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2018 Novice Rig Roundup

March 3, 2018 - March 11, 2018 The Novice Rig Roundup (NRR) 2018 will be held over a period of 9 days, starting at 00:00 UTC on March 3, 2018 and ending at23:59 UTC on March 11, 2018. The Novice Rig Roundup is a congenial gathering of radio amateurs celebrating the equipment and operating skills of a bygone era. You need not have Novice-class equipment, as defined by our rules, to participate. You are encouraged to join us...  READ MORE



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Brother Stair Back on the Air Soon?

Released on January 24 with a $750,000 bail In truth, Brother Stair never really left the shortwaves. WBCQ (and others?) replayed archived Overcomer Ministry shows while Brother Stair was incarcerated.In fact, shortly after Stair was taken into custody last month, WBCQ’s Allan Weiner–a friend of Brother Stair – shared his thoughts on the air. Mr. Weiner: Why do you have concerns about how Brother S...  READ MORE



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Brother Stair Wears Orange (again)

May be polluting the airwaves soon for a mere $750K  Fourteenth Circuit Court Judge Perry Buckner split the difference when it came time to set bond for Ralph G. Stair, the religious leader of Overcomer Ministry.At the beginning of Stair’s bond hearing on eight criminal counts, Sean Thornton of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office told Buckner that a pair of letters from two of Stair’s alleged victims and a third victim, who a...  READ MORE



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RCI's Massive 78-year-old transmitter for sale

A piece of radio history could be yours for $5,000. A 1940 RCA 50 kW shortwave transmitter, located at the decommissioned Radio Canada International Site in Sackville, is up for sale.The transmitter is a small room, about five metres long by two-and-a-half metres wide, and it's filled with lever, buttons, glass tubes and wires. The property was bought in February 2017 by Mi'gmawe'l Tplu't...  READ MORE



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W8TOW Resurrects a BC779 SuperPro

Steve releases YouTube videos on operation & alignment Steve addresses IF, crystal filter, dial calibration and oscillator woes on a beautiful BC779 National.  Steve is looking forward to building expertise on the creation of YouTube videos as a learning tool for his students.You can find out more about Steve on his QRZ.COM page....  READ MORE



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Check Out the National NC-183D!

Thanks to Jerry, K9GAS, for this superb example. In all the years of my collecting, I've never seen a finer example of the National NC-183D receiver.  From around 1956, this 17-tube receiver is positively beautiful.  The paint shines like new.  The tuning and meter dials are crisp (most are faded and/or discolored).  Hooked up to a worthy speaker, the push/pull 6V6 audio is in a class by itself.  In fact, the powerfu...  READ MORE



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New Arrival: RME 6900 & 6901 Speaker

Thanks to Bill, W4MA The big brown UPS truck just delivered to me a beautiful RME 6900 receiver, along with its 6901 speaker.  Bill, W4MA from Georgia decided to let it go after a long ownership, and posted it on QTH.COM.  I'm the lucky one to get it.  Bill is as meticulous in his packing as he is in his care for his radios.The sceldom-seen RME 6900 receiver was the last effort from RME, which ...  READ MORE



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Philo T. Farnsworth Fiasco

Forgotten Relics of Inventor of Electronic TV (Shown: Barry, AC9NK, at the Allen County/Fort Wayne Historical Society Museum Farnsworth exhibit in Fort Wayne, Indiana)The brilliance of Philo T. Farnsworth and his contributions to us today, no longer are found in a museum bearing his name in Indiana. Farnsworth, like other brilliant men, were exploited and sued by RCA (aka  David Sarnoff) for patent infringments.  Had ...  READ MORE



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Acom 1010 Linear Amplifier Procured

Thanks to David, W8UAB I'm delighted with this Acom 1010 amplifier, purchased from David, W8UAB via QRZ.COM.  David went out of his way to pack it and send it to me after we abandoned the idea of meeting in eastern Ohio.This amp is as fault-tolerant as it gets.  Design and build quality is first-rate, with a single Russian ceramic GU-74B tetrode .  Mated with the old Heathkit 2060A, which feeds t...  READ MORE



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Morse code to communicate after Irma

No phone or Wi-Fi? No problem. Ham used ham radio, Morse code to communicate after Irma It’s like something out of a war story from the past — a man sends Morse code messages to let people know he’s alive in the worst of times.It wasn’t years ago though. It was just under a month ago, Sept. 11, the day after Category 4 Hurricane Irma passed over the Florida Keys and wiped out most forms of communication with the outside world.But there was one method to get in...  READ MORE


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Remembering the Electra Company

Cumberland Indiana For over nearly five years, spanning 1978 - 1983 I worked as an Electronics Technician and the original Bearcat manufacturing and service facility in Cumberland, Indiana.  Electra was one of the best places I've ever worked, and were among the many innovative consumer electronics companies which sprang up in and around Indianapolis.  Al Lovell, a former employee of Regency (also in I...  READ MORE



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Heath Tube-Type LMO Repair (PDF)

Glen E. Zook, K9STH The tube-type Linear Master Oscillators (“LMO”) used in the Heathkit SB-Line equipment is a very stable and accurate means of controlling the frequency in the equipment. Unfortunately, as the units age, many LMOs develop a “warble” when tuning. This “warble” usually stops when the frequency control knob is not rotated. However, accurately “zero-beating&rdq...  READ MORE



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NB9M Studio C Installed

A creative solution to managing big boxes in limited space. (Shown: 1/7/2018 checkin with the DX-60 Net on 3880, using the DX-60/HG-10B/HO-10 and the RME-6900)Using furniture-grade 5/8" plywood, simple tools and cold garage during Christmas vacation, I constructed Studio C, which occupies the south wall of the shack.  Exploiting a sturdy, existing cabinet with drawers that I've had since I was a kid, I devised a scheme to reliably handle the ...  READ MORE



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Remembering Fielden Farrington

CBS announcer, writer, author and announcer Remembering Fielden FarringtonAuthor, announcer and long-time CBS writer Fielden Ward Farrington was born July 4, 1909 in Clinton, Indiana.  He was my great-uncle; the younger brother of my grandmother, Thelma (Farrington) Stone.  Two weeks prior to his birth, his older brother Leo passed away with scarlet fever.  His father Harry, a talented carpenter, built the house in which...  READ MORE



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Super Hoosier DynaLoop

Construction and Description of a 160M loop antenna The Super Hoosier DynaLoop consists of four 35ft (average) utility poles buried an average of 5ft, 125ft LMR-400 from R&L Electronics, a 5KW-rated 4-1 balun, rope and marine-grade hardware (mostly from EBay) and a 20ft length of 300ohm ladder line..  The closest pole is nearly 100ft away from the shack.  The poles are 140ft apart.  The antenna is far away from any powe...  READ MORE



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NB9M Shack Construction, 2008

160M - 440MHz The hamshack is the result of a lot of thought. Featuring four 120V circuits on 200A service, as well as a 240V circuit for the amps, the idea was to have at hand dedicated equipment per band.  About 12 'X 18', carefull planning allows for sufficient room to both work and play.The shack is air conditioned and heated, with numerous switched antenna options for HF/VHF and UHF. &nbs...  READ MORE



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Gonset GSB-100 and 101 Linear Amplifier

Thanks to Jerry, W9JMK I picked these up at the 2107 Sturgis, MI AM Swapmeet, amidst a pack curious OMs.  What a find!  Jerry replaced the original transformer in the linear power supply with a new AL-811H transformer.  The cosmetic condition of these relatively hard-to-find Gonsets is astonishing.  There is one front panel scuff on the GSB-101, and a few inperfections in the cases (original pai...  READ MORE



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W9DYV Jonesborough, TN 2017 Event

Pictures of forums, swapmeet and other activities Here are some pictures from the 5th annual event at the estate of W9DYV, Wes Schum.  This is truly becoming THE place to be for serious vintage communications enthusiasts.  Thanks to Nick Tusa, K5EF and all the others involved in the forums and hands-on workshops.for their participation, and also to John and Diane Voght, our hosts in the beautiful Storybrook Farm Bed & Breakfast. &nb...  READ MORE



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Cleaning & Maintaining Collectible Radios

Improve and stabilize your collectible without a lot of work! Cleaning & Maintaining Collectible RadiosIf you have found a treasure in reasonably good cosmetic condition, there is process to improve and stabilize it without a lot of work.Before you begin, ensure you have the best panels and other parts for your radios.  I use the best covers, knobs, meters and other components from donor rigs all the time. The fundamentals are the same as detai...  READ MORE


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