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"The Old Days of Ham Radio"

G3OJV perspective from the other end of DX

Ham Radio History 0 Comments 04/24/2022 

Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 04/24/2022

Peter Waters G3OJV, principal of Waters and Stanton, takes a visit to the "old days" of ham radio where he longed for an HRO receiver in 1960.    Is his theory that the bands were better in those days correct?   Or are the old rigs, when working to spec as they would have been when they were new, capable of hearing and working just as much DX as modern radios (although maybe not quite as easily)?    Most restorers of boatanchor radios would say so!   But it's interesting to see a few UK radios that are uncommon here.

   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 
   Here we see a part of the collection of mostly entry-level shortwave and ham receivers owned by Tom WBØDVM of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.    Many will recognize Tom even without his trademark Hayseed Hamfest t-shirt and can-cap cap,  so daughter Denise aka "Dee Dee" does the honors.   By the way she is KBØLMH, which we're told stands for "Little Miss Hayseed".Ne...  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 
   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
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/05/2022 
   Digital meters aren't new nor are they quite "dime a dozen" but when you can guy one for under five bucks right off the rack, why get excited about one for $50?    One reason:  "non contact DC current measurement"!The UNI-T UT210E does all the usual things you'd expect from a handheld meter in this class: AC DC Current measurement Resistance measurement LCD backlight ...  READ MORE
- Robert Nickels (W9RAN)  Posted: 05/05/2022 

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