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IIRC, about four years ago, a group went to the Marshall Is. with a 50 watt transmitter and tried to recreate Earhart's
presumed last transmissions.  Nothing was heard. 
Now, flying around in a vintage plane off of Virginia with vintage radio gear transmitting to a vintage boat is going to
determine where Earhart's flight ended... color me skeptical.

Weather / Re: Very cold mornings with frost here in MD
« on: September 23, 2020, 2247 UTC »
Nice warm up here in MI past two days... should last at least through the weekend.
Fortunately the annuals survived the early frosts just fine.

Huh? / Re: 1950s Jet pilot training film shows LW beacon DF
« on: September 21, 2020, 0306 UTC »
That 360 degree joystick is the tuning control on the control head (sometimes referred to as a "coffee grinder") for the ADF,
probably an ARN 6 "bird dog".  The control head is in the cockpit while the actual receiver is mounted remotely elsewhere
in the aircraft.  The crank on the control head is linked to the receiver via a mechanical cable much like a speedometer on a (old) car.
Not sure about the tone but being 1955 could be a range station (AFAIK now all decommissioned) and
the pilot flies the beam... a solid tone.  If the pilot deviates from the beam he hears an A (. -) or an N (- .)
depending which side of the beam he is on.  Until more recently, the navaid frequencies were written on a paper approach plate.
Anyway, interesting film, thanks for posting.  Many aviation accidents are a result of a lot of little things that pile up and become a big thing.

MW Loggings / Re: WNRP 1620 Pensacola, FL now heard over Cuba at night?
« on: September 19, 2020, 0949 UTC »
Hearing them in Michigan this morning.  In and out with a SS station (probably Cuba).
Talking about storm recovery, maybe they are running full power at night during the emergency.
Anyway, thanks for the heads up, a new one for my logbook.

Weather / Re: Where there's smoke...
« on: September 18, 2020, 2155 UTC »
purple haze...
four 872s in a full wave bridge configuration off the secondary (actually primary) of a pole pig,
watch 'em glow on the AM modulation peaks;  long, long ago (sigh) 

Weather / Re: Where there's smoke...
« on: September 17, 2020, 0855 UTC »
They have been underestimating on the forecast high temps recently...
maybe the computer models have not factored in the smoke.

Weather / Re: Where there's smoke...
« on: September 15, 2020, 1639 UTC »
Venus looked as red as Mars in the pre-dawn sky this morning.

Weather / Re: Where there's smoke...
« on: September 14, 2020, 1945 UTC »
Dramatic sunrise here in Michigan this morning, the sun was huge !

Been a wet and cool September here in Michigan so far and it looks to continue on the cool side with a couple of cold fronts on the way.

Equipment / Re: Radio Jay's AM & FM Mega Shootout 2020 Updates!
« on: September 10, 2020, 0115 UTC »
The SRIII is my nicest sounding portable but it does have a problem with touchy tuning at the high end of the AM band.
Don't know whether it is a very slight mechanical backlash that is unnoticeable  at the low end of the scale but more pronounced at the more
compressed high end of the scale or if it is a varactor tuning issue. 
Otherwise a hot performer on AM DX and probably deserves more than 3 stars. 

MW Loggings / Re: WPRR
« on: September 06, 2020, 1631 UTC »
Reception of them at this location has always been sporadic.  Only about 110 miles away and no other
competition on the frequency anywhere near close by but their signal if readable at all is usually weak.
May be on account of the poor soil (sandy) conductivity in that part of the state.
You probably get better reception as their signal propagates across the Lake.
Anyway, haven't much listened to them, sounds like mostly political blather.

Longwave Loggings / Re: Anatomy of MSQ NDB in Virginia
« on: August 28, 2020, 0304 UTC »
TNX for the post, nice write up and pics.

Have logged MSQ but YKQ Fort Rupert QC usually dominates the 351 spot on the dial here in MI.

btw... my XYL is quite familiar with sudden diversions while cruising the countryside when an interesting
tower comes into view,  and she knows what a NDB site looks like  8)

Longwave Loggings / Re: Fall 2020 NDB Logs
« on: August 25, 2020, 0101 UTC »
Some mid-afternoon loggings on my PL-600 portable inductively coupled to a PAR EF-SWL.
A broken line of T-storms had moved off to the East and was generating continuous QRN...
probably covered some weaker beacons but was able to pull these out of the noise:

239  HKF    Middletown  OH
245  YZE    Gore Bay  ON
253  DD     Columbus  OH
257  MB     Saginaw  MI
266  ZHM   Hamilton  ON
276  YEL     Elliot Lake  ON
278  ADG   Adrian  MI
332  PH      Port Huron  MI
335  ZKF    Kitchener  ON
338  UMP   Indianapolis  IN
350  D7     Kincardine  ON
353  QG     Windsor  ON
362  AK      Akron  OH
362  SB      Sudbury  ON
375  7B      St. Thomas  ON
376  LC      Columbus  OH
419  RYS    Grosse Ile  MI
423  PCW   Port Clinton  OH

Equipment / Re: 250 foot V Beam Antenna Aimed To Europe
« on: August 18, 2020, 2311 UTC »
Sorta looks like half of a rhombic  ???
Which begs the question: would it be bi-directional (ZL, South Pacific) if left unterminated ?

Equipment / Re: ICOM ICR-75 vs. TECSUN S-2000
« on: August 08, 2020, 0930 UTC »
The S2000 is a nice radio, the Satellit 750 version had been discontinued for a couple of years but it has recently been returned.
So, it is popular but a bit pricey. 
The only way to compare the selectivity between the R75 and the S2000 would be to look at their laboratory derived dynamic range specs.
There have been reviews of these specs for the R75 but could find so such info for the S2000.
Although the SWBC bands are not as crowded as once upon a time, the ham bands can be very crowded at times, so it depends on what, when, and where
you listen that selectivity becomes an issue.

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