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For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Wanted: Icom OPC-023C DC power cable
« on: September 06, 2020, 1747 UTC »
Anyone have an Icom OPC-023C that they're not using and no longer need? This cable fits the R7100, R8500, and R9000 V/Uhf receivers. Will pay a reasonable price for one. Icom says they're discontinued.

Contact me via PM or direct.

Thanks! jta

Equipment / Re: ICOM ICR-75 vs. TECSUN S-2000
« on: August 08, 2020, 1754 UTC »
As a long-time R-75 user, I agree that the internal speaker isn't that great - but it's intended for utilities (primarily sideband) and voice. I used an outboard Heathkit mono amplifier fed from the Record jack into an external speaker and it was quite good.

The dual PBT certainly does work, although only one of them works in AM mode. The filters also work quite well - but you have to tell the CPU that you've installed them by going into the menu and selecting each one. As Chris said, ya gotta RTFM!

The noise is generated by the power wart, NOT the receiver! I installed .01uF disc capacitors across the diodes in the power wart, which reduced the noise. To eliminate it completely, run from a external DC supply.

I purchased the R-75 somewhere around 20 years ago and only sold it after I picked up an Icom 756Pro3 (with no xmit) as a high-end rcvr. The R-75 is a flexible unit that you can customize to *your* specific interests, and there are a few easy modifications to improve it even more.

In my opinion: If you can find one at a good price in the used market it's still a good buy.

QSLs Received / Re: LRA-36 eQSL
« on: July 28, 2020, 0142 UTC »
Wow! Congrats.

I tried both Saturdays but not a trace. Summer static and some local noise didn't help.  :(

Had a het against WTAM prior to 9:00 p.m. EDT and it didn't go away after dark. Also had a snippet of a Simon & Garfunkel song at 8:50 but, of course, it disappeared before TOH IDs; most likely WHLI.

Isn't there a Euro channel on 1098? Is there a flamethrower station there?

Huh? / Re: GAME: [A-Z] 8 Letter Words
« on: November 26, 2019, 1810 UTC »


too many letters? That's nine...

Try at: wbcq.us

That should work.

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Re: RS PRO-2006 illumination
« on: August 26, 2019, 1706 UTC »
I'll guess and say that most luminescent panels would run off very low DC voltage, perhaps 3VDC or less. They certainly wouldn't handle 120V (for more than about one nanosecond!)...

I didn't realize it was April first already...  ;)

Equipment / Re: AcuRite 02020 Portable Lightning Detector
« on: August 02, 2019, 1120 UTC »
Neat package and display. Maybe worth $25 if you're not handy.

Except for the audio alert, you can do the same thing for a few pennies: Take a small neon lamp, attach an antenna to one wire and a Ground to the other and *voila* watch it flash.

The RF Workbench / Re: Radio repair technician
« on: August 01, 2019, 0007 UTC »
If you don't mind shipping it off for repair, Matt Adrian at SARTS in Michigan is excellent and reasonable. There are other regional repair places, so there might be one closer to you.

A good source for such information is on eham.net, under reviews. Look for radio repair, then SARTS.

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Re: RS PRO-2006 illumination
« on: July 15, 2019, 1133 UTC »
Very strange; both links worked fine this morning...

Thanks again! 73, jta

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Re: RS PRO-2006 illumination
« on: July 14, 2019, 1948 UTC »
Thx, Aurora! I may wind up going with Miller myself as the job doesn't look too difficult.

BTW, the 2manytoyz URL keeps reporting Not Found... But the other one works fine.

I see you use a Pro3 - I also have one (doesn't xmit); it replaced a somewhat modified R-75. The only thing it lacks is a waterfall display!

Thanks again and 73, jta

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / RS PRO-2006 illumination
« on: July 14, 2019, 1710 UTC »
Does anyone know of a replacement readout back light assembly for this baby? As I recall, they were getting scarce the last time I had one, but I gotta ask. I don't care if it isn't the OEM panel, certainly a few LEDs should work. Any info appreciated. 73, jta

Bacon, BBQ, Beef, And More / Re: Braised chicken thighs
« on: July 12, 2019, 1534 UTC »
Were you a chef in a previous life, Chris? Looks good enough to eat off the screen!

Of course I looked at this just before lunch...

FM DX Loggings / Re: 97X Owensboro's Best Rock
« on: June 23, 2019, 0031 UTC »
While sitting in my car outside Noyes Hospital (in Dansville, NY) Friday (the 22nd) waiting for my riders I was listening to 107.7 "Alt Buffalo" just before noon EDT, when a country station took over the frequency. I didn't recognize the song, unfortunately. Right near the top of the hour they ID'd as "Big Country, Spenser, Iowa" - KICO. They run 100kW from only 87 feet AAT. Not bad for a stock Ford car radio.

Correction: It's actually KICD, not KICO, and Spencer, not Spenser... Getting harder to read the fine print in my FM Atlas!

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