Tag Archive for multimedia

Audio: NPR podcast of Radiosport

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Here is the 8 minute audio podcast on the topic of radio contesting as covered by NPR yesterday morning (9 Aug 2014). It is also available on their website (which also specifies that it is permissible to share it) but is a bit difficult to find. Far more interesting than the write-up, the audio contains…

The Russian Woodpecker & the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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When I got my Novice ticket in 1978, the Russian Woodpecker was at its peak. Developed to detect ICBM launches, the over-the-horizon radars known as Duga-1, Duga-2 and Duga-3  caused an incredible amount of QRM on the 20- and 40-meter ham bands. Even Radio Moscow was not immune. The system became operational in 1976 amid…

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…

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…