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Tim Smith

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At the Kansas City Ham Bash
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a friend of mine had one, it's a pretty nice receiver
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As promised here are the better quality scans of the the 20s QSL cards from Rhode Island.  I have been looking for pictures of the equipment they describe on some of the cards.  Amazing time indeed.
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Michael Sterba

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From the 1920's...
 
RCA Radiola 24, Station Selector II
Once this was called portable...

#rca #radiola #vintage #antique #swl #swllistening #amateurradio #hamradio
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NICE!!
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Tom Medlin

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Show on vintage equpment coming soon 
 
This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable, a live ham radio webcast, Joe Eisenberg will be presenting an update and photos of the Yuma Hamfest and some other recent hamfests. We will also talk about the Amateur Radio Parity Act.  Tune in to w5kub.com at 8 PM CT (0200 UTC Wed) to watch the show.  Phone lines and chat room will be open for viewers to call in.  Send in your questions for Riley Hollingsworth, retired FCC Special Counsel to answer.  This show is also simulcast on famous international shortwave station WBCQ, "The Planet" on 5110 each Tuesday night. 
Amateur Radio Roundtable
Tue, March 8, 9:00 PM
w5kub.com

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I am looking for old QSL cards from 1920's amateur radio operators in Rhode Island.  I would like to acquire the cards themselves or scans of the cards.  
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I enjoyed living in RI 1977-1983. Many fond memories.
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David Larsen

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First day of packing for move of my 45 years of collecting old electronic items to the Computer Museum of America.

http://bugbookmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/02/first-day-packing-for-move-to-computer.html

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Hi Most of the hams today are not old enough to have used one of these old AM rigs. I never used one but was there at the time. Some how it picked this one up at Dayton Hamvention many years ago - not sure why - Just the nostalgic hoarder.Got my first license in 1954. www.kk4ww.com
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David Larsen

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Ham Radio operator Victor Poor was one of the designers of the pre70 8 bit computer that was the basis of the Intel 8008 microprocessor. Jack Frassanito a patent holder for the Datapoint 2200 provides some interesting up dated information.

http://bugbookmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/01/datapoint-2200-8-bit-computer-update-by.html
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David Larsen

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Vintage radio collectors -here is where old computer live and play - more then 100 museum web sites KK4WW today in Dominica as J79WW

http://bugbookmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/01/computer-museum-web-sites-where-all-old.html
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+Erick Martiniano yes - you liked some of my post so added you to my circles. Thank You Dave
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David Larsen

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I am vintage ham 77 years old and ham for 61 years www.kk4ww.com also here is how I built my large historical computer collection in the 80/90s .

http://bugbookmuseum.blogspot.com/2015/11/computer-collecting-heyday-for.html
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Hi Kenneth - I received this call in about 1990 as upgrade and never changed when I went to advanced. I sure like it - double prefix KK & WW my wife has vanity call KK4WWW.

73 Dave
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About this community

This is a group to discuss, share, and ask questions involving vintage amateur radio. Everyone has a different definition of what "vintage" is or what is considered a boatanchor (which is why I didn't use the term in the title). Lets just keep it fairly open. There is A LOT of knowledge about vintage radios out there and this is a place to share and grow that knowledge. Open to _anything_ vintage amateur radio (VHF/UHF/HF, test equipment, QSL cards, and more).
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Tom Medlin

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Back on this weeks show is Allan Weiner, famous Radio Pirate who broadcasted from a ship off the cost of NY. Hear his story and much more.  watch on w5kub.com.   you can also listen on international shortwave radio station WBCQ on 5130 Khz.   Phone lines will be open.
Amateur Radio Roundtable
Tue, April 12, 9:00 PM
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Michael Sterba

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Kilbourne & Clark Receiver Type T-3
Back in the day when we had knobs and more knobs...

#antique #antiqueradio #swl #amateurradio #hamradio #swllistening
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Alot of those knobs are switches and reohstats with tremendous voltage supplied to them, and a varnished pieces of wood to insulate you from it. Bakelite was an improvement, but did not age well. I am afraid that if i have to change a switch or knob in a boat anchor, i put something newer and safer in there.
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Picked up a few 20's QSL cards from Rhode Island.  Spark transmitters! Photos are not great.  I will scan and re-post when I get them.
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Old and beautiful :) This is how 25 years of raisins :)
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Michael Sterba

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National - HRO 500
Imagine the history heard across the high frequency bands....

Sony NEX-7, SEL1855, HDR
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Love the HRO 500!
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Ethan Blanton

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I acquired this beauty at the La Porte hamfest for $20.  It is a Transistor Specialties model 361-R universal counter/timer.  It will count frequencies up to about 5 MHz, provides a frequency standard for every decade from 1 Hz to 1 MHz, and can do various differential countings/timings between two triggered inputs.

I had passed it a couple of times (the La Porte hamfest is not large, I'd cruised it several times looking for falling prices), but not really noticed it.  On one pass a man was standing in front of the table as it was plugged in and the Nixie tubes lit up and began counting right as my friend Keith and I strolled up to the table.

I immediately stopped, and the interaction went something like this:

Me: Are you buying or selling?
Man: Selling, I hope.
Me: [Seeing $20 post-it] Is that $20?!
Man: Yes.
Me: It's mine!  [Whips out $20 and drops it on table]
Keith: What is it?
Me: I don't know.
Keith: ...

Keith later suggested it was the strangest transaction he had ever seen.
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that is cool!

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David Larsen

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Apple-1 computer delivered to the Computer Museum of America - Several hundred vintage ham radio rigs loaded ready for delivery as well.

http://bugbookmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/02/apple-1-computer-delivered-to-computer.html


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Found an interesting QSL card with Rhode Island ties.  The card was sent by Lewis Bellem.  Bellem along with Granville P Lindley (Lead Engineer of the Byrd Expedition II), who brought and set up the radio equipment used on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific made famous by the landing place of the mutineers from the HMS Bounty. Both Bellem and Lindley were engineers working for Coto-Coil at the time.  Numerous companies donated the equipment and Coto-Coil was one of them.  I have this and more on my website dedicated to Rhode Island Radio at http://www.rhodeislandradio.org
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David Larsen

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Vintage ham radio and Computer collection move from Bugbook Computer Museum to the Computer Museum of America.

I will be operating Winter Field day today from my Chantilly Farm as N4USA 20m 14,318 and 14,275 - Dave KK4WW

http://bugbookmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/01/bugbook-computer-museum-is-moving-to.html
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Tom Medlin

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Big show Tuesday night at 8 PM CT on Amateur Radio Roundtable. Allan Weiner, famous pirate radio broadcaster will answer all questions about his pirate days including, FCC and FBI raids, how he did it, why he did it, we will talk about his military surplus radio collections including working radar systems, and how he went straight and licensed a number of radio stations including international shortwave station WBCQ which simulcasts our Tues night shows on 5110 khz. Watch on W5KUB.COM or listen on 5110 Khz. (UTC is 0200 on Weds)
Amateur Radio Roundtable
Tue, January 12, 9:00 PM
w5kub.com

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Tom Medlin

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We will be talking about a lot of vintage gear. Martin has a huge collection of the vintage gear.
 
Martin Jue, founder and president of MFJ Enterprises is our guest on Amateur Radio Roundtable this Tuesday night 12/8/15 at 8 PMCT on W5KUB.COM (0200 UTC Wed). Chat room and telephone lines will be open for viewers. This program is geared to ham radio operators, shortwave listeners, and anyone interested in electronics and communications. This program is also simulcast on international shortwave station WBCQ on 9330 from Monticello, ME. 
Amateur Radio Roundtable
Tue, December 8, 2015, 9:00 PM
watch on w5kub.com listen on shortwave at 9330

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