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


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...    John Ryan @n1pce Homebrew Buddipole with Modifications: … [Continue reading]

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

imabug @imabug Smith chart…   MAKE @make Inkjet-printed circuits being shown at #sxsw. More to come.   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


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… Victor Laynez @roteno Fun little radio housing. DIY Engineering @DIYEngineering Using SDR to Read Your Smart … [Continue reading]