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General Radio Discussion / Re: RIP Byteborg
« on: February 17, 2020, 0237 UTC »
Very sorry to hear this.  Godspeed sir  :-[

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Equipment / Re: Spitfire Am transmitter
« on: February 13, 2020, 1906 UTC »
You are allowed to build your own equipment.  If the commission comes out, they will measure your field strength to confirm it falls within the limits.  They do have some arcane rules which are not real clear, probably to allow more latitude on the part of the inspector.

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General Radio Discussion / Re: Station help....
« on: February 13, 2020, 1828 UTC »
Sometimes you can view the page source and find the underlying stream link.  In this case they are embedding a streaming player from their provider and I could not locate a link as such.

I wish stations would go back the old way of streaming and allow you just the raw link.  I don't want a browser running a streaming application, I have other software and hardware for that.  Alas...

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Equipment / Re: Spitfire Am transmitter
« on: February 13, 2020, 1817 UTC »
Under part 15 rules, AM coverage is up to a mile depending on the installation and so forth.  The OP mentioned he was interested in covering his property only, not the county.  Also keep in mind the US government recently enacted tougher legislation against AM and FM band pirates, with fines up to $2M.  How they plan on enforcing that I don't know, but the point still stands.

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Equipment / Re: Spitfire Am transmitter
« on: February 13, 2020, 0614 UTC »
Waste of time, buy something decent.

From me!

 ;)

Your transmitters are not legal for part 15 transmission in this country.

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Equipment / Re: Spitfire Am transmitter
« on: February 13, 2020, 0455 UTC »
Looks a lot like the mosquito.  I had to fix one for someone recently.  Not much to it, commonly available parts, seems to do the job.

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QSLs Received / Re: X-FM eQSL(s)
« on: February 10, 2020, 2252 UTC »
Making QSL's is the fun part, the paperwork ahead of it is the PIA.  It takes about 3-6 hours PER SHOW to transcribe the log, sort though email and posts, and put the QSL's together.  There may come a day when I say to hell with it, and just do shows and postal only QSL's.

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Equipment / Re: Discone antenna mounting
« on: February 10, 2020, 1233 UTC »


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Equipment / Re: VHF/UHF coax recommendation
« on: February 10, 2020, 0321 UTC »
I'd use LMR400, less than half the loss of RG213 at 440MHz.  1/2" heliax would be ideal, but you really don't save much loss for the cost difference.

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General Radio Discussion / Re: Pirate radio modes (AM/SSB)
« on: February 08, 2020, 0038 UTC »
Quality, power, conditions...in that order.  Although this has been covered many times in all kinds of places I can't locate at the moment, my personal thoughts on it haven't changed.  My focus has always been on quality first and foremost.  With modern SDR based rigs it is very possible to run wideband SSB, but gear like this isn't reliable enough for my kind of field use.  AM transmitters as of late have become quite easy to build up to stupid power levels...SSB not so much.

Content plays into this as well.  If you are running mostly spoken word or talk material, SSB is fine.  Music is much better on AM, as getting the tuning correct for music takes a lot of practice and a good ear.  Most of the recording I got during my SSB days were quite a bit off frequency, and thus didn't sound very good.

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Equipment / Re: Test Equipment purchase
« on: February 06, 2020, 2336 UTC »
A counter can be cal'd to WWV fairly easily, you just need an hf receiver.  Even a portable will do.  The sig gen will be a bigger problem, as setting deviation and other parameters requires a spectrum analyzer.

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Equipment / Re: Test Equipment purchase
« on: February 06, 2020, 2212 UTC »
A cheap frequency counter can be had for less than $100.  Look for an old B&K or similar on ebay.  Most of the newer stuff is junk.  A decent signal generator with any resemblance to calibration is going to run a few hundred used, new over $2K.

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Bacon, BBQ, Beef, And More / Re: Red Ukrainian Borscht
« on: February 06, 2020, 1329 UTC »
I made another batch of this last weekend.  This time I shredded the carrots and beets, per the original recipe.  The soup seems thicker, just as good though.  It also seems like it is slightly better the days after, maybe the flavors get some time to 'gel'.



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Huh? / Re: Rush Limbaugh Has Lung Cancer
« on: February 04, 2020, 0230 UTC »
Like a lot of industry veterans he was a heavy smoker previously, and has hinted at this over the years.  Likely the damage was done long ago.  An old radio mentor of mine used to say that people like him 'Had a voice that comes with gargling gasoline and razor blades'.

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