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Equipment / Re: Preamplifier uses
« on: July 21, 2014, 2305 UTC »
Delayed is for using with a transmitter, or transceiver

Weak occasionally breaking in above the storm static.
Static bad going to shut down for tonight

SINPO- 44444
0147z  strong signal. Well above storm static
0148z. Jazz tune, something about moon
0149z  Howlin at the Moon

Looks like a Moon theme

0152z  Blue Moon of Kentucky
0154z. ID Wolverine Radio
0154z. Destination Moon
0157z Blue Moon
0159z There's a Moon Out Tonight
0201z ID Wolverine Radio
0201z Unknown song- Doors?
0208z Unknown Song
0213 ID
0213z Another song male singer, Johnny Mathis, maybe not sure Dance in Moonlight?
0218z song unknown. Maybe Moon Dance?
0221z Spanish Moon
0224 ID
0224z Willie Nelson I think,  Moonlight
0227z ID
0227z Old Silver Moon
0241z ID with echo
0243 SSTV ?
0244z off

Thanks for the show!

Equipment / Re: Gear required to take the step
« on: June 20, 2014, 2227 UTC »
You can find used radios on eBay for good prices. For example, Radio Shack DX 440, Sangean 803a, Grundig Satellit  800, Sangean 909x, realistic DX 302, ICOM R70, ICOM R71, Yaesu FRG 7700, and more. Prices range from $40-$300.  Also check the Afedri SDR.  This is an excellent SDR that rivals many much more expensive desktop receivers.  It costs only $260 fully assembled and tested.  Any of these choices will give you an excellent start in this hobby.  Another option is hamfests or ham clubs.  Also since you have a general ticket, a HF transceiver would be a viable option,  I saw a Kenwood TS 440 recently go for $250 in good condition.  This, along with a good antenna, would give you a complete HF station

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: Unid on 6.935 at 0207 UTC
« on: June 09, 2014, 0246 UTC »
0245z. James Gang-Funk 49  Joe Walsh before the Eagles
Only song I recognize so far, guess I'm too old lol
0252z. Harmonica blues song, don't know it.
0310z XLR8 ID and sign off

Thanks for the show!

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: 6935khz USB 0206 UTC NOW!
« on: June 08, 2014, 0254 UTC »
Wolverine Radio

It is Wolverine Radio

S6. Steady, no fade or QRM. Sounding good on the Grundig and whip
0230z. White Lies
023z ID , then Hollies-Long Cool Woman
0235z Moody Blues-Knights in White Satin
0239z Doobie Brothers-Black Water
0243z Quick ID then song I am not familiar with. Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes
0246z Billy Idol- White Wedding
0303z ID and sign off

Thanks for the show!

0338z. Steady S6.  Clear  Weird instrumental music, but I like it. :)
0345z Off

S7 on the Grundig 800.  Light fading some frequency drifting
0234z Arizona-Mark Lindsey
0239z Lime in the Coconut
0245 talking about reception reports on HFU
0249 My Generation-The Who (Roger Daltrey)
0256 taking requests, how about Born to be Wild ?  Thanks for mentioning me
0257 Lawyer, Guns and Money
0300z Macho Man
0303z King of Pain-Police
0307z Born to be Wild. Oh yeah!  Thanks!
0311z Hollies- The Air that I Breathe. Haven't heard that one in a long time. Thanks from an old hippie!

Thanks for the show

Barely audible now and then 0330z. Lots of storm static

0145z Dance to the Music
0148z  Not sure,  sounds like Neil Young
0157   ID Wolverine Radio
0205z  Do You Wanna Dance
0206  ID
Steady S6 very little fade, no noise

Thanks for the show!

0140z. Dancing in the Street.   S5

S6. With a little noise

General Radio Discussion / Re: Earliest DX Memories?
« on: May 10, 2014, 1437 UTC »
Looking back:  Part 6

In 1989, I was browsing the trader classifieds, as saw an ad for an used ICOM R-71a receiver.  This was a highly rated receiver I had been reading about for years.  I called, and the next day I was the new owner.  The radio was well taken care of, and looked new.  It was a major improvement over the DX-300, and in fact was the best radio I had owned up til then.  In March 1989, Linda, said we were getting a special package.  In August, it arrived, but it turned out to be them.  My son and daughter was born August 28.  I was discharged from the Army Reserve in 1988, but in 1990, after getting laid-off, I re-enlisted in the Air Force.  My AFSC was 30454, ground radio repair.  It was here I met my dream radio, the RACAL 6790GM.  This was one sweet radio!  The noise threshold, was near zero, yet sensitivity and selectivity was excellent.  I have never used a better radio.  In 1991, I volunteered for a six-month TDY in Honduras.  The public story was the US military was assisting the Hondurans by building a road from the mountains to LCieba, on the coast. The real reasons however were we we assisting the Honduran Army fight the Nicaraguan-backed Sandista rebels.  Also, Panama was becoming a bit unfriendly, and the US was moving our Central command base to Soto Cano.  We were upgrading the runways to handle C 5's, and B 52's.  There was frequent attacks on US convoys, and base infiltration of Honduran troops by the Sandistas.  I wanted a portable shortwave to take to Honduras.  Radio Shack was running a red tag on the DX-440, so I bought one.  I packed it in my foot locker, and a week later I was in Honduras.  I stepped off a C-130 at Soto Cano, was issued a M16, and 40 rounds.  I was to fire only if fired upon.  I was then assigned a hooch, and settled in.  Next day, I was given charge of HF support operations, for the satellite telecommunications trailer.  The HF station was a Harris transmitter, and the RACAL receiver.  The communications center was a 24/7 operation.  It was setup in eight-hour rotating shifts.  I monitored the station on my 440 when I was off duty.  I set up the schedule so I had duty every Saturday night.  On Saturdays, for four hours, from 2000 hours to midnight, I was in charge of setting up phone patches with MARS ham operators in the States.  Soldiers could call home and talk to their wives and families for a maximum of fifteen minutes.  At midnight, after every one was done, I talked to my family, but never more than the fifteen minutes.  I want to personally thank the MARS hams for their unselfish service.  They made long distance calls at their expense to bring some cheer to the men in uniform.  Their dedication is greatly appreciated.  I did several more TDY assignments between 1992 and 1994.  When President Clinton took office there was a huge military cut back.  My slot was eliminated.  I had three choices, hard-school a new AFSC, transfer, or take an early out.  I said bye, and was discharged.  In 1994 I got back in CB, and became a tech for a friend who ran a CB shop in his home.  In 1995, I got worried about the battery in my ICOM.  I had read an article in Popcom, that said if the battery died, so did the radio.  I know about the nonvolatile memory modules, but they cost almost a hundred dollars.  I saw an ICOM R-70 on EBay for $300.  I bought it and sold my R-71a.  The R-70 is the best kept secret of the ICOM receivers.  It has everything the R-71a has, except direct keyboard entry and memories.  It is the equal of the R-71a in performance, and it doesn't suffer from the volatile memory problem of the R-71a.  It was perfect!  In 1998 I purchased on clearance the absolutely worse radio I ever owned, a DX-394.  This radio was even worse than the 300.  I kept it for only three months before dumping it on Ebay.  In 1999 the plant closed.  I got a new job six months later, but in five years that plant closed as well.  I got a new job sixty miles away.  Working ten hours a day, and driving that far left little time for radio.  Also I was getting involved in satellite TV, and was even a moderator on several sat forums.  I wrote a how-to on using dish pro lnbfs with FTA satellite receivers.  I even had my own forum for a while.  My radios were stored for over ten years.  Then, a few weeks ago I got ahold of a Grundig 450 field radio that was broken. I repaired the radio and started listening to it.  I had forgotten how fun shortwave was.  While on Ebay, looking for a balun, I stumbled onto a Grundig 800 as is.  I researched the 800, and was impressed by the reviews, especially Jay Allen's.  It was his statement that the 800 was the first portable he had found worthy of replacing his Zenith Royal 7000, that did it for me.   Knowing quite well the capabilities of the 7000, I went back to EBay and won the 800.  The 800 arrived, and after a quick check I discovered the BFO was not functioning.  I repaired the radio and started putting it through its paces.  After now having used my 800 for over two weeks, I have concluded that it is almost on par, if not a tad better in some areas, than my R-70, which I dug, along with my 440, out of storage.  The 300 I left there.  I am enjoying my return to my old hobby, and contrary to what I have read have found it basically unchanged.  Oh sure, there are a few stations that were shortwave mainstays, that have gone dark, but most are still there.  Gone is CBC, and Swiss Radio, and Radio Netherlands.   LA Voz de Los Andes is no longer booming in, but Radio Moscow is still there, only now it is the Voice of Russia.  Deutsch Welle still broadcasts in English at about the same time as always, but not with as strong of signal, since the broadcast is beamed to Africa.  BBC can be found the same way.  Radio Habana Cuba is as loud as ever, and I swear, the man and woman announcers sound just like the ones on the station, forty years ago!  Radio Romania still booms in, and Cairo and Turkey are out there as well.  I even heard the old IS from RSA.  I am looking forward to many more years of shortwave listening. I resurrected my long wire in the attic, and dusted off my old 24 hour clock and set it for Zulu time.  My old log book is long gone, but I have started a new one.  Maybe, I will even hear Windward Islands.  And my antenna on my 800 touches the ceiling....

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