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Buy that Cobra 29 now before they're gone!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/over-and-out-cb-radio-maker-struggles-to-adjust-to-trump-tariffs/2018/09/23/87cf518a-b6b8-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.93625116e5f1

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CHICAGO ó Cedar Electronics has been selling CB radios to American truckers since the 1960s, helping connect the workers who keep the U.S. economy rolling. But these days Cedarís business isnít exactly trucking along.

The Chicago-headquartered company is racing around Asia looking for other countries to host its manufacturing, after the radios Cedar makes in China and brings to the United States were hit with one of the Trump administrationís 25 percent tariffs this summer, making them more expensive to import.

Rare that CB radio makes any sort of mainstream media appearance so I thought this was interesting. This situation of course has interesting implications across a variety of electronic products sourced from China, not just CB radios.

No strong political comments, please.

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Other / Alex Jones/Infowars pirate 3962 LSB
« on: October 05, 2018, 1621 UTC »
I'm relunctant to log this as a pirate, since it is inside the ham bands, and it is just a relay of the Alex Jones audio feed. So probably just the usual 75m kooks entertaining each other. But here we go..

Alex Jones/Infowars audio stream, 3962 AM at 1618 UTC on 10/5/2018. Alex rants, including commercials breaks. No ID of the relayer. Very good S9 signal.

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Huh? / The definitive end-fed dipole discussion.
« on: February 21, 2018, 1713 UTC »
I feel it is important to clear the air about a subject that has been bandied about lately on these here forums. This is regarding the end-fed dipole.

I am the inventor of the end-fed dipole. I have updated my signature (below) to reflect this. Any other claims to the discovery of the end-fed dipole will be vigorously challenged.

There will be a book. But for now, I would like to provide a simple schematic for those who may be interested in building my antenna:

-----------------------------------------------------  <--- radiating element
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|  <--- feedline
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Should you have any questions, I am here to answer them.

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22 Meter Band / BEER is on the air 13566.00
« on: January 26, 2018, 0103 UTC »
BEER is a Black Cat Systems 22m beacon kit (see: https://blackcatsystems.com/rf-products/22_meter_band_part_15_beacon_kit.html) 13566 is the area-ish.

It is assembled and on the air, transmitting from the Boston suburbs. As of 1/25/2018 the antenna is an end-fed 20M dipole not far off the ground. It is outdoors, but not far above the ground right now. Not entirely ideal, but it's possible someone may hear this beacon. Antenna improvements when the weather is warmer.

Valid reception reports will be rewarded with a nice printed QSL card.  Submit reports to: beerusmaximus@gmail.com. An audio recording, SDR capture, or legitimate waterfall screen scrape will get you a card. Note, a postal mailing address is required to receive a card.

Once again, target frequency is 13566.0-ish.

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If you operate an FM pirate in the US, I'd be taking a lot of extra caution at this point. It remains to be seen what the impact on HF pirating might be. My gut tells me that the uptick in enforcement is the result of a backlog of complaints from commercial broadcasters to a much more commercial-radio friendly FCC. I'd like to think this won't trickle down to HF hobby broadcasters, but something to keep an eye on...

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It seems weíve been reporting more about the FCC taking aim at illegal broadcasters under new Chairman Ajit Pai, especially the past few weeks. Thursday, another flurry of pirates were notified they had 10 days to end their operation and respond to the FCC to explain what they were doing operating radio stations without a government license.

http://radioink.com/2017/07/07/commissions-pirate-crackdown-continues/

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Interesting perspective. I personally listen to a lot of London area stations on their web streams when I want some music discovery. Rinse FM,  Sub FM, etc.

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As a born and bred Londoner living in the city, I would listen to the radio for around four hours per day during the week and a little less on the weekend..

..But last year I moved with my job to Brooklyn, and I have yet to hear the same quality of broadcasting in the U.S. Being such a heavy consumer of radio, and a fan of so many American artists, I was looking forward to switching my allegiance to the famous U.S. hip-hop stations...

..But when I listen to HOT 97, Power 105.1 or any similar stations, all I hear are commercials, boring chat, and a few Drake and Migos songs played on repeat..

Full article:

http://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2017/07/radio-uk-vs-us-bbc-npr-kcrw-interview

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Drive around some parts of London today and youíre still liable to hear mainstream radio broadcasts drowned out by fleeting bursts of unfamiliar music.

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/34394/1/pirate-radio-history-and-future?curator=MusicREDEF

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Shortwave Pirate / Moonlight Radio 6930 USB 1328 UTC 12/25
« on: December 25, 2016, 1329 UTC »
Choir/Christmas music up on 6930 USB at 1328. S6-S7 in the Boston burbs.

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Shortwave Pirate / Burn It Down Radio 6945 USB 12/15 0028+
« on: December 25, 2016, 0030 UTC »
UNID 6945 USB 12/25/2016 0028 UTC. Dylan's Blowin in the Wind. Very good S9+10 signal. Burn It Down Radio ID at 0035 UTC.

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Shortwave Pirate / Northwoods Radio 6935 KHz USB 1139 UTC 10/25/2015
« on: October 25, 2015, 1140 UTC »
"Ticket to Ride" on 6935 KHz USB at 1139 UTC. S5 signal. Northwoods loon IS at 1141 UTC.

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Shortwave Pirate / Shortwave Ghost 6873 KHz AM 0146 UTC+ 8/1
« on: August 01, 2015, 0146 UTC »
Gunsmoke like music. Huge S9+10 signal. shortwaveghost@outlook.com. "This is show #13".

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Shortwave Pirate / Radio Appalachia 6935 KHz AM 0040 7/5
« on: July 05, 2015, 0040 UTC »
Bluegrass music noted on 6935 KHz AM at 0040 (7/5). Peaks to S9.

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I heard this piece on NPR this morning, and thought it was kind of interesting. Click the giant "play" link on the page to hear the whole story.

Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

The United Nations has declared Friday World Radio Day in celebration of radio's unique status as a "simple and inexpensive" technology with the power to reach even the most remote, marginalized communities.

But we wondered ó in this digital age, how hard is it to find a simple, inexpensive radio?


http://www.npr.org/2015/02/13/385716455/finding-a-radio-that-is-just-a-radio-in-the-digital-age

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Shortwave Pirate / Radio 2015 6920 KHz AM 1/1/15 1311+ UTC
« on: January 01, 2015, 1312 UTC »
Nice S9 signal on 6920 KHz. Love is a Stranger by the Eurythmics. Radio 2015 ID by computer voice at 1314 UTC.

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Uncle Bob is up on 6925 KHz AM with a lot to say about life, beer, other stuff. S8 signal. Announcer is southern accented. Self-ID'd later as Sycko.

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