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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!    The Remco Crystal radio was memorialized in this photo from about 1958 - age 7:  T...  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
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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
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Ham radio operators honor legacy of Mars Hill company

Here's a link to a nice story in the Madison NC newspaper about area hams paying tribute to the former Hammarlund company that manufactured radios in Mars Hill NC for decades.   There are some neat historiic photos as wellThe paper has a paywall but it looks like you get 5 free articles:HAMMARLUND ARTICLE...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/12/2020
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Ham radio operators honor legacy of Mars Hill company

Here's a nice story about how the hams around Mars Hill NC honored the legacy of the Hammarlund company that manufactured radios there for many years.  It's behind a paywall but it looks like you get 5 free articles:LINK to Hammarlund story...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/12/2020
Historic
Ed Marriner, W6BLZ/W6XM (SK)

 This tribute to Ed Marriner will be updated over time.   Having known his writings since my earlies ham days in the 1960s, I knew about the "SSB Transceiver from a BC453" conversion article/booklet, but until I had the good fortune to acquire two homebrew SSB transceivers made by his good friend Ernie Mason W6IQY did I know that my vintage SSB friend Lynn Fisk K5LYN was a...  READ MORE
ranickels
10/25/2020
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A visit to the D J Everett III Radio Room

Many successful career people are grateful for mentoring they received on the way to the top. But few have honored a memory as passionately as has been done by Beth Mann.   She's the owner of Ham Broadcasting which owns five stations in western Kentucky but the story is about her mentor, the late DJ Everett III who started WKDZ in Cadiz Kentucky in 1966.   Everett worked as...  READ MORE
ranickels
08/14/2020
Historic
Boatanchor Garge Door Opener

 The Multi Elmac Company of Hazel Park and later, Oak Park MI is best know amongst hams for it's great mobile transmitters and receivers which were probably the most popular rigs of their type and are still often used on AM today.   The Multi Elmac Net pays tribute to these little rigs by and typically a half-dozen or more are heard on the net weekly.But the company's origin...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/22/2020
Historic
Wireless on a Train

WHEN Frederick Wally stepped out of a little cubby-hole in one corner of the forward day coach on the Lackawanna Limited, west-bound, as it neared North Scranton, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, November 25, 1913, and pinned a sheet of paper on the wall, the passengers in the front seats, who had been casually wondering what caused the strange, crackling sounds that had been coming from the cubby-hole, pri...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/14/2020
Historic
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