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Messages - pinto vortando

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Weather / Re: eclipse this morning
« on: June 14, 2021, 0910 UTC »

Nice !

pretty much a non-event here due to the fog.

MW Loggings / Re: Dxpedition to Wells, Maine
« on: June 10, 2021, 2139 UTC »
The car radio is grounded to the frame in a negative ground automotive system, so even a wire with an alligator clip to the frame somewhere probably would suffice for a ground radial.

That would probably help if your car is parked.  My concern was how to ground a vehicle in motion.  :-\

Weather / eclipse this morning
« on: June 10, 2021, 1129 UTC »
Although the sky was mostly clear, it seemed darker than usual before sunrise this morning maybe due to the sun rising in solar eclipse.
A dense fog rolled in at sunrise which could be a good thing as it will prevent the uninformed from trying to view the eclipse without proper safety equipment.

MW Loggings / Re: Dxpedition to Wells, Maine
« on: June 10, 2021, 0135 UTC »
x2 on the grounding,  although somewhat impractical on a car radio
However, if you are taking along a portable on a mini-DXpedition, consider a provision for grounding.
It will greatly improve performance on LW and MW.

Longwave Loggings / Re: 338 UMP
« on: June 05, 2021, 0012 UTC »

tnx for the update.

UMP and DE were the only U.S. beacons ever copied here on 338
so with both of those now gone maybe will hear something new.

Longwave Loggings / Re: unid DAI
« on: June 03, 2021, 0848 UTC »
Still hearing DAI as of this morning 0840Z.

Longwave Loggings / Re: Summer NDB Logs from Downers Grove, IL
« on: June 03, 2021, 0844 UTC »
Nice list for summertime listening.   :)

Longwave Loggings / Re: 338 UMP
« on: May 27, 2021, 0132 UTC »

Man, that is pretty hard core,  maybe you ought to sign up for the upcoming Bouvet Is. DXpedition.   ;)

Nice work on copying SAQ. 

Longwave Loggings / Re: 338 UMP
« on: May 25, 2021, 1553 UTC »
AFAIK, 516 YWA is still on the air, last logged it here in January.  However, it is on the decommissioning chopping block.
Have not heard the beacon on 529 in quite a while.  Can't remember the ID but think it was in TN...  could copy it loud and clear
on the car radio. 

Noise is the big problem on LW.  A loop can help.  MFJ 1026 even better but needs to be modified for LW.
Better yet is going to a local park to get away from the noise but not too feasible on a winter night at the
peak of the LW season.

MW Loggings / Re: Finally: WINS daytime !
« on: May 23, 2021, 1911 UTC »

Nice Caribbean xtal set DX !

My set is nothing exotic...  spider web coil with a 365 uuF cap and a 1N34 developing signal across a 47K ohm.
The antenna is just 50' of wire run up the side of the house and across the roof.
The key is the antenna tuner that ties it all together.  Another spider web coil tuned by a 365 uuF cap that can
be switched in parallel or series with the coil.  The tuner is inductively coupled to the xtal set. 
Got to admit to some cheating in recent years to help my aging ears, been using a LM386 signal tracer to boost the
audio output.

btw, you mentioned WBBM... their signal here is not nearly as strong as WGN or WLS,
       could be their shared antenna (WSCR) and reduction in power when they moved

MW Loggings / Re: Finally: WINS daytime !
« on: May 23, 2021, 1522 UTC »

Pinto - Yep , darkness means a LOT on AM everything , even to simple radios. My "Boy's" two transistor  pocket reflex radio pulled in ALL of the "Usual East Coast" suspects on Dxpedition in NH, but many at super low audio levels. The Select-A -Tenna brought nearly all of them out of the mud (ie WBT, etc) and the Radio Shack  "Pocket Mini Amp"   really pepped things up to LOUD.

I have always been interested in 49 Meter relays, ie CHNS  (CHNX now QRT), etc. They used to do this in Germany too. Many of the BMW's, etc had a small slice of 49 M on the car radio, but no other SW coverage.


Can get many of the east coast flamethrowers at night on my lowly xtal set (has a hot NOS 1N34).  WCBS and WRVA are especially loud but the biggest signal in here is WBZ with all its power sent west towards me.  Enjoy listening to the Dan Rae Nightside show.

Got an old (50+yr) QSL from CHNX, 6130, 500 watts.  The SW is gone but the CHNS call letters live on as an FM station in Halifax.

MW Loggings / Re: Finally: WINS daytime !
« on: May 22, 2021, 2004 UTC »
Daytime DXing is the true test of an AM radio.  A pocket portable will catch skywave 500 -1000 miles out at night,
the propagation is doing all of the work.  Daytime it is all up to the radio.
Anyway, enjoy your listening from the park, best time of the year to be outdoors.  :)
Lots of parks around here just a 5-10 mile bicycle ride away to get relief from the neighborhood QRM.

btw, CFRB usually weak but copyable here daytime with a good radio, most of the signal is directed away from me.
At night the frequency becomes a jumble but WINS can usually be heard.

CFRX can be heard most days but need an outdoor antenna.

Longwave Loggings / 338 UMP
« on: May 22, 2021, 1512 UTC »
338 UMP Indianapolis IN another regular that has gone missing lately.
Found a NOTAM that has it U/S (unserviceable) until 06-07-21.
Let's hope it comes back but meanwhile a missing local beacon can open
a DX window for other beacons to be heard.

Longwave Loggings / 239 HKF
« on: May 22, 2021, 0128 UTC »
239 HKF Middletown OH usually a regular in here day and night in the past but haven't heard it lately.
Looks like it is QRT per a NOTAM... U/S PERM, which translated means unserviceable permanent.  :(

MW Loggings / Re: CFZM Zoomer 740
« on: May 13, 2021, 0001 UTC »
Zoomer had good signal in here on a pocket portable (Grundig Traveler III) today at noontime...
about 200 miles. 

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