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The Bones of Station H

One week before the attack on Pearl Harbor, a US Navy listening post on the other side of Oahu intercepted Admiral Yamamoto's message to the AJapanese fleet to sail to Hawaii. Today, the remains of that radio station can still be seen....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
12/07/2020
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What a hacked coffeemaker looks like.

As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the older coffee makers to see what kinds of hacks he could do with it. After just a week of effort, the unqualified answer was: quite a lot. Specifically, he could trigger the coffee maker to turn on the burner, dispense water, spin the bean grinder, and display a ransom message, all while be...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/28/2020
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Space Station FM Repeater Online!

ISS FM repeater informationDownlink: 437. 800 +/- dopplerUplink: 145.990 (67hz PL Tone)...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/16/2020
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Pine Board Project "The Beginning"

One of my favorite YouTube channels, The Radio Shop, features a multi-part series of videos on the building of Bob Heil's "Pine Board Transmitter" into an old repurposed CB linear amplifier case. ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/09/2020
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Build This 8-Bit Home Computer!
Just 5 Chips

What if I ditched the classic CPU for something more modern yet still 8-bit? How low could I get the chip count?The result was the Amethyst. Just like a classic home computer, it has an integrated keyboard and can generate audio and video. It also has a built-in high-level programming language for users to write their own programs. And it uses just six chips—an ATMEGA1284P ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/23/2020
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Swan 350C In Action
Vintage Sideband Net w/Roger, KD7HH

A quick video of the January 20, 2020 check-in to the Vintage Sideband Net (14. 2925).  Net control at the time was Roger, KD7HH....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
01/20/2020
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Wes Schum W9DYV Symposium
A Windfall for Winterfest 2020

From: https://forums. qrz.com/index.php? threads/wes-schum-w9dyv-symposium-is-a-windfall-for-winterfest-2020.681284/Sometimes things just drop in over the transom. But it’s usually when the transom-owner is effective, organized and the opportunity coming along is looking for such a place to land. In short, those who are effective tend to get unsolicited opportunities. And a ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
11/21/2019
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Collins S-2 Line
N0SAP, Slidell LA

The Ellusive Collins S-2 Line - David Beckler, NØSAP.   David displayed these beauties in the 2018 Jonesborough, TN W9DYV gathering....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/12/2019
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2019 AM Get Together w/N6TLU
Sturgis, Michigan

Terry, N6TLU, once again has produced a video of the annual AM meet in Sturgis, Michigan.   This swap meet is hosted by KI8BQ, Gary, and his gorgeous QTH just north of the Indiana line....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/30/2019
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LaserDisc - The DVD of the 1970's!

If you have never seen one of these machines, and the amazing video & audio quality they produced, you're missing somethng: uncompressed analog video.   Yet, these devices came out years before the DVD - and several years before the original CD!  LaserDiscs were twelve inches wide, just like LP records.  Indianapolis was home for the production of much of the hardware ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
04/04/2019
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W5XU and K5EF w/classic Drakes
2018 Jonesborough, TN

Dave, W5XU and Nick, K5EF, making contacts at the Jonesborough, TN gathering, July 2018. ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/26/2019
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Drake 8-Series Prototype Closeups
W5XU display, Jonesborough, TN 2018

Dave, W5XU displays the Drake TR-8 prototypes as well as the matching L-85 linear amplifier. This is what was coming when R.L. Drake decided to terminate its amateur radio products....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/26/2019
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K5EF 2500L Broadband Amp
2018 Jonesborough, TN

Built by Nick Tusa, K5EF, this beautiful amplifier exploits the "Mysterious" Batchelor Broadband Coupler, which enabled the first no-tune, broadband amp design used in the 100V.  This potted device was explained by Nick, but was a real mystery in the 1950s to Central Electronics' startled competitors.  Per Nick:"This is a desktop 2500L that I had designed and intende...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/26/2019
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The Only Drake L-85 Amp in the World!
Dave, W5XU, shows us the rarest of the rare (Jonesborough, TN, July 2018)

Dave, W5XU, displays the only Drake L-85 linear amplifier in existence, and shares some of the history behind it. The L-85 was meant to sell with the Drake TR-8 transceiver - part of a series that never made it to production. Dave also compares it to the L-75.   This brief video was taken and the Wes Schum estate gathering in Jonesborough, TN, July 2018....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/26/2019
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The History of Cosmophone - Brian Harris, WA5UEK
Jonesborough, TN CE Meet (2016)

One of the most intriguing, but rare, radios of the late 1950s was the Cosmophone 35. Less than 100 were built and very few survive. Yet, it was a hallmark rig sporting dual VFOs and was the first all-band transceiver produced for the amateur radio market, beating out the Collins KWM-2 for that honor. Brian Harris, WA5UEK, is the foremost authority on these rigs. We hope you enjoy this piece of ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
08/07/2018
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Bob Heil's Pine Board Project
2018 Jonesborough, TN

Bob Heil set up a display of some of his products, including the Pine Board Project transmitter, which appeared in QST magazine and Ham Nation.  Lots of videos and construction resources can be found on the Heil Sound site: https://heilsound.com/amateur-radio-post/the-pine-board-project/(W9DYV Vintage Radio Event at the Central Electronics estate, Jonesborough, TN, July 2018)...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/23/2018
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Drake TR-8 Pre-Production Transceiver
2018 Jonesborough, TN

David Assaf, W5XU, presents a pre-production prototype for the R. L. Drake TR-8 transceiver, which was never produced.   This one has a serial number of XXX2. The bandswitch is missing.  (W9DYV Vintage Radio Event at the Central Electronics estate, Jonesborough, TN, July 2018)...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/23/2018
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Drake TR-8 Transceiver Early Prototype
2018 Jonesborough, TN

David Assaf, W5XU, presents an early prototype for the R. L. Drake TR-8 transceiver, which was never produced.  This one David calls the "TR-7B" because of the obvious evolution from the TR-7.  (W9DYV Vintage Radio Event at the Central Electronics estate, Jonesborough, TN, July 2018)  ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/23/2018
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Bobby Hallicrafters W6OZI's Hamshack Tour- 2018

California Hammin' goes back for another visit to the hamshack of Bob Demarco- a. k.a. "Bobby Hallicrafters". Five years after our first tour, see what's new in Bob's collection.  I've been heavy into Hallicrafters for nearly 30 years, and I've never seen some of the radios that Bob has collected....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
06/03/2018
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Jeff, WA8SAJ on History of Swan Radio
2017 Jonesborough, TN

Jeff Covelli, WA8SAJ, gives a 1/2 hour presentation on Herb Johnson and the origin of Swan Radio Company.   Jeff, a ham since 1965, has had a long career in Avionics and consumer electronics  Today he is highly regarded as a go-to for information and repair of vintage AM and sideband gear.  Electric Radio features several of his articles.*** NOTE ***Audio quality is very ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
12/23/2017
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W9DYV on History of Central Electronics (1993)
Founder & SSB pioneer Wes Schum addresses Society of Radio Operators

A one hour 1993 presentation by Wes Schum W9DYV, Central Electronics founder to the Society of Radio Operators (SRO) of Chicago. Wes gives his story about the company, how he started in ham radio, the development of SSB, involvement in WW II research, helping VOA when the USSR was jamming them, Art Collins' call for help and the taking over of Central by Zenith. He also mentions his retireme...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
12/09/2017
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Jeff, WA8SAJ on Wartime R.L. Drake History
2017 Jonesborough, TN

Jeff Covelli, unarguably one of the nation's foremost experts in vintage radio communications companies and their products, presents a forum on Collins Radio just prior to WW2, and how the war formed the direction of the company. *** NOTE *** Audio quality is very poor in this video. Bob Heil, who handled the audiovisual chores in the 2016 Jonestown event, was unable to help in the 2017 activ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/24/2017
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2015 Field Day: K5LYN and Vintage Central Electronics

Central Electronics founder, Wes (W9DYV) and Lynn (K5LYN) at the 2015 Central Electronics Field Day (now W9DYV Boatanchor Event).  Lynn, a primary net control for the weekly Vintage Sideband Net (vintagesideband.org) batted zeroes calling CQ with equipment that was built about when I was born....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/06/2017
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Wes Schum's Last CQ
W9DYV, founder of Central Electronics, calls his last CQ (June 2015)

From his eastern Tennessee estate in 2015, 94-year-old Wes Schum joins friends and family in ARRL Field Day activities. Wes, W9DYV, was the founder of Central Electronics. Shown here is a very early broadband linear amplifier and a CE transmitter.We unfortunately lost Wes last year (2016), but the annual W9DYV Boatanchor Event is growing and a great place for vintage radio enthusiasts.  Che...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/06/2017
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