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73 Magazine: All issues now online

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  1. WA5ZNU

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    My friends over at The Internet Archive and Textfiles have given us an early Christmas present: every issue of Wayne Green's 73 Magazine ever published, for free. 73 Magazine was published from 1960 to 2003, and was full of technical articles, news reports, ham ads, and the editorials of the irrepressible Wayne Green, W2NSD.

    Read 73 online, or download PDF files here:

    Magazine articles were scanned, quality corrected, and index by an army of individuals, and collected together for Internet Archive by Jason Scott of See for more ham radio related collections. was started by internet pioneer Brewster Kahle in 1996, with the goal of archiving internet history. While the resulting "Wayback Machine" is one of their best known projects, the Archive also engages in curated projects, such as the recent archive of all TV coverage on 9/11/01 at

    P.S. If you want to return the favor, visit to donate to or visit to upload files off that old Micropolis disk in your garage.
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  2. N9JPS

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    Great job to all involved. Thanks so much!
  3. AB2T

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    awesome!!! :D Can't wait to read Uncle Wayne's editorials/psychotic rants again! Bravo to the editorial team.
  4. AF6LJ

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    That's really nice. :)

    There is a lot of good reading there. :)

    Thank You.
  5. KJ6OJL

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    Awesome, thank you.
    Donation may be in future when I can.
    And there is a couple of my old pages they had, but when I checked again it was gone :(
  6. WA8FOZ

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    Good news. I wonder how they settled all the copyright issues. If I recall correctly, Wayne tended to pay contributors up front and did not always bother acquiring copyrights to articles. Whatever.
  7. WY5V

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    Since you have one of those short, backwards funny call signs, you should definitely check out the July 1987 Never Say Die column.
  8. WA7PRC

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    Groovy... bookmarked!

    Yes. Now I need to get internet access into the "throne room". ;)
  9. WA6TKD

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    Wow, this should keep us homebrewers busy for decades. :cool:
  10. KK5R

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    I had three articles published by 73 Mag and when they came out with the annual circuit ideas book, they had some of my circuits in it with subtle changes in resistor/capacitor values just to confuse the issue of not being copyrighted. Still, though, when I wanted to see the latest good circuits and ideas, I preferred 73 Mag. I found few typos and even fewer design mistakes.

    When I lost my articles due to being in storage in CA, I queried the "owner" of the archives and asked him about getting copies of the articles. By return email, he sent me pdf files of them—free! Fine fellow...
  11. KK6FU

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    73 Magazine on-line but how?

    OK, I followed the link to some index. Clicked on the indexes but no link from there????????

    Ahhhh...I see.... read the collumn to the left.
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  12. AB2T

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    Oh yes, the "Extras are deceitful and insane" column. I've heard about this one before. Didn't know that it was also a rant about Dick Bash. Interesting, but "interesting" is what got me hooked on 73. Bizarre quote o' the editorial:

    (p. 4)

    ??? What does that have to do with Dick Bash, being an Extra, cheating, or anything else for that matter?
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  13. K5TCJ

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    Fantastic!!!! Staple reading in my house during the 70's and 80's.
  14. W6ZKH

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    Thanks to WA5ZNU for finding this URL, as I have been looking for my articles I wrote for 73, as had lost my copies over the years.... was nice to download and print them again for my files. Funny thing about old Uncle Wayne...... most of my articles were submitted in the early-mid 80's, but some werent published until 5 years or more...guess he needed fill?? And yes, I got paid for them; not much but enough for my efforts. I still think the both 73 Magazine and Ham Radio Magazine, both now defuncted, were the BEST Ham Mags around. HR more technical and 73 for the average ham...

    John W6ZKH
    [K6YDW back then]
  15. WB2WIK

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    This is great news, thank you very much for announcing it!

    Already joined up, logged on, and found everything...easy to use site.
  16. WA6MHZ

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    ANYONE we know?????


    From January 1961 73 Magazine!
  17. WY5V

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    Here is my favorite part:

    "Perhaps there are some ham psychiatrists (Other than Extra class, of course) who could experiment with trying to repair damaged Extra brains and attempt to return them to certifiable sanity. The usual trans-orbital leukotomy has, in most cases rendered what had been a crazy ham into a CBer, which is different but necessarily an improvement."

    Hey, I resemble that remark!
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  18. W4PG

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    I never read 73 much while it was being published but sure have enjoyed reading the handful I've downloaded! It seems Wayne might be a french fry or two short of his happy meal, but I can't be sure! LOL! He really seemed to like heading off on his tangents! Gotta go download a few more . . . :)
  19. K6MFW

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    Yay! I always wanted to read the April 1967 issue with Al Freddy Newham WN1ECCH. I had that issue in the 1970s (picked it up at used bookstore but lost it).
  20. W1YW

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    i HAD the original:) I remember the day I got it in the mail. Weird what you remember....

    Classic HAM vs HAM spoof:)

    Chip W1yW
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