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New Ham Radio Onboard The ISS Is On The Air

- September 15, 2020The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team has announced the new ham radio FM repeater is now active aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as of September 2, 2020 at 1:02 GMT.Ham radio and the International Space StationHam Radio operators have enjoyed making contact with the ISS for many years. The holy grail has always been talking...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/16/2020
In Other News
WI: W8ICN/SK Estate Items For Sale

Several months ago, Dan Metro W8ICN, unexpectedly passed away. Dan was a very active ham, and he maintained quite an array of ham equipment, including a considerable number of "boat-anchors". A few of us local SE Michigan hams that knew Dan worked with his family to set up a local estate sale, over the past several weekends. Quite a bit of equipment did sell.However, there remains consid...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
08/27/2020
Need a Hand
Boeing 747s Still Use Floppy Disks to Get Critical Software Updates

- August 11, 2020It’s been approximately 12 million years since most of us last used a floppy disk, but apparently, the antiquated tech still plays a critical role in delivering software updates to Boeing’s 747-400 planes.The discovery comes courtesy of cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners and was initially spotted by The Register. As part of this year’s virtual DE...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
08/12/2020
In Other News
The Government Is Building an Unhackable Quantum Internet

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) lays out a road map to a secure quantum internet future.The report says quantum networking is closer to ready than more-hyped quantum computers.Notably, there are no real timeframes, just large hardware and implementation goals.The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has announced a plan to make a quantum internet it says i...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/29/2020
In Other News
The Web Before the Web
A Look Back at Gopher

Before the rapid growth of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, a protocol called Gopher briefly made the internet easy to use by combining the world’s online resources. Here’s what made it special, and why it was quickly eclipsed by the web.What Is Gopher?Gopher is a client/server directory system that launched in 1991. It allowed people to quickly browse resources on the internet. When y...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/21/2020
In Other News
Hackers Can Now Trick USB Chargers To Destroy Your Devices
This Is How It Works...

Not all cyber attacks focus on data theft. Sometimes the intent is “to achieve destruction of the physical world through digital means,” Chinese tech giant Tencent warns. The company’s researchers have just disclosed a serious new vulnerability in many of the mass-market fast chargers now used around the world.When you connect your device to a fast charger with a USB ca...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/21/2020
In Other News
Solar Minimum Is Here, and it’s one of the Deepest in a Century

NOAA has released a new interactive tool to explore the solar cycle, which lets you scroll back through time, comparing sunspot counts now to peaks and valleys of the past.One thing is clear. Solar Minimum is here, and it’s one of the deepest in a century.Solar minimumSolar Minimum is a natural part of the solar cycle. Every ~11 years, the sun transitions from high to low acti...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/17/2020
Activities
Are the poles reversing?
Earth’s magnetic field 10 times more volatile than expected

A study by researchers from the UK and US shows that the Earth’s magnetic field, which protects it from the Sun’s destructive solar flares, may change direction 10 times faster than previously thought. The study shines light on the liquid iron flowing almost 2,000 miles below the Earth’s surface and how it influences the movement of the Earth’s geomagnetic field. ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/07/2020
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
06/01/2020
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
05/28/2020
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
04/24/2020
Recognizing Radio Amateurs
More Online Covidiocy
Buy a 12VDC fan for your face mask!

Fortunately, no bidders......  READ MORE

UncleBrad
04/10/2020
Activities
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

UncleBrad
03/27/2020
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
03/25/2020
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
03/25/2020
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
03/02/2020
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
01/13/2020
Activities
The FACOM 128B (Japan)
Technician keeps the 1959 computer humming.

NUMAZU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Long obsolete and not just a museum piece, an early massive computer developed 60 years ago remains working, thanks to a technician dedicated to preserving it for future generations.Tadao Hamada believes that keeping the historic FACOM128B operational will help hand down Japan's technological heritage to posterity.“I will maintain it forever,” said Hama...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/30/2019
In Other News
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

UncleBrad
01/20/2019
Recognizing Radio Amateurs
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

UncleBrad
11/21/2018
Recognizing Radio Amateurs
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

UncleBrad
05/06/2018
Recognizing Radio Amateurs
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

UncleBrad
04/07/2018
Activities
Build Your Own Altair 8800 Personal Computer
Go back to 1974 and the dawn of home computing with this Arduino-based kit

The MITS Altair 8800 was the first commercially successful personal computer. Created by Ed Roberts in 1974, it was purchased by the thousands via mail order, proving there was a huge demand for computers outside universities and large corporations. Its influence was immense: For example, after seeing the Altair featured on the cover of the January 1975 issue of Popular El...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/26/2018
Activities
Check Out the National NC-183D!
Thanks to Jerry, K9GAS, for this superb example.

In all the years of my collecting, I've never seen a finer example of the National NC-183D receiver.  From around 1956, this 17-tube receiver is positively beautiful.  The paint shines like new.  The tuning and meter dials are crisp (most are faded and/or discolored).  Hooked up to a worthy speaker, the push/pull 6V6 audio is in a class by itself.  In fact, the powerfu...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
12/17/2017
Recognizing Radio Amateurs
2017 W9DYV Boatanchor Event
July 22-23, 2017 Jonesborough, TN

The 5th annual W9DYV event is shaping up to be better than ever, with flea markets, vintage radio displays, home-brewing, and great workshops.  Located at the estate of Wes Shum (SK) outside historic Jonesborough, TN, this event has attracted the attention of key enthusiasts and homebrewers from all over the United States.  There will be tables under the big tent, as well as a vast ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/06/2017
Activities
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