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Posted: 01/21/2022
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 PSY Song Plays Over Mysterious Radio Station Believed to be Russian Fail-Safe

- January 21, 2022  An enigmatic radio station believed to be a Russian nuclear fail-safe device suddenly began playing South Korean dance music over the weekend. Is it the end of the world, or just some radio pirates who are ready to party?Observers have noticed something pretty unusual about an already-unusual radio station.The station presently uses the callsign NZhTI (????), but it&r...  READ MORE
 
 
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Posted: 03/31/2022
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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Ham radio operators tune in to giant waves in the earth's ionosphere

by Science@Nasa, NASAThe distance that amateur radio operators can communicate with each other changes over time, tracing a wave-like pattern (red dots). Credit: Frissell et al. 2022The very upper layer of our atmosphere is electrically charged and sometimes the electrons up there clump up and form giant waves larger than Texas that zip around the Earth faster than a jet plane. A team of rese...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/29/2022
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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THE VACUUM TUBE’S FORGOTTEN RIVAL

Magnetic amplifiers, the alt-tech of the Third Reich, lasted into the Internet era DURING THE SECOND World War, the German military developed what were at the time some very sophisticated technologies, including the V-2 rockets it used to rain destruction on London. Yet the V-2, along with much other German military hardware, depended on an obscure and seemingly antiquated component you’ve probably never heard of, something called the magnetic amplifier or m...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/25/2022
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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Google sued by DC and three states for ‘deceptive’ Android location tracking

Building on a 2020 Arizona suit - January 25, 2022  The attorneys general of three states and the District of Columbia are suing Google for the allegedly deceptive collection of location data on Android. The complaints, which build on a 2020 lawsuit filed by the Arizona Attorney General, allege that Google’s “complex web” of settings obfuscated whether users were sharing their loca...  READ MORE
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Activities
Posted: 03/13/2021
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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KA6LMS – Special Radio Event

Last Man Standing Swan Song: Jan 24 - 30, 2021 The Last Man Standing Amateur Radio Club is joining with a team of seasoned special-event operators around the United States to present a multi-band, multi-mode special event celebrating the prime-time network TV show for its positive and accurate portrayal of amateur radio.During its nine seasons, the Last Man Standing ARC operated as KA6LMS from real radios on the set during production breaks, m...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/12/2021
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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Scientists say they've reconstructed the secrets of ancient Greek 'computer'

Rendering "reveals a work of genius." Scientists are claiming this week to have deciphered the mechanisms believed to form what was likely the world's oldest computer, built in ancient Greece and studied for over a century. Writing in Scientific Reports, the London-based researchers claim to have reconstructed the Antikythera Mechanism, an astronomical device that has "challenged researchers since its disc...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/11/2021
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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Lou Ottens, Inventor Of The Cassette Tape, Has Died

Lou Ottens, who put music lovers around the world on a path toward playlists and mixtapes by leading the invention of the first cassette tape, has died at age 94, according to media reports in the Netherlands. Ottens was a talented and influential engineer at Philips, where he also helped develop consumer compact discs.Ottens died last Saturday, according to the Dutch news outlet NRC Handelsb...  READ MORE
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Activities
Posted: 02/10/2021
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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QSO LIVE EACH SATURDAY EVENING AT 5PM CDT ON WTWW 5085 KHZ

See also http://www.wtww.us/Thanks to Ham Radio Concepts for pointing this one out.  Listening to the 70s classics on the National NC-183D in the evening is a great way to finish the day.  WTWW is supported by our favorite ham radio vendors and your contributions.  You'll even find Bob Heil on the big organ, Saturdays at 7:30PM....  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/08/2021
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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New phishing attack uses Morse code to hide malicious URLs

- February 8, 2021A new targeted phishing campaign includes the novel obfuscation technique of using Morse code to hide malicious URLs in an email attachment.Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail invented morse code as a way of transmitting messages across telegraph wire. When using Morse code, each letter and number is encoded as a series of dots (short sound) and dashes (long sound).Starting last week, a...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/05/2021
Created By: Bradley Stone (UncleBrad)
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Original 45-Year-Old Apple Computer With Wooden Case Set To Sell For $1.5 MILLION On EBay

2,250 Times More Than It Originally Cost In 1976 - February 5, 2021An original Apple computer with a wooden case is up for sale for £1.1 million ($1.5 million) on eBay — some 2,250 times more than its original price tag in 1976.The 'Apple-1' was the first product to be developed under the Apple name by company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and launched in 1976. Around 175 of 200 Apple-1 mac...  READ MORE

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Nets
Posted: 01/20/2020
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Favorite VHF Nets

VHF NetsNet NameDayTimeFREQ/ModeEast Central Indiana 6M NetSunday8 PM EST50.140 MHz /USB...  READ MORE

Friends
Posted: 10/27/2019
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K5LYN's SB-10/Collins 310B/DX-60 Experiment

Below is a picture of my latest project.  After doing the transceiver thing, with a CE20A, mated to a SX-115, then the next transceiver project, a 10A mated to any Drake R4 series receiver, I had an idea.  Those transceiver projects have a lot of oscillators, and even the crystal oscillators can drift as they warm up, which requires re-zeroing the transmitter to the receiver from time to...  READ MORE

Nets
Posted: 08/29/2019
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Favorite HF Nets

All times are in Eastern unless otherwise indicated.  Frequencies are in Megacycles. Recommended HF NetsNet NameDayTimeFREQ/ModeSwan Technical NetWednesday2200 UTC14.2925 +/-  /USB3938 Traders NetWednesday8 PM3.938 / LSBBoatanchor NetWednesday7:30 PM CST3.870 / LSBWA9ZTY Vintage AM GroupSaturday7:30 AM3.885 / AMMidwest Classic Radio NetSaturday8:30 AM3.885 / AMSwan Technical NetSatu...  READ MORE

Vintage Manufacturers
Posted: 04/30/2019
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W1LSB Finds an EBay Treasure

I was first licensed as a novice in 1958, and the WRL catalog was really dominant in those days, with the Globe King, Globe Champ,  and all of the lesser models gracing its pages.  I had a Globe Chief 90 and often dreamed of owning the bigger iron in those pages.   I have since collected most of the WRL catalogs from 1954 to 1964, and the last one turned out to be an interestin...  READ MORE

Crazy EBay Prices!
Posted: 03/22/2019
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Crazy EBay Prices!

Below are some screen shots of incredible prices demanded by some EBay vendors.  Since posting an auction is free as long as the item is not sold, it costs nothing for the unscrupulous vendor to display their (unremarkable/filthy/nicotine-caked) wares as if they were priceless artifacts of distinction, having immense value.  It is truly within this online marketplace where prod...  READ MORE

The Radio Shack
Posted: 12/21/2018
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Swan Twins: 600-T, 600-R Custom, 600-S

These excellent examples of the Swan Twins are from the estate of John Thuren, AA5T (SK) of Houston, Texas.  John had checked in to the 20M Swan net with these very desirable "big Swans" until a few years ago. A big thanks to Eddie, NU5K, who handled John's estate and placed these on EBay.  He packed them well, knowing they are indeed an important find. ...  READ MORE

SDR for Vintage Radios
Posted: 08/09/2018
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SDR techniques for Boatanchor Radios

W9RAN started playing with RTL-SDR dongles about 6 years ago, and knew they were going to have a big impact on the radio hobby.   But since these $15 receivers only tuned the VHF and UHF bands, he designed a wideband upconverter to make HF coverage possible, and described how it worked in an article in Jan. 2013 QST "Cheap and Easy SDR".   The "RANVerter" as...  READ MORE

Activities
Posted: 03/04/2018
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2018 Cave City Hamfest

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

Vintage Manufacturers
Posted: 02/22/2018
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Remembering the Electra Company

For nearly five years, spanning 1978 - 1983,  I worked as an Electronics Technician in 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 ...  READ MORE

Care & Restoration
Posted: 02/08/2018
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Heath Tube-Type LMO Repair (PDF)

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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The Raspberry Pi 400 is a $70 keyboard that's also a computer

Simplifying the setup for people who want to use a Pi as a PC.
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Swan 330 VFO In Action

Demonstrated by Tom, KD5VSV
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35 Years of Windows

A Look At the First Hello World Program!
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KPH Radio Station

Last Active Morse Station in US

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Skippy Radio

6/21/2020 Excerpts 2300-2315 GMT, 6.925Mhz
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The Wes Schum Tapes

Over 2.5 hours of ham radio history!
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How NOT to Tune Up!

WA1HLR ("Timtron") loads up ON AIR