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YASME - Exotic DX On the Air

Yasme is a storied word in amateur radio DX circles. DX stands for “distance” and the sailboats for which Yasme is named certainly covered their share of DX, crossing the oceans and dropping anchor at exotic islands some six decades ago. In turn, amateurs around the world, the “DX-ers,” would then try to contact the Yasme captain, Danny Weil, VP2VB, an amateur operator of...  READ MORE

W9RAN
12/17/2022
Looking Back
The Antenna Dilemma

While all new hams faced the question of what kind of antenna to put up - most had to quickly abandon dreams of a big tower with a huge beam for a number of reasons.     The challenge was to get some kind of antenna up that would radiate effectively on the desired bands but would not become a target for lightning - or equally energetic complaints from wifes, parents, or neighbors.&...  READ MORE

W9RAN
12/17/2022
Looking Back
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
The Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge

The development of the Radio Merit Badge over the years is quite fascinating. The original merit badge was titled the Wireless Merit Badge and was introduced in 1918.   The requirements have changed quite a lot over the years as radio evolved.  For example, 1922 requirements included being able to receive Morse Code at 10 words per minute. The 1930 Radio Merit Badge lowered the re...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/17/2022
Looking Back
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