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Activities and reports about the Wednesday Mighty Elmac Net from Rex WA6GYC
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Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Nov. 16 2022

A great showing of Elmacs tonight, including the Sea Rad MM-50 marine radio!...  READ MORE

W9RAN
11/27/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Nov. 9 2022

All Elmac rigs represented again tonight! Net time is 5PM EST, 4PM CST....  READ MORE

W9RAN
11/14/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Oct. 26 2022

Nice to see all three Elmac transmitters represented tonight!   Remember with the end of daylight savings time, the net begins at 5PM EST, 4PM CST, on 3880 kHz....  READ MORE

W9RAN
11/12/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
Mighty Elmac Net for Oct. 19, 2022

A great turnout of Elmac rigs and AC8FL did a fine job as substitute Net Control. ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
11/08/2022
N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Oct. 12, 2022

A good showing of Elmacs tonight! ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
10/17/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Sept. 21, 2022

Nice to see FIVE Elmacs on the net tonight!  ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
09/26/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for Sept. 14, 2022

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W9RAN
09/21/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for Aug. 31, 2022

Small net tonight....  READ MORE

W9RAN
09/15/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for Aug. 24, 2022

A short net tonight! ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
09/02/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Aug. 17, 2022

Good propagation tonight and not too much QRN. ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
08/24/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for Aug 10, 2022

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W9RAN
08/17/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for July 27, 2022

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W9RAN
08/17/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for July 20, 2022

QRN creating difficulty for some stations tonight.  ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
07/26/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for July 13, 2022

Nice to hear three Elmacs! ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
07/20/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for June 29, 2022

Do Elmacs hibernate in the summer? ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
06/30/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net for June 22, 2022

A good night - but where are all the Elmacs hiding? ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
06/30/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for June 15, 2022

Tough propagation and high QRN ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
06/30/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for June 8, 2022

Poor band conditions - summertime (HF) blues! ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
06/10/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for May 25, 2022

Last net before the big show in Xenia!   Did Hamvention preparation scare off all the Elmacs? ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
06/10/2022
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Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for May 18, 2022

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W9RAN
06/10/2022
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N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
DX-ing the AM Broadcast Band - Then and Now
by Harry N9CQX

DXING THE AM BROADCAST BAND THEN AND NOWby HARRY, N9CQX  My earliest recollection of hearing a radio actually goes back to when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was 1950-51 when I remember my mother playing the radio while doing housework. I distinctly remember hearing and enjoying some pop tunes at that time, such as, Abba Dabba, Buttons & Bows and Rag-Mop. When I was a couple of years ol...  READ MORE

W9RAN
06/10/2022
N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for May 11, 2022

Lower than usual turnout tonight due to very heavy QRN.   ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/15/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
GERTRUDE AND ME
by Harry N9CQX

 One of the top pop songs of 1963, "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto, expanded the awareness many US teenagers had of other cultures.   At the same time, others like Harry N9CQX got a first-hand introduction to the wider world, courtesty of Uncle Sam.   In this blog, Harry describes his experience in the Coast Guard, and in particular with "Gertrude"... I entered the US Coast Gua...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/07/2022
N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for April 27, 2022

Not the best conditions tonight - plus QRM from 3885. ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/01/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for April 20, 2022

A good net tonight without too much QRN! ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/23/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Apr. 13, 2022

As a follow up to the previous question about the first shortwave or ham receiver, the question of the night was “What transmitter did you use to make your first ham radio contact?”       The range of answers is somewhat surprising!Your net control, WA6GYC reports his first contact was made using a Knight Kit T-60 This net is dedicated to the memory of our good friend Gary Mart...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/17/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
Phonevision Testing in Chicago
The origin of Pay TV

ZENITH PHONEVISION   By Harry, N9CQX Sometime in 1951 I learned that a family who lived on our street had been selected to be part of a television viewing test. The buzz among the neighbors was that the lucky residents, who lived at 1741 W. Nelson Street, on the north side of Chicago, were the recipients of a new Zenith television set and a glistening new rooftop antenna system. Not ever...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/09/2022
N9CQX Chicago Radio Memories
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
The Trio 9R4 series receivers
(Also known as Lafayette HE-10/KT-200)

W9RAN Comment:  In this blog entry, Masa discusses the first Trio receiver, model 9R4 and its successors.   This is one of the few Japanese receivers that is familiar to US hams because a later version was imported and sold well in the US by Lafayette Radio Electronics as the HE-10 or KT-200 if it was sold in kit form.    These receivers look like a Hallicrafters...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/05/2022
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Mar. 30, 2022

Great turnout for the net with SIX Mighty Elmacs!   Next week will be the CCA AM Net so see you again on April. 13....  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/05/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
DX-60 Net Info
27 March 2022 Net

Don't forget the DX-60 Net tomorrow morning at 8 AM Eastern time and Pre-net at 7ish! WA3MJY and a host of others get the ball rolling!See you on the net, de w8tow ...  READ MORE

W8TOW
03/26/2022
DX-60 Net Info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Mar. 23 2022

   The question of the night was “What was the first shortwave or ham receiver that you ever used?”     The replys ranged from 1930s console radios to an RTL-SDR Dongle!     Not surprisingly, the common factor was “the radio I had access to” which often meant one owned by a parent or relative that included one or more shortwave bands, or entry level or portable r...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/26/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Mar. 16, 2022

Good band conditions for the first net at the new time - during Daylight Savings Time months the net will begin at 8PM EDT, 7PM CDT on 3880 kHz, except for the first Wed. of each month when the CCA AM Net will occur at that time.....  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/20/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Mar. 9, 2022

With the switch to Daylight Savings Time, the net will return to “late” time - 8PM Eastern, 7PM Central Daylight Time.   No net on the first Wednesday of the month when the Collins Collectors Ass'n AM Net will be held instead.    Here's hoping for QRN-free Wed. nights! ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/14/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net for Mar 2, 2022

  Good propagation tonight and interesting comments about shortwave listening.   Remember the net time changes to 8PM EDT (7PM CDT) when Daylight Savings Time begins,  Mar. 13....  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/03/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
The "All Japanese Five" radio

    National (Panasonic) used to mass produce this type of radio so that every household had one of these.  But TV gained more popularity, so people stopped listening to radio.   My dad had a National 5 tube radio and phonograph player with shortwave radio.  In JA,  3.5Mc to 12Mc range was standard for these radios. There was a short wave radio station ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/02/2022
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
The Romance of Shortwave

   Why we were so fascinated by shortwave back in those days?  ? am thinking, because of small world we lived in.  We all relied on most of things on our parents... but one day somewhere when we were teenagers, we had a dream that someday we will travel the word and will see different scenery and people...   But in reality, we got stuck in school and home work and a l...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/02/2022
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
DX-60 Net Info
Mighty Elmac Net for Febr 23, 2022

  Propagation was up and down.   Remember when Daylight Savings Time begins on March 13, the net will return to it's later time, 8PM EDT (7PM CDT),  except for the first Wed. of the month when the Collins Collectors AM Net will occur at that time....  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/02/2022
DX-60 Net Info
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
Starting point: Trio TX-88
Ham Radio from a Japanese perspective

    Masamichi Yamamoto (Masa, AB9MQ) is a long-time check-in and contributor to the DX-60 net.    As one who first become interested in Ham Radio as a boy in Japan, his memories of early radios and what it was like to be a ham are a bit different than most of us.   Fortunately, Masa has agreed to share his memories and his expanding collection of early Japan...  READ MORE

W9RAN
02/27/2022
Masa AB9MQ's JA-land Memories
Mighty Elmac Net info
Mighty Elmac Net Report
Information of interest to Mighty Elmac Net participants

The Multi-Products Company was founded in 1947 to manufacture radio-controlled openers for garage doors and gates, invented by founder Cletus Collum.   With ham operators in key positions, the company started producing amateur radio transmitters and receivers in 1952 and quickly became the leading supplier for mobile operation.    Operating out of  factories in Hazel ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
02/02/2022
Mighty Elmac Net info
DX-60 Net Info
DX-60 Net Report
Information of interest to DX-60 Net participants

The long-running Heathkit DX-60 net recodnizes the important role that entry-level, kit-built AM/CW transmitters like the Heathkit DX-60 had on a generation of hams.  Many thousands of these well-engineered and still useful transmitters are maintained and operated all over the world by all classes of Amateur Radio Operators.  All amateurs are welcome to check into the DX-60 net - the DX-...  READ MORE

W9RAN
02/02/2022
DX-60 Net Info
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