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Weather / Re: Hurricane Coming for New England
« on: August 22, 2021, 1605 UTC »
Hey Yankee,

Not too bad , thank God.So far just some rains and a bit of wind.

I am going to Island in Buzzard’ s Bay on Sept 1. I think things will be ok.

Currently I am grabbing  occasional lightning strikes in a feeder band around 125 mi to the East.


Weather / Hurricane Coming for New England
« on: August 20, 2021, 1017 UTC »
Hey All.

Interesting storm.

I expect gust 75 here (??).Floods?

Tonight I put together 2000 uH giant cotton basket weave onto the big var caps for LW / VLF storm work.

Also may break out the really big # 28 oat coil as well.


Propagation / HF Collapse
« on: August 12, 2021, 1001 UTC »
Hey All.

A worldwide all frequency blackout yesterday ( Wednesday).

Per different live propagation sites “nearly” everything ( except 6 M !) is shut off.Charts say “ no path” ( on anything.).

Did I miss a big solar event ?


Weather / Re: Bad Smoke Today
« on: July 29, 2021, 1838 UTC »
Hey Rob,

Thanks for lists. I was looking to see how many W MA FD’s left on low band- not many.

Again thanks,


Hey- vis 1.5 miles variable 3
Miles in smoke. Smell of burnt plastic.

Crazy storms and other wild stuff here lately.2 crazy lightning cells off just shore..


Weather / Re: Bad Smoke Today
« on: July 26, 2021, 2237 UTC »
Hey Rob.

What fire frequencies are used in the area ? Low Band/ High Band / UHF?
800 or 900 ?


Weather / Bad Smoke Today
« on: July 26, 2021, 1852 UTC »
Hey All.

Quick post from train.Visibility got worse after blood red sunrise.

Now vis 1.5 to 3 Mi in smoke.Smell of burnt plastic.

Local visibility down a lot, buildings hazy.


MW Loggings / Going Long
« on: July 26, 2021, 1120 UTC »
Hey All,

During last night's session I decided to "go long", checking out  the "toughies".

7/25/21 0200 UTC. Receiver: ATS-803A on Select- A- Tenna, in RF  noisy apt , bedside Op position.

750 WSB GA. barely up at times in slow QSB
840 WHAS KY. Weak in fluttery QSB
1020 KDKA PA. Fair
1110 WBT NC weak to fair

A "decent enough" haul for fairly early on a summer night, again noise was  a  factor but that's the way it rolls on AM sometimes.

Also parked on local  1510 WMEX for quite a while , listened to oldies , my wife enjoyed it.They have cleaned up their act considerably.They used to  run HUGE amounts of ME TV promos, inter spaced with only a  little music.Now it's the opposite, much/mostly music  with  very little distraction.  An "interesting"  signal : 100 watts at maybe 12 miles South. On ferrite bar only they are really quite crumby. But I've never seen the S-A-T bring something so far out of the mud into a very good copy. Not perfect, but very good.


Equipment / Re: Dueling Selecta- A Tennas (NOT Banjos)
« on: July 26, 2021, 1100 UTC »
Hey 51,

Awesome list of articles !

LOTS of reading to do over there.

Thanks, K

MW Loggings / Re: WFED : Tubey Or Not Tubey
« on: July 22, 2021, 1126 UTC »
Ah yes, the nostalgic aroma of tubes. I got a good dose, love it.

(To twist up the quote from Apocalypse Now) "I love the smell of tubes in the morning, it smells like Dx".


Hey Dood,

Visibility definitely reduced  in smoke here recently,much worse toward NYC. I took a walk to a good sunset vantage point to take some pix.Sun was super deep/dull pink and disappeared WELL above the horizon. Moon was up at Zenith and was sort of pinked and kind of dimmed.

Cold frontal passage blew everything out  last night .Yesterday's Sun at rise was dim   reddish pink.

Today's rise was  full lumen /normal/ exceptionally bright white. Dry, almost chilly in a tee shirt this AM.

When I was a kid ( 250 years ago), it seemed fire smoke was a rare phenomena. Not so now.I had also heard mention a while back that not only would the western US be a source for New England smoke, but Southern Canada is now up and coming as a new potential "hot spot" for us as well. Nice.

There are a lot of man made factors that go into this type of disaster, I am sure you can think of a few of them . But they are also "political" in nature.  So I will just kind of "move on" past that aspect of this issue.


MW Loggings / Re: WFED : Tubey Or Not Tubey
« on: July 21, 2021, 1609 UTC »
Hey Yankee,

Thanks for the tip on restorations, NE CT is a reasonable drive.

Many years ago I had a BIG floor model Zenith ( I’d have to check for model number, which escapes me now).
So I have also experienced BIG CRISP Zenith audio.

The audio from a crystal set can also be stunning when used on a good reproducer.

The Gernsback Interflex circuit ( haven’t tried it yet) might be an interesting hybrid of clean crystal radio RF and nice tube AF.

I have a couple of extra 4 pins and a spare type 30 or two so I could put an outboard tube amp on an existing crystal set.

So many projects, so little time :).
Nice find on the call sign sheet.


MW Loggings / WFED : Tubey Or Not Tubey
« on: July 21, 2021, 1121 UTC »
Hey All,

Lately I've been fooling around with a 1950's era Motorola 19F1 HS 230C nine tubey chassis pulled from a floor  console radio phono.

It's a nice rig, with great audio. Currently only using an indoor 25 ft ant and 120 VAC ground. The antenna is wound on a ferrite  tank    with only 3 turns. Cold end of antenna is left ungrounded. Peaking the tank brings things up a good bit. Band opened up kind  of  late , but once it  did things rolled in  nicely.

I really enjoy the nostalgia of seeing and using tubes - NICE orange glow !

Back up /spotter was my ATS 803A solid state ("non tubey") digital portable. Used to line up FED and others- no scale on Moto.

7/20/21 0100 UTC

630 WPRO RI, weak
650 WSRO MA good
660 WFAN NY fair
710 WOR NY fair to good
880 WCBS NY fair to good
1010 WINS NY good  ( I parked there for  a while)
1500 WFED DC good
1510 WMEX MA ( Also parked there for a while -MUCH better format now !)

Also copied a LOT of regionals /locals /graveyards and unid DX.

A few days ago I had KDKA 1020 on the Moto up against a crushing WBZ  on 1030. 'DKA never really puts in a good signal here and is a bit of a tough catch at times.Even my best rigs are often only fair or worse .

A nice long session on BCB.
I am going to improve antenna and design it for eventual Part 15 transmit and BCB /LW receive.

Indoor antennas are obviously not ideal, but I just have to look at it as "involuntary QRP" :).

I also have a 60 ft run of unused telephone pair available. So far it only  grabs a lot of noise, but  it might be  OK to use   as a counterpoise later.

TONS of stuff on bench, but only so much time. Five foot Octoloop nearing completion.It will initially use 660/46 and a wiperless 4 gang  ceramic , 6:1 ball driven.

Yesterday I also refurbished and painted a second set of book shelves and will soon  double my  bedside operating position.


Hey All,

Extremely interesting.

A couple of points of order:

“VLF is used MORE “ now.Not sure if low power devices count or are cumulative, but HIGH power VLF is much more rare now.Not sure how to interpret that.

VLF too “ weak” , do  they mean too narrow ?

Anyhoo, a good read.


MW Loggings / Re: Not hearing Hudson Valley TIS lately 1710kHz.
« on: July 19, 2021, 1403 UTC »
Hey All.

Yes ,1710 Kc is probably the “ best” place to “play” due to it using short antennas.

But at least here, the X band has enough
open frequencies close to 1710 that it doesn’t matter.So I can QSY without any noticeable issues.

I DO have a 1 MC crystal  that is almost the size of a pack of Marlboros :)) .It’s another story completely.

But frankly , now my AM tx “goals “are to only cover maybe 200 ft East and also from my basement shop to the 2nd floor shack.Should be “ easy “ ( when I get to it - LOTS on the bench right now and only limited time to work on stuff.).


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