Category: Offbeat

via HACKADAY: A Goldmine Of Radio Shack Goodies Is Up For Auction

Where did you buy the parts for your first electronic project? That’s a question likely to prompt a misty-eyed orgy of reminiscences from many Hackaday readers, if ever we have heard one. The chances are that if you are from North America or substantial parts of the English-speaking world, you bought them from a store […]

FBI Part Of Investigation Into Dallas Outdoor Warning Siren System (Texas)

City of Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax wants residents to know there won’t be a repeat of this weekend’s siren debacle. “I am confident the fixes we put in place this weekend ensure we will not be compromised again,” he said Monday morning in reference to steps to protect the city’s Emergency Alert Outdoor Warning […]

via HACKADAY: Ham Radio Trips Circuit Breakers

Arc-fault circuit breakers are a boon for household electrical safety. The garden-variety home electrical fire is usually started by the heat coming from a faulty wire arcing over. But as any radio enthusiast knows, sparks also give off broadband radio noise. Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) are special circuit breakers that listen for this noise in […]

Seriously Collecting Broadcasting’s Big Iron

Some of us collect postage stamps; others coins or perhaps matchbooks. There are a few individuals who collect vacuum tubes. However, one Ohioan has set a somewhat loftier goal: amassing a collection of broadcast-type radio transmitters. Gerry Moersdorf (KC8ZUL) began rounding up such transmitters more than 15 years ago, uprooting them from their former workspaces […]

via HACKADAY: Pumping Up An Antenna From A Stream Of Sea Water

Our Hackaday readership represent a huge breadth of engineering experience and knowledge, and we get a significant number of our story tips from you. For instance, today we are indebted to [sonofthunderboanerges] for delivering us a tip in the comment stream of one of our posts, detailing an antenna created by coupling RF into a […]

Lone-wolf radio hoaxer hacks Melbourne air traffic control – police (Australia)

Australian federal police are hunting a lone-wolf radio hoaxer who made 15 illegal transmissions to air-traffic controllers and domestic passenger pilots last month – including one telling a Virgin pilot to abort a landing. The agencies investigating the incidents believe only one person has made the transmissions by finding a way to tap into the […]

Terror chatter? Ham users track unauthorised radio communications on Bengal-Bangla borders (India)

Amateur radio operators in south Bengal have raised alarm over unauthorised radio communication along the Bengal-Bangladesh border. The communication is taking place using radio signals (very high frequency) at dead in the night and the sources of the signals are moving and speaking in code languages. When HAM radio operators of Bengal tried speaking to […]

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