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New Arrival: Swan 700CX SS-16B Transceiver

This 1974 powerhouse features two 8950 PA tubes and a 16-pole filter. This clean and highly desirable Swan was obtained from a Schulman Auction.  It was actually packed well by a local Missouri UPS store, with lots of bubble wrapping.  Aside from a slipping inner VFO action, and having to turn the unit off/on from a power strip, it loaded right up on the 20M Vintage Sideband Net, receiving good reports from stations in Nebraska, Texas and Michigan. &n...  READ MORE



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Princeton KY Hamfest: June 2, 2018

The unique hamfest that pays you. The Princeton Hamfest will award the ham radio club with the most members in attendance, a check for $100.00.  Lots of prizes and vendors.  Contact Mikie, N4MHT (n4mht@mediacombb.net) for more information, or check into the Kentucky Phone Net. ...  READ MORE



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2018 KI8BQ AM Gathering Info

Sturgis Michigan Gary, KI8BQ has provided info on this year's AM Gathering.  He requests an RSVP.  The flyer containing the location address, contact info and other information is also available here for printing....  READ MORE



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Coast to Coast AM host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK

Longtime radio host Art Bell died Friday at his Pahrump home, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced. He was 72.Bell’s paranormal-themed show, “Coast to Coast AM,” was syndicated on about 500 North American stations in the 1990s before he left the nightly show in 2002. He broadcast the show from Pahrump’s KNYE 95.1 FM, a station he founded.From Art's web site&n...  READ MORE



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New Arrival: Swan 350C & 117XC

Thanks to Dean, K4ATR I've had lots of Swan 350's in the past, but this one is by far the best, and will stay at this QTH with my other Swan keeper: the model 400.  This 350C was built in February 1968 and sold to Amateur Electronic Supply in Wisconsin (per Stu, K4BOV) and sold to a ham in Texas.  Stu also reported that approximately 1100 of these 350C's were made, and this one was one of the...  READ MORE



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Announcing the 6th (2018) annual CE Boatanchor Event

Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee on July 21-22 (Shown: Bob,WØYVA and Nick with the Central Electronics 100V prototype, 2017)The Jonesborough event is now ARRL-sanctioned for 2018This year's event will be held, once again, at Storybrook Farms in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee on July 21-22. Plans are being made for numerous technical discussions, fleamarket (including a fee based 'deluxe' fleamarket which is shaded, ha...  READ MORE



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Build Your Own Altair 8800 Personal Computer

Go back to 1974 and the dawn of home computing with this Arduino-based kit The MITS Altair 8800 was the first commercially successful personal computer. Created by Ed Roberts in 1974, it was purchased by the thousands via mail order, proving there was a huge demand for computers outside universities and large corporations. Its influence was immense: For example, after seeing the Altair featured on the cover of the January 1975 issue of Popular El...  READ MORE



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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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2018 Cave City Hamfest

Cave City, Kentucky, 3/3/2018 Barry, AC9NK and I attendended the 2018 Cave City hamfest, which was awesome this year.  The facility was packed, with lots of vendors.  We enjoyed the company of my friend Tom, N4LID for dinner the night before. Tom, who is blind, had not been able to get to the hamfest for many years.  You will find more pictures at the Kentucky Phone Net site.  A big thanks to Rod, N4ZIF, fo...  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