E.F. Johnson Messenger 123A CB radio

Dating from around 1975, this is a 23 channel radio, made in the United States, for the Citizens Band. I bought it from the local Goodwill store, during their monthly half price Saturday sale, and only paid $2.00 for it. I plugged it in and tested it, it works! It is going to need some TLC, but what else can you expect for a two dollar, forty year old radio?

Click on the picture below, to visit Flickr, to see the rest of the pictures of this vintage radio.

E.F. Johnson Messenger 123A CB radio

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Amateur Radio at the Movies – The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes

Amateur Radio at the Movies

Bob Cashdollar, NR8U

The Anderson Tapes, 1971, Rated PG   1hr, 39 min.

The Anderson Tapes is a cops and robbers movie with a paranoiac twist.  A con, Sean Connery, fresh out of prison, gets the idea to rob a whole building. The only problem is all the public safety agencies; from the Internal Revenue to the local New York police have the building under audio and video surveillance because of the building’s various inhabitants. Wherever Duke, Connery’s character goes, some agency is watching.

In one of the apartments the robbers enter is a boy who is an asthmatic and paraplegic. The boy convinces the robbers that he could not be a threat to them and they leave him alone in his room. As soon as the robbers leave, the boy scoots out of bed and gets in a wheelchair to get to a closet in his room. In the closet is a 1971 or so vintage Heathkit transceiver with a microphone. Using the callsign WA2UYC he broadcasts blindly that someone is robbing his building. (WA2UYC is not in the QRZ database) Later in the movie, a ham from Wichita Falls, Kansas calls the New York police department to report the robbery. Still later another ham is reported calling the police from Portland, Maine. Nothing in the credits mentions any ham radio involvement in the production. The movie “introduces” Christopher Walken in possibly his first movie role and if you look real close you will see the “Wicked Witch of the West” in one of the apartment scenes. The movie also features a group of other recognizable actors in various roles as cops or robbers.

From the K9YA Telegraph, it is worth reading, and available free from a site i recommend http://www.k9ya.org/

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2M Coffee Can Antenna

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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch

via RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch.

Today, while reporting its 2013 fourth quarter results RadioShack announced plans to close 1,100 of its 4,000 stores in a bid to stem losses. The parts drawer and the RC toys and the various different types of solder and breadboards. RadioShack. It is quickly dying.

RadioShack reported a loss of $191.4 million during this quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of $63.3 million. Revenue declined 20% to just $935.4 million.

“Our fourth quarter financial results were driven by a holiday season characterized by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics, a very soft mobility marketplace and a few operational issues,” said Joseph C. Magnacca, RadioShack CEO. “Even in this environment, we’re continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility.”

The company is currently trying to rebrand its self from its former DIY self to what it calls, “Do It Together”. But RadioShack is on borrowed time.

RadioShack has long been a retailer without a soul. About 10 years ago it turned away from the then-dead DIY scene and started hawking cell phones. As a staple in the American mall, this kept the company afloat but clearly didn’t set the stage for long-term growth. The rise of Best Buy Mobile stores didn’t help this strategy either.

The current RadioShack is looking to be the portable electronics headquarters with an intense focus on products with a strong brand identity. The no-name RC toys do not have a spot under this retail plan and the parts drawer is a relic of a forgotten era.

The company’s brought on a former Walgreens executive to retool the branding and the stores. Under his helm, the stores look more modern and fresh and anything but a musty store that sells diodes and ham radios. But will RadioShack ever be the destination it once was? No.

via RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch.

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The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet

NATO phonetic alphabet

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Not to be confused with International Phonetic Alphabet.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So now you know…

Colin KC9PDY

Kilo Charlie Nine Papa Delta Yankee

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Active Desktop Recovery in Windows XP

I was searching for a solution to an active desktop recovery error, on my computer, and found this, and thought I would share:-





strComputer = “.”
Set objReg = GetObject(“winmgmts:\\” & strComputer & “\root\default:StdRegProv”)
strKeyPath = “Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components”
strValue = “0”
ValueName = “DeskHtmlVersion”
objReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath, ValueName, strValue

3– SAVE AS Yourname.VBS




I hope this works as well for you, as it did for me…

Colin KC9PDY

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Amateur Radio Today

Original from 2003, still an interesting article detailing just what amateur radio is all about, and what it can do…

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Downloading the Internet

Downloading the Internet

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Engineering Flowchart


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Moxon Rectangle Generator

I came across an interesting and useful free little program, to calculate the relevant dimensions, for a directional rectangular antenna. MoxGen will show you the dimensions and (optionally) generate an antenna model file for a 50 ohm Moxon Rectangle antenna, given the design frequency and wire size. The program is based on an algorithm developed by L. B. Cebik, W4RNL.


I have downloaded and installed the program on my computer. It seems to work. I have used it to get the dimensions for a 10 Meter antenna. The next step is to try and build one…

This page references a site, about L. B. Cebik, who died in 2006, that did have free access, but now is a pay site. Still check out the page I found, and see for yourself. There you can download this small program, for free. It also has installation instructions.


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