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Utility / 6.507 Mhz ?
« on: November 25, 2021, 1322 UTC »
Just turned on my radio and it was on 6 MHZ from last night. I started tuning and came across a strong signal on 6.507 USB. The operator was speaking English with a bit of an accent. Most of the content seemed to focus on weather reports. It started off strong but began to fade rapidly and I was unable to hear what particular areas of the world were being discussed. I did some googling and all I found was were references to Charleville, Australia. It seems it bit odd if it is since I'm in Florida and it's 8:15 am local time 13:15 UTC. Let me know what you think?

After hitting send, the signal came back up and definitely referenced Austalia. Seems a bit odd to me having this type of propagation on 6 MHZ this time of day?

10/11 meters / 11M Band conditions
« on: November 24, 2021, 1923 UTC »
(19:22 ) 27.385 LSB is quite active this afternoon. Hearing stations from CA, AZ, CO etc.

Things were too busy on 11M, but I did manage to work KE7JNT Oregon on 28.475 USB At 19:45. Not a huge signal, but perfectly workable.

(20:28) Barely hearing anything

Utility / Identifying Utility stations
« on: November 18, 2021, 1727 UTC »
What online resource do you find to be the best for identifying Utility stations? Most of the time I just google or look on 'Whats on shortwave now' if it's a broadcast station. Hoping to find a list in a Klingenfuss type layout. Thanks

Amateur Radio / PSK31 activity
« on: November 14, 2021, 1624 UTC »
I decided to download a program for FT8 to see what it looked like. I did receive lots of stations but wasn't in the mood to try and figure out the TX portion today. Don't have a whole lot of desire to get into it anyway. I remembered I had messed around with PSK31 a while back, so I went on 20 meters and had a few QSO's via PSK31. One was into Canada. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I like CW/SSB the best, but it's cool to mess around with something different from time to time. I really like the folks on PSK31. Everyone is always very welcoming and patient. I'm going to take some time to decode some WEFAX today also. Haven't done that in weeks. Nice lazy Sunday today.

Amateur Radio / Japan on 17M
« on: November 12, 2021, 2230 UTC »
JR7TKG - Japan currently on 18.126 USB (22:18) . First Op held him up for about 6 mins. After that, it was a madhouse. No chance with my 100 watts and wire, but good to hear JA's. 7300 miles from my QTH. It may have been possible if I had stumbled upon him early, but once it hits the DX cluster, things are gonna get crazy.

Did get to Work UV5ERY - Ukraine on 40M CW @22.27. That made me feel a little better.

10/11 meters / 11M 27.385 activity
« on: November 10, 2021, 2209 UTC »
Just got home and turned the rig on. Hearing stations on 27.385. While typing this I just worked 271 Montana. Mostly just hear him working various stations, lot's of them being in Florida. @ 22:14

Amateur Radio / South Korea 40M
« on: November 10, 2021, 0042 UTC »
There's a South Korean station DT8A on 40M CW (7.008) Went to check it out. It's a madhouse. Can't make head or tails of what's going on, even though it's a split operation. I did see a station in Maryland worked them. That gives me a little hope at another time.

10/11 meters / 11m Activity 7 NOV 2021
« on: November 07, 2021, 1431 UTC »
Hearing activity on 27.385 from WV, PA, NC. No luck in making contacts though. Hearing a station in London now. Said he was beaming Alaska.
@14.47 hearing Ireland on 27.555 calling Central America.

Amateur Radio / 6M activity
« on: November 06, 2021, 1219 UTC »
Finally worked a station on 6M, although it was only about 110 miles away. (50.145) The signal was low but readable. Heard some other stations as well. Maybe I can get around to building a little Moxon beam sometime soon.

Equipment / NanoVNA SWR reading made simple
« on: November 05, 2021, 2140 UTC »
So, I bought a NanoVNA over a year ago and was a bit intimidated by it. So much stuff on the screen. Multiple traces and Smith charts etc. All I ever wanted was to use it as a cheap antenna analyzer to read SWR of whatever range, inside or in the field. I started looking for videos on how to use it again today and found exactly what I was looking for. A straightforward instruction for SWR. I re-watched the video when I got home and have already swept 2 antennas. It's like I got a brand new item to use. It shows you how to eliminate all the crazy lines etc, which makes it confusing (For me anyway) and just shows it with one line on the screen.  I'm really excited to make use of it and build more antennas. If you are looking for the same, see the copy/paste link below.


If you have any issues- The video is called 'NanoVNA Made Simple' #480 (Run time is 18 mins 39 seconds)

Amateur Radio / Xiegu G90
« on: November 04, 2021, 2248 UTC »
I'm getting a bit tempted to buy a Xiegu G90. I really like the look and features of it. However, I would have to sell my Yaesu HF rig. I've always told my wife, If I buy something new, I will finance it without spending more money. I was a QRP guy for many years and I sometimes miss it. I love the waterfall display and portability. The weather is getting nice and it would be great to have a smaller rig to take camping. With the money, I could also purchase an antenna analyzer and a kit radio to build. I feel like the radio has been around long enough to have solid reviews and I know a couple of people that own them. I just worked a guy the other day on 10M on Curacao Island operating one and it sounded great. I'm torn though. I love the FT-950 and enjoy being able to change my CW speed with a quick turn of a knob to accommodate for slower stations or speed it up for DX op's without going through a menu. I've owned a lot of radios over the years and always say if I don't like the rig, I'll sell it and go back. I owned 2 FT-817's and an FT-818 among many others, usually switching it up every couple of years. It would also free up some space on my desk. I am worried about buyer's remorse though. With the bands not being great again, I worry I'll miss having 100 watts and even though 6M has been crap for quite some time, once I don't have it I'll wonder what's going on there?

Equipment / Linear amplifier build
« on: November 04, 2021, 1856 UTC »
I was curious why you don't hear much about people building linear amplifiers? Yes, I know some people do, but it seems like it would be more common, especially since they're so expensive to buy. There are lot's of skilled builders out there,  I have built a few QRP kits and other easy kit's. I don't consider myself to be an electronics wiz, I just know how to solder and follow directions. Does anyone know of any amplifier kits that are decent and don't cost a fortune (100/200 watt HF or VHF) ? Any info on the topic would be appreciated. Thanks

So, as a said in the other post, I have been listening to some aircraft activity here and there it's it's pretty interesting so far. I have a large airport about 15/18 miles away and see planes all the time when I'm outside. What I was wondering about is - What types of lingo and call sign information do you key in on to have an idea of where the aircraft might be currently or heading to? This may not be so simple though. Just wanted to see if anyone listens for certain info that I'm unaware of? Thanks

I haven't got an antenna set-up yet for VHF/UHF, but I was messing around listening to weather stations near me using an HF antenna. I was wondering how far out you have heard these WX stations around 162 Mhz?

Peskies / UNID 9.665 USB
« on: October 31, 2021, 1048 UTC »
Been listening to 9.665 USB for about 20 mins and there is an on-again off-again QSO between two ops in English. Sounds like hams talking, but no call signs. Discussing tractors and other equipment. When there's no talking it appears the mic is left on and you can hear faint TV or radio and small movements like footsteps etc. Sorry, that's all I got.

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