On the web this week

A couple interesting bits I’ve seen on the web this week:

From the blog of Neil, W2NDG, this is an exhaustive list of amateur radio kit resources.

Fofio!: Amateur Radio Kit Roundup

The “Splinter” from Breadboardradio.com

I’d also like to mention the great kits sold over at Breadboard Radio. These are some neat rigs and they were all designed by fellow CARC member Bill, W4FSV.

Last year many members of our club built his “Splinter” 40-meter CW QRPp rig, and we were featured in the April 2012 issue of CQ Magazine. I can’t wait to build one myself!

Here’s something a little unusual … I’m not likely to craft one of these, but Make Projects posted instructions on how to create a “bottle radio.” It looks very fun though!

And now for something completely different.

One of the things I’ve always been fascinated by are “number stations” … these allegedly broadcast information to spies using a variety of techniques, mostly encryption through a one-time pad.

The first time I heard about them was way back in 2004 or so when I heard Wilco’s album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” which uses a lot of weird background sounds and samples of numbers stations.

I’ve never actually heard a number station, but now that I have a ham radio and a large antenna, I can tune pretty much anything anywhere.

Cloud Warmer featured a post today about number stations. That got me to Googling, and I quickly discovered this: Priyom.org: Radio, Number Stations and More.

The great thing about Priyom is they have a Google calendar up that contains the predicted times and frequencies of known number stations, plus a great “getting started” page for beginners like me.

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