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Pretty sure there's much more death today from cancer or heart disease than in 1909. Also much more autism. My guess is because we routinely inject live and dead virii as well as known and unknown pathogens directly into immature immune systems, as well as the fact most all our food comes from a factory. If we have any increase in longevity over 1909, it's more likely due to clean water and the ability to keep our hands clean.

Amateur Radio / Re: HAM Radio FUNgus
« on: May 25, 2019, 1841 UTC »
Although this isn't directly related to ham radio. The memories of getting my first SW receiver. which I did monitor HF with. It was so amazing listening to all the broadcast. Radio Moscow, BBC, CRI. What added to the magic was that I didn't know about relay stations, so I assumed that everything came directly from the country represented. I wouldn't trade that lack of knowledge for anything. In the pre internet days you would know about global events before they hit mainstream media. I miss those days.

No such thing as a thread hijack in my threads. Anyway yeah you're right, back in the day most countries transmitted from within their borders, something almost unheard of today due to lack of target audience as well as funds. Much cheaper to use innernets or to pay someone in another country to bcast your spiel. Today you have two listeners to shortwave, one are the dirt farmers riding their waterbuffaloe to their rice paddies who can't afford the batteries to the portable sw set they can't afford, and us nerds.

Yo, don't mix yo fricatives wit yo plosives, yo, uh, yeh yeh boiiiiii.

Equipment / Re: More Wire, Higher Wire, Longer Wire
« on: May 25, 2019, 1825 UTC »
On the vertical noise paradigm, it helps to place a say 100k ohm carbon comp resistor - or a high value choke - across the coax at the antenna to reduce static buildup and other noise. Also, you want it well grounded and as far from dwellings as possible to reduce noise pickup. A friend with a rosette of beverages has to replace his termination resistors often as they get popped by nearby lightning strikes, so use a higher wattage resistor in your vertical, bev, or whatever antennae if available. A high value resistor or choke across the legs of a dipole is also a good idea.

Amateur Radio / Re: QRP Contesting
« on: May 24, 2019, 1947 UTC »
I had a lot of fun with my HR2510 back in the 90's. Great radio for what it was.

I liked mine too! That was back in the day when I'd spend as much or more for shit cb rigs and texas star amps like a fool when I could've had a truly worthy rig like a 751a or 757 or any other used HAM rig instead of the thousands wasted on cb crap. No evil intended towards cbers, just that most modern cb rigs output is so dirty they shouldn't be on the air.

Amateur Radio / HAM Radio FUNgus
« on: May 24, 2019, 1931 UTC »
What is your fav thing in HAM radio?

For a long time I did jt65 solely and it was ossum because my antenna as well as output power limitations have always been poor at best, it was a miracle of radio to see dx respond to my cq. Great fun! That being said, I did work Bear Island once, an island few km north of Finland, on 15m with 100w ssb, as well as some island in the Pacific. Oddly, 10m hasn't been as effective or as "fun" as 15m, making 15 my fav band.

In other cases I liked listening to dx stations work other dx stations...... until the inevitable Euro or US HAM came along and ruined the fungus.

Also a bit of easypal sstv with the gang on 7173.

What modes do you enjoy?

Equipment / Re: More Wire, Higher Wire, Longer Wire
« on: May 24, 2019, 1920 UTC »
I doubt an additional 100ft will add much save for in ambc and vlf work, I suggest a vertical antenna if you have none. On hf rx antenna length, the USN did a study and found a 6ft vertical probe, matched for maximum energy transfer to the feedline, would do in most any instance. That being said, they had a US warship and an entire ocean as the ground plane.

Dipoles and "longwires" are desirable antennas, but for low angle reception you can't beat a vertical, low angles are where you find the dx.

Amateur Radio / Re: QRP Contesting
« on: May 24, 2019, 1814 UTC »
That's interesting. I do call CQ with my 100 watt rig, but only occasionally when QRP. I can see your point though. If your the one calling then theres not as much competition in comparison to trying to work a station with multiple ops trying the same. I remember when the 703's came out and were $429.99. I seem to remember a problem with the early generation 703's, but cant quite remember. I wanna say the finals went out in them fairly often. They still hold their value pretty well on the used market when you can come across one.

Yep, fragile finals, also suffered by the Yaesu version, the FT817. Do not run these rigs into a non resonant antenna, also do not yell at the radio or look ruefully at it or the finals may pop. Mine lost one of the final pair and I got rid of it after seeing this was a common occurrence. Fantastic on rx, unreliable on tx. I was contemplating replacing the finals with a bipolar pair I have on hand; the finals from a HR2510, very rugged, but I suppose I'd not have enough drive to max them out without serious redesign, something I try to avoid.

Jba @ 1659Z.

Amateur Radio / Re: QRP Contesting
« on: May 24, 2019, 1645 UTC »
My experience with QRP is that during a normal day you may call and call and not even make a contact.
However, during, say, Field Day you can make many contacts with just 1 watt and a simple antenna.
So, go for it.   Just be aware of what is required in the exchange as it can be rather rapid fire.

It depends. I had a IC-703 (this rig highly underrated) feeding a two turn loop of wire wrapped around a window frame via a short run of coax/ferrites and it did ok on nvis 40m ssb with 10w out. Really wish Icom would make a sdr version of the 703. And yes, I learned to always call cq and not answer cq, even on jt65.

Yep, Greek and possibly from Athens, not sure. They've been on that freq for decades and are a pretty fair propagation indicator for southern Europe. The Greeks good friend Turkey is/was often found nearby on 9445.

Shortwave Broadcast / ERT Foni Tis Helladas 9420 2303Z 23MAY19
« on: May 23, 2019, 2304 UTC »
Clean sig, fading a bit, 2 om in Greek discussion, perhaps a callin.

Shortwave Broadcast / WRMI 9955kHz 2255Z 23MAY19
« on: May 23, 2019, 2300 UTC »
Clean sig, S9 (50uV), Closing Time by Semisonic, into ID. beaming 170 to Hispanic America.

Utility / Re: Station heard under WWV 10 mHz 2153 23 May 2019
« on: May 23, 2019, 2235 UTC »
Nice catch, never heard it far as I can remember. I'm guessing you caught it via longpath in the dark.

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