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Software / Kenwood TS-2000 EQ, various software and settings.
« on: February 23, 2021, 2055 UTC »
Uh... The settings are in HEX? I haven't had to deal with that, since the late 1990's, when I had to deal with Toshiba CRT Test Machine Industrial Settings. But, for those of y'all being software tech savvy, and want the ultimate TS-2000 EQ controlling for both RX and TX, here you are,  http://dl7cg.wunstorf-luthe.de/ts2000eq/ 

Huh? / Format changes to stations in 2021? Here's a few.
« on: February 22, 2021, 2038 UTC »

The RF Workbench / Re-CAP'ing the GE Super Radio II. Rip from SWLing
« on: February 21, 2021, 1932 UTC »
I've always like the GE Super Radios. I have the III, but the versions I and II, just seem better quality, than the III. https://swling.com/blog/2021/02/chucks-re-capped-ge-superadio-ii-might-set-a-new-am-bcl-benchmark/

Neat!!!! Using a Yaesu FT-70DR HT as my D/A C4FM scanner, ISS came in about S9 with answers from one of the female astronauts. Answers on riding the SpaceX Dragon, as compared to Soyus, weightlessness, and trying to enjoy the time during the work sched. Heard her for about 10min. At least, I believe that it was 145.550MHz, and not 145.800MHz. I have the alphanumerics on that HT. (I do, and don't like that feature.) I didn't catch what school this was for. Still, neat catch.

MW Loggings / 1560AM WKDO, The Buck
« on: February 19, 2021, 0705 UTC »
The AM side of 98.7FM The Buck seems to walk in to WV tonight. I even e-mailed them to tell them that they now dominate the FREQ after dark,   https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WKDO&service=AM&h=D   and    https://chasinthebuck.com/    Huh??? Listed 'Daytime only' under Radio Locator? Guess not.

Probably should be under the MW DX posting, but while we're still on the 1560AM subject here... I wonder if one of those other 1560's were what I heard air Fibber McGee & Molly at 3AM last night. No ID, no promos, but damn good S+20/9 signal off the Windom, and very little fading. Hmmmmmmmm??? Who' dat, who' dat???

Weather / Re: Drama free weather? Not here!
« on: February 16, 2021, 1941 UTC »
Wow!!! Just west of Charleston, WV, they are describing it to the damages from the 6/2012 Durracio. Got power here, for now, since it comes from the next county, just east of me. Anyone whom can make it east, from just 10 miles west of me, have cleared out the store shelves locally. And, we've got another one-two punch in winter weather coming for the rest of this week. Some relief, Sunday the 21st, when it's expected to hit into the 40's. (Ooooooo, get out the speedos.) several amateur repeaters and radio stations are down, due to no power to them. 

Equipment / Re: A vertical dipole for 11 meters (CB)
« on: February 16, 2021, 0744 UTC »
Anyone remember the Big Stick from the 70's to the 90's? I had one in 1992 and locally it talked about 10 miles around. Granted, I was just under 15ft off the ground with it. However, in April of that year, 11M DX exploded from Europe and Asia. France, UK, Spain, Germany, with just a few watts in the afternoons. And, daily QSO's with a friend in Texas. Yeah, that was a great skip talking antenna for 11M, the best that I ever had, looking back on it. When you look at the design of what the Big Stick was, it was a coaxial antenna, or a modified Dipole, really. So, my guess would be that a matched VERT Dipole will hear stuff locally from about 20 miles, depending on antenna height, but should be a damn good Sporadic "E" and F2 antenna when the propagation comes around again. Oh yeah!!!! In 1999, I made a VERT 11M Dipole from a 102" whip, with 106" of cobbed dehumidifier aluminum coil straightened out, for a radial. It talked to mobile stations 20 miles out, and it too heard some nice skip. I think that was the antenna that I DX'ed the Hamburg, Germany 10M FM repeater on 29.690-/R, hitting me at S20/9. I also DX'ed a 10M AM QSO on 29.000MHz from an East German working a dude in Utah off a whip from the Soviet Military. I heard both stations over S9. Damn, I miss those conditions. But, there ya go... Possibilities of what might be possible with a Dipole VERT on 11M. It will DX down to 20M nicely too and hear 6M stations as well. 

Huh? / Re: 1560AM going bye-bye in NYC? Here's why.
« on: February 13, 2021, 0823 UTC »

Huh? / 1560AM going bye-bye in NYC? Here's why.
« on: February 12, 2021, 2342 UTC »
I've heard why from a dude whom lives up that way. Clark, N1BCG, on a 3873AM QSO, told me that the station was offered $51M for, not the station and tower array, but for the +5 acre property alone! Whoa!!!! Somebody wants that space. O.F.W., at this point, is anyone going to miss it? Hey!!!! Maybe, another opening for Part #15 AM'ers.

I'm still trying to find time to put something back up for 2M SSB. I have 1296MHz, but pretty much useless where I live today, bottom of a valley and foliage all around. Makes for 222MHz and 449MHz FM difficult. 432MHz??? I have a beam for that. Maybe for satellite.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Getting A Radio Operators License
« on: February 11, 2021, 2134 UTC »
Well, you are certainly in the right state for it when it comes to the MAX number of amateur radio operators. Ironically, it's also the lightning capital of the world, so not my ideal spot for operating. However, you do have some unreal VHF / UHF tropo propagation down there with enhancement from the Gulf and the Ocean. That, and it's pretty flat down there. http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed    Now, to find a VE Exam Session for your area. Who knows... I maybe QSO'ing with YOU in the future.

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