AMI # 859
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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!) 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 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
I am looking for a single-cabinet 1KW AM broadcast transmitter.
A Gates BC-1H, Collins 820-D2 or similar would be really swell.
Here are the mods done to my Johnson Ranger for improved audio performance and variable output power.
Audio symmetry processing and All Pass Filters
1927 GE Article on Tube ('Radiotron') Theory, Part I, (tnx to K5PRO)
1927 GE Article on Tube ('Radiotron') Theory, Part II, (tnx to K5PRO)
K5PRO - John Lyles' Gates BC-1H1 and Continental 314-R1 Transmitter Info
Radiomasters - (My Radio Engineering Consulting Service)
BoomerRadio.com - Free Internet Radio for Baby Boomers!
WIMP Radio - (My Live Streaming Internet Radio Station! E-mail me for login info.)
AMFONE.NET - W2INR's Outstanding AM Radio Web Page
Join The AM E-Mail Reflector!
KK7TV - Ham Radio Repair Extraordinaire
Class E Radio - WA1QIX High Tech AM! High Efficiency Class E (Start building yours today!)
The FCARC Vintage Radio Page
Jim Hawkins - WA2WHV Web Page (Beautiful Transmitter Pix...)
Audio Processing Primer by Ogonowski/Orban - Learn the Basics & Be LOUD!
Pictures of AM Audio Chains from the Past!
Sherwood Engineering - (Receiver Mods, Synchronous Detectors and Parts)
Cardwell Condenser Co. - (Multronics, Hammarlund, National, Johnson and other parts)
Kintronic Labs - (The 'Real Thing' in High Power AM RF Stuff)
Surplus Sales of Nebraska - (Hard to find parts for Boatanchors and other things RF...)
Fair Radio Sales - Boatanchors, Surplus and Unusual Parts
RF Parts Company - (The name says it all...)
Surplus Military & Industrial - K3ECD's awesome surplus electronics resource!
Duncan's Amp Pages - Audio Vacuum Tube Data
NJ7P - Tube Database Search
AF4K Tube Resource Page - Tremendous collection of tube data links and info sources.
Mike Sandman Telecom of Chicago - (Really handy source of telephone parts, etc...)
Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society
EM Scientific MiniNEC Software - N6TYF
Penta Labs Vacuum Tubes
Burle Vacuum Tubes
Thales Components Corp. - (Formerly Thomson-CSF Vacuum Tubes)
CPI Vacuum Tubes & Klystrons
Econco (CPI/Eimac) - Vacuum Tube Remanufacturing
Freeland Products - Vacuum Tube Remanufacturing
Svetlana Vacuum Tubes - (International only)
Peter W. Dahl Co. - (Big Iron for Big Players)
Jensen Transformers - (The Best Audio Iron on Earth)
Sowter Audio Transformers
International Crystal Mfg. - (Got rocks in your head?)
W7FG Vintage Equipment Manuals
SAMS Photofact Online Database Search - (Schematics, etc. on old radios & consumer electronics)
W8JI - A wealth of Technical Tips and Explanations from Tom Rauch
Harbach Electronics - W8CQ - (Heathkit Linear Amp Mods)
Rich Measures - AG6K - (Amp Mods)
Alpha Power Linear Amplifiers - (Put yer shoes on!)
Henry Radio - Linear Amplifiers
Ameritron Linear Amplifiers
Command Technologies - (Commander Linear Amplifiers)
PLC Tutor Site - (Learn How To Make The World Do Your Bidding!)
HAARP Home Page - (The Mother of all Cloud Warmers!)
Quarter Century Wireless Association
AntenneX Online Magazine
QRZ Ham Callsign Database Search Online
WM7D Ham Callsign Search, Daily Vanity Call Releases
FCC AM Broadcast Station Database Lookup Online
FCC FM Broadcast Station Database Lookup Online
FCC Home Page
FCCInfo.com - Cavell, Mertz & Associates - Broadcast FCC Database Tools
S and S Engineering - DDS VFO's and other kits
Radioworks - Great Antenna Parts, Baluns & Stuff (I use 'em...)
Radio-ware - (Antenna Parts & Accessories)
QSL.net Home Page - Free Ham Radio Home Pages!
Norm's Rotor Service - (W3NRS makes your world go 'round...)
Radio World Magazine - (Radio Broadcasting & Used Equipment)
BuySellRadio Brokers - (Wanna buy a real radio station?...)
Dorrough Electronics - KO6NM
The AM Stereo Page - (Keeping the faith, baby...)
Radiodan W7RF - ("Henry amps for less"...)
Here are some links to sites of personal and different interest:
ReelRadio - Top-40 Radio Airchecks from the Past!
JAM Productions - Radio jingles we all know & love...
Junk Science Home Page - A lot of what you think you know is junk!
Point, Click, Go to MARS! - Pathfinder Mission
Mystery Transmitters in the Desert!
WUVT Radio - (My old college radio station!)
The Thomas H. Twine WUVT Alumni Page
The Thomas H. Twine Home Page
The Angela Allen Home Page
In-N-Out Burgers! - (Once you've had a Double-Double, you'll never go back!...)
Puppets From Our Childhood Who Smoke & Drink!
W3AM Personal Photo Gallery #1
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.