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Huh? / Re: Comet NEOWISE
« on: Today at 03:28 »
Chris,
Gotta to apologize - I got up at 0300 today (Saturday), made a short drive over to the
Corps of Engineers Boat Launch area at Old Hickory Lake
and got some great views of Neowise. It was a very easy binocular object and
barely, to these old eyes, "nekked" eye object.

We had a weak cold front come through yesterday and the temp and dewpoint
dropped. The temp was 68 and dewpoint was 62 with a light breeze from the
lake - very comfortable for here in mid-July.

Tried for some photos but discovered a little shake in the tripod with the 300 mm
lens hanging on it so all the pics were no good.

Starting Monday, 13jul20, Neowise will become an early evening object.
spaceweather.com has some "how to find" sky maps. 

2
Huh? / Re: Comet NEOWISE
« on: June 19, 2020, 0237 UTC »
Amen! I ain't holding my breath - or even unpacking the telescope :)

3
chanito,
Hope you hung in there because 6 is just now closing out for me (EM66)
(on SSB, FT8 is still busy) after a very good opening to New England
FN3x & FN4x grid squares. Nodzing on 144 or 432 :(

"Maybe tomorrow"!

4
SDR - Software Defined Radio / Re: HFU Members Online SDRs
« on: June 07, 2020, 1626 UTC »
I have a public Kiwi at: http://midtn.dynu.net:8073
It is in a noisy environment with a sub-optimal antenna, which puts it low on Chris' survey list.
However, it is there for anyone to use. After the Ken Burns series "Country Music" ran on PBS last fall,
I've seen an increase in connections, world-wide, to WSM 650 AM, which I can hear on a wet string from here. :)

In an effort to improve the antenna situation, yesterday I set up a MLA-30 from e-bay. I mounted it
on a 10' piece of 1" PVC water pipe, with 1/2" cross arms and found the perfect temporary mount - the
1" PVC fits nicely into the umbrella hole in the middle of the deck table! That also puts it ~the same height
above ground as the present "kinda 20 meter", "kinda dipole" that the Kiwi has been using.

First impressions, totally subjective comparisons from listening around, is: above ~10 mHz, the dipole is better;
below ~5 mHz, the MLA-30 is *mostly* better. Bottom line - the MLA-30 is going into the shed until such time as I
need / want an antenna dedicated to <10 mHz, or I run into someone who has NO antenna and needs something,
anything. In my *never humble* opinion, save your $$$  :(!

PS - I have read reviews that said the Bias-T system is noisy and I found that it was not bad - except -  ~10 kHz - 170 kHz
where it generates noise that is ~30 db above the noise floor. I also tried powering it from the Bias-T connection on my RSPDuo
and saw the same result so I think the noise is NOT due to the switching wall-wart I initially powered it with. At night,
I can copy WWVB @ 60 kHz using the dipole; NO WAY using the MLA-30.  --- Just my >2 cents worth!

5
Monitored during flyover today:
360.700 Coordination with BNA tower
289.800 Aerial refueling
237.800 Some a/c to a/c chatter
284.250 Primary pilot to pilot chatter and commands

Great show and I even got a few reasonable photos!

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Amateur Radio / Re: A 6M rivival here locally? Maybe.
« on: April 27, 2020, 0148 UTC »
I'll start parking my beam in ~NE direction and
listen around some when I see activity pick up
on 50.313 FT8.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 AM 2341 UTC 21 Mar 2020
« on: March 22, 2020, 0120 UTC »
0057 - CYOT ID and e-mail address by YL
0100 - SSTV ID
Sig was up and down; almost in the noise when down but
59 and easy listening when up.
Thanks for the programme. I started an SDR recording
when the Grand Ol' Opry started, with no live audience,
on the local NBC affiliate (WSMV) and later replayed the recording.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio GaGa 6925 USB 0112 UTC 18 March 2020
« on: March 18, 2020, 0247 UTC »
Elephantcage,
"Do wacka..." by late, great, homeboy Roger Miller :)

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"Your tax dollars at work!" :(

10
Amateur Radio / Re: Digital modes on HF... love it or hate it.
« on: January 25, 2020, 0542 UTC »
Quote
...home stations were parked on the FT8 frequency and had stopped scanning the bands.

My observation in the past few VHF / UHF contests, including the one a couple of weekends ago,
is just like what NJQA said above. I could hear a lot of stations on 50.313 but little, if any,
activity in the phone and cw portions of the band. Monitoring 50.313 for FT8 is a good propagation
tool but, personally, I don't care for the automated contacts.

JS8Call might be an improvement but I haven't played with it beyond installing the s/w. I understand that
it is more keyboard to keyboard, like the good ol' days of RTTY! :)

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: XFM 4185 AM 0429 UTC 01 Jan 2020
« on: January 01, 2020, 0500 UTC »
0457 - Unkn mx, Michael Jackson?, good sig in here
            but some deep fades. Will send you a screenshot.
            Good to hear you again. Happy New Year - NOW! (EST)

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Channel Z 6925 AM 2158 UTC 23 Dec 2019
« on: December 23, 2019, 2202 UTC »
2201 - Just above the noise here but seems to be improving ~S2 - 4

13
Other / Re: UNID 6977 USB ~2240 08dec 2019 UTC
« on: December 09, 2019, 0307 UTC »
Thanks, refmo. My first thought was MARS but the
calls weren't right.

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Other / UNID 6977 USB ~2240 08dec 2019 UTC
« on: December 09, 2019, 0109 UTC »
ABOUT 2240 - A net with call signs of CWnnn. NCS seemed to be
                              CW321 who sometimes asked for relays from other
                              stations. Additional calls: CW705 and others. NCS
                              would ask for check-ins by hundreds groups - "Are
                               there any 400 stations wishing to check in", "Any
                               500 stations...", etc. All seemed to be native English
                               speakers.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Bad Boy Radio 6925 AM 2032 UTC 2 Dec 2019
« on: December 02, 2019, 2134 UTC »
2125 - "Tuesday" - Moody Blues
2132 - Bad Boy ID

Weak but mostly readable.

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