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Joe Munson WA4VAG (SK)

With great sadness we note the passing of a veteran, long-time ham, and one of the most interesting people I've ever met,  Joe Munson WA4VAG.   Joe's love for military radios be...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/13/2024
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ALL ELECTRONICs is gone, but Aretronics is here!

All Electronics, a long-time parts supplier for hobbyists, has gone out of business, but employees have started a new company offering many of the same products and promising the same great service: ...  READ MORE
ranickels
10/16/2023
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Quantum Spectrum - a DSP add-on for low-end SDRs

As one who has been playing with small inexpensive SDRs since the days of the Softrock, I've been amazed by how well the simple  yet very effective Quadrature Sampling Detector aka "Tayl...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/12/2023
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WANTED: Bendix 3206
Power Supply/Mod/IF unit

This is an odd and unusual piece of gear,  it's got IF cans one one end and a dynamotor on the other!   It's the back half of the receiver plus power supply and modulator for th...  READ MORE
ranickels
06/08/2022
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New droplet-based electricity generator
A drop of water lights up 100 small LED bulbs

A team of engineers has figured out how to take a single drop of rain and use it to generate a powerful flash of electricity. The City University of Hong Kong researchers behind the device, which they...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/29/2022
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Russian soldiers uses Chinese portable radios
Baofung UV-82HP - unencrypted

The Russian military has used civilian mobile phones and radios for their communications, including Chinese-made civilian handheld radio, during the ongoing Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. ...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/24/2022
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Amateur radio transmittting suspended in Ukraine
part of a 30 day emergency order

Full information here See Feb. 27 update HERE. Some webSDRs now blocking the spectrum around UVB-76 to prevent monitoring of it.   ...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/24/2022
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This 22-year-old builds chips in his parents’ garage
the crystal set of the 21st century?

In August, chipmaker Intel evealed new details about its plan to build a “mega-fab” on US soil, a $100 billion factory where 10,000 workers will make a new generation of powerful processor...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/02/2022
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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 Kan...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/18/2021
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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)...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/14/2021
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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
ranickels
12/06/2021
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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 sal...  READ MORE
ranickels
10/30/2021
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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.ht...  READ MORE
ranickels
08/23/2021
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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 St...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/25/2021
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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 countr...  READ MORE
ranickels
01/08/2021
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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 thous...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/21/2020
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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) Hamfest By purchasing a Hamfest ticket, You are acknowledg...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/12/2020
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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 ki...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/11/2020
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Hamfests Return!
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 presiden...  READ MORE
ranickels
06/08/2020
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Soviet Spy Radio found in forest
(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 t...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/24/2020
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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&...  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/of...  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 ...  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 ...  READ MORE
ranickels
05/28/2019
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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 criteri...  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 onl...  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 ...  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 abundantl...  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 rehabilita...  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 morni...  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, a...  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...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/09/2018
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Take the Boatanchor Survey!
Let authors and organizers know what you're interested in

Take the Vintage Radio Interest Survey:  https://tinyurl.com/boatanchorsurvey   This survey is intended to better understand your vintage radio-related interests for use by vin...  READ MORE
ranickels
11/13/2018
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Welcome to the new RAN Technology Inc. Website
Bookmark this site!

The new RAN Technology Inc. /  W9RAN webpage is on the air!   Please bookmark this page and check back often for news and information ranging from vintage radio to the latest developmen...  READ MORE
ranickels
11/10/2018
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