The Official Web Site of
Gary Blau

AMI # 859

QCWA # 28491


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Dedicated to the Adventure in Pleasant Listening that is
High Fidelity
Amplitude Modulation on the Ham Bands!


W3AM is sadly condo-bound here in South Florida.
Internet Remote Base operation of a small station at my Miami work QTH and other pitying hams' stations are my only refuge at the moment. (Thank you K3RON!)

Comet H422 Rotatable Dipole

The Comet H422 rotatable dipole at my Remote Base QTH


While I use SSB, NBFM and other low-fi modes, I have a particularly warm fondness for the superior sound quality and relaxed and courteous operating style that is unique to AM (Angel Music).

The organic experience of using vintage equipment with those curious glass objects inside that get so darned hot and smell so, well, electronic, flows naturally into the ultimate tranquility and zen-like oneness with the ether you'll feel when operating AM. So come on, pour yourself a highball, fire up that old Viking, and become a vessel empty of yourself!

And, the chicks really dig it.


The Old Man w/FIM41

The Old Man in action, confirming his null toward the FCC monitoring station in Douglas, AZ...


Where You Can Find AM on the Ham Bands:

160 Meters and 75/80 Meters

1880-1995 KHz on the 160 Meter Band

3870-3890 KHz, and some newer 'expanded band' watering holes at 3675, 3705, 3725, and 3735 KHz on the 75/80 Meter Band

40 Meters and 20 Meters

7290 KHz on the 40 Meter Band

14286 KHz on the 20 Meter Band

Exciting 10 Meter Action!

29.000 to 29.200 MHz on the 10 Meter Band

E-Mail, Short Wave Listeners, & Gates BC-1H Donations

W3AM Mailboxgary@w3am.com


I am looking for a single-cabinet 1KW AM broadcast transmitter.
A Gates BC-1H, Collins 820-D2 or similar would be really swell.

Let me know what you've got! E-mail me NOW! Let's make a deal!


NEW! Here are the mods done to my Johnson Ranger for improved audio performance and variable output power.

NEW! Audio symmetry processing and All Pass Filters

NEW! 1927 GE Article on Tube ('Radiotron') Theory, Part I, (tnx to K5PRO)

NEW! 1927 GE Article on Tube ('Radiotron') Theory, Part II, (tnx to K5PRO)


Click Here K5PRO - John Lyles' Gates BC-1H1 and Continental 314-R1 Transmitter Info

Click Here Radiomasters - (My Radio Engineering Consulting Service)

Click Here BoomerRadio.com - Free Internet Radio for Baby Boomers!

Click Here WIMP Radio - (My Live Streaming Internet Radio Station! E-mail me for login info.)

Click Here AMFONE.NET - W2INR's Outstanding AM Radio Web Page

Click Here Join The AM E-Mail Reflector!

Click Here KK7TV - Ham Radio Repair Extraordinaire

Click Here Class E Radio - WA1QIX High Tech AM! High Efficiency Class E (Start building yours today!)

Click Here The FCARC Vintage Radio Page

Click Here Jim Hawkins - WA2WHV Web Page (Beautiful Transmitter Pix...)

Click Here Contesting.com

Click Here Audio Processing Primer by Ogonowski/Orban - Learn the Basics & Be LOUD!

Click Here Pictures of AM Audio Chains from the Past!

Click Here Sherwood Engineering - (Receiver Mods, Synchronous Detectors and Parts)

Click Here Cardwell Condenser Co. - (Multronics, Hammarlund, National, Johnson and other parts)

Click Here Kintronic Labs - (The 'Real Thing' in High Power AM RF Stuff)

Click Here Surplus Sales of Nebraska - (Hard to find parts for Boatanchors and other things RF...)

Click Here Fair Radio Sales - Boatanchors, Surplus and Unusual Parts

Click Here RF Parts Company - (The name says it all...)

Click Here Surplus Military & Industrial - K3ECD's awesome surplus electronics resource!

Click Here Duncan's Amp Pages - Audio Vacuum Tube Data

Click Here NJ7P - Tube Database Search

Click Here AF4K Tube Resource Page - Tremendous collection of tube data links and info sources.

Click Here Mike Sandman Telecom of Chicago - (Really handy source of telephone parts, etc...)

Click Here Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society

Click Here EM Scientific MiniNEC Software - N6TYF

Click Here Penta Labs Vacuum Tubes

Click Here Burle Vacuum Tubes

Click Here Thales Components Corp. - (Formerly Thomson-CSF Vacuum Tubes)

Click Here CPI Vacuum Tubes & Klystrons

Click Here Econco (CPI/Eimac) - Vacuum Tube Remanufacturing

Click Here Freeland Products - Vacuum Tube Remanufacturing

Click Here Svetlana Vacuum Tubes - (International only)

Click Here Peter W. Dahl Co. - (Big Iron for Big Players)

Click Here Jensen Transformers - (The Best Audio Iron on Earth)

Click Here Sowter Audio Transformers

Click Here International Crystal Mfg. - (Got rocks in your head?)

Click Here W7FG Vintage Equipment Manuals

Click Here SAMS Photofact Online Database Search - (Schematics, etc. on old radios & consumer electronics)

Click Here W8JI - A wealth of Technical Tips and Explanations from Tom Rauch

Click Here Harbach Electronics - W8CQ - (Heathkit Linear Amp Mods)

Click Here Rich Measures - AG6K - (Amp Mods)

Click Here Alpha Power Linear Amplifiers - (Put yer shoes on!)

Click Here Henry Radio - Linear Amplifiers

Click Here Ameritron Linear Amplifiers

Click Here Command Technologies - (Commander Linear Amplifiers)

Click Here PLC Tutor Site - (Learn How To Make The World Do Your Bidding!)

Click Here HAARP Home Page - (The Mother of all Cloud Warmers!)

Click Here Quarter Century Wireless Association

Click Here AntenneX Online Magazine

Click Here QRZ Ham Callsign Database Search Online

Click Here WM7D Ham Callsign Search, Daily Vanity Call Releases

Click Here FCC AM Broadcast Station Database Lookup Online

Click Here FCC FM Broadcast Station Database Lookup Online

Click Here FCC Home Page

Click Here FCCInfo.com - Cavell, Mertz & Associates - Broadcast FCC Database Tools

Click Here S and S Engineering - DDS VFO's and other kits

Click Here Radioworks - Great Antenna Parts, Baluns & Stuff (I use 'em...)

Click Here Radio-ware - (Antenna Parts & Accessories)

Click Here QSL.net Home Page - Free Ham Radio Home Pages!

Click Here Norm's Rotor Service - (W3NRS makes your world go 'round...)

Click Here Radio World Magazine - (Radio Broadcasting & Used Equipment)

Click Here BuySellRadio Brokers - (Wanna buy a real radio station?...)

Click Here Dorrough Electronics - KO6NM

Click Here The AM Stereo Page - (Keeping the faith, baby...)

Click Here Radiodan W7RF - ("Henry amps for less"...)


Here are some links to sites of personal and different interest:

Click Here ReelRadio - Top-40 Radio Airchecks from the Past!

Click Here JAM Productions - Radio jingles we all know & love...

Click Here Junk Science Home Page - A lot of what you think you know is junk!

Click Here Point, Click, Go to MARS! - Pathfinder Mission

Click Here Mystery Transmitters in the Desert!

Click Here WUVT Radio - (My old college radio station!)

Click Here The Thomas H. Twine WUVT Alumni Page

Click Here The Thomas H. Twine Home Page

Click Here The Angela Allen Home Page

Click Here In-N-Out Burgers! - (Once you've had a Double-Double, you'll never go back!...)

Click Here Puppets From Our Childhood Who Smoke & Drink!

Click Here W3AM Personal Photo Gallery #1

Click Here WLYF

Click Here WMXJ

Click Here WAXY

Click Here GaryBlau.com


More pix and links and stuff to come very soon! Please check back!

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Written by Gary W. Blau, W3AM, Last updated March 29, 2009. No user-serviceable parts inside.