Category: History

via HACKADAY: Radio Apocalypse: The Emergency Broadcast System

Some sounds are capable of evoking instant terror. It might be the shriek of a mountain lion, or a sudden clap of thunder. Whatever your trigger sound, it instantly stimulates something deep in the lizard brain that says: get ready, danger is at hand. For my part, you can’t get much scarier than the instantly recognizable […]

via HACKADAY: Jeri Ellsworth Tours A Radio And Tech Museum

[Jeri Ellsworth] has done some YouTubing again (yes, that’s a word, just like YouTuber) after a four-year hiatus. She’s recently uploaded a very enjoyable four-part series touring the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, West Virginia. Part one contains radios spanning the ages, starting with a spark gap transmitter, some wonderful crystal sets, pocket […]

Retro radios are what he’s tuned in to (New York)

It’s a scene Terry Adelwerth has witnessed multiple times: A car pulls into a radio swap meet in upstate Rochester, and before the driver has a chance to shift into park, people surround the vehicle and are pulling on the door handles. “He’s rolling to a stop and they’re opening his doors and grabbing stuff,” […]

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 […]

Las Vegas Killer Stephen Paddock’s Father Led Double Life as FBI Most-Wanted Bank Robber

Fifty-seven years before Stephen Paddock arrived in Las Vegas with 18 firearms that included at least one fully automatic weapon, his father drove into town with a little snub-nosed revolver tucked into the front seat of his car. The revolver was apparently the same one that Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had displayed to a teller at […]

Weird IP networks: Internet via birds and ham radios

If you’re reading this, you have internet access. You probably have it either through a local cable or fibre ISP or through your cell phone provider. We all have one (usually both) of these. Speedy. Reliable (mostly). Boring. What happens when that infrastructure goes down? Maybe the power goes out somewhere along the network. Maybe […]

Bill Continelli, W2XOY recounts his experience during 9/11/2001

Bill Continelli was in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. He was south of the World Trade Center and heard the 2nd plane as it flew over and slammed into Tower #2. He gives his recollection of how he used his communications equipment to safely evacuate Manhattan on that horrible day.   https://archive.org/download/W2XOY_recounts_his_experience_during_9112001/w2xoy911story.mp3  

Amelia Earhart’s lost evidence might include info from Kentuckians

Two Kentuckians have said they know first-hand what happened to Amelia Earhart — and their opinions are wildly different. The mysterious disappearance of the American aviator is front and center once again this summer with a much talked-about History Channel documentary. There’s new evidence related to the theory that she didn’t die when she vanished […]

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