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Earl "Madman" Muntz

|Everyone with an interest in electronics has heard of "Madman" Muntz - the self-made milionaire entrepreneur who became famous for "Muntzing", where he was said to have components removed until a TV stopped working to eliminate "unnecessary" parts.    How much is legend and how much is factual is anyone's guess but there's no doubting the fact ...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/10/2022
History and Humor
Scranton AT&T Long Lines Microwave Tower

 Ever wonder what the view would be like from the top of one of those old microwave towers that used to dot the landscape?   Most have been removed, as they started becoming obsolete when the "pin drop" fiber optic cable and the internet did the same to the old cable and microwave phone network, but this one near Scranton PA remained long enough to be tagged by the grafitt...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/08/2022
History and Humor
Recording - 50's style

 Sound engineer Lincoln Grounds takes the viewer into Sugar Ray’s Vintage Recording Studio in the UK to find out why it’s still valid to record an entire band to tape, with one microphone.    He also shows the effect of adding more microphones and describes the characterists of various vintage microphones.   Most of the equipment used was made in America d...  READ MORE
ranickels
08/11/2022
History and Humor
High Speed A/D Conversion in 1965, with a Vacuum Tube!

A short video about an amazing piece of technology that became obsolete before it was even used - a 1965 vintage analog to digital converter - using vacuum tube technology!...  READ MORE
ranickels
06/07/2022
History and Humor
W5IG has a cool transmitter

W5IG "Inspector Gadget" proudly shows off his cool transmitter......  READ MORE
ranickels
04/20/2022
History and Humor
From the Transatlantic Telephone to the iPhone
Wired...or wireless?

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007 as a product that "changes everything" - many would say it was derived primarily from wireless technology - a better version of phones that came before it.   But as this video created by the history departments of The Ohio State and Miami Universities suggests, maybe wired networks that date back over 100 years were more important t...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/06/2022
History and Humor
The Most Powerful Computers You've Never Heard Of

Another outstanding video about Analog Computers, setting the stage for their comeback.   If names like Laplace, Fourier, and Kelvin make your eyes glaze over because of the maths, sit back and watch this 20 minute explanation that will make all those differential equations seem obvious.   Imagine doing complex mixing using rotating balls and pulleys!    Modern D...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/11/2022
History and Humor
We're Building Computers Wrong

Excellent video about analog computers - and why this may not be a dead technology....  READ MORE
ranickels
03/08/2022
Ham Radio Information
Tactical Communication - The HF Renaissance in the US Army
HF works. Always has.

With the invention of of satellite, tropospheric scatter, Line-of-Sight (LOS) microwave and fiber optic communication technologies, HF communication's importance slowly faded for military communication, but it is now making a resurgence in communications planning. HF has always been robust, particularly over NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) communication paths for tactical communication.W...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/01/2022
Ham Radio Information
"A Little Bit Of Everything" (1928 Radio Broadcast)
The 1920s Channel on YouTube

Ever wonder what radio actually sounded like in the early days, aside from the old time radio shows?   The "1920s' Channel" says  "Here is a collection of1920s radio broadcasts, most of them being Edison experimental recordings. This one was aired on 9/11/1928, and as the title suggests, has a nice sampling of programming, not just music."   Someone...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/20/2022
History and Humor
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