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Glowbugs - Steampunk Radio Amateurs

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Steampunk Radio Communications In The Air

BTW, much better to say "Ether" or "Aether", not "Air"

Glowbugs - homebrew (DIY) tube gadgets, receivers and transmitters, dedicated to the Golden Era of Amateur Radio. Generally, any small, home-built tube-type transmitter or receiver may be referred to as a glowbug. The majority of glowbug transmitters are designed to be used in the CW radiotelegraphy mode. A number of radio amateurs also build their own tube receivers and AM voice transmitters. A growing number of hams are "getting back to their roots" by assembling glowbugs on steel chassis, tin cakepans, and wooden boards, and putting them on the air. More on Wiki...

In this Squidoo lens I want to introduce Glowbugs as not only trivial HAM-Radio group of tedious high skilled technicians , but artistic, slightly decadence Steampunk Radio hobby, to observe some great Glowbugs Homebrewer's sites and to place a bunch of links to Glowbugs related Amateur Radio Museums, Groups e.t.c. Enjoy the Glowing Soul of contemporary Amateur Radio!

Glowbugs Researchers and Homebrewers - Amateur Radio Station W9QZ

Best Steampunk Radio Ever

Best Steampunk Radio Ever

1929 vintage Hartley transmitter with built-in power supply. Shown with rare Blue Arcturus vacuum tubes. All 1929 vintage components except for wood and repro capacitor.

I enjoy building home-brewed ham gear using schematics from 1929-era ARRL handbooks and old copies of QST Magazines. It is difficult to find parts nowadays, but eBay makes that a bit easier now, if not quite a bit more costly!

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more glowbugs masters:

  • WA9WFA Classic Ham Radio and National SW-3
    I think these radio's are becoming more popular because we are trying to recapture our youth and experiences of youth. Regardless, these radio's are a pleasure to own and operate, and if I am fortunate enough to recapture some of the excitement of my
  • Homebrew Tube Projects at the Sparkbench
    There's a lot of sites dealing with real valuable old radios, but this is a site for the 'common tinkerer' with budgetary concerns who likes to have a good time refurbing and tinkering.
  • Big Nick's Homebrew Radio Pages
    This page illustrates several of the vacuum tube projects that I've been recently working on. You can probably guess that I'm a big fan of Alfred Morgan's series of books such as: "The Boy's Second Book of Radio and Electronics" which I had received
  • Gary Johanson, WD4NKA
    As the nineties (and the internet) progressed, an increasing number of groups began to emerge, reviving many of the old wireless schemes. More awareness of radio's past can be attributed to the likes of the Crystal Set Associations, the Boat Anchor g
  • VE3CFE's Vintage Amateur Radio Stations
    This site is dedicated to the construction and operation of Vintage Ham radio stations of the 1920s and 1930s era. Both authentic stations and those of the homebrew kind are featured here including vintage tube transmitters, receivers, and tube pow

Steampunk Transmitters In The Real Air - VE7SL: BUILDING A 1929 STYLE TNT TRANSMITTER

VE3AWA Transmitter

VE3AWA Transmitter

Late last fall I saw an announcement regarding the upcoming '1929 QSO Party' (more properly known as the 'Bruce Kelley Memorial CW QSO Party') sponsored by the Antique Wireless Association. Transmitters used during the event must only utilize 1929 or earlier designs, including the use of tubes only available in 1929 or before! Crystal controlled oscillators were not allowed and all transmitters have to utilize self-excited oscillators! Listening-in on the event was truly a glimpse back in time...

Glowbugs Radio Hosts - QST Magazine - Vintage Radio Column

Ernie Hite's Collection

Ernie Hite's Collection

Support page for the Old & Vintage Radio column in QST magazine.

Amazon's Steampunk Store

more Glowbugs radio places:

  • Western Historic Radio Museum
    Vintage Radio Equipment and Memorabilia 1910 - 1950 Virginia City, Nevada
  • Antique Wireless Association, Inc. (tm)
    The Antique Wireless Association is an organization of some 2,000 members linked by a common interest in the history of electrical and electronic communications. AWA members come from all walks of life and our ranks include teenagers, octogenarians,
  • Glowbugs e-mail list home
    We, the members of the Glowbugs e-mail list, are offering these pages as a printable archive of electronic circuits which use vacuum-tubes to the Radio Amateur and others who enjoy using tubes. We hope that the circuits, stories, and links found here

W0VLZ Vintage Radio Blog

W0VLZ Hartley Transmitter

W0VLZ Hartley Transmitter

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Blog about ham radio experiences including vintage homebrew, QRP operating and the National Radio company.

Guestbook - Steampunk not dead, eh?

steadytracker lm on August 10, 2013:

I love these old rigs. Thanks for sharing this lens. 73s -kc8ual

Jonathan Jenkins on July 30, 2013:

great stuff, and lovely pictures,

Jon, G4LJW.

agoofyidea on May 14, 2012:

This looks like a lot of fun. I have several friends who are ham radio junkies, but their equipment doesn't look this cool.

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

I've always marveled at others who can work and repair these, very creative article, *blessed!*

anonymous on August 09, 2011:

this is great!! I inherited a HUGE collection of antique radio "stuff" from a HAM locally....I am now a licensed Amateur. I run Tube equipment, collect tubes....LOVE tubes!! soon, we too will build a home-brew transmitter!!!

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on September 28, 2010:

How fun! I like these steampunk glowbugs. Now I want one.

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