...The radios we'll always remember

Crystals Go To War


the origin of quartz crystals

Ham Radio History 0 Comments 07/31/2022 


Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 07/31/2022

This film predates the Novice era by a few years, but shows the important process of making quartz crystals was developed as part of the World War II effort.   Many have said that the ability to have precise radio frequency control was a key factor in winning the war.   At any rate, many companies were tooled-up to produce crystals for the war effort and many of those crystals are still around today, bearing the full gamut of manufacturers names.

One of which was Reeves Laboratories, which in addition to making crystals during the war, made movies, so they were well equipped to tell the story of how "Crystals Go To War"


   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
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 07/22/2022 
   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
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 06/02/2022 
   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
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/18/2022 
   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
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/11/2022 
  

Did you hear KC2XIO?

Experimental radio station from 1971
Category: Monitoring Post
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
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/09/2022