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Posted: 02/24/2020
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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 they unearthed a Soviet spy radio that had been sealed in a metal box and hidden along a path through what was the Hambach Forest, just a few miles away from a nuclear research center and military air ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/11/2020
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Announcing the W9DYV Radio Society

honoring SSB pioneer Wes Schum W9DYV Nick Tusa, K5EF,  longtime friend of Wes Schum and organizer of the W9DYV-Central Electronics Technical Symposium for a number of years, has announced that the W9DYV callsign will again be active, as the club callsign of the W9DYV Radio Societ NFP. Congratulations to Nick and friends for memorializing Wes Schum's contributions to amateur radio in this way!...  READ MORE
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Posted: 08/26/2019
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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
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Posted: 07/21/2019
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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
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Posted: 06/17/2019
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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
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Posted: 05/28/2019
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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
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Posted: 04/05/2019
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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
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Posted: 03/26/2019
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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
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Posted: 03/23/2019
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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
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Posted: 03/12/2019
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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

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Posted: 04/04/2020
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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Ad-Hoc Hybrid transceiver with 3-400Z finals?

Dentron MLX-MINI gets some boots  The  Dentron MLX-MINII thought it would be cool to use the Dentron MLX-MINI on the Saturday Vintage Sideband Net but it's a little marginal since the rule is "no tubes, go home!".   However hybrid rigs are allowed, and Special Dispensation is given for rigs with Red LEDs.    So I thought the MLX was double-qualifed - even more so after I realized t...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/29/2020
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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AMECO - one of the forgotten ham manufacturers?

A company that was part of ham radio for over 50 years The internet knows a lot about ham radio history, but not so much about a company that everyone recognizes:   The American Elecronic Company - AMECO.AMECO - American Electronics Co.; New York 53, N.Y (1950s).Manufacturer of HAM radio equipment.Also: AMECO - Division of Aerotron Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina (1968).Also: AMECO - Ameco Equipment Corp.; 178 Herricks Road Mineola, L.I. New Y...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/07/2020
Category: VERSA-TR Information
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Mix and Match Radios

VERSA-TR makes it easy to play radio I like to play radio!   As a SWL and novice, I'd imagine owning different transmitters and receivers and now that I actually DO own many of them, it's fun to "mix and match" to put them on the air.     That's mainly why I developed the VERSA-TR, which is an RF-sensing T/R and muting switch, so I could easily change out transmitters and receivers ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/06/2020
Category: Historic
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An Unbreakable Code

Navajo Code Talkers in the battle for Iwo Jima The Code Talkers used native languages to send military messages before World War II. Choctaw, for example, was successfully used during World War I. But the Marine Corps needed an “unbreakable” code for its island-hopping campaign in the Pacific. Navajo, which was unwritten and known by few outside the tribe, seemed to fit the Corps’ requirements. Twenty-nine Navajos were recrui...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/15/2020
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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SBE - Sideband Engineers - and the innovative SB-33 and SB-34

Can you help solve the mystery? Faust Gonsett started the Sideband Engineers (SBE) company in 1962 and introduced their first product, the SB-33 four-band transceiver with a two-page ad in 73 magazine for February 1963 that featured his mugshot on the left page and the introductory ad for the SB-33 on the right.   He talks about how he came out of retirement to start this new company in response to many requests but do...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/11/2020
Category: VERSA-TR Information
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WA8SAJ uses VERSA-TR to make Nouveau 75 great!

SDR cures receive sensitivity problem Well known radio repair guru and AM fan Jeff Covelli WA8SAJ of Cleveland OH wanted better receiving performance than his stock Nouveau 75 AM transceiver provided - and the VERSA-TR came to the rescue.  Jeff decided he preferred having the board mounted in an enclosure with connectors and the photos show his approach.    The VERSA-TR automatically switches the antenna from his S...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/08/2020
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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The W6IQY Homebrew SSB transceiver

A three-band self-contained SSB rig Ernie Mason, W6IQY, of San Diego CA was a prolific designer and builder of SSB equipment over many years.    Mostly self-taught in electronics through his ham radio experience,  Ernie began working in IBM's Field Engineering organization where he rose into the management ranks, but defying the odds, was able to stay in at his adopted San Diego home town.    H...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/03/2020
Category: Technical
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"B" Bench update

Making my work area suit me rather than vice versa  Like most of those reading this, I've upgraded and added to my test equipment inventory over the years, starting with the Heathkit VTVM I built when I was 15 or so.   There's no "right" piece of equipment, just personal preferences, and while I'd be the first to say my work habits are anything but "right" they are what they are, and I'm old enoug...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/31/2019
Category: Vintage Radio
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A first-person history by an Airway Keeper's daughter

Life on the (Radio) Range at Medicine Bow WY in the 1930s  Most vintage radio enthusiasts are aware of how intertwined the development of radio and aviation were.   Many still enjoy using low frequency receivers and DX-ing the "beacon band" which was a key element of the first generation of aviation radio and navigation.   Before there were radio beacons, pilots depended on visual beacons - the flashing (rotating) light...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/23/2019
Category: Vintage Ham Radio
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Remembering Michael Hopkins, AB5L (SK) - a unique individual

Founder and humble scribe for the Five Meter Liberation Army! Michael Hopkins AB5L is fondly remembered by early denizens of the internet and specifically the "Boatanchors at the Porch" mail reflector.   A truly unique individual, Michael made the internet a happier place through his eclectic interests (ranging from Tecraft converters to ferrets) and his wonderful imagination and storytelling ability.  Through his writing, we le...  READ MORE