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Masa - AB9MQ - has the Coolest Rig in the World (this week)
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
ranickels
04/05/2019
Radio Friends
MICROPHONIA! is here
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
ranickels
03/26/2019
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The Coolest Rig in the World!
(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
ranickels
03/23/2019
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Making A Transistor Radio
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
ranickels
03/12/2019
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Rev. George Dobbs G3RJV, SK
"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
ranickels
03/12/2019
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Febr. 4 solar activity aka "Rotten Conditions"
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
ranickels
03/08/2019
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K9QET Update
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
ranickels
12/22/2018
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DX-60 and Mighty Elmac Nets on 75 meter AM
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
ranickels
12/16/2018
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The Mighty Elmac Net continues
Wednesday is Elmac Night!

 NEW NET CONTROL:   Rex WA6GYC from Troy MI picked up the Elmac Net on Febr. 27 and did a Fine Business job!   Hopefully he will be willing to continue in this role, as the lack of a primary net control and difficult propagation at this point in the solar cycle have made it challenging in past weeks.   Please turn your radio on - Wednesday is Elmac Night!  (...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/12/2018
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DX-60 Website Announced
Celebrating the fun of low-power AM

While everyone who knew Mike N8ECR is shocked and saddend by his untimely passing, we commemorate his legacy of promoting low-power AM operation with the new DX-60 Net website:  https://dx-60.net//index.cfm?key=mainMike gave tirelessly of his time and energy to provide an opportunity for AM operators in the midwest part of the country to have fun, make friends, and play radio every Sunday mor...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/09/2018
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