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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
Detroit-area hams on 10 meters
In 1958, the Multi Elmac Company was riding high on the ham radio waves. The company had seen an opportunity to provide feature rich but affordable transmitters and receivers to hams itching to "go mobile", which was all the craze. Instead of sticking a converter in front of the car radio like many competitors did, Elmac produced full-blown receivers that tu... READ MORE
where's the copper subchassis from?
I didn't set out to buy this homebrew CW transmitter, it was included in an auction lot that I wanted so I had to take it to get the desired item. But even though I always like to see good quality homebrew gear, this one is just a mystery.Most of the transmitter, including 6CL6 oscillator and buffer stages and a 6146 PA are built on a sub-chassis that is clearly part of a com... READ MORE
last gasp from Swan/Atlas founder Herb Johnson
Most hams are aware that Herb Johnson W6QKI founded Swan in Benson Arizona to make single-band SSB transceivers and then moved his operation to Oceanside CA where Swan thrived throughout the 1960s. Swan merged with Cubic Corporation in 1967, and Johnson managed Swan as its subsidiary until 1973. Johnson founded Atlas Radio in 1974, with the assistance of Southcom International fo... READ MORE
Speculation about a mystery receiver
The Harvey-Wells Company was formed through a partnership between Clifford Harvey W1RF, and John Wells W1ZD in 1939. Cliff Harvey had earlier founded Harvey Radio Labs in 1933, and prior to that, he was associated with the Hendricks and Harvey Company, another partnership. Producing police radios, transceivers, transmitters, and crystals. Their most popular product was the TBS-50 trans... READ MORE
introducing hams to SDR
I became aware of a few hams playing with a thing designed to receive digital TV in Europe on your laptop - a little plug-in dongle that used an RTL-2832 IC and sold for $20 or so. Some clever fellows had determined that it could be put into "radio mode" in which it would generate an IQ stream over USB, and by writing to control registers in the tuner IC, it could... READ MORE
One even Dachis doesn't know about!
A while back I acquired a six channel HF transceiver made by the Radio Industries division of Hallicrafters, probably in the 1960s, called an SBT-20. It is capable of 20 watts SSB or 5 watts AM (or CW with an optional board) in the range of 2-12 MHz and thus was probably aimed at commercial and light-duty military applications. The radio could by ordered with fu... READ MORE
It's not just for VHF!
I'm always thinking about interesting combinations of equipment to try out on the air. One day while rearranging the shack I was getting ready to connect my Globe Scout Deluxe back up with a Collins 51S-1 receiver when the LED (the energy-efficient version of the old light bulb) came on.When I first started playing with DVB-T dongles back in 2012 I wanted an upconverter so I ... READ MORE
Classic circuit with some modern twists
There's a good chance that more homebrew ham transmitters have been built using a 6L6 than any other tube, and when combined with the superior performance of the 6AG7 oscillator, it's a hard combination to beat (click here for an explanation of the 6AG7's benefits)I'll be adding more info about this project soon, but one of my goals was to reproduce what was a budget-friendly... READ MORE