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Father Knows Best: S3 E21 - Short Wave

- December 18, 2021  While Bud is showing his family how he has learned to use a short wave radio, they overhear a distress call from a boat.  ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
12/18/2021
Lost Technologies
35 Years of Windows
A Look At the First Hello World Program!

Windows has evolved a lot over 35 years of development. Today we're going to look at the first version of Windows, released in 1985, its corresponding Hello World application, and then seeing if it's possible to run these applications on a modern version of Windows...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/19/2020
Lost Technologies
'90s Software Claimed To Double Your RAM
The SoftRam95 Scam

SoftRAM claimed to double the available Random-access memory on your computer for $79. 95. Here's what happens when you run it on your [vintage] computer....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/10/2020
Lost Technologies
Using Punch Cards in 1947
Hollerith and IBM

An interview with Bubbles Whiting who, in her early career used punch cards in her everyday work life. Part of the Heritage Lottery funded Viva Computer project from the Centre for Computing History....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/10/2020
Lost Technologies
KPH Radio Station
Last Active Morse Station in US

KPH is a public coast radio station on the West Coast of the United States. For most of the 20th century, it provided ship to shore communications including telegrams and marine telex service.Guglielmo Marconi sited and commissioned the building of a wireless telegraphy transmitting station west of Bolinas and a receiving station in Marshall on Tomales Bay in 1913–14. The Marshall station ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/05/2020
Lost Technologies
The SBE-34 SSB Transceiver
by Pete, N6QW

[I had one of these in my 1978 Ford Granada in the early eighties, and have a couple of find examples at the QTH.   These little transceivers were way ahead of their time in many ways.]Here is an example of what an IC7300 might look like some 50 years ago. It is a hybrid rig using Germanium (mostly PNP) transistors in the low level stages. So OK a couple of NPN (2N706) in several key locatio...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
04/10/2020
Lost Technologies
DIGITAL COMPUTER TECHNIQUES & PRINCIPLES
U.S. Navy, 1962

 This color US Navy training film is about basic computer techniques. This is a 1962 film based on the roman numeral copyright at the end....  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/22/2020
Lost Technologies
1940s BELL TELEPHONE "MOBILE TELEPHONES"
EARLY CELL PHONE / MOBILE TELEPHONE SYSTEM

Created in the late 1940s, this film from Bell explains the operation of the Mobile Telephone Service (MTS) by showing how it can be used to make business more efficient. The film also shows some of the cutting edge equipment used in the system and shows how it was installed in vehicles (7:30). MTS was a pre-cellular VHF radio system that linked to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). A...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/22/2020
Lost Technologies
RCA Victor Tape Cartridge
A Trailblazing Failure

"In this retro HiFi video - I'm looking at a tape cartridge system that introduced a number of innovations and ideas that were incorporated in subsequent formats, but was itself a massive failure. The full demo cart recording can be heard here: https://youtu.be/iVnMnzfftq0 The full RCA promo film can be seen here: https://archive.org/details/Revoluti1958."...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/09/2020
Lost Technologies
The Westinghouse Time Capsule
1939 World's Fair

Westinghouse created a new metal alloy specifically for the occasion—Cupaloy, or 99. 4% copper, tempered with chromium and silver. Westinghouse claims Cupaloy is as strong as steel but won’t corrode over thousands of years, because instead of rusting, it actually attracts deposits of more metal. The term “time capsule” was coined for the 1939 collection, which included lit...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/04/2020
Lost Technologies
The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab
Let your kids measure radioactivity and prospect for radioactive ores!

“Users should not take ore samples out of their jars, for they tend to flake and crumble and you would run the risk of having radioactive ore spread out in your laboratory. ” ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/02/2020
Lost Technologies
WLW's 500KW Transmitter
A Tour of the Facility

Tour of the historic WLW AM monster broadcast transmitter facility located in Mason Ohio. WLW has kept a major piece of broadcasting history alive by keeping much of the old high power transmitter intact. Recorded while at Hamvention, Dayton OH, in 2013.Back in 1932 WLW increased their power from 50,000 watts to 500,000 watts. They were the only AM broadcasting station in America ever to operate...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
01/26/2020
Lost Technologies
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