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General Radio Discussion / Re: Tour of AM Stereo Station KYET
« on: September 08, 2022, 1432 UTC »
Awesome seeing Shango mentioned on here. By far one of my favorite youtubers and definitely recommend his channel.

Strong signal here WI, just hearing SSTV at 00:42 but sadly away from my computer with the decoding software

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: X-FM 4185 AM 0002 UTC 1 NOV 2021
« on: November 01, 2021, 0032 UTC »
Listening to the shoutouts 0030 UTC. Just tuned in and booming signal into Wisconsin as usual for X-FM on the Tecsun 880.
Nice wideband audio and have my radio bandwidth set for 9kHz. Almost sounds like an FM broadcast, can't even tell it's AM mode heh.

Thanks X-FM for the show! Enjoyed the shoutout.. and at the end of your show too ;D

0238 Stripped - Depeche Mode, good song to end my evening with while in the radio room here.
0242 Off air.

I really hope someone recorded your show tonight and uploads it. The one time I don't have my recording device plugged into my radio go figure lol.

"This is WDOG" "please stand by?" ID at 0000 UTC
Good signal here on the Tecsun 880, definitely strong and well above the local noise

Just a tip for anyone who owns this radio and suddenly AM stopped working.
The symptom is kind of odd, FM and shortwave all work fine but going to AM results
in loud static with no stations picking up unless you have a transmitter right next to the radio.

Opened it up and nothing obvious looked wrong so I start injecting a 800kHz signal from my generator
into various areas and found the first stage AM antenna amplifier seems to be weak or dead.
To confirm it I check on the scope at the Drain of Q26 while injecting a signal into its Gate.
The waveform looked fishy and didn't seem to be amplifying as much as it should.

So after much headache I unsoldered the smaller than rice sized SMD component which is a BF510 n-type FET.
Digging around in my part box I found a through hole 2SK161 which at least has the same pinout even if it's 8x
the size of the SMD part!
Matched pin for pin touching the board by hand and the BCB came back alive.

I ended up soldering it in place bent over for now. The sensitivity is not as good as it was with the original
transistor so I need to find a legit replacement but have no idea where to look that won't cost much.
Only other idea is to replace it with a part that has close to the same specs  :-\
With any luck maybe I will find a better part than stock and actually increase original performance but that
would be a crazy hack that would deserve its own post.

As to how the transistor died is a complete mystery. The radio was fine one day, then dead the next. I did not have it
plugged into an outdoor antenna. The gate and source of the FET are in parallel with the loop stick inductor so
how on earth the ferrite antenna could have generated a big enough pulse to fry the FETs gate is beyond me!
If I didn't know better I'd say the front-end got cooked by sitting under a broadcast antenna, but no
it wasn't from me  :o

I will say one thing that was odd is that this happened while I was camping out by a river with no houses around or stations.
While out there right before the AM died I was hearing some really strange wooshing click sounds which my friend found
strange sounding. It was strong sounding interference. Wonder if something was out there that fried my radio!?  ???
Probably just a coincidence.


I always have discord pulled up on one of my two monitors on my dual monitor setup so that is very convenient to read the newest messages without having to purposely pull up rocketchat.

Might be a pain for people with old computers but anything recent should run it fine, even if using discord in your browser instead of its native software.

BTW I haven't been on the air in almost a year, so whatever that other station is, it wasn't me. But your report was definitely me.

That would have been me. Cool, happy to get a listener. The last song was Maggot Brain. 25 watts carrier and homebuilt audio processing.

ID at 22:30, talk about using some new equipment.
Decent signal into south WI on my Tecsun 880 well above the noise.
Been a while since I tuned in pirates this early in the day. Good timing going back to the radio room I guess.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Fast food drive through frequencies
« on: September 27, 2020, 2123 UTC »
I wish the 30MHz segment was used more because my Anytone 5555n transceiver covers up 25.615 to 30.105 and I always wondered what would be up on those higher frequencies around my area.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Fast food drive through frequencies
« on: September 26, 2020, 2024 UTC »
Get a Baofeng and you'll be on all their frequencies at the same time according to a ham, get a Baofeng and you can have access to all their frequencies according to a ham. Get a Baofeng and be lucky to be heard a few hundred feet away by a ham. Make some mashed potatoes and gravy and get yourself some ham.

Narrowing the bw will also give a slight increase in range, for those stations that can match that bw on rx.
I generally agree with this, but I think it has more to do with packing the audio tightly in that bandwidth than it does simply limiting bandwidth.
I've tried both extensively and found that bandwidth restriction alone doesn't seem to have a huge impact, or any that I can tell at all from practical distances. It does give feel good points though so you know you're not interfering with adjacent stations.

What does matter is really cramming the audio into, as you suggested, the bandwidth of the average radio. Placing the NRSC curve to put some punch out to 5kHz makes a ton of difference, beyond that it's up to the station, and my preference is to ride the bandwidth so that up to 5kHz there is strong presence on soft passages or limited audio range (voice), and push the 5-9.5kHz hard to the standard curve, then drop it with the brick wall after that to comply like the big sticks. That presence around 2-5kHz needs to have its own care though or else it will sound awful on music. Professional audio processors actually treat this range specially with analyzing circuitry (or software) so that voice has punch and music remains full and good, and it's an art.

Remember stories of hot audio processors of yesteryear damaging old radio station transmitters? Running tubes too hot or pounding the mod transformer until destruction? That is what gets loudness and to really get that you need 100% modulation peaks and 95-98% neg. Maybe that is what the talking house transmitter needs? Sounds like a fun project :D
Not even sure if the thing can do close to 100% positive, or asymmetrical peak riding even though Stereotool can try its hardest to provide it.

0251 Gadda da vita
0308 Frog went courting in middle of rock music
SSTV scattered throughout

Great signal from 0240-0320
SIO 544
I think this was the station I heard last night but they went off the air right after those nature sounds turning into some electronic music? Looking to find the actual track they used for that ending segment, never heard it before but through USB it was loud and clear, then off.

Video of the end of MRIs show I took quickly...

Camera audio sucks, but shows the quality of reception last night.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: Unid 6925 usb, 0050 utc, 10 Sep 20
« on: September 10, 2020, 0134 UTC »
80s Forever Radio (?) ID at 0132UTC, listening on my Tecsun PL880 with solid signal on outdoor Inv. L antenna.
Not sure how to make out the 880s signal meter to S measurement but getting around 50dBu which I know is strong and almost no noise here in the upper midwest.

Glad to see HF band conditions making a comeback since the last few weeks has been completely dead hear on any radio and antenna.

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