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Posted: 04/12/2019
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New solar cycle is about to begin

Prediction: stronger than the last one Based on the number of sunspots which formed, scientists considered the last solar cycle, number 24, “weak." They predict that the upcoming cycle, number 25, will be a little more intense, but still in the weak category....  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/29/2019
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2019 Princeton, KY Hamfest

June 1, 2019, 8AM - 1PM Thanks to Mikie, N4MHT, for the heads-up.  Princeton is located in Western Kentucky, exits 4, 12 and 13 off of West Kentucky Parkway....  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/09/2019
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Raspberry Pi Store

First Retail Store Opened The Raspberry Pi Foundation has opened its first retail store in Cambridge, UK. In addition to offering Apple some local competition in the critical tech-stores-named-after-tasty-fruit market, the store aims to introduce consumers who may not have heard of the RBP to the homebrew capabilities and custom computing options that the diminutive system is capable of.The store, which you can see above, ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/20/2019
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W9RAN Restores an Eldico TR1-TV

Globe King competitor gets a new life. Some pics and a few notes about the rather obscure Eldico TR1-TV, which was made in 1953-4 as a TVI-proof version of the TR-1.   Changes included a three-chassis design, improved filtering and shielding, and a change from an 813 to the 4E27/5-125B PA tube.   Power supply, modulator, and RF deck were offered separately, or as a complete transmitter in a 28" tall rack cabine...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/22/2018
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Sonny, WA4KXQ!

Send your QSLs to hospitalized K9QET (Shown: my old friend Sonny, WA4KXQ)May you be surrounded by warmth, family and good cheer this Christmas season.  Harry, N9CQX, has passed along the address to send your QSL cards with prayers and best wishes to John, K9QET who is in ECU. John is sitting up and responding to simple commands after heart surgery, infections and other complications:John LorentzSt. Lukes Medical C...  READ MORE
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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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Category: Crazy EBay Prices!
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Crazy EBay Prices!

Pictures of radio suckerbait on the world's largest online auction! 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 (often unremarkable) wares as if they were priceless artifacts.  Enjoy. ...  READ MORE
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Category: The Radio Shack
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Swan Twins: 600-T, 600-R Custom, 600-S

From the Estate of AA5T These excellent examples of the Swan Twins are from the estate of John, AA5T 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 the estate and placed these on EBay.  He packed them well, knowing they are indeed a rare find.  Also thanks to Jeff, WA8SAJ,...  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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Category: The Radio Shack
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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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Category: OTR
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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