My First Ham Receiver

“This Allied Radio Knight Span Master Regenerative Receiver was sold in kit form and assembled in the 1950″s. They are a bit of a trick to tune as you have to adjust the Regeneration control almost to the point that feedback occurs to listen to an AM broadcast or just past that point for Morse code and SSB.” … This was my first ham receiver, bought in 1963 mail order from Allied Radio in Chicago. All I could afford at the time. I built it from kit myself and it WORKED! When my novice call came from the FCC (May 25, 1963) I jumped on the air with this receiver and my Knightkit T60 transmitter (I also built it from kit). Everyone told me it was impossible to make contacts with a regenerative receiver. I made plenty. Still got the logs to prove it. 😉

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Early YL operators, 1917!


1917pre1[1]“Preparedness”  Includes  Woman  Wireless  Operators

During World War I, young ladies learn how to operate wireless sets and send Morse code.

Amateur radio is not just for us guys!

(Popular Science Monthly, June, 1917, page 814)    Send article as PDF   

Ready to do a little ham radioing



 Ready to do a little ham radioing … W5VE is on the air! Using an Icom IC-7200 transceiver (100 watts to a 117′ end-fed longwire), HRD software (radio control on one screen, logbook open on other). Put together this setup on Dec. 12, 2014. Worked 81 countries and 44 states so far.  .. Follow my contacts in real time here.    Send article as PDF   

Easy Programming for Baofeng!

by Randy Harris, KI4VLW

Starting out with new radio out of the box.

Initial Setup

Put radio in VFO MODE

  1. go to MENU #28 and delete all frequencies in memory
  2. go to MENU #0 and set squelch, click MENU, use up/down arrows to set, click MENU
  3. go to MENU #1 and set freq steps to 5.0, click MENU, use up/down arrows to set, click MENU
  4. go to MENU #26 to put in offset freq, click MENU, set offset freq (2M is 00.600 440 is 05.000) click MENU,
  5. click EXIT.

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More on Ham Radio Deluxe software


Computer control of amateur radio transceiver … [below] using Ham Radio Deluxe software on a Windows 7 computer to control my Icom IC-7200 transceiver using ONLY a USB cable. Works both well and comprehensively (i.e. all the buttons on the front of the transceiver can be controlled via HRD).

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Testing Ham Radio Deluxe

Ham Radio Deluxe is a suite of amateur radio software. Here’s a test of controlling my Icom IC-7200 using a Windows 7 computer. In the process of deciding whether to purchase. So far, looking good! … check the software out here.

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My 2nd PSK31 QSO … this is on the 20 meter band, amateur radio using PSK31 — a digital mode where you type messages back and forth. This guy is in Florida and I’m in North Carolina. George has been a ham since 1945, longer than I’ve been alive, and is still on the sharp edge of technology.    Send article as PDF   

My New Icom IC-7200, the Movie

New amateur radio transceiver arrived Friday. Worked about 15 countries already using a QSO King end-fed wire antenna. Mostly on 10 meters (10 is wide open and there’s a contest in progress. Here’s a quick video showing the new radio and one of my long distance contacts.

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