Via HACKADAY: WWII Aircraft Radio Roars to Life: What it Takes to Restore a Piece of History

I’ve been told all my life about old-timey Army/Navy surplus stores where you could buy buckets of FT-243 crystals, radio gear, gas masks, and even a Jeep boxed-up in a big wooden crate. Sadly this is no longer the case. Today surplus stores only have contemporary Chinese-made boots, camping gear, and flashlights. They are bitterly […]

Saint Maximilian Kolbe sacrificed his life for his fellow man during WW2

On a day like today, 77 years ago, Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe died a martyr on a 14th of August of the year 1941. He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in the place of a Jewish man in the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Maximilian was active in promoting the veneration […]

Nazis pressed ham radio hobbyists to serve the Third Reich – but surviving came at a price (Washington, DC)

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Bruce Campbell, College of William & Mary (THE CONVERSATION) When people have free and unfettered choices of activities, they both entertain and express themselves through their pastimes – whether stamp or coin collecting, scrapbooking, gardening or tinkering with electronic […]

via the ARRL: The Royal Mint to Host June Amateur Radio Special Event

For the second year, the Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) of South Wales in the UK has gained permission to operate within the Royal Mint, and regulator Ofcom has granted the call sign GB4RME (“Royal Mint Experience”). The theme of the June 1 – 2 event is “Covert Radio as used in World War II.” […]

via HACKADAY: Beeping The Enemy Into Submission

In July 1940 the German airforce began bombing Britain. This was met with polite disagreement on the British side — and with high technology, ingenuity, and improvisation. The defeat of the Germans is associated with anti-aircraft guns and fighter planes, but a significant amount of potential damage had been averted by the use of radio. […]

via HACKADAY: Retrotechtacular: Radio to Listen to When you Duck and Cover

CONELRAD may sound like the name of a fictional android, but it is actually an acronym for control of electronic radiation. This was a system put in place by the United States at the height of the cold war (from 1951 to 1963) with two purposes: One was to disseminate civil defense information to the […]

Midway and Kure Islands are Now Deleted DXCC Entities

Midway and Kure Islands have been placed on the list of DXCC deleted entities, effective August 26, 2016. This came about as an unintended consequence of action last summer by then-President Barack Obama that expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to include the northwestern Hawaiian Islands west of Ni’ihau Island, making it the largest contiguous […]

via HACKADAY: Acoustic Mirrors: How to Find Planes without RADAR

A lot of science museums and parks feature something called an acoustic mirror. The one at Houston’s Discovery Green park is called the listening vessels. [Doug Hollis] created two acoustic mirrors 70 feet apart, pointing at each other. If you stand or sit near one of the vessels, you can hear a whisper from someone […]

via HACKADAY: Resurrection — Pressing WW2 Radio Equipment Back into Service

Mass production was key to survival during the Second World War. So much stuff was made that there continues to be volumes of new unpacked stuff left over and tons of used equipment for sale at reasonable prices. Availability of this war surplus provided experimenters in the mid 20th century with access to high performance […]

via the ARRL: World War II Resistance Member Haakon Sørbye, LA8Y, SK

World War II Norwegian resistance activist Haakon Sørbye, LA8Y, of Trondheim, Norway, died on September 15, he was 96. In 1939, the year after World War II erupted in Europe, Sørbye, then an engineering student and young radio amateur, first enlisted as a telegrapher in the Norwegian military. After Norway surrendered to the Nazis, he joined […]

via HACKADAY: Hacking When It Counts: Spy Radios

World War II can be thought of as the first electronic war. Radio technology was firmly established commercially by the late 1930s and poised to make huge contributions to the prosecution of the war on all sides. Radio was rapidly adopted into the battlefield, which led to advancements in miniaturization and ruggedization of previously bulky and fragile […]

via the ARRL: Tuskegee Airman, Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Julius T. Freeman, KB2OFY, SK

Tuskegee Airman and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Julius T. Freeman, KB2OFV, of Spring Garden, New York, died on July 22 after suffering a heart attack. He was 89. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Freeman served during World War II as a medic with the famed 332nd Tuskegee Airman. He was a frequent speaker at schools and […]

KIRO Radio Accidentally Saves American History

American radio broadcasting came of age during World War II, when networks brought live speeches by political leaders and live analysis of rapidly-developing events into living rooms from coast to coast. Recordings of radio news programs from that deadly, years-long conflict from the late 1930s to 1945 offer a priceless window into that tumultuous time. […]