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Somebody wrote: Actually "73" was a term the old telegraph operators would use back in the old west days. It meant that they owned a Winchester 1873 rifle (their most prized possession) and that when they died they would give it to the other operator. Hense '73' meant I will will you my 73 rifle. '73s' meant you had more than one rifles that you would give to them (they were a really good friend.).
amateur  radio  ham  slang  telegraphy  history  archive  folklore 
may 2014 by driscoll
CB Repeater
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The first time that this subject was explored was in the late 70's, when I was a member of the Channel 13 group. At that time, I had a Radio Shack 5 watt, 6 channel walkie-talkie which I used to monitor and talk on the channel when I was out in the yard, working on the car, or hanging out at a neighbor's. Most of our CB group were clustered in an area which was about 2 to 3 miles away from my house. While I could listen just fine with the W/T, my transmit signal was relatively weak and subject to being "taken out" by any skip interference or errant carrier thrower that happened on frequency. I had thought about running a coax lead from my radio room to the outside, so I could use the base antenna on the walkie-talkie. While the gain of the base antenna would certainly help my signal, it turned out to be impractical as it "tied" me to the cable, and I lost mobility. So now what?
cb  radio  amateur  repeater  story  history  ham 
august 2013 by driscoll
Amelia Earhart Distress Call Details Emerge : Discovery News
Attn RT There were more than 50 radio signals from Amelia Earhart after her disappearance?
radio  ham  hamradio  aeronautics  history  digital  method  methodology  signalprocessing 
june 2012 by driscoll
435 history
Art Gentry, W6MEP (sk) who built the very first repeater in the US that went on the air in 1955 as K6MYK and operated as such until the late 80's I believe.
ham  radio  amateur  repeater  cb  history  people  fm  california  la 
september 2011 by driscoll
CHIRP - Software for programming amateur radios | CHIRP
CHIRP is a FREE cross-platform, cross-radio programming tool. It works on Windows and Linux (and MacOSX with a little work). It supports a growing list of radios across several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory contents between them. The current list of supported models is:
programming  software  tools  linux  radio  amateur  ham  code 
august 2011 by driscoll
HT220 Page
love these old ads + TV stills of the motorola "handie talkie" HT-220 radio in action //
radio  history  platform  ham  artifact  fm 
june 2011 by driscoll
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