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Keep WWV on the Air!

Sign petition to request continued funding today. NIST station WWV and sister stations are among the oldest radio stations in the United States, having been in continuous operation since May 1920. The station has transmitted the official US Time for nearly 100 years, and is an instrumental part in the telecommunications field, ranging from broadcasting to scientific research and education. Additionally, these stations transmit marine storm warnin...  READ MORE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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

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