My new (to me) key

Whoever owned this key took all the parts off a Vibroplex Standard paddle and mounted them on this slab of steel.

Last Saturday, I added to my collection of Morse Code instruments. I bought a modified Vibroplex Standard from a guy who was selling it from an SK estate sale. It's amusing for a couple of reasons: Whoever owned it before I did, took all … [Continue reading]

10 GHz: Use it or lose it

I've often said that I wish there was more commercial gear for 10 GHz or that there was more of a reason to actually use 10 GHz. I realize, of course, that this is easy for me to say, and that if I was more serious about it, I'd just go ahead and get … [Continue reading]

Amateur radio in the news: SuitSat, Poway (CA), radio and aviation

The video that accompanies the article shows SuitSat1 spinning away from the ISS.

Gravity becomes a reality: Watch the terrifying moment an 'astronaut' spins out of the ISS (...but don't worry, there's no one inside the suit). As the International Space Station spins around the Earth, a door unexpectedly opens and a figure in a … [Continue reading]

NIST’s April 7 workshop aims at improved disaster resilience

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From NIST Tech Beat, March 11, 2014. Anyone going? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md., will host the first of six workshops devoted to developing a comprehensive, community-based disaster resilience … [Continue reading]

Dumbing it down fails

Computerworld just published an article, "12 predictions for the future of programming." Future of programming prediction No. 10: Dumbing it down will fail is the one that caught my eye. It reads: For the past 50 years, programmers have tried to … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: bipolar transistors, homebrew Buddipole, Dayton survival

Planet Analog ?@PlanetAnalog 11m Bipolar Transistor Circuit Design & Analysis, Part 1 - There are many applications for one or two transistors. Th... http://ow.ly/2EzTJR    John Ryan @n1pce Homebrew Buddipole with Modifications: … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feeds: Smith chart, inkjet PCBs, SW books

imabug @imabug Smith chart antenna-theory.com/tutorial/smith…   MAKE @make Inkjet-printed circuits being shown at #sxsw. More to come. pic.twitter.com/ohLNzedwSk   Tom Stiles @hamrad88 TRRS #0252 - Books for Shortwave … [Continue reading]

More on the W8P special event

As I reported earlier, I operated a special event station, W8P, from the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum the weekend of February 26-27. The special event commemorated the founding of the Rotary Club on February 23, 1905, and was designed to also spread the … [Continue reading]

Operating notes: A productive day down at the museum

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I wasn't able to get down to WA2HOM, our club station at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum on Saturday, but I did make it on Sunday. It was a very productive—and fun—day. I arrived at the museum at about 1:15 pm, and when I got up to the shack, there … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: clear-top boxes, SDR, HSMM

Sverre Holm, LA3ZA @LA3ZA Show off your project in a clear top tin la3za.blogspot.com/2014/02/show-o… Victor Laynez @roteno Fun little radio housing. pic.twitter.com/QtmCw2smuW DIY Engineering @DIYEngineering Using SDR to Read Your Smart … [Continue reading]