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Posted: 12/04/2018
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Google’s Morse code-powered games aim to serve kids with limited mobility

Google is now offering access to five games controlled entirely by Morse code, thanks to a 48 hour “hackathon,” and a partnership with Adaptive Design Association. The games use the Morse code functionality introduced into Gboard in May 2018, and are intended for people with limited mobility who cannot use other control methods, as well as for people who are interested i...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/04/2018
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SK: Michael Beachy, N8ECR

Long-time net control for DX-60 & Mighty Elmac AM Nets I received some very bad news this morning: Mike, N8ECR has passed away.  He was not there for the Sunday, December 2nd DX-60 net, and we were all wondering where he was.  Mike, we'll miss you.  Best net control ever.Mike’s Sister called me tonight and told me they found Mike in his radio room dead.He died of natural causes and will have visitation on Wednesday the 5th and...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/03/2018
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VERSA-TR Information on W9RAN Web Site

Featured in the December 2018 issue of QST Click the link above for information on setting up and using the VERSA-TRInexpensive Software Defined Radios offer excellent performance and value for hams and SWLs, but they lack key features that are needed for actual use on the air:Provision for automatically muting the speakers when transmitting, to eliminate overloading and audio feedback.A sidetone to monitor CW keying. SDRs do not provide a...  READ MORE
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Posted: 11/21/2018
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Bob, W9RAN, announces the VERSA-TR

Featured in the December 2018 issue of QST Inexpensive Software Defined Radios offer excellent performance and value for hams and SWLs, but they lack key features that are needed for actual use on the air:Provision for automatically muting the speakers when transmitting, to eliminate overloading and audio feedback.A sidetone to monitor CW keying. SDRs do not provide a CW sidetone, and even worse, the time delay resulting from digital signa...  READ MORE
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Posted: 10/14/2018
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2019 AM Rally Announced

0000Z Saturday February 2 - 0700Z Monday February 4 ( 7:00pm EST Friday February 1 - 2:00am EST Monday February 4 )( 4:00pm PST Friday February 1 - 11:00pm PST Sunday February 3 )The purpose of this event is to encourage the use of Amplitude Modulation on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 , and 6 meter Amateur Radio Bands, and to highlight various types of AM equipment in use today. This event is open to any and all radio amateurs who are running full ca...  READ MORE
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Posted: 09/20/2018
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Arvin Radio Exhibit in Columbus, Indiana

From the collection of Larry Ruble A Columbus collector’s fascination with radios comes across loud and clear in the newest exhibit at the Bartholomew County Historical Society Museum.It features more than 400 Arvin radios, from four-foot-high console floor models to neon-shaded transistor styles and others made of genuine cowhide.Arvin Industries Inc., which operated in Columbus from 1925 to 2011, developed a diverse pr...  READ MORE
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Posted: 08/13/2018
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SK: John Clemens, W0BD

Designer of the Mosley CM-1 Receiver The following was submitted by his friend Bob Heil, K9EID:We just lost John Clemens, the designer of the CM-1.  He had become a good close friend the past 6 years or so.  I would stop to see him often as I drove from our home to our Illinois plant (in the shadow of the St Louis arch).  Here are a few  really nice video interviews I did with John telling the history of the CM-1....  READ MORE
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Posted: 07/12/2018
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Google Gboard: Morse Messaging via Android/IOS

Google today announced that it is bringing Morse code as an input method to Gboard for iOS. The company first integrated Morse code into the Android version of Gboard (in beta form) shortly after its I/O 2018 keynote. Alongside the debut on iOS, Google says it has made numerous improvements to the Android experience, too.When activated, Morse code fills the keyboard area with two large dot and das...  READ MORE
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Posted: 07/12/2018
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HAM-DESIGNED GEAR USED IN THAILAND CAVE RESCUE

Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard a little about the thirteen people — mostly children — trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand. What you may have missed, though, is the hacker/ham radio connection. The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was asked for their expert help. [Rick Stanton], [John Volanthen] and [Rob Harper] answered the call. They...  READ MORE
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Posted: 05/31/2018
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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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Category: SDR for Vintage Radios
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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
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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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Category: Vintage Manufacturers
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Remembering the Electra Company

Cumberland Indiana 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
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Category: Care & Restoration
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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 (1909-1977)

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.  Fielden's father Harry, a talented carpenter, built the hous...  READ MORE
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Category: The Radio Shack
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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