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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
General Information
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
General Information
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
General Information
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
General Information
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
General Information
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
General Information
Bob Paquette, microphone collector, passes away
The Microphone Museum, Milwaukee WI

Bob Paquette's microphone museum in Milwaukee was known internationally and he will be missed.   This photo shows only a part of his vast collection, in a 2001 visit by Harry N9CQX and Jim K9RJ (SK).   Here is the announcement from the Wisconsin Antique Radio Club:Subject: Bob Paquette Sr. 1929-2018Friends of WARCI, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/04/2018
Radio Friends
Mike Beachy N8ECR - SK
"If there's a ham radio heaven, they've got a hell of a net control operator"

Dedicated AM operator and long-time net control for the DX-60 and Mighty Elmac nets,  Mike Beachy N8ECR became a silent key on Sat. Dec. 1, 2018.     This is very sad news for all of us who have enjoyed talking with Mike for many years.   I've never met Mike in person but through the bonds of ham radio he was a good friend.  RIP Mike. Mike’s S...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/04/2018
Radio Friends
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 vintage radio authors, product developers, and event organizers.Entering your email address helps to ensure the quality of the survey and enables you to receive an Executive Summary of the survey results when it is comp...  READ MORE
ranickels
11/13/2018
General Information
W9RAN's "VERSA-TR" (as featured in Dec. 2018 QST)
A Versatile T/R solution for SDRs and vintage radios

Inexpensive Software Defined Radios offer excellent performance and value for hams and SWLs, but they lack key features that are needed for actual use on the air:Provision for automatically muting the speakers when transmitting, to eliminate overloading and audio feedback.A sidetone to monitor CW keying. SDRs do not provide a CW sidetone, and even worse, the time delay resulting from digital signa...  READ MORE
ranickels
11/11/2018
New Product Announcements
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