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Sky King was a Hallicrafters man

Those of us pajama-clad Saturday morning visitors to the Flying Crown Ranch via our black and white Admiral TVs knew this. ..but it took someone who owns the DVD collection posting this image on Facebook to prove it:   Sky King was a Hallicrafters man!This equipment was seen in the first  year of the series, according to those in the know, and subsequently Gonset gear was most ofte...  READ MORE

W9RAN
02/04/2023
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A Tour of Apollo Mission Control

In the 1960s and early 70s we watched seemingly endless hours of television showing men with crew cuts wearing white shirts and narrow ties sitting in front of consoles and wearing telephone-operator type headsets.    What were they doing exactly?    What was the function of those consoles?    Ars Technica presents an explanation of Apollo Mission Control,...  READ MORE

W9RAN
12/10/2022
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Dee Dee Does Hayseed

You'd smile too with all those mostly-entry-level shortwave and ham receivers at your elbow.  That's Denise "Hayseed Dee Dee" Heffernen, KBØLMH (Little Miss Hayseed) showing off part of the Hayseed Hamfest "hospitality room".  As Dee-Dee puts it, "I have my comfort-food. Dad has his comfort-radios".But it's not just the comfort-food giving Dee-Dee that healthy glow.  A litt...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/11/2022
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W7UVR/M

 Spring is here and the open road beckons!   Hop into the 1955 Mercury Station Wagon mobile operated by Leander Smith W7UVR and we'll go for a ride. ...or maybe not, because the passenger seat is full of radio equipment.   And we're not talking about a rig under the dash either....Perhaps the most exotic and well equipped mobile hamshack of all time, these photos of the W...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/11/2022
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K7UGA - Barry Goldwater's shack

Barrry Morris Goldwater was born in Phoenix in what was then the Arizona Territory, where he helped manage his family's department store. Upon the U.S. entry into WWII Goldwater received a reserve commission in the United States Army Air Force. He trained as a pilot and was assigned to the Ferry Command, a newly formed unit that flew aircraft and supplies to war zones worldwide. After the war, G...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/03/2022
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WD4NKA

Gary WD4NKA has assembled a nice collection of vintage and slightly less-vintage gear and uses it often, including on the Novice Rig Roundup.    He also has a special love for simple receivers including the Regenodyne, which we'll highlight separately.   In fact he's so much a fan of the “ancient, trusty, tried and true Regenerative Receiver” that he started a FaceBook group "Rege...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/17/2022
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The Low Down

What do you do when you run out of space?   K5LYN, Lynn in Austin TX doesn't pile higher, he gets down to business!   His nice DX-60 and Drake 2B AM station may sit at floor level but after running through his L4B amplifier it rises to the top of AM signals. Masa, AB9MQ and his XYL Becky also take full advantage of vertical space in the hamshack.    Masa became comfortable w...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/07/2022
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