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Relicquary

It’s never a dull moment in my workshop-hamshack. Before dying in 1399, Poland’s Queen Jadwiga traded her jeweled crown for one of wood so that her riches could be used to renovate the university in Krakow. Queen Jadwiga was beatified in 1986 and … Continue reading

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Hit and Miss

My brother John displaying an homemade electric motor and a hit and miss engine that he made from an antique air compressor at last night’s meeting of the Nothwest Model Engineers. Continue reading

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Alaska

What better way to instill the precepts of woodcraft, hardiness and self-reliance than to take the kids backpacking in America’s biggest national park? Alaska’s Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve covers an area of 20,587 square miles. F… Continue reading

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Tommy

 

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Girl Power

Something you may not know about The Radiotelegrapher is that I can account for a couple of thousand miles traveled in my Grumman canoe. Today to celebrate my birthday (51!), my little girl Fawn and I took a trip up and down the Chicago river. We … Continue reading

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The Day The Music Died

Time sure flies. We are fast approaching the fifth anniversary of the end of Morse code testing for U.S. amateur radio licensing. Prior to February 23rd 2007, an applicant to the amateur radio service that was interested in world wide communicatio… Continue reading

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Patron Saint of Ham Radio

The seventh of January marks the 118th anniversary of Maximilion Kolbe’s birth. Holder of Polish amateur radio call sign SP3RN, Franciscan friar Kolbe voluntarily took the place of a condemned prisoner at the Auschwitz death camp. In 1982 Father K… Continue reading

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My Beautiful Boy

Bored with his video games, Tommy decided we should do a project out in the shop. Here Tommy is bending some 3/8″ round stock that was donated by Phil, K9FH …. on our compact bender. Now Tommy is heating the steel to bend over some legs. A handl… Continue reading

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Still Free

Lately I’ve noticed a trend toward blogs that have opportunities to purchase a paid subscription, or donate via pay-pal, cash, cheque, or carrier pigeon. Here at The Radiotelegrapher the office and field staff will continue to work in poverty. Of … Continue reading

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Treasure Trove

Local ham KC9RP, Hap Holly, produces the RAIN Report (Radio Amateur Information Network) it is a wonderful weekly podcast of very high quality that is well worth checking out. At the link you’ll also find archives of the program. At the Internet A… Continue reading

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