Tag Archive for RadioHistory

Stirling power for radios? Not yet, but…

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Before the two Tom’s, Witherspoon (K4SWL) and Hanks (the actor), started promoting the concept of radio distribution to remote and impoverished areas of the world, there was Trevor Baylis who, in 1993 came up with the concept and initial design of the “self-powered” radio. Since then, the self-powered radio movement has spawned several similar radio…

Book excerpt: Illicit shortwave listening

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I thought some readers might be interested in an excerpt of a book I recently read regarding conditions in North Korea as they relate to shortwave radio. The book is The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. As you may infer from the following excerpt, the book is well written, interesting…

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…

Why ham radio endures in a world of tweets

It’s always nice when our hobby gets favorable publicity among the non-ham population. From David Rowan at WIRED: Somehow it makes little sense that amateur “ham” radio continues to thrive in the age of Twitter, Facebook and iPhones. Yet the century-old communications technology — which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam…