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Posted: 12/18/2021
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The Seasons Best Wishes

de KPH Yes, a holiday greeting card from the original KPH, Port Reyes CA.    I don't have an exact date but I would guess late 50s or early 60s because it came from the estate of Roger Kaney (SK) who was W9AF when I knew him, but had been W9ZRU previously.  Roger was a retired marine radio operator when I met him in the late 80s, and even then would "stand watch" at nigh...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/14/2021
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Larry Sabella KA9BQR, SK

known for his trademark hat, a good guy Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Sabella, 84 passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. Larry was born on April 26, 1937 to Daniel A. and Jean M. (Konieczka) Sabella in Chicago, IL. In 1961, he married the love of his life, Barbara N. Wise in Maywood, IL. Larry proudly served his county for 5 ½ years as a sergeant in the United States Army and Army...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/06/2021
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May all your Christmases glow in the dark!

wishing you a very Mecky Christmas!  A dark shot of the John Meck T-60 transmitter provides a warm glow for 2021's Christmas greetings!CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE...  READ MORE
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Posted: 10/30/2021
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Wes Schum, Amateur Radio's Unsung Hero

new book released, available on Amazon My friend Nick Tusa K5EF has just released his book on the life of Central Electronics founder and ham radio pioneer, Wes Schum W9DYV.   Wes was not only an innovator but a crack salesman and promoter of single sideband in the early days and his transmitters and other products did more to popularize this new mode of operation than anything else.   It wasn't until after Art ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 08/23/2021
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New! Online International Morse generator website

Nothing to download, works in your browser Pretty cool, a website that you can enter text into that will play Morse through your browser without any downloading or software:https://morsecode.world/international/trainer/generator.htmlSpacing and other customizations are possible.   No excuses for not practicing your code now (says to self...)...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/25/2021
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More hamfests return to WI-IL-IA in 2021

it's about time! Hamfests return in 2021 to Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin! The 2021 DeKalb (Sandwich) and Starved Rock hamfests were great successes!   This was the first time for Starved Rock Radio Club to hold the hamfest in Mendota IL which worked out great -  hope it helps the club rebuild what was once one of the best hamfests in the area..The South Milwaukee 'fest is special because i...  READ MORE
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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: 01/22/2022
Category: Technical
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The 8122 Story

with thanks to K9AXN and W6MTF The following information is attributed to Jim Liles, K9AXN.  Jim a long time user and expert on the Hallicrafters SR-2000 "Hurricane" with involvement going back to it's original production.   His website www.k9axn.com contains a lot of valuable information and is recommended.  RCA developed the 8122 which was also built by Burle, and later, Eimac (as you wi...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/22/2022
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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My Johnson "Five Hundred Desk" Story

"it's about the journey, not the destination..." Not a lot is known about Jacob C. Thomas, other than he was born in 1903 to John and Anna Thomas in David City Nebraska, and died just a few months short of his 90th birthday in the same town.    And that he was a radio man.David City is a small town of 3,000 not far from my home town so it made sense that the auction notice would appear in the local newspaper where my Dad would see...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/14/2022
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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Hammarlund PRO-310 Restoration

"mechanically, it's a nightmare..>" Having grown tired of seeing this rare and somewhat incredible receiver sitting on the shelf, unusable due to slipping dial belts, I bit the bullet and tore it apart to begin restoration.  The quote above comes from Tom Rousseau K7PJT's article in Electric Radio on the PRO-310 and boy, is he spot on!Since I will be depending heavily on what he and others have written about this receiver, ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/13/2022
Category: Technical
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Elvis Mic fix

Shure 55 that is... How'd it get that name?  The photo pretty much says it all...One of mine had a problem - the guts could be heard rattling around loosely insdie.  The "capsule" as it's called nowadays at least is held in position by three rubber "socks" that fit over metal tabs to provide acoustic isolation from the mounting provisions in the housings.  Not surprising aft...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/13/2022
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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The Multi Elmac A54-H project

A tribute to Gus Undy W8YNC Elmac aka Multi-Elmac was actually the Multi-Products company after tube maker Eimac complained that their original name was too confusing.  Most hams just call them Elmacs anyhow!The company was started by Cletus Collum in 1947 to commercialize his design of a radio-controlled opener for garage doors and gates.  That product still lives on through the Stanley Company and it's succes...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/02/2022
Category: Historic
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The way it was

when HAMS ran electronics companies We hear a lot about "tech giants" nowadays but there were tech companies back in the 50's and 60's that were run by actual techies...no offence to those today who can write code, but when most of us think "tech" we think of circuits and metal chassis and solder fumes. An interesting example comes from the files of the Hallicrafters SR-2000 "Hurricane" whi...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/16/2021
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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Meck (Telvar) T-60 transmitter updating

Meck, Telvar, Audar...what's in a name? Meck, Telvar, Audar -  three names for the same company's products.The John Meck company of Plymouth IN made exactly one amateur radio product: the T-60 transmitter. It was sold under the name Meck as well as Tevlar and based on a limited sample, they are nowhere near identical. The T-60 did not sell well and was only offered for a year or two. Among the reasons for this may have been the...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/04/2021
Category: Technical
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Where is the thing?

Applicable to everything  Looking for a tool?   Important papers?   Parts you just had your hands on minutes ago?   ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 11/05/2021
Category: Vintage Radio
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The Multi-Elmac SEA-RAD MM-50

Marine radio from the early 1960s   Among it's early products, the Multi Elmac Company of Oak Park MI made marine band radios and other products for boats, including the Sea-Deep DM-1 depth indicator, the Sea-Fume SF-1 vapor detector, and the BC-1 Duo-Charger for 6 and 12 volt batteries.   Thus it's not surprising that the marine radio-telephone would be given a "sea" name:   the Sea...  READ MORE
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Posted: 11/01/2021
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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The Sonar MR-3 mobile receiver

a literal "handful" of radio! The Sonar Radio Corp.  of Brooklyn NY is a well-known manufacturer of Ham, CB, and Marine Band radios over a period of several decades, and it's products were always well engineered and of good quality.    But despite several attempts, it's ham radio products never really managed to excite hams enough to plunk down their hard-earned cash.   The SRT series of t...  READ MORE