In days of olde, when hams were bold and sidebands not invented, the word was passed by pounding brass and all were well contented.
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I want to give a shout out to Tigertronics, makers of the Signalink USB. Recently I experienced a weird problem that just started happening one day in my shack, when transmitting digital HF the applications would crash and lock up as my computer lost then found the Signalink hardware. Nothing at all had changed, it had been working great forever then just started doing this. I suspected RF in the shack, but had no idea when/why/how it happened since it came out of the blue. I emailed Tigertronics tech support to get their ideas and continued to troubleshoot it. I found the problem, a faulty usb cable from my Signalink to the computer. I replaced it with a beefier cable that I had at the house and all went back to normal. In the meantime they had emailed me back asking a few questions to try to clarify my problem and help me out. I replied to them saying that I had gotten it resolved and had narrowed it down to a faulty usb cable. Their next reply blew me away...I’ve had this Signalink for about 3 years. They offered to send me a replacement usb cable, no questions asked just for me to send them my address. Now that is great customer service from a company that is willing to stand behind their products, offering to help me find the problem then offering to replace parts that were well out of warranty. I politely declined their offer stating that I greatly appreciated it though.
If anyone is in the digital sound card interface market, you can’t go wrong with a Tigertronics Signalink USB and their great customer service! ...
Declassified documents now available in the CIA Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room offer fresh insight into how Amateur Radio was used and perceived on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, provides a look at those documents in “The CIA, the Cold War, and Amateur Radio,” in the February issue of QST. The digital edition of the February issue goes live on January 10, but you can read this article for free right now at www.arrl.org/this-month-in-qst.