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Utility / 11253 USB 2100 UTC
« on: April 13, 2021, 2202 UTC »
Been hearing it since the time shown, Central Florida, fading. I keep hearing "international" but, can't actually make out exactly what airport it is.
Googling it, I've found out it is a RAF Volmet, just, don't know the name of the airfield/airport, since in the recording, I can barely make the name before I hear the 'International" designator.

HF Mystery Signals / Re: Want to identify this 11387
« on: April 10, 2021, 0208 UTC »
Huh...that's what it appears to be, thanks!

HF Mystery Signals / Want to identify this 11387
« on: April 09, 2021, 2056 UTC »
2020 UTC
Central Florida, Orlando, USA
Was searching the HF Aero Band for voice activity when I came across this sporadic sound.
I parked the SDR's in this frequency and was listening to the sound, came in bursts lasting about three seconds each and about 10 seconds apart.

Sounded to me like some sort of data bursts, of what, I have no idea being as the frequency is in HF. No voice transmissions heard anywhere near the frequency.
I also have a sound file. Can't find here an option to do that.

Utility / Re: RTTY Transmissions
« on: June 18, 2020, 1628 UTC »
Thank you Josh!

Utility / Re: RTTY Transmissions
« on: June 06, 2020, 2058 UTC »
Thanks for the info!

Utility / RTTY Transmissions
« on: June 01, 2020, 2036 UTC »
I've got a new receiver and am looking for frequencies where RTTY signals are consistently found. I'd like to get proficient at successfully decoding these.
I'm located in Central Florida.
Every now and then, I find a signal that I *think* it is RTTY.

But when I enable the decode feature in my radio, all I usually see is a bunch of letters with no rhyme or reason.

Are there any stations that consistently broadcast things such as bulletins or weather info?


Equipment / Re: Icom IC-R8600 vs Icom IC7300
« on: April 22, 2020, 2054 UTC »

monitors are much cheaper than multi thousand dollar radios. but if the thought of mounting another monitor (notice i didn't say putting it on your desk) is too much you can always just get a sandalone SDR (that's an SDR with a little built in screen) for under $400: https://www.rtl-sdr.com/afredi-lan-iq-standalone-12-bit-30-khz-to-1-7-ghz-sdr-with-lcd-screen-for-339


that said, i'd just go for another monitor on a mount. i have no idea what kind of monitors you currently use but most new ones are light weight and come ready for VESA mounting options (wall brackets, multi-monitor mounts, etc)

That looks interesting, will give it a look. Thanks.

Equipment / Re: Icom IC-R8600 vs Icom IC7300
« on: April 05, 2020, 0818 UTC »
I already have two loop antennas; a W6LVP and a Wellbrook loop, they're both in my attic.

Reason I ask, I want to get an Icom is for the waterfall/spectrum display. Not to keen on the idea of hooking another monitor to display that, in my limited desk space. Yes, I'm also a ham, although a technician, for now...

Thanks to all for the replies.

Equipment / Re: Icom IC-R8600 vs Icom IC7300
« on: April 04, 2020, 1824 UTC »
Mmmm...why not?

Seems to be working well so far with my Alinco DX_R8.

Equipment / Icom IC-R8600 vs Icom IC7300
« on: April 02, 2020, 2256 UTC »
So I've been scouring the internet for more info on performance on the MW band.

So far, I've read where the IC R-8600, beats the IC7300 by about 2db.

Is that worth the price difference?

I could wait a bit longer to save up and get the R8600, but, I really don't need the VHF/UHF capabilities, I've got scanners for that.

A new R-8600 currently sells for around $2,250.00. I've seen used ones on eBay (very, very, few ones offered for sale there) between $1,800 to $2,000.

A new IC7300 for $979, a hundred dollars less with rebates, and used prices, a bit lower than that.

The R-8600, does not require me to go out and purchase another Power Supply as I already own a Radio Shack model suitable for the job.

If I were to get the 7300, I've got to factor in another PS, it would still be close to half of what I would need to get the R8600.

On the other hand, while not a hardcore MW DX'er, every now and then at night, I like to tune around and see what I can hear.

I've seen/read others opinions, such as G. Lyell opinion's in YouTube, regarding the R8600 performance and respect that. What I'm not too clear on is  the seemingly small difference in sensitivity.

I've recently saw another post somewhere that explained a "workaround" to gap this difference. Can't remember exactly the wording but the gist was that, the 7300, has a pre amp setting on AM that, by default, is off. Turning it on, would help AM reception.

Looking for opinions on this matter...


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