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Drone video tribute to legendary DC station WMAL
Site was demolished in 2016

This is a short montage honoring WMAL Radio in Washington, DC, featuring a few stills from station archives, sandwiched around a drone video of Bethesda, MD transmitter site recorded in March of 2015. Total time of the clip was set to match the classic 1960s-era theme song used by the station and which is still one of the most requested pieces of station memorabilia. The property was sold for deve...  READ MORE
ranickels
07/01/2020
History and Humor
Telecommunications Radio, Ham, Teletype, Telex, Telephone, Computer, Electronics, 1966
Film about the International Telecommunications Union

Interesting 20 minute historic film produced by the ITU to tout it's mission and accomplishments, but which provides a look at quite a range of mid-60s era vintage equipment and technology....  READ MORE
ranickels
06/26/2020
History and Humor
Radio Aids to Navigation: the Radio Range and Radio Compass
1941 Training Film by the US Army Air Corps

 Periscope Films provides this vintage training film and the following commentary with callouts for specific aspects of radio navigation, including the Four Course Radio Range (Adcock Range), and both manual and automatic radio compasses (direction finders). Although modern GPS navigation makes these methods seem crude, the importance of radio aids to navigation for both commercial and m...  READ MORE
ranickels
01/02/2020
History and Humor
Treasures and Pleasures of the 1960s
Do we, do we remember these?

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan...Ford's new Mustang...eating sugar without guilt....do you remember the  60's?A great 8 minute compliation by YouTuber FredFlix: The World We Knew...  READ MORE
ranickels
08/28/2019
History and Humor
History of the American Radio DJ
celebrating National Radio Day

Wherever you lived during the golden age of Top 40 radio, chances are you were within the sound of at least one of the voices you'll hear in this salute by Rado's Best Friend, Art Vuolo....  READ MORE
ranickels
08/20/2019
History and Humor
Field Day - RSGB Style!
Archive video from 1947

 Fantastic archive footage of the National Field Day, 7 and 8 June 1947, (mostly around SE England) - lots of cool old radios. bugs and keys, generators and masts - families and suits and ties!   If you watch closely about 2/3 of the way through you get a glimpse of the actual G5RV himself. ...  READ MORE
ranickels
05/28/2019
History and Humor
The Bob Heil Story
How a ham and sound engineer revolutionized rock and roll

 He invented speakers, mixing boards and equipment that revolutionized concert sound.And then there's the talk box.Just ask Joe Walsh or Peter Frampton about Heil and his talk box innovation. The talk box Frampton made famous was a Christmas present from Frampton's wife Penny McCall, courtesy of Heil's design."So I sent Penny McCall a talk box," Heil said. "I don...  READ MORE
ranickels
05/21/2019
Ham Radio Information
Field Radio receive test
K5UJ calling CQ

Initial testing of W9RAN Field Radio on 75 meters, with Rob K5UJ kindly providing a test signal.Receiver and transmitter are light aircraft radios from the early 1940s which have been converted to 75 meters....  READ MORE
ranickels
05/11/2019
Ham Radio Information
Happy 228th Birthday to Samuel F. B. Morse
Inventor of the first digital mode

It's a bit humbling to realize that the United States had only been a country for 15  years when the man who invented the Morse Code was born. Samuel Finley Breese Morse, (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the development of a single-wire telegrap...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/29/2019
History and Humor
Simple AM BC Radio using just an LM-386 audio IC
it's surprisingly good!

 The LM-386 has long been a favorite audio amplifier for getting the audio from a direct conversion or other type of receiver up to the 1 watt level to drive a speaker.   But some clever fellows came up with a way to turn this high-gain linear IC into a regenerative receiver all by itself, and I just had to try it. The result surprised me.  Unlike most regens which are a c...  READ MORE
ranickels
04/26/2019
RAN Technology Product demos
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