It was a rainy Saturday morning. I knew a whole lot wouldn’t get accomplished today, so when I was the posting from Wisconsin Public Radio reminding me about their open house that afternoon, it became the perfect opportunity to jump into the car and take a road trip. And a great road trip it was. […]
Radio Shack: that ubiquitous technology store that we all love to hate. How many disparaging names have you used to describe the place: Rat Shack, Radio Scrap, Radio Crap, etc. . . I’m sure there are many more. But the bigger question is, how will we fill that void. This week it was announced that […]
About a week ago our ARES/RACES group participated in the ARRL’s Simulated Emergency Test. In this nationwide exercise amateur radio operators participate in a variety of mock disaster drills and communications tests. But did you know that the SET has been going on much longer than you imagined. Last week I received a call by […]
The early days of radio was a pretty wild time of experimentation. Back in the early teens, most stations were informally licensed, the Federal Government was granting experimental licenses at the time and didn’t start licensing commercial stations under after World War I. One such station that got its early start on the air is […]
A recent weekend excursion took us to the far northwestern corner of the state of Wisconsin to visit the city of Superior. Superior, WI is nestled on the western edge of Lake Superior and shares one of the busiest shipping ports on the Great Lakes with its neighbor across the bay: Duluth, MN. In our […]
I spotted this helmet at a flea market last week. It appears to be a standard issue white fiberglass Civil Defense helmet from the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. I’m not sure it’s worth the $75 asking price, but a fine specimen none the less.