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The Old QSL Card site is back
who doesn't love old QSL cards?

After the old Google+ site was shut down by Google, the amazing online collection of old QSL cards maintained by Bob Green, W8JYZ, has a new home - at his website.     Browse thousands of vintage QSL cardsIt doesn't take long to find a memorable name or callsign - maybe even someone you know!Please share your appreciation with W8JYZ at the link on the home page for providin...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/21/2020
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Spartanburg Hamfest - sanity in the age of COVID-19
Intelligent risk-management by attendees

Sanity!  Individual responsibility!From the BRARS webpage:Welcome to the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society (BRARS) HamfestBy purchasing a Hamfest ticket, You are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, “While attending the BRARS Hamfest you and any guests that you may bring voluntarily assume all risks related to ex...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/12/2020
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Beaker Street returns to the air!
If you remember it, you were there!

If you remember "Beaker Street" it's about the best news ever!   Otherwise this will seem like going to someone else's high school reunion...In the late 60s, for kids living in "flyover country" in most small towns in the midwest, there were not many local rock and roll radio stations that could be heard during the day.   But with sunset came the ski...  READ MORE
ranickels
09/11/2020
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Hamfests Return!
A quick look at the Wauseon OH swap on June 6, 2020

Thanks to Rex WA6GYC for this short video of the Wauseon OH swapfest - one of the first to be held in what is otherwise "the summer without hamfests".   Bryan KB8ELG, club president and promoter, put an AN/GRC-9 field radio on the air, hand-crank power and all!   Full information can be found at the club's website  http://k8bxq.org/hamfestAccording to Rex,&nb...  READ MORE
ranickels
06/08/2020
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Soviet Spy Radio found in forest
(oh yeah, I put that there...I'll take it now thanks!)

COLOGNE, GERMANY—According to a Live Science report, archaeologist Erich Classen of the Rhineland Regional Association and his colleagues were looking for a Roman villa in western Germany when they unearthed a Soviet spy radio that had been sealed in a metal box and hidden along a path through what was the Hambach Forest, just a few miles away from a nuclear research center and military air ...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/24/2020
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Announcing the W9DYV Radio Society
honoring SSB pioneer Wes Schum W9DYV

Nick Tusa, K5EF,  longtime friend of Wes Schum and organizer of the W9DYV-Central Electronics Technical Symposium for a number of years, has announced that the W9DYV callsign will again be active, as the club callsign of the W9DYV Radio Societ NFP. Congratulations to Nick and friends for memorializing Wes Schum's contributions to amateur radio in this way!...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/11/2020
Ham Radio News
WBBM-AM tower moves to Bloomington IL
watch the old tower fall (video link below)

 The WBBM-AM radio tower has moved out of Itasca and found a new home in Bloomingdale.After 77 years, the over 680-foot WBBM-AM radio tower came down Thursday in Itasca. The property sold for development and WBBM Newsradio's new tower will now be located in Bloomingdale, at the same site as its sister station,WSCR (670 The Score), and will be diplexing off of their tow...  READ MORE
ranickels
08/26/2019
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Apollo 11 and Collins Radio
“Every American voice transmitted from space was via Collins Radio Co. equipment”

Those who may be interested in the technical details and the history of the space program leading up to Apollo should find plenty of interesting reading at this site:https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4204/contents.htmlUsed with permission.The Manned Space Flight Network antennas operated in the S-Band, on frequencies around 2.2 GHz. The system employed was known as the "Unified S-...  READ MORE
ranickels
07/21/2019
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Google gets stung for swiping content thanks to embedded morse code
Dah-dit hits crash dot-dash cash-bash

From The Inquirer:GOOGLE HAS FALLEN for a sting which is said to have proved the firm is 'stealing' data from a rival website.Genius.com, a site specialising in providing song lyrics, had suspected that Google had been scraping its site and using the lyrics to populate the 'information panels' often seen in the side of search results.This isn't that uncommon, but...  READ MORE
ranickels
06/17/2019
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Hara Arena badly damaged in Dayton Tornado
Drone footage shows extensive damage

The City of Trotwood OH is under an emergency declaration and the Hara Arena suffered extensive damage when tornadoes and severe storms moved through Monday night.   Drone footage shows the roof and side of the structure blown off in several places.WATCH...  READ MORE
ranickels
05/28/2019
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Masa - AB9MQ - has the Coolest Rig in the World (this week)
Check out his newly restored Kenwood TS-511DN

It doesn't belong to me, even!   Masa AB9MQ has recently acquired one of his "dream rigs" from Japan, a Kenwood TS-511DN, one of the predecessors to the famous TS-520.  Check out his nice work and (way too neat!) "Maximum Quality Laboratory"  in the Gallery....  READ MORE
ranickels
04/05/2019
Radio Friends
MICROPHONIA! is here
Cool mics from my collection and ones I wish were

I like microphones.   I have lots of them, and lust after more!   I'll be featuring cool microphonia in the Gallery from time to time, so check back often!...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/26/2019
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The Coolest Rig in the World!
(this week...or until I say otherwise!)

 Borrowing from Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM,  I will be featuring "The Coolest Rig in the World" on this very website!By what criteria?   MINE!    But rest assured, each featured rig WILL be cool...Check out the Gallery section for The Coolest Rig in the World (this week)!...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/23/2019
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Making A Transistor Radio
in memory of Rev. George Dobbs G3RJV (SK)

In memory of G3RJV, here is a link to the excellent book he wrote in 1972 titled "Making A Transistor Radio".   It is in e-book form so you can view it in high resolution color online:https://archive.org/details/MakingATransistorRadioRev. Dobbs started the G-QRP club and wrote countless articles promoting homebrewing, simple radios, and QRP operation.  His absence will lea...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/12/2019
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Rev. George Dobbs G3RJV, SK
"Mister QRP" to many, a sad loss for the homebrewing and QRP community

 The founder of the GQRP Club and Amateur Radio author the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, of Littleborough, England, died on March 11. He was 75. Dobbs was reported to have been in ill health for some time and had been living in a care facility, where his condition deteriorated quite rapidly over the past few days. He was the honorary secretary of the GQRP Club (G5LOW), which he founded in 1974 to...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/12/2019
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Febr. 4 solar activity aka "Rotten Conditions"
if this ain't the bottom...you can see it from here!

Anyone who operates HF has no doubt channelled "The Old Man", muttering about "Rotten Conditions!" lately.A look at the spaceweather.com site last weekend made it abundantly clear where we are in the current sunspot cycle:The month of Febr. was the first since Aug. 2008 without any sunspots at all.   Fortunately, one has appeared since, so March will hopefully be a li...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/08/2019
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K9QET Update
AM stalwart net control op and all-round good guy needs your thoughts and prayers

Febr. Update: Our AM pal K9QET has left the hospital and prsently is in an rehab facility.   Please continue to include John in your thoughts and prayers for his continued recovery and rehabilitation.  Hopefully he will be able to return home and rejoin the airwaves.Thanks to Jerry W9JMK for keeping us informed of John's progress and to all the midwest hams who have sent cards and no...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/22/2018
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DX-60 and Mighty Elmac Nets on 75 meter AM
Great AM fun!

 UPDATE:   Steve W8TOW from near Lansing MI and a long-time friend of N8ECRs has taken over responsibility for the "N8ECR Memorial DX-60 Net" on 3880 kHz, Sunday mornings.   All rigs are welcome, but this net has a long tradition of encouraging the use of low-power AM transmitters like the DX-60.As does the Wednesday night "Mighty Elmac Net" that Mike s...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/16/2018
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The Mighty Elmac Net continues
Wednesday is Elmac Night!

 NEW NET CONTROL:   Rex WA6GYC from Troy MI picked up the Elmac Net on Febr. 27 and did a Fine Business job!   Hopefully he will be willing to continue in this role, as the lack of a primary net control and difficult propagation at this point in the solar cycle have made it challenging in past weeks.   Please turn your radio on - Wednesday is Elmac Night!  (...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/12/2018
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DX-60 Website Announced
Celebrating the fun of low-power AM

While everyone who knew Mike N8ECR is shocked and saddend by his untimely passing, we commemorate his legacy of promoting low-power AM operation with the new DX-60 Net website:  https://dx-60.net//index.cfm?key=mainMike gave tirelessly of his time and energy to provide an opportunity for AM operators in the midwest part of the country to have fun, make friends, and play radio every Sunday mor...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/09/2018
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Bob Paquette, microphone collector, passes away
The Microphone Museum, Milwaukee WI

Bob Paquette's microphone museum in Milwaukee was known internationally and he will be missed.   This photo shows only a part of his vast collection, in a 2001 visit by Harry N9CQX and Jim K9RJ (SK).   Here is the announcement from the Wisconsin Antique Radio Club:Subject: Bob Paquette Sr. 1929-2018Friends of WARCI, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/04/2018
Radio Friends
Mike Beachy N8ECR - SK
"If there's a ham radio heaven, they've got a hell of a net control operator"

Dedicated AM operator and long-time net control for the DX-60 and Mighty Elmac nets,  Mike Beachy N8ECR became a silent key on Sat. Dec. 1, 2018.     This is very sad news for all of us who have enjoyed talking with Mike for many years.   I've never met Mike in person but through the bonds of ham radio he was a good friend.  RIP Mike. Mike’s S...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/04/2018
Radio Friends
Take the Boatanchor Survey!
Let authors and organizers know what you're interested in

Take the Vintage Radio Interest Survey:  https://tinyurl.com/boatanchorsurvey This survey is intended to better understand your vintage radio-related interests for use by vintage radio authors, product developers, and event organizers.Entering your email address helps to ensure the quality of the survey and enables you to receive an Executive Summary of the survey results when it is comp...  READ MORE
ranickels
11/13/2018
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W9RAN's "VERSA-TR" (as featured in Dec. 2018 QST)
A Versatile T/R solution for SDRs and vintage radios

Inexpensive Software Defined Radios offer excellent performance and value for hams and SWLs, but they lack key features that are needed for actual use on the air:Provision for automatically muting the speakers when transmitting, to eliminate overloading and audio feedback.A sidetone to monitor CW keying. SDRs do not provide a CW sidetone, and even worse, the time delay resulting from digital signa...  READ MORE
ranickels
11/11/2018
New Product Announcements
Welcome to the new RAN Technology Inc. Website
Bookmark this site!

The new RAN Technology Inc. /  W9RAN webpage is on the air!   Please bookmark this page and check back often for news and information ranging from vintage radio to the latest developments in Software Defined Radio. ...  READ MORE
ranickels
11/10/2018
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