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The "Art" of Homebrewing

Homebrewing has always been a big part of ham radio, but it clearly peaked during the period following WWII when surplus components became availalbe in quantity and at low prices.   Most large cities had at least one surplus store and the supply was so great that authors wrote magazine articles based around surplus components because they knew readers would have no problem in finding them.Bu...  READ MORE

W9RAN
07/22/2022
On the workbench
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Many  radio collectors have become "picky", or to put it a more politically correct way,  we have "narrowed the focus of our interests to only the finest specimens". ..But we are fortunate to have the luxury of a wide range of specimens to choose from, with hamfests within driving distance many weekends,  eBay and other online markets, a wide range of email reflectors and the popul...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/09/2022
On the workbench
"A lifetime of enjoyment and mental stimulation"

The term "Elmer" came into use after I was licensed but most of us had one or more mentors. ..in my case it was Pete and Johnny, but "Elmer" is a good generic  reference that we all understand.     In Brad NB9M's case, his friend and mentor Roger W9BZ certainly fills the "Elmer" role well:"I was born a Buckeye and first licensed as W8QEG from Columbus, Ohio in 1953.  ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/29/2022
On the workbench
K5LYN's Collins-Heathkit-Drake Station

Above 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 ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/05/2022
On the workbench
AB9MQ's Eico 720 Project

I came across my Eico 720 last year at the hamfest in Mendota IL.   After I acquired it, I recapped it and worked well on CW. But after while it ended up on the shelf for a while.  As I happened to have Heathkit W4-AM audio amplifier and small modulator transformer (LUX 7AM42 audio 40W modulation transformer), I have been thinking about using the Heathkit audio amp as a modulator.&...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/05/2022
On the workbench
My Story of the Fifth EICO 720

 My first 720 was given to me by good friend WØERE.  I fixed a few things and got to work very well.  The search for the 730 was on and I scored two of them.  I quickly became an EICO fan.  After a fun year or so, the little jewel died - it was the function switch.  Went on search for one but to no avail but found a rough, but working 720.  Removed the function...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/03/2022
On the workbench
Recent projects at WA8SAJ

Anyone who's talked to Jeff WA8SAJ knows he's always got a project brewing…especially now that he's officially retired from his radio servicing business.   We look forward to new project info from this master builder!Over the last year or two, Jeff has posted details of assembly of the Nouveau 75, both early and the later Nouveau 75A improved models.   This is another clever design by ...  READ MORE

W9RAN
02/22/2022
On the workbench
Bob Heil's Pine Board Project

If you know anything about Bob Heil K9EID, you know he's passionate about at least two things:   Sound, and Ham Radio.   You might also know he's been building both since the late 1950s and still enjoys homebrewing.    A few years ago he decided to return to the basics and show how it was still possible to build a simple AM transmitter that can be put on the air with good res...  READ MORE

W9RAN
02/20/2022
On the workbench
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