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 The cavalcade of entry-level Ham and SWL radios continues with the addition of Allied - Knight Kit!  
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Posted: 01/08/2023
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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Arnie Coro CO2KK, SK

From the Radio Havana Cuba website, posted 1/8/2023:In the early hours of this Sunday, the prominent journalist and university professor Arnaldo Coro Antích, with a long career in Cuban radio, died in Havana. National Radio Award 2017, Coro was born on July 2, 1942 and from a very young age he was linked to radio broadcasting. He was a right-handed expert and specialist in Mass Communicatio...  READ MORE
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Posted: 12/20/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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5085 is back! With WRMI Legends

The latest chapter in the WRMI Legends story is:  they're baaack -- on 5085 kHz, the former frequency of WTWW.   "“On December 18, 2022, WRMI officially took over the 5.085 frequency previously used by WTWW, returning the previous format to that frequency under the WRMI Legends brand and WRMI license while continuing to use the 24-hour Internet service to fill in holes in WRMI...  READ MORE
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Posted: 11/15/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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And...they're back! Welcome WRMI Legends!

After ceasing shortwave broadcasting from it's own high-power shortwave transmitter near Lebanon TN,   WTWW's programming is back on shortwave, courtesy of WRMI, Radio Miami International.    According to the latest schedule,   "WRMI Legends" can be hard on Transmitter #5,  9455 kHz, from 2300 to 0100 UTC,   on Transmitter #8, 5950 kHz from 2300 to...  READ MORE
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Posted: 11/10/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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WTWW ceases Shortwave Broadcasting

Citing rising operational costs, WTWW has ceased shortwave broacasting as of Nov. 9. 2022.     Owner Ted Randall made the announcement via the stations Facebook group, and the stations signed off 5085 kHz at 1:03AM.Very sad to hear."With the rising costs of everything, the power bill to operate the WTWW transmitters had reached $10,000 a month and higher. Because of the extreme...  READ MORE
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Posted: 10/18/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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HAARP Oct. 2022 Transmissions Planned

"Ghosts in the Airglow" - just in time for Halloween! Shortwave listeners are in for something completely different in late October 2022.   Another set of transmission tests are planned from the HAARP transmitter in Alaska offering a weird array of ionospheric experiments, including "Ghosts in the Airglow".    The 3.6 megawatt HAARP transmitter array will beam straight up, creating an artificial aurora, where the sidelobes ma...  READ MORE
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Posted: 03/04/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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BBC re-institutes Shortwave Service for Ukraine

Per CQ Newsroom:he British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is reviving its European shortwave service in order to provide news and information to listeners in Ukraine who may be cut off from internet service but have access to portable shortwave receivers. According to the New York Times, the BBC decided to reinstate its shortwave broadcasts to Europe following Russia's attack on Kyiv's main r...  READ MORE
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Other nets and on-air events
Posted: 03/02/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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Current NEWS from Ukraine Radio

via Google Translate Here is the Ukraine Radio homepage, translated into English:   LINK     Most broadcasts are not in English, however, due to the increased interest in the current situation in Ukraine, WRMI has resumed its relays of the daily English language broadcast of Radio Ukraine International, the official overseas service of Ukrainian Radio. RUI can be heard daily, except Friday, at 1200...  READ MORE
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Posted: 02/03/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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A Website that's like a Magazine

an old radio magazine, that is Wouldn't it be great if we could go to the mailbox and find a copy of something like this inside?That's our goal!    But since print magazines are rapidly disappearing, the next best thing is to create online content that is just as much fun to read and something to look forward to.   Online publications aren't limited by monthly schedules or printing costs - and they're f...  READ MORE
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Posted: 01/24/2022
Created By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
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Welcome to the Shack
Posted: 02/04/2023
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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 often ...  READ MORE

Brass Pounding
Posted: 01/14/2023
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Looking to Ditch Twitter? Morse Code Is Back

"For almost 20 years, Steve Galchutt, a retired graphic designer, has trekked up Colorado mountains accompanied by his pack of goats to contact strangers around the world using a language that is almost two centuries old, and that many people have given up for dead. On his climbs, Galchutt and his herd have scared away a bear grazing on raspberries, escaped from fast-moving forest fires, camped in...  READ MORE

Tech Library
Posted: 01/05/2023
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101 Electronic Circuits

Most hams and hobbyists got their start in homebrewing by building simple circuits published in the various magazines.    Every so often most of them could collect a bunch of popular circuits and combine them into a book - Sams, TAB Books, and the magazine publishers among others.   Here's one from Gernsback, the publishers of Radio Craft magazine that is nicely organized ...  READ MORE

Fone Forum
Posted: 12/23/2022
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The Knight Kit Wireless Broadcaster

How many hams - - phone operators especially -- got their start with a Knight Kit Wireless Broadcaster?Who could resist the siren song of those ads in the Knight Kit section of the Allied Radio catalog with the promise of "transmitting your voice through any AM radio"?   Maybe not too far away or with the greatest fidelity, but it was a real radio transmitter! Some may not know that...  READ MORE

Fone Forum
Posted: 12/19/2022
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It all starts with the Microphone

One of the most asked questions is, “What kind of microphone should I use?”It all seems very confusing: Dynamic, Condenser, Ribbon, Electret, Large Diaphragm,Cardioid, Omni—so many technical words! Think of a microphone as a “backward”speaker: a microphone hears sound and transfers it into electricity. A speaker seeselectricity and transfers it into sound. The technic...  READ MORE

On the workbench
Posted: 12/18/2022
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Signal need a boost? Build a 6DQ5 amp!

That's what vintage SSB enthusiast K5LYN did when he wanted more power from his Central Electronics station.  Since he has it set up for transceiving using the output of the SX-115 receiver to control the frequency of the 20A,  the station is dedicated to 75 meter operation anyhow, so a full bandswitched amplifier wasn't needed, and because the 20A can't provide the drive needed for a gr...  READ MORE

Looking Back
Posted: 12/17/2022
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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 r...  READ MORE

Looking Back
Posted: 12/17/2022
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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.&nb...  READ MORE

Welcome to the Shack
Posted: 12/10/2022
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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, con...  READ MORE

Monitoring Post
Posted: 11/23/2022
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Deer vs Coax

I enjoy DX-ing the longwave beacon band but it's strictly a wintertime activity.  Not just because of summertime QRN and propagation but because the best spot for my active LW whip antenna is at a corner of my property and rather than bury the coaxial feedline, I just lay it on the ground every fall after the leaves are gone and roll it up in the springtime.   I'd just completed thi...  READ MORE

Fone Forum
Posted: 11/17/2022
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Bicycle Mobile - the hard way!

Paul (WA6CJC) and  Ed Heyman (WA6EOA) were ham buddies who met at Alexander Hamilton High School on the west side of Los Angeles in the 1950s.    They got the idea to do something interesting and unique involving radio and lamented the fact that they weren't old enough to drive and didn't have a car to go mobile in.   Then inspiration struck - the had bicycles and they had a ra...  READ MORE

Brass Pounding
Posted: 10/26/2022
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Secret Morse Message in 5/4 time

Did you know that the name of this famous TV show was encoded in its iconic theme song by composer Lalo Schifrin?CLICK HERE TO HEAR FOR YOURSELF...  READ MORE

Fone Forum
Posted: 09/30/2022
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The Patented Waters Phone Patch

Phone patches were a common activity on the ham bands for many years.   Although it was not difficult to homebrew a patch, many hams bought commercial units, often in kit form from Heathkit but assembled phone patches were also sold by Gonset, WRL,  EF Johnson/NYE Viking, and were incorporated into nearly every multifunction station console from Collins, Drake, Heathkit, Galaxy and ...  READ MORE

Heat up the iron
Posted: 09/11/2022
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The National MB-40-SL tuning assembly

 It's probably safe to say that no company produced more components for radio builders than the National Radio Company of Malden Mass.,   many of which were designed by radio engineer extrordinaire James Millen  W1HRX.    Having acquired a degree in mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute, Millen always stressed solid mechanical design principles in National'...  READ MORE

On the workbench
Posted: 07/22/2022
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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.But ...  READ MORE

What's New?
Posted: 06/02/2022
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New QRP Dummy Load from 4SQRP

Here's a simple kit that is useful for tube and solid state projects - a dummy load with power indication.   The 4S-Dummy Load is a simple kit that employs the use of large SMT parts and  LEDs to provide rough indication of power up to 10W output.   Just 12 bucks!  MORE INFO...  READ MORE

Monitoring Post
Posted: 05/18/2022
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The Cuban-American Radio War of 1962

Everyone knows the history of the "Missiles of October"  - the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.   But many - even dedicated radio fans - may not know that 10 US AM radio stations joined the fight against the threat of nuclear proliferation by becoming the medium wave extension of the Voice of America.    This excerpt from a 206 page paper entitled "Cuban American Radio W...  READ MORE

Welcome to the Shack
Posted: 05/11/2022
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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 little...  READ MORE

Monitoring Post
Posted: 05/09/2022
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Did you hear KC2XIO?

A strange yet familiar-sounding voice appeared on 13.56 MHz in 1971...can you identify who and what it was? Your browser does not support the audio tag.First - the "who"....This is the voice of Jane Barbe, which was familiar to everyone from the many recordings she made for the telephone systems around the world.   Of course it would be natural to hire the most talented voice actres...  READ MORE

Tech Library
Posted: 05/05/2022
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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 missions....  READ MORE