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KDKA's 100th anniversary special event
November 1 thru November 30, 2020

2020 is broadcast pioneer KDKA’s 100th anniversary. To celebrate this great milestone there will be a month-long special event operation put on by multiple Western PA clubs! Look for special callsigns K3A, K3D and K3K. Also, look for special callsign W8XK – KDKA’s callsign before it was KDKA! There will be portable operations from Saxonburg, where it all started. Operators will b...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
10/26/2020
Activities
Raspberry Pi: Five handy home office projects to try

Take your remote working game to the next level with these Raspberry Pi home office projects.Initially designed as a low-cost computing board for teaching kids to code, the Raspberry Pi has since evolved into a fully fledged PC comfortably capable of replacing your desktop setup. At the same time, the board's legions of dedicated fans have ensured a steady stream of ingenious open-so...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/23/2020
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Solar Minimum Is Here, and it’s one of the Deepest in a Century

NOAA has released a new interactive tool to explore the solar cycle, which lets you scroll back through time, comparing sunspot counts now to peaks and valleys of the past.One thing is clear. Solar Minimum is here, and it’s one of the deepest in a century.Solar minimumSolar Minimum is a natural part of the solar cycle. Every ~11 years, the sun transitions from high to low acti...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/17/2020
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More Online Covidiocy
Buy a 12VDC fan for your face mask!

Fortunately, no bidders......  READ MORE

UncleBrad
04/10/2020
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The Smart Potato
Making A Scathing Point About Useless Smart Gadgets

I almost walked right by it. But then I realized the object the young man was holding up, apparently thrilling the small crowd gathered around his tiny CES 2020 booth, was a potato.The vegetable in question looked like an ordinary, chunky Idaho spud, although protruding out of one side was some kind of antenna, a black plastic appendage bent upward. Close to the potato's surface, the...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
01/13/2020
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New Arrival: Swan 350C & 117XC
Thanks to Dean, K4ATR

I've had lots of Swan 350's in the past, but this one is by far the best, and will stay at this QTH with my other Swan keeper: the model 400.  This 350C was built in February 1968 and sold to Amateur Electronic Supply in Wisconsin (per Stu, K4BOV) and sold to a ham in Texas.  Stu also reported that approximately 1100 of these 350C's were made, and this one was one of the...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
04/07/2018
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Build Your Own Altair 8800 Personal Computer
Go back to 1974 and the dawn of home computing with this Arduino-based kit

The MITS Altair 8800 was the first commercially successful personal computer. Created by Ed Roberts in 1974, it was purchased by the thousands via mail order, proving there was a huge demand for computers outside universities and large corporations. Its influence was immense: For example, after seeing the Altair featured on the cover of the January 1975 issue of Popular El...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/26/2018
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2017 W9DYV Boatanchor Event
July 22-23, 2017 Jonesborough, TN

The 5th annual W9DYV event is shaping up to be better than ever, with flea markets, vintage radio displays, home-brewing, and great workshops.  Located at the estate of Wes Shum (SK) outside historic Jonesborough, TN, this event has attracted the attention of key enthusiasts and homebrewers from all over the United States.  There will be tables under the big tent, as well as a vast ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/06/2017
Activities
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