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Treasures and Pleasures of the 1960s
Do we, do we remember these?

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan...Ford's new Mustang...eating sugar without guilt....do you remember the  60's?A great 8 minute compliation by YouTuber FredFlix: The World We Knew...  READ MORE
ranickels
08/28/2019
History and Humor
History of the American Radio DJ
celebrating National Radio Day

Wherever you lived during the golden age of Top 40 radio, chances are you were within the sound of at least one of the voices you'll hear in this salute by Rado's Best Friend, Art Vuolo....  READ MORE
ranickels
08/20/2019
History and Humor
Field Day - RSGB Style!
Archive video from 1947

 Fantastic archive footage of the National Field Day, 7 and 8 June 1947, (mostly around SE England) - lots of cool old radios. bugs and keys, generators and masts - families and suits and ties!   If you watch closely about 2/3 of the way through you get a glimpse of the actual G5RV himself. ...  READ MORE
ranickels
05/28/2019
History and Humor
The Bob Heil Story
How a ham and sound engineer revolutionized rock and roll

 He invented speakers, mixing boards and equipment that revolutionized concert sound.And then there's the talk box.Just ask Joe Walsh or Peter Frampton about Heil and his talk box innovation. The talk box Frampton made famous was a Christmas present from Frampton's wife Penny McCall, courtesy of Heil's design."So I sent Penny McCall a talk box," Heil said. "I don...  READ MORE
ranickels
05/21/2019
Ham Radio Information
Field Radio receive test
K5UJ calling CQ

Initial testing of W9RAN Field Radio on 75 meters, with Rob K5UJ kindly providing a test signal.Receiver and transmitter are light aircraft radios from the early 1940s which have been converted to 75 meters....  READ MORE
ranickels
05/11/2019
Ham Radio Information
Happy 228th Birthday to Samuel F. B. Morse
Inventor of the first digital mode

It's a bit humbling to realize that the United States had only been a country for 15  years when the man who invented the Morse Code was born. Samuel Finley Breese Morse, (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the development of a single-wire telegrap...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/29/2019
History and Humor
Simple AM BC Radio using just an LM-386 audio IC
it's surprisingly good!

 The LM-386 has long been a favorite audio amplifier for getting the audio from a direct conversion or other type of receiver up to the 1 watt level to drive a speaker.   But some clever fellows came up with a way to turn this high-gain linear IC into a regenerative receiver all by itself, and I just had to try it. The result surprised me.  Unlike most regens which are a c...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/26/2019
RAN Technology Product demos
The Incredible Machine
Computer graphics in 1968 and the shape of things to come

 The Bell Labs 'Graphic 1' computer system consisted of a Digital Equipment Corporation 'PDP-5' computer coupled with input devices such as the 'Type 370' light pen and Teletype Corporation 'Teletype Model 33' keyboard, married to a Digital Equipment Corporation 'Type 340' precision incremental display backed by 36-bit Ampex 'RVQ' buffer memory ...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/23/2019
History and Humor
Godzilla 2019 Trailer
Battle of the Boatanchor Radios?

 Personally, I've never been a fan of Godzilla or other manic monster movies, and yet there is a new one coming this summer.  Believe it or not, this will be the 35th movie of the Gozilla franchise since the first one appeared in 1954.Maybe that's why when it comes to communications, the latest movie relies on 1950s technology?   Well to be fair it is somewhat enhanced ...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/20/2019
History and Humor
Crystals Go To War
A documentary about the technology that won WWII

Clear communications were critical to the success of the Allies in World War II. The stability of the Allied transmitters and receivers depended on the performance of tiny quartz crystals. During WWII, the heavy reliance on these crystals spurred on tremendous advances in the manufacturing of dependable crystals. Before the wartime need, the performance of radio crystals was largely inconsistent b...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/12/2019
Ham Radio Information
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