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10/11 meters / What is with 11m lately?
« on: May 24, 2018, 1157 UTC »
Anyone else notice that even though we are on the low end of the 11 year cycle the CB band is picking up big at times I never recall? Yet lower frequencies are completely dead. It seems 10+MHz is doing swell but anything lower is worse than ever! I tuned in 80m last night and heard two hams and that was it, yet at the same time I heard hundreds of people on CB 11m.
Right now as I post this, 6:55AM EST I am hearing skip from all over, that's not normal. Even at night lately and last night I heard people talking skip into the moon hours.
What is up with the sun? I thought when we are on the cycle low we are working local only but I am hearing stuff that reminds me of years ago when the solar cycle was high.
What gives? Am I going nuts?
Meanwhile I can't even tune in coast to coast am at night, how will I sleep w/o george snoory telling me bedtime stories?

The RF Workbench / Noticeable drift to listeners
« on: November 25, 2015, 1730 UTC »
Just curious if one was to use a VFO for frequency generation how much it would take until it becomes obvious that the station is using a free running VFO?

Is 50hz drift over an hour varying +-25hz occasionally even notable on AM? (currently where I have my circuit zeroed in at, improving a tiny bit each time I try different capacitors)
I realize with SSB this could be an issue fine tuning on the listeners end but with AM I can't imagine this would be of issue correct?
I know there are a few people here who log stations down to 100hz, like 6925.5 for example, but as long as the signal is within a few 10s of hz would that many people even notice?
I worry because I damn near have this VFO built but worry that it will become blatantly obvious that I am using one to some people who are anal about logging frequency and I don't want to be that broadcaster that "drifts".

I know for a fact that pirates of the past used transmitters using VFOs, and it makes me wonder just how much they drifted over an hour or two of broadcasting after a basic warm up. Hell there are even pirates here still using tube based VFOs that broadcast. Those suckers have to drift a ton even when running to specification right?
Can anyone here that did that speak up and admit how much it drifted so?

General Radio Discussion / cmradio?
« on: September 25, 2015, 1436 UTC »
Just wondering if anyone knows where he went or if he just moved on to other hobbies or something?
Always was one of the most helpful people I knew when it came to RF electronics. Hope he is okay.

MW Loggings / 1720AM Show Tonight
« on: January 03, 2012, 0608 UTC »
Going to be running a small show tonight starting at 0600UTC.
Not sure how well it will propagate but worth a shot in the dark.
Will move back to 1710Kc later on tonight where I normally am at.
Lemme know if you pick up anything.

Spy Numbers / Spanish number station question
« on: October 22, 2009, 2028 UTC »
Been hearing this station on 8096khz from time to time. Just curious why it sounds like there is a telephone ringing
constantly in the background. Anyone else notice this?
It sounds exactly like an old telephone ringer and it rings in a weird pattern behind the spanish lady.
Also noted that a few days ago the signal sounded horrible like the transmitter was dying or something.

Spy Numbers / Decoding number stations
« on: April 29, 2009, 0246 UTC »
Has anyone here ever decoded number stations and uncovered something
really important that should be kept secret or the like?
I am new to listening to number stations and don't know much on how
to decode them.
Is there software to help decode them?

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