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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
ranickels
08/26/2019
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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
ranickels
07/21/2019
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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
ranickels
06/17/2019
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Hara Arena badly damaged in Dayton Tornado
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
ranickels
05/28/2019
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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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