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Bencher, Inc. sold to Vibroplex, LLC

(Source: Scott Robbins W4PA, Vibroplex) Press Release – March 18, 2015 Bencher, Inc. of Antioch Illinois announced the sale today of the Bencher Amateur Radio product lines to Vibroplex, LLC of Knoxville, Tennessee. This sale ends Bencher’s presence in the … Continue reading

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This African ISP commercial may be the best amateur radio promotion. Ever.

Many thanks to my buddy Ulis (K3LU) for sharing this brilliant commercial:

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RadioShack liquidation sales

[Note: This post was originally published on my shortwave radio blog, the SWLing Post.] One of my local RadioShack stores is closing and liquidating all of the merchandise and store fixtures. I’ve visited the store twice and found that the best … Continue reading

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Working K1N: The Navassa Island DXpedition

While I love QRP and ham radio in general, I must admit that I’m not much of a DXer. I love the idea of DX, but at this point in my life, it’s hard to make time for it and, … Continue reading

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Fully-assembled Mountain Topper rigs soon available from LnR

Many thanks to Chris (K4RCH) for passing along this message from Steve (KD1JV) at LnR Precision: I am pleased to announce that the 3 band Mountain Topper will be commercially available as a fully assembled product from LnR Precision. They should … Continue reading

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Sherwood Engineering ranks the Flex 6700

Rob Sherwood has now tested and ranked the new FlexRadio Systems 6700 on his receiver test data page.  Hint: the 6700 tops the list when sorted by third-order dynamic range narrow spaced. Click here to view the results.

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October 10: Let’s talk shortwave…and astronomy

I’ve been invited to speak at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), a non-profit educational radio astronomy observatory (and former NASA tracking station as well as one-time NSA installation), in the mountains of western North Carolina. I’ll be speaking about shortwave radio, … Continue reading

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NM0S’ Ozark Patrol regenerative receiver kit

Just learned that David Cripe (NM0S) has a new kit for sale: the Ozark Patrol regenerative receiver kit. The Ozark Patrol is a simple, straightforward kit, designed with beginners in mind. The kit is a through-hole design, which is to … Continue reading

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New HRO store in Plano, Texas

Many thanks to Dave (N9EWO) who writes: Ham Radio Outlet has announced a new store location in Plano, TX planned to open in the first quarter of 2015. see:   http://www.hamradio.com/news_announcements.cfm Thanks, Dave!

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KX3 Companion App for Android

Neil, comments on (my other blog) the SWLing Post: “An app specifically made for the Elecraft KX3 is KX3Companion (www.kx3companion.com). There are free and paid versions on Google Play (does not work on Kindle Fire). The same author has created … Continue reading

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