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/13/2021
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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Model FP-1 "FORESTPHONE"

The Amalgamated Wireless Ltd. (AustralAsia) This short article about the AWA Forestphone was the last one put on the Midwest Classic Radio Net website by for former webmaster George K9GDT before he unfortunately became a Silent Key.  MCRN articleNow that a longer version has been published in Electric Radio magazine I thought I'd include it here as well.Throughout most of the 20th century AWA was Australia's leading electr...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/08/2021
Category: Historic
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Alexancer Lewyt - inventor and entrepreneur

and maker of my AN/GRC-9 Alexander M. Lewyt died in 1988 at the age of 79, a holder of patents on scores of inventions. His penchant for invention, he once said, was so strong that he had chronic insomnia from lying awake at night envisioning new products. When he learned of undertakers’ difficulty in fastening neckties on corpses, the teen-age Lewyt devised a new kind of bow tie that clipped on. He sold 50,000 of t...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/03/2021
Category: Technical
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AN/GRC-9 Bias Battery replacement

Cheap and easy fix using coin cells The Korean-war vintage AN/GRC-9 is one of the most useful and fun military field radios for ham use, as with AM and CW modes and 2-12 MHz coverage and a VFO it's all ready to go on several ham bands.    The battery tube superhet receiver is also power-friendly and sensitive and stable enough to copy CW and SSB but has one annoying flaw - the 4 volt bias battery used by the audio...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/02/2021
Category: Technical
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Beware of the LED Noisemaker!

MR-16 lamps have no home in the hamshack! Halogen type MR-16 lamps are commonly used in track lights and other spot lighting applications so what would be cooler than to drop in LED replacements!   A lot, as it turns out.   The LED replacements are HORRIBLE RFI emitters that totally trashed several ham bands when I unknowingly installed them.Halogen spot lights are 12 volt devices so it's long been common prac...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/12/2020
Category: Historic
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Ham radio operators honor legacy of Mars Hill company

Hammarlund was an industry leader for generations Here's a link to a nice story in the Madison NC newspaper about area hams paying tribute to the former Hammarlund company that manufactured radios in Mars Hill NC for decades.   There are some neat historiic photos as wellThe paper has a paywall but it looks like you get 5 free articles:HAMMARLUND ARTICLE...  READ MORE