Tag Archives: Radio History

The Fascination of The Spark

Many people consider history to be a very boring subject, but most regular readers of this blog probably realize that I have a certain fascination with history especially radio history. If you are one of those who find history boring … Continue reading

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Who Is Oleg Losev?

Oleg Vladimirovich Losev (Russian: Олег Владимирович Лосев) was none other than the first person to record his findings in regards to Light Emitting Diodes (LED). Though he only lived to be 39 years old, May 10, 1903 – January 22, … Continue reading

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HETRODYNE, REGENERATIVE & SUPER REGENERATIVE HOW DO THEY DIFFER?

My article titled “The Regenerative Receiver” prompted a question. The question follows: “one question I have is – are the following principals basically the same – how do they differ? Heterodyne Regenerative and Super Regenerative. I want to try to … Continue reading

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“It’s of no use whatsoever…” LESS ACCURATE WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN!

Wireless communications started with just the belief that electromagnetic fields existed as result of the reversing or oscillating currents. James Clark Maxwell and Michael Faraday predicted the existence of electromagnetic fields as result of the reversing or oscillating currents but … Continue reading

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WHAT IS A NUVISTOR?

From the time Lee De Forest put a grid in the diode detector which he patent in 1906 to build the first audion (what he named the first triode which he patent in 1908) amplifier engineers have struggled to build … Continue reading

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OLD HAMS NEVER DIE THEY JUST GO SILENT KEY

It does not seem that long ago when I got my first ham radio license and certainly I don’t consider myself to be one the early radio pioneers.  So when I did some research on early day amateur radio stations … Continue reading

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MEET BOB

Meet Bob N6BOB.  When I moved to Yuba City, CA 17 years ago Bob’s call was W6OWH.  I had several on the air as well as eyeball QSO’s with Bob over the years. In 1960 ham radio operators were required … Continue reading

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WHY ARE WE CALLED HAMS?

This week I was asked a question, that I have been asked many times before, “Where did the term ham come from when speaking about ham radio operators?”  The absolute unquestionable answer to this question is unknown but my research … Continue reading

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THE DYNAMICS OF THE DYNAMOTOR

Please use the comment section below to reply.  How many of my readers used a dynamotor to power the finals of their mobile transmitters?  Let me broaden that question; how many have even heard of a dynamotor? Back in the … Continue reading

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CALL SIGN LICENSE PLATES AND BIG ANTENNAS

A while back I was in Florida. That state has more different license plates for their vehicles then any other state I know but all the while I was there I did not see one ham radio license plate. Does … Continue reading

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