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Triad transformer archive

In an era when many legacy companies seem to have forgotten their legacy, or have been bought out and remnants of their vintage past have been scrubbed from their websites, it's nice to see a company that does just the opposite. Triad Transformers has been around since 1943 and embraces its past, as a supplier that powered everything from  Leo Fender's guitar amplifiers to the Apollo mission...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/05/2022
Tech Library
UNI-T UT210E Mini Digital Clamp Meter Handheld RMS AC/DC Resistance Capacitance Tester

Digital meters aren't new nor are they quite "dime a dozen" but when you can guy one for under five bucks right off the rack, why get excited about one for $50?     One reason:  "non contact DC current measurement"!The UNI-T UT210E does all the usual things you'd expect from a handheld meter in this class: AC DC Current measurement Resistance measurement LCD backlight ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/05/2022
What's New?
Monitoring the start of the Viet Nam War?

As reported by radio historian Terry O. on the Black Radios Facebook group:"R-388 HF receiver at a listening post in Phu Bai, Vietnam. This photo is probably from 1963, shortly before the company was re-designated as the 1st Radio Company. According to Lonnie Long and Gary Blackburn in "Unlikely Warriors", this is the company that on August 2, 1964 issued the CRITIC after intercepting an encrypt...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/29/2022
Monitoring Post
The Knight Kit T-60 Transmitter

As the Novice ham license was closing on it's 10th anniversary and the number of new hams was growing as fast as the rockets taking off from Cape Caneveral,  the engineers at Allied Radio's Knight Kit division knew it was time for a replacement for the "T-50" which had only been given the official designator if "83YX255".     Of course no one called it a "T-50" until there was...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/26/2022
Looking Back
Build a Z-Match Tuner - You'll like it!

     Many hams still use manual antenna tuners  for impedance matching at HF.   Most current manual tuners are T-Network types, great for impedance-matching, but as high-pass filters, harmonic attenuation may be inadequate.   As modern transmitters have low-pass filter networks in the output, most guys don’t need an antenna tuner for harmonic reducti...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/24/2022
Heat up the iron
Popular Electronics

The daddy-of-em-all!  The magazine we all looked forward to showing up at the corner drugstore, the best way to spend allowance money that didn't need a spoon or a straw!     The home of Carl and Jerry,  Hank Bennet's SWL column, Herb Brier's Novice column and those photos of our fellow hams that we examined most carefully and compared their WAS totals with glee or di...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/22/2022
Tech Library
73 Magazine online

Raise your hand if "73" was your favorite ham magazine in the 60s and 70s. ...oh boy, that looks like...everyone!Wayne Green, seasoned editor of CQ Magazine, struck out on his own and regaled readers with his opinions on everything from UFOs to world cuisine, but boring...he was not!   Whether it was his devils advocacy vs. the ARRL,  pioneering new modes of operation or technologi...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/21/2022
Tech Library
Ham Radio Magazine

Ham Radio was an amateur radio magazine founded in 1968 and the first issue appeared in February of that year. In1990 it was announced that Ham Radio had been sold to the publishers of CQ Amateur Radio. The June 1990 issue of Ham Radio was the 268th and final issue published where subscribers were told of the sale and that they would receive CQ in the future.  Ham Radio had many good tec...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/21/2022
Tech Library
"The Rebirth of HF"

Every ham or SWL knows the HF bands are a lot emptier than they once were.     But that could be changing, although the new signals (which are now called "waveforms") may be quite different than what we remember.This webinar explains why the "lost art" of HF is not only still relevant, but has been making a comeback in recent years, particularly in the area of both local and global...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/21/2022
Monitoring Post
New $25 keyer kit

Another cool project kit from 4STATEQRP - a keyer and paddle you build yourself!   And it's only $25:Speed: 5 to 50 WPM, adjustable    Standby Current: Less than 1 microamp     Paddle tension and spacing fully adjustable     Low Part Count: Only 19 total electrical components     LED Keying Monitor  &nbs...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/20/2022
Brass Pounding
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