Tag: WWII

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. […]

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