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 Hoosier AM Swapmeet 9/19/2020 - more info soon. Don't miss the Wes Schum tapes: 2.5 hours of amazing Central Electronics history. Click Audio above. 
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Posted: 02/15/2020
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 2020 Hoosier AM Swapmeet

RSVP Online for September 19 Date: September 19, 2020Time: 8AM – 3PMLocation: 7382 W 500 S, Morgantown, IN 46160Talk-In: 146.52 FM SimplexDoor Prize Awarded @2PM: Excellent Johnson Viking Ranger II w/PTT!STURGIS STYLE. THERE ARE NO INDOOR VENDOR OPTIONS. BRING TARPS, ETC IF IT LOOKS LIKE RAIN!The swapmeet will be at the QTH of NB9M, about 45 minutes southwest of Indianapolis in the country.You c...  READ MORE
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Posted: 06/01/2020
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Sun unleashes its biggest flare since 2017

NASA says our home star could finally be 'waking up' New sunspots on the surface of the Sun and the biggest solar flares since 2017 could be a sign that our star is waking up from a long slumber, according to NASA.The NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spotted the 'strongest flare since October 2017' on May 29, suggesting it may be entering a new solar cycle.A solar flare is a burst of radiation coming from sunspots - relatively cool...  READ MORE
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Posted: 05/28/2020
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Death Ray from Space a Reality?

X-37B Launched May 17, 2020 Since 2010, the United States military has been operating a pair of small reusable spaceplanes that conduct secretive long-duration flights in low Earth orbit. Now officially operating under the auspices of the newly formed Space Force, the X-37Bs allow the military to conduct in-house research on new hardware and technology with limited involvement from outside agencies. The spaceplane still need...  READ MORE
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Posted: 04/24/2020
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Lost Satellite Found By Ham

There are more than 2,000 active satellites orbiting Earth. At the end of their useful lives, many will simply burn up as they reenter the atmosphere. But some will continue circling as "zombie" satellites — neither alive nor quite dead."Most zombie satellites are satellites that are no longer under human control, or have failed to some degree," says Scott Tilley.Tilley, ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 04/10/2020
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More Online Covidiocy

Buy a 12VDC fan for your face mask! Fortunately, no bidders......  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/27/2020
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Trade Toilet Paper for HF Amp (?!?)

Ad found on QTH.COM [Don't try to lowball this ham: he knows what he has!]From KO4BG: I have 4 Full Rolls and about 1/2 Roll of Charmin Toilet Tissue want to Trade for HF Amp. No Scammers Need to Reply!...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/25/2020
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Russia to deploy a new Over-The-Horizon radar

The Russian military will deploy a new over-the-horizon (OTH) radar in Kaliningrad, according to state media.Last Thursday, a source in the Russian defense industry told state-owned media outlet TASS Russian News Agency that the military is to deploy a Konteiner OTH radar in the country’s exclave on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad.According to the source, “Several potential sites are ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/25/2020
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1970s Pulsar Watch is Back

Smartwatches are finally hot thanks to the Apple Watch and its life-saving health features. Some watchmakers are begrudgingly adding some hybrid smart functionality while some still cling steadfastly to classic analog and digital timepieces. Against this backdrop, the Hamilton PSR is both a breath of fresh air and an oddity. In giving homage to its visual namesake, it offers a watch that does one ...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/02/2020
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VHS Vault Nostalgia Trip

More than 20,000 recordings archived. The Internet Archive, perhaps best known for the extremely handy Wayback Machine you can use to find older versions of webpages, also has free movies, books, software, and music. Yet a little known part of the organization’s media trove includes uploaded recordings from VHS tapes, as I learned today thanks to this Vice article. They live on The VHS Vault, and as of t...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/13/2020
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The Smart Potato

Making A Scathing Point About Useless Smart Gadgets I almost walked right by it. But then I realized the object the young man was holding up, apparently thrilling the small crowd gathered around his tiny CES 2020 booth, was a potato.The vegetable in question looked like an ordinary, chunky Idaho spud, although protruding out of one side was some kind of antenna, a black plastic appendage bent upward. Close to the potato's surface, the...  READ MORE

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Category: Nets
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Favorite VHF Nets

East Central Indiana 6M Net VHF NetsNet NameDayTimeFREQ/ModeEast Central Indiana 6M NetSunday8 PM EST50.140 MHz /USB...  READ MORE
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Category: Friends
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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
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Category: Nets
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Favorite HF Nets

Sell/Swap, Vintage Radios & More 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
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Category: Vintage Manufacturers
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W1LSB Finds an EBay Treasure

This 1964 WRL catalog was addressed to Major General Butch Griswold – K0DWC 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
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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 (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
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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 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
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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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Category: Activities
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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