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The Elgin National Watch Company Time Broadcasts

 Visitors to the Elgin National Historic area along the Fox River in Elgin Illinois may not realize they are at the site of a famous shortwave radio station - W9XAM - the time signal station operated by the Elgin Watch Company.Elgin was the only watch company maintaining an observatory that observed, recorded and broadcasted time from the stars correct to the hundredths of a second. Located a...  READ MORE
ranickels
05/09/2022
Historic
Robert and Richard Santin - true ham heroes

When I was first licensed in the 1960s in Nebraska, two groups of hams were commonly heard on the air before those with jobs got off work - other teens like me and the disabled hams.   Some of my earliest Novice ham buddies were blind students at the Nebraska School for the Blind in Nebraska City, and there were many other visually-impaired hams, all of whom were exceptional operators, e...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/21/2022
Historic
The William L. Howard Museum

LTC William L. Howard amassed a collection and in fact realized his dream of creating a museum that showcased the Army's technical intelligence operations - and a lot more.  The following excerpt was written by Col. Howard and Todd KA1KAQ:William L HowardI first got interested in radio while a Cub Scout back in 1954. I built the crystal radio set and the one tube set with help from an ama...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/18/2022
Historic
History of the Quartz Crystal Industry

Two excellent papers on the history of the quartz crystal industry.1.   A HISTORY OF THE QUARTZ CRYSTAL INDUSTRY IN THE USAWith the aid of many of the people who were involved, this paper is an attempt to record the history of the quartz crystal industry in the USA. Although crystal units were in use at least a decade earlier, the beginning of the quartz crystal industry in the USA can l...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/11/2022
Historic
Adams-Morgan Co. radio parts catalog from 1915

Fascinating catalog from the "DigiKey of early radio" - the Adams Morgan Co. aka "AMCO" of Upper Montclair NJ.Download from the "Attachments" link below....  READ MORE
ranickels
02/02/2022
Historic
The way it was

We hear a lot about "tech giants" nowadays but there were tech companies back in the 50's and 60's that were run by actual techies...no offence to those today who can write code, but when most of us think "tech" we think of circuits and metal chassis and solder fumes. An interesting example comes from the files of the Hallicrafters SR-2000 "Hurricane" whi...  READ MORE
ranickels
01/02/2022
Historic
The NBC Chimes

Every radio aficionado can recognize at least three notes of music:   G-E-C - the famous NBC chimes!In fact there is so much history about the chimes it deserves it's own website, and someone has put a great deal of effort into creating one: The NBC Chimes Museum A Celebration Of Old–Time Radio’s Most Famous SignatureCLICK HERE TO VISIT THE NBC CHIMES MUSEUMIt is wel...  READ MORE
ranickels
03/20/2021
Historic
Christmas Wishbooks

How many got their start in radio with a Christmas gift?    And how many times did it come from the Sears or Mongomery Ward "Christmas Wishbook"?Mine did...the little crystal radio in the upper right?   Didn't work very well but was really cool!    READ MORE
ranickels
03/06/2021
Historic
KBCX - US Forest Service Regional Radio

Hams, especially those who enjoy operating AM and QRP should be aware of the pioneering efforts of the US Forest Service to adopt and advance the radio art in the early decades of the 20th century.The history of radio in the USFS literally takes a book to cover, but an interesting example can be found in station KBCX, the Region 1 Radio Operations Center in Missoula Montana.    It w...  READ MORE
ranickels
02/11/2021
Historic
Alexancer Lewyt - inventor and entrepreneur

Alexander M. Lewyt died in 1988 at the age of 79, a holder of patents on scores of inventions. His penchant for invention, he once said, was so strong that he had chronic insomnia from lying awake at night envisioning new products. When he learned of undertakers’ difficulty in fastening neckties on corpses, the teen-age Lewyt devised a new kind of bow tie that clipped on. He sold 50,000 of t...  READ MORE
ranickels
01/08/2021
Historic
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