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Posted: 10/14/2019
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Would you trust a flying car?

Porsche and Boeing team up on prototype The companies have created a mockup of a vehicle that looks like a sleeker version of the Batmobile from The Dark Knight Rises – exactly what you might expect from Porsche designers....While Jetson-style flying cars seem far-fetched and face numerous safety obstacles, consulting firms are pretty upbeat about their potential. Deloitte predicts sales will start slowly in the US, but by 20...  READ MORE
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Posted: 10/14/2019
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Cassette Tape Production Delays

Worldwide Material Shortage Delays Cassette Tape Production National Audio Company, the largest cassette tape manufacturer in the U.S., hopes to return production to “normal” by end of year.While the cassette resurgence has not matched the vinyl boom, tape sales are on the rise, growing 23% in 2018. This has led to a period of immense productivity for National Audio Company, the largest audio cassette tape manufacturer in the United S...  READ MORE
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Posted: 09/15/2019
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AM & SSB: A ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’

Online Petition to ARRL Click the link above to leave your name and call if you wish to support Bob's plea.Hello to my friends and Directors of the ARRL,I noted with pleasure that the ARRL Board has passed a motion addressing HF data bandwidth.For many years, there has been an outcry from HF AM operators to have the ARRL Board address the situation of the original ‘Gentlemen’s’ agreement that w...  READ MORE
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Posted: 07/30/2019
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The FACOM 128B (Japan)

Technician keeps the 1959 computer humming. NUMAZU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Long obsolete and not just a museum piece, an early massive computer developed 60 years ago remains working, thanks to a technician dedicated to preserving it for future generations.Tadao Hamada believes that keeping the historic FACOM128B operational will help hand down Japan's technological heritage to posterity.“I will maintain it forever,” said Hama...  READ MORE
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Posted: 07/22/2019
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Are You Smarter than AI?

Images Expose Weak Spots Computer vision has improved massively in recent years, but it’s still capable of making serious errors. So much so that there’s a whole field of research dedicated to studying pictures that are routinely misidentified by AI, known as “adversarial images.” Think of them as optical illusions for computers. While you see a cat up a tree, the AI sees a squirrel.There&rsqu...  READ MORE
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Posted: 07/04/2019
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TALK-RADIO PIONEER CHUCK HARDER DIES

Founded the Peoples Radio Network Chuck Harder passed away April 18th, 2018 at age 75.   During the middle 1990s, his syndicated show was second only to Rush Limbaugh with over 300 stations.I remember fondly the quiet, honest and unique For the People, broadcasting from the Telford Hotel.  Chuck's People's Radio Network was unfortunately dismantled by the same corporate smash-and-take mentality tha...  READ MORE
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Posted: 06/30/2019
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Flat Earth Programs On WBCQ

Beginning July 8, 2019 WBCQ Programming Schedule: http://wbcq.com/schedule/MONTICELLO, MAINE -- The world's most powerful radio station, 500,000-watt WBCQ in northern Maine will be transmitting programs around the world produced by a wealthy religious organization proclaiming the earth to be flat.  Daily continuous religious programs from "World's Last Chance" are scheduled to begin July 8 ac...  READ MORE
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Posted: 06/17/2019
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Star Trek Starfleet insignia found on Mars

The high resolution imaging science experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image in the Red Planet's Hellas Planitia region. According to the University of Arizona researchers who operate the HiRISE camera for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shapes like this "are the result of a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind." But they also note t...  READ MORE
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Posted: 06/09/2019
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W9DYV Amateur Radio Symposium

July 19-21 Slidell, Louisiana New Venue-Expanded Topics-Boneyard/TailgatingInterested in the full spectrum of vintage HF SSB/AM radio rig restoration, electron tubes, homebrew rig construction and even SDR?  Looking for just a good old-fashioned summertime hamfest/boneyard?  Or an XYL-sanctioned opportunity to visit New Orleans and the National World War II Museum?Here’s a can’t-miss event, just for you.B...  READ MORE
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Posted: 06/04/2019
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17th Annual AM Get-Together

Gary, KI8BQ, Hosts Another Swapmeet LOCATION:  KI8BQ QTH half way between Chicago and Detroit (on the Michigan - Indiana state line)                        TIME: 10:00 am Michigan timeBRING: Your boatanchors and guest ... camping is available for those who wish to come early. We will have Coffee and rolls.  Sloppy Joes, Chips and Soft Drinks for Lunch.AUCTION: All...  READ MORE

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Category: Nets
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Favorite HF Nets

Sell/Swap, Vintage Radios & More All times are in Eastern unless otherwise indicated.  Frequencies are in Megacycles. Recommended HF NetsNet NameDayTimeFREQ/ModeSwan Technical NetWednesday2200 UTC14.2925 +/-  /USB3898 Traders NetWednesday8 PM3.938 / LSBBoatanchor NetWednesday7:30 PM CST3.870 / LSBWA9ZTY Vintage AM GroupSaturday7:30 AM3.885 / AMMidwest Classic Radio NetSaturday8:30 AM3.885 / AMSwan Technical NetSatu...  READ MORE
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Category: Vintage Manufacturers
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W1LSB Finds an EBay Treasure

This 1964 WRL catalog was addressed to Major General Butch Griswold – K0DWC I was first licensed as a novice in 1958, and the WRL catalog was really dominant in those days, with the Globe King, Globe Champ,  and all of the lesser models gracing its pages.  I had a Globe Chief 90 and often dreamed of owning the bigger iron in those pages.   I have since collected most of the WRL catalogs from 1954 to 1964, and the last one turned out to be an interestin...  READ MORE
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Category: Crazy EBay Prices!
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Crazy EBay Prices!

Pictures of radio suckerbait on the world's largest online auction! Below are some screen shots of incredible prices demanded by some EBay vendors.  Since posting an auction is free as long as the item is not sold, it costs nothing for the unscrupulous vendor to display their (often unremarkable) wares as if they were priceless artifacts.  Enjoy. ...  READ MORE
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Category: The Radio Shack
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Swan Twins: 600-T, 600-R Custom, 600-S

From the Estate of AA5T These excellent examples of the Swan Twins are from the estate of John Thuren, AA5T of Houston, Texas.  John had checked in to the 20M Swan net with these very desirable "big Swans" until a few years ago. A big thanks to Eddie, NU5K, who handled John's estate and placed these on EBay.  He packed them well, knowing they are indeed an important find.  Also...  READ MORE
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Category: SDR for Vintage Radios
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SDR techniques for Boatanchor Radios

W9RAN started playing with RTL-SDR dongles about 6 years ago, and knew they were going to have a big impact on the radio hobby.   But since these $15 receivers only tuned the VHF and UHF bands, he designed a wideband upconverter to make HF coverage possible, and described how it worked in an article in Jan. 2013 QST "Cheap and Easy SDR".   The "RANVerter" as...  READ MORE
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Category: Activities
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2018 Cave City Hamfest

Cave City, Kentucky, 3/3/2018 Barry, AC9NK and I attendended the 2018 Cave City hamfest, which was awesome this year.  The facility was packed, with lots of vendors.  We enjoyed the company of my friend Tom, N4LID for dinner the night before. Tom, who is blind, had not been able to get to the hamfest for many years.  You will find more pictures at the Kentucky Phone Net site.  A big thanks to Rod, N4ZIF, fo...  READ MORE
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Category: Vintage Manufacturers
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Remembering the Electra Company

Cumberland Indiana For nearly five years, spanning 1978 - 1983,  I worked as an Electronics Technician in the original Bearcat manufacturing and service facility in Cumberland, Indiana.  Electra was one of the best places I've ever worked, and were among the many innovative consumer electronics companies which sprang up in and around Indianapolis.  Al Lovell, a former employee of Regency (also in ...  READ MORE
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Category: Care & Restoration
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Heath Tube-Type LMO Repair (PDF)

Glen E. Zook, K9STH The tube-type Linear Master Oscillators (“LMO”) used in the Heathkit SB-Line equipment is a very stable and accurate means of controlling the frequency in the equipment. Unfortunately, as the units age, many LMOs develop a “warble” when tuning. This “warble” usually stops when the frequency control knob is not rotated. However, accurately “zero-beating&rdq...  READ MORE
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Category: The Radio Shack
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NB9M Studio C Installed

A creative solution to managing big boxes in limited space. (Shown: 1/7/2018 checkin with the DX-60 Net on 3880, using the DX-60/HG-10B/HO-10 and the RME-6900)Using furniture-grade 5/8" plywood, simple tools and cold garage during Christmas vacation, I constructed Studio C, which occupies the south wall of the shack.  Exploiting a sturdy, existing cabinet with drawers that I've had since I was a kid, I devised a scheme to reliably handle the ...  READ MORE
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Category: OTR
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Remembering Fielden Farrington (1909-1977)

CBS announcer, writer, author and announcer Remembering Fielden FarringtonAuthor, announcer and long-time CBS writer Fielden Ward Farrington was born July 4, 1909 in Clinton, Indiana.  He was my great-uncle; the younger brother of my grandmother, Thelma (Farrington) Stone.  Two weeks prior to his birth, his older brother Leo passed away with scarlet fever.  Fielden's father Harry, a talented carpenter, built the hous...  READ MORE