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https://swling.com/blog/2023/11/multiple-cmes-and-almost-x-class-flare-incoming/   Uh... Figures... I have someone, out by Spokane, WA, wanting to have a sched with me on 10M. Well, probably not this weekend. Then again, listen for buzzy sounding QSO's of Aurora on 10M and espscially 6M.

Keeping one of those Midland FRS / GMRS bubble-pack HT's as a continuous scanner, I was hearing a fast ID on CH16, or 462.575MHz GMRS FREQ. This super cold-snap really must have brought foliage absorption to nil, since I hear the WRDM641+/R, Eastside System 641, GMRS repeater. I got more INFO by logging back on to MY-GMRS page at   https://www.mygmrs.com/   I've sent a repeater-access request, and we'll see if I get one. I've also sent INFO on my GMRS machine to them as well. So, neat catch, from my worst RF direction at +20 miles away. NEAT!!!!

So, has anyone heard any Part 15 Christmas Display stations on-air yet? The usual dude, about a mile away from me, doesn't have his FM station up, yet. And, definitely Part 15. Five houses away, ya lose it.

UPDATE 11/28/2023 :  Actually, that dude that does the fully all-out X-mas display about a mile from me, had his FM TX on 101.3FM, STEREO pilot detected, but just dead-air. So, he hasn't put up the huge light display, yet, but the Part 15 FM TX is on. So, he must be getting ready for warmer weather.

Huh? / An interview with Glenn Hauser?
« on: November 24, 2023, 1925 UTC »
SWL'ing rip. No telling if this includes the 'standard disclaimer'. (Hi-hi...)  https://swling.com/blog/2023/11/an-interview-with-glenn-hauser/#respond

The RF Workbench / Dipole vs Vertical: Which Antenna is Better?
« on: November 16, 2023, 2009 UTC »
I guess that this can go here.   https://www.onallbands.com/dipole-vs-vertical%EF%BB%BF-which-antenna-is-better/   Tim, K8RRT shared that. Me??? I've done the best of both worlds, Vertical Dipoles.

https://radiojayallen.com/sangean-wr-55-am-fm-table-radio/     Neat!!! Ya know, I do miss those 1970's, and early 80's, analog, high-powered, table radios from Sony, Panasonic, Realistic, and I had one from RCA, that mysteriously just disappeared on me. (Huh???) Not the best DX'ers, but I did like the warm, rockin', audio from those.

Equipment / For those of whom need Ramsey Electronics manuals.
« on: November 15, 2023, 2010 UTC »
Neat find on Archive.org,    https://archive.org/download/ramsey-electronics-manual     Not knowing upon just how long this will be up, you may want to take advantage of this and download as much as possible.

Amateur Radio / 2M SSB / CW / FT8, gaining momentum, again? maybe...
« on: November 05, 2023, 2009 UTC »
Interesting. You would have thought that interest in 2M Weak Signal Modes would have gained momentum during Solar Cycle Minimum. However, in West Virginia, there's been more talk from ops being interested in doing so, now. Part of this interest stems from the fact that when crap hits the turbines, and power is not there to maintain FM repeaters, a reliable alternative option for regional communications isn't a bad idea. 25W TX, +20dB RX preamp, and a well-tuned 4 element HORZ beam can bring good, reliable results of +150 miles, day and night, routinely. Add a little Tropo enhancement, and double, or triple, the range. And, with today's SDR tech, you can look beyond just sitting on the call FREQ of 144.200MHz. There are actually more, newer multi-band rigs out there that include 2M multi-mode, like the Yaesu FT-817 / 818, FT-991A, Kenwood TS-2000, the Icom IC-9700 and the portable IC-705, etc. About the only folks that I hear on 2M Weak Signal today are contestants and FT8 / 4 users. I am hearing the slow digital modes around 144.140MHz. Here, in West Virginia, unless you are a hill topper, 432MHz, and higher, are just not practical, but 2M seems to be. Get that beam above the foliage, or in a clear area, and it will travel. TV antenna rotors work well with the smaller 2M beams as well, 7 elements and smaller. So, what are you hearing out there in the Weak Signal portion of 2M, where you are? 

With deep, long, fades, but heard what sounded like Earth, Wind & Fire, then announcement of 'Signature Radio' followed by old-school Hip-Hop. 1st, heard on a truck stereo, but at home, DSL noise was in there with this. Still, good to hear some activity up there and not the usual NJ TIS pest of a station.

Never seen one, but looks like a neat 1960's luchbox radio.   https://radiojayallen.com/hitachi-th-812-am-portable-radio/    Huh... The only things that I have that are Hitachi are their early 1980's CrO2 Cassettes.

That cold spell, once those T-storms moved out, was nice for the HF Low Bands, but this full week of High Pressure, and above average warm weather, could make for some neat Tropo Propagation for VHF / UHF, for the Eastern Part of the USA and Canada. https://vhf.dxview.org/    (You'll need to scroll-over to view North America.) So, could be Scanner's, TV, FM'ers, and VHF / UHF weak-signal deluxe. If anything, it's borrowed time to get those antenna projects done, before that snow flies. (That, includes me as well.) For a quick check of that, just tune through those NOAA Weather Radio 162MHz channels for those distant stations popping though. HAPPY DX'ing, on those higher bands!!!!

Sounds like it would be neat, but FREQ programming and memory storing via a card, doesn't make me want this.   https://swling.com/blog/2023/10/the-sony-icf-sw800-a-most-unusual-sony-radio/

https://www.dxworld-e.com/shop      Neat. Where did I hear about this place? Monitoring DX CB'ers on CH38LSB.

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