Category: History

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.  

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 […]

UK Museum Wants to Hear from Those Who Remember Sputnik Launch

As part of an effort to tell the story of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) 60 years ago, a Cambridge, England, museum wants to hear from anyone who remembers the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. Many radio amateurs and shortwave listeners (SWLs) of the era were among those thrilled to […]

via HACKADAY: Do You Know Oleg Losev? An Engineer Tragically Ahead of His Time

It is so often the case with a particular technological advance, that it will be invented almost simultaneously by more than one engineer or scientist. People seem to like a convenient tale of a single inventor, so one such person is remembered while the work of all the others who trod the same path is […]

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