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Amateur Radio / ARRL Field Day is June 26-27, 2021.
« on: June 22, 2021, 1900 UTC »
Tis the season.    http://www.arrl.org/Field-Day    Now, can we keep the T-storms away and have lots od Sporadic E? Tropo would be nice, for getting those VHF / UHF points.

Huh? / FCC Authorizes Last-Minute Franken FM Experiment?
« on: June 21, 2021, 0619 UTC »
From Radio Survivor, on the remaining analog LPTV Franken-FM stuations.  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2021/06/16/its-alive-fcc-authorizes-last-minute-franken-fm-experiment/

Amateur Radio / WV QSO Party this SAT 6/19/2021!
« on: June 17, 2021, 1859 UTC »
Huh... Only for one day. They didn't want to operate on Happy Pappy Day?   https://www.qsl.net/wvsarc/wvqp/wvqp.html

MODS.DK is a great site to open many HF rigs up for wide-range TX'ing,     https://www.mods.dk/    Also, other types of modifications there for repairs, audio improvements, etc. Today, there are other sites out there as well for opening up the TX FREQ range on rigs, but this site has been around and a good resource for years.

Propagation / The Termination Event?
« on: June 11, 2021, 2040 UTC »

Propagation / Re: VHF Airplane Scatter? Oh yeah!!!!
« on: June 11, 2021, 1941 UTC »
This is another reason that I miss analog TV, the plane scatter DX from VHF Low and High. Signals will fluctuate too much for DT lock. But, I've done 6M regional DX from bouncing off 747's and those huge military cargo planes. At times, that's the only way that I can hear deep, in valley 2M ops on simplex is plane scatter.

Well... (Could be a deep subject here.) You could do the alternative of a full multi-mode HF rig to do the job, with minimal modifications to audio and muffin fan finals cooling. For AM, Kenwoods, Icoms, even Alinco, can do the job with a 15W carrier, even though most will MAX to a 25W carrier, but it is recommended to stay 20W, or less. Stay away from Yaesu for AM TX'ing. They will be power hungry, drawing from 15A to over 20A of current at 13.8VDC. Plus, you could do USB option. Then, have the option of the other side, the RX portion of the rig to RX on site. On the TX side, look for TX audio FREQ response, the wider, the better. On older rigs, you might be able to widen the audio. Anyway, the option of using an HF rig for HF TX'ing, as an SW TX, has been done for +40 years now. Passing though.   

Now, if we can just keep Murphy's Law outta' there. Ya know... Propagation sucks on SAT and SUN, then picks-up right after that contest. And... Looking ahead to the ARRL Field Day, with all the flooding going on in the NE, might need Field Day, not as a contest, but for real emergency communications.  http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Thought that thus was the weekend afterwards, since it's usually the weekend before ARRL Field Day, but not this year, apparently.      http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf

Awh… One big miss here. Just too bad that they couldn’t extend the range of the upper VHF RX from 200MHz limit, up to 225MHz, for for all-mode 222MHz in the 1 1/4M band. Yes, you can get a transverter for that, but still, it just misses that mark. Other than that, the IC-705 is very enticing. Hmmmmm... Makes you wonder if a firmware change can open that up to 222MHz?   https://swling.com/blog/2021/06/the-icom-ic-705-is-this-really-a-new-holy-grail-swl-bcl-receiver/  Yeah... I know... Nit picking to the MAX, but I'd like to see Icom go all-the-way.

Hey NQC!!!! Anyway, you could drop a GND lead wire right into the salt water for ultimate GND'ing? I did that with fresh water, by pounding a GND array right into the Genesee River. That really made our SW  RX more sensitive. I miss having that. My GND here in WV just sucks.

Ahhhh!!!! Thank you!!!! I knew that I forgot to include that site, when I posted this.

Boomer FWR me this link for this TX:     https://www.ebay.com/itm/184784608562      The Blue Tooth feature wouldn't be a seller for me, but I could see where it would be attractive for others.

Surprised that we are in this see-saw weather, way below normal one week, cooking the next. Well, with this next heatwave coming for most of the Eastern half of USA and Canada, some of these late nights, early mornings, could yield some nice Tropo Propagation on the VHF / UHF bands. I like to use our tax $$$$ funded propagational beacons, a.k.a. the 162MHz, 24/7, Weather Stations. I'll put a scanner, or an HT, on scan on those FREQ's and see if the DX Weather Stations start coming in, besides the two that I normally get. Then again, when a DX station goes over our local 162.400MHz Station, that's a good give-away as well. I think that heatwaves suck, but if it does indeed yield to some nice Tropo Enhanced DX, might as well enjoy that.

Heard that 29.620/R- machine several times now on the indoor scanner, with just the telescopic whip on the back of it. Usually, the Dallas, TX machine on 29.660/R- comes in on that scanner, but not this year, apparently.

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