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
Drone footage shows extensive damage
The City of Trotwood OH is under an emergency declaration and the Hara Arena suffered extensive damage when tornadoes and severe storms moved through Monday night. Drone footage shows the roof and side of the structure blown off in several places.WATCH... READ MORE
Check out his newly restored Kenwood TS-511DN
It doesn't belong to me, even! Masa AB9MQ has recently acquired one of his "dream rigs" from Japan, a Kenwood TS-511DN, one of the predecessors to the famous TS-520. Check out his nice work and (way too neat!) "Maximum Quality Laboratory" in the Gallery.... READ MORE
Cool mics from my collection and ones I wish were
I like microphones. I have lots of them, and lust after more! I'll be featuring cool microphonia in the Gallery from time to time, so check back often!... READ MORE
(this week...or until I say otherwise!)
Borrowing from Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM, I will be featuring "The Coolest Rig in the World" on this very website!By what criteria? MINE! But rest assured, each featured rig WILL be cool...Check out the Gallery section for The Coolest Rig in the World (this week)!... READ MORE
in memory of Rev. George Dobbs G3RJV (SK)
In memory of G3RJV, here is a link to the excellent book he wrote in 1972 titled "Making A Transistor Radio". It is in e-book form so you can view it in high resolution color online:https://archive.org/details/MakingATransistorRadioRev. Dobbs started the G-QRP club and wrote countless articles promoting homebrewing, simple radios, and QRP operation. His absence will lea... READ MORE
"Mister QRP" to many, a sad loss for the homebrewing and QRP community
The founder of the GQRP Club and Amateur Radio author the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, of Littleborough, England, died on March 11. He was 75. Dobbs was reported to have been in ill health for some time and had been living in a care facility, where his condition deteriorated quite rapidly over the past few days. He was the honorary secretary of the GQRP Club (G5LOW), which he founded in 1974 to... READ MORE
if this ain't the bottom...you can see it from here!
Anyone who operates HF has no doubt channelled "The Old Man", muttering about "Rotten Conditions!" lately.A look at the spaceweather.com site last weekend made it abundantly clear where we are in the current sunspot cycle:The month of Febr. was the first since Aug. 2008 without any sunspots at all. Fortunately, one has appeared since, so March will hopefully be a li... READ MORE
AM stalwart net control op and all-round good guy needs your thoughts and prayers
Febr. Update: Our AM pal K9QET has left the hospital and prsently is in an rehab facility. Please continue to include John in your thoughts and prayers for his continued recovery and rehabilitation. Hopefully he will be able to return home and rejoin the airwaves.Thanks to Jerry W9JMK for keeping us informed of John's progress and to all the midwest hams who have sent cards and no... READ MORE
Great AM fun!
UPDATE: Steve W8TOW from near Lansing MI and a long-time friend of N8ECRs has taken over responsibility for the "N8ECR Memorial DX-60 Net" on 3880 kHz, Sunday mornings. All rigs are welcome, but this net has a long tradition of encouraging the use of low-power AM transmitters like the DX-60.As does the Wednesday night "Mighty Elmac Net" that Mike s... READ MORE
and not just for CB!
International Crystal Company of Oklahoma City was certainly best known for its crystals but the company was also a not-insignificant player in the CB radio manufacturing business, and also had a pretty extensive line of experimenter kits. The kits typically had one to three tubes on a PC board and provided a single function, such as an RF amplifier, or transmitter, although some were ... READ MORE
thanks to ZL2AMJ
Equipment manuals and handbooks of the 1950s and 60s were filled with complex oscilloscope screens and discussion of ripple and as a result proper alignment of a phasing rig eluded most hams. But a clever New Zealand ham, Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ was able to see what everyone else had missed, and published a short note in the NZ ham magazine in 1972 that makes the process simple and r... READ MORE
Fix that fan motor
Finding myself in need of a tool to remove a bad bearing on a blower from a linear amplifier I first tried the usual automotive type gear puller but it wasn't able to get underneath this small 5/8" OD bearing. So I improvised a tool that took 10 minutes to make, cost a few cents, and had the job done in no time at allThe secret is wedges sold at the home improvement stor... READ MORE
Vintage light aircraft radios repurposed
In the early days of aviation radio, transmissions originated from the ground using the longwave transmitter also used for homing, and pilots acknowledged by wagging their wings. It didn't take long to realize the benefits of having transmitting capability onboard the plane as well, and the first generation of aircraft radio used the low HF band. Given today's... READ MORE
I find the show-biz association of the founder of Allied Radio, Simon Wexler, to be rather fascinating. What started out as a supplier of crystal set parts led to a family that became a major force in the entertainment industry and in Chicago business...including many recognizable names:"Allied Radio (now known as Allied Electronics) is a company with a long history. On August 6, 1... READ MORE
Making crystals in midtown Manhattan during WWII
Hazard E. Reeves (1906-1986) may not be a household name, but his work is well known to every moviegoer. He was an American pioneer in sound and sound electronics, and introduced stereophonic sound for motion pictures. He met Fred Waller at the 1939 World's Fair and saw the potential of Waller's "Vitarama" system which he invested in and which soon became the mo... READ MORE
and the Globe Mobiline Six...
In his book "In Touch with Leo", the success and growing backlog of CB-100 orders is what drove Leo to his banker, Lou Ross, who asked him why he didn't anticipate the number of orders and required capital. Leo responded "Lou, never on God's green earth could I have believed such an influx of orders!". More funding was needed than the bank ... READ MORE
Do harmonics matter if there's no way for them to be heard?
In the 5 or so years I've been using the Epson oscillators I've looked at the spectral output many times. Without a doubt the harmonic output from the Epson oscillator is high as would be expected from a square wave device. The question to me has always been "does it matter"?PLL controlled digital oscillators have long been used as LOs in recei... READ MORE
aka "Razor Blade and Safety Pin Radio"...from the Boy's Fun Book
When I was a kid, my dad gave me a thin hardcover book called "Boys Fun Book - Things to Make and Do". It was printed during WWII on very thin paper as a wartime conservation measure, but was chock-full of interesting projects, ranging from hobbies and magic tricks to sports, puzzles, camping...and the chapter I was drawn to: "Unusual Radios You Can Build You... READ MORE