Video documentary: The role of British hams during both world wars

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From the East Anglican Film Archive: “Illustrated with archival film and photographs, as well as interviews with those involved, the documentary traces the evolution of civilian involvement in radio-based intelligence during both world wars. Wireless espionage was to play an even more important role during World War II, with the Secret Intelligence Service setting up…

Mountain Top Radio 2.0 available for order

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UPDATE: Sold out in 15 hours. Steve KD1JV made his latest kit available for sale last night. The MTR (Version 2) is $155 postage paid ($165 for DX). This new kit differs from the original MTR in that is a 3-band rig for the builder’s choice of 17, 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters (80m components not included…

Soon to be active on the 5cm band

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A few weeks ago I sold my 1st generation Phantom quadcopter to a friend and bought the newest version which has several very significant upgrades over the older. These include: a 2D brushless gimbal – videos are now smooth regardless of the quad’s motion (see video below) a higher capacity “smart” battery which increases flight…

CQ Magazine

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CQ Magazine publisher Rich Moseson W2VU discusses the magazine’s recent problems with chronically late (and even missing, in some cases) issues. I’ve never subscribed to CQ Magazine but many who do have given up on them and discuss the matter here. Kudos to Rich for agreeing to appear on camera in an attempt to explain…

Mike VP8CMH/MM – sailing south

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I’ve always enjoyed working maritime mobile stations, especially if they are in remote parts of the world. My second QSO with Mike was just a few minutes ago as he was steaming south from 61S by 47W, just southwest of South Orkney Island onboard the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross. Our QSO was on…

“Not for sale in the US”

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I’ve hesitated upgrading from my very old MFJ antenna analyzer due to the fact that other analyzers seem over-priced for what they offer. Finally, from Spain, the SARK-110 – yet unavailable in the US due (I think) to patent issues. Hopefully those matters will get resolved to allow sales here. Features include (from their website):…

Ham Radio News on 1 April 2014

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Boxing ring set up at Visalia for DX Convention The ugly little secret behind DX and contesting conventions is that for the first time ever, many people are meeting face to face who have been involved in on-the-air altercations. DXing and contesting, for many people, are adrenelin-fueled frenzies of activity. Many will do whatever it…