Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 149

What drove Radio Shack into bankruptcy?
After two years of unsuccessful turnaround efforts, RadioShack filed for its second bankruptcy on Wednesday, citing poor mobile sales.
The Christian Science Monitor

Runt radials
Antennas shipping with ineffective antenna decoupling are on the rise as manufacturers daringly advocate 1/12 wave radials work.
Ham Radio . Magnum Experimentum

APRS explained in simple terms
In this episode of the Ham Radio 360 Podcast, Kenneth Finnegan (W6KWF) helps explain the APRS protocol.
Ham Radio 360

How to: Boafeng UV5R USB soundcard interface
The main idea for this project was to replace the external speaker microphone functionality with that of the USB soundcard.
High on Solder

Origin of wireless security: The Marconi radio hack of 1903
Marconi is about to demonstrate his new wireless system, which he claims can securely send messages over a long distance, without interference by tuning the signal.
Hack A Day

Breaking the cheap Ham stereotype?
Both sell high-quality, somewhat expensive products, and I was a little surprised that neither had any complaints based on the general characterization of hams as cheap.
Ham Radio Now

Review: 12 watt tri-band HT
The brand new JT-5988HP is a 12-watt, tri-band radio with a 4800mAh battery from JINGTONG, a handset and parts supplier out of China.

A review of the Elecraft K-Pod
This was a nice addition to my K3 as for me it’s handy to have the VFO control right beside the key.


Yaesu FT-450D Mic Test Comparison: MD100a8x vs. Stock MH-31a
Test of transmitted audio from Yaesu FT-450D (as received on an FT-950) in DX conditions — a comparison between the MD100a8x, at various settings, vs. Stock MH-31a.

Intro to Fldigi
Fldigi’s user interface and basic transmit & receive operations.

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One Response to “Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 149”

  • Ed Lewis K3WST:

    Remember when Radio Shack put Allied Radio (not the CB store) out of business. They had one of the best parts catalog, about on and a quarter inch thick. I sure hated to see that company go. Many things you really want, if Radio Shack can get it, you always had to wait – days or weeks!

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