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JSB-20 Synthesizer demo
Tuning and USB/LSB selection

This is a short video that shows my external Arduino-controlled frequency synthesizer that is used to make the JRC JSB-20 frequency agile.    Tuning is implemented  by means of up/down switches much like the decade switches used on many military packset radios, although knob-tuning can be done just as easily.    I have not yet printed a graphic overlay so the bar...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/12/2020
Ham Radio Information
JRC JSB-20 SSB Radiotelephone Demonstration
Vintage Sideband Net 12-12-20

This shows the JSB-20 portable 10 watt radiotelephone in operation using my 80 meter dipole checking into the Vintage Sideband Net with W9JFM.  Dan is in Algoma WI, 195 miles from my QTH in Freeport IL and as you can hear, reported an excellent signal from the JSB-20.  The JSB-20 dates from the 1970s when HF SSB was the only means of communication for those outside of line-of-sight ...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/12/2020
Ham Radio Information
John Sargrove - the Father of Modern Electronic Manufacturing Automation
E.C.M.E and a man decades ahead of his time

You've probably never heard the name John Sargrove before, but we've all benefited from the electronic manufacturing revolution he tried to start in the middle of the 20th century.    He knew that for radios and other electronic devices to become cheap enough for even the poorest countries to afford, the manufacturing cost - both components and labor - would have to be drama...  READ MORE
ranickels
12/10/2020
History and Humor
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
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