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Philo T. Farnsworth Fiasco

Forgotten Relics of Inventor of Electronic TV (Shown: Barry, AC9NK, at the Farnsworth home 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 he not been hounded by the elitist corporate psychopaths,h...  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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What Was Your First Rig?

Another N6TLU Question of the Day, 2017 AM Get Together, Sturgis MI  (Click Above LInk for YouTube Video)Question of the day at the AMGT AM Get together 2017 Sturgis, MI. Had a great time. Weather was perfect. People friendly and the great food, really a nice event. KI8BQ, Gary knows how to put it on. Look forward to it every year. Hopefully see you there next year. (Terry, N6TLU)...  READ MORE



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Sturgis, Michigan AM Meet 7/29/2107

Pictures and News Link: Terry, N6TLU, constructed thisYouTube video for the event.Thanks to Gary, KI8BQ for making his awesome Sturgis, Michigan QTH available for another swapmeet  this year  There were about 42 in attendance with flawless weather.  I got to put names to the voices I hear from up north, and scored some beautiful gear from Jerry, W9JMK: a beautiful Gonset GSB-100 with matching&nb...  READ MORE



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2017 W9DYV Boatanchor Event in the Can!

Another successful gathering in Jonesborough, TN The W9DYV event is solidfying as the go-to resource for experienced enthusiasts.  There already are more of the best speakers, authors, restorers and builders of vintage equipment in Jonesborough than anywhere else at one time.  It's an honor to just be around them all!  I picked up a nice Central Electronics 20A and its matching 458 VFO for only $50 in the tailgating area,...  READ MORE



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George Frost, KF9WV: Silent Key

(Picture: George in the early 1960s as a novice, then licensed as WN9BXM)George J. Frost, KF9WV, of Shelbyville, Indiana passed away Monday, June 19, 2017.  George was a strong, wilfull man, and full of energy.  He fought the bravest fight against cancer that I've ever seen.  He was first licensed in 1962, with his novice call transferring to WA9BXM as he upgraded. &nb...  READ MORE



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W9DYV Presentation Videos - Jonesborough, TN 2016

The presentations of Bob Heil, Mike Bohn, Bob Nickels and others now on YouTube! These eight are the majority of last year’s presentations (more links coming).  New to homebrewing and the history of vintage SSB ?  Join us at this year’s (2017) event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvJhCKyFwVc&t=44sBob Heil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHRFh1Eqqc8&t=28sNick Tusa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7CVjKAHJHEGeorge Maier https:/...  READ MORE



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Peter Lenges, KA9SWI: Silent Key

My old friend Pete passed away April 21, 2017.  Pete was a rare one: generous, smart, cantankerous, innovative and full of stories (all of which you can be sure are true).  Pete was the driving force behind amateur radio presence in law enforcement, emergency management and media in Brown County.  For those that knew him, thoughts of him will persist for years to come.I sure wish I&...  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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