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In the 90's -- most consumer CD players and even worse DVD and worst of all DAT players were really poorly made. It didn't seem like there was much difference in them when you opened them up, 90's cassette decks too. I never did have a CD or DVD player that lasted more than a few years. My cassettes get a lot more attention these days because you have to go all stereophile (sadly) to get a robust CD player, CD collection is collecting dust!

Those recording Walkmans were great, I could use one now!

What usually went first in the CD players of that era were the laser pickup. Even Pioneer CD players (which were a standard in radio for a while) had a certain lifetime -- and the weak part was that laser pickup. They lasted longer than a stylus on a turntable, but whether they lasted longer than the head on a cassette deck is a good question. I think a lot of the CD players in the late 80's and early 90's were made in the same handful of Japanese and Korean factories, before everything moved to China and other Asian countries.

The CD technology overall was excellent, but the weakest part was the laser pickup (and bad scratches, of course). I had a Korean made, black CD boombox that played CD's from 1991 until well into the 2000's. Got it at a KMart, if memory serves. Then I had a "professional" CD player I got at a guitar / sound store that barely lasted a year. Sometimes you'd get a good one.... and then....

Of course, now CD players are getting as rare as hen's teeth.

RE: Sony: they definitely will be missed here... Luckily the Sonys I have work well, except an ICF5900W which only works on MW and FM. The other Sony items work like champs.

My Sony Walkmen -- which I got at a thrift store -- all work well and are good DXers on AM with a loop...

My Sony ICF-38 is the around-the-house and yard radio. Excellent on AM, very good on FM, works for several months on a set of batteries.

Sony's peak was the 1980's, when the Walkman was king and they had all these cool Walkmen and boomboxes, and their home stereo equipment was good and popular also.

Now they still make stuff -- mostly in China. And aside from a game box, I can't really tell ya off the top of my head what they actually make anymore.

Pretty sad.

The stations themselves, especially in the large metros, are money makers, and no company buying them would want to mess it up. But you never know. The CBS/Entercom deal led to stations changing formats in many cities, including mine, where several stations changed formats.

To the average listener in a reasonably large metro, nothing will change. It's more of a hassle for the lawyers and bean counters.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Get those long wave antennas ready
« on: February 13, 2018, 1059 UTC »
Keep the ammo dry. Global cooling could also possibly cause food shortages, and who knows what else.

Are we hunting the most dangerous game of all - MAN?  ;D

Was thinking more about one protecting one's stash.... Of food....

General Radio Discussion / Re: Sony to Exit Shortwave Receiver Market
« on: February 13, 2018, 1058 UTC »
It probably won't be long before they get out of radios altogether.

One of these days I'll drop the big bucks (comparatively) for an EX5MK2. Some day....

General Radio Discussion / Re: Get those long wave antennas ready
« on: February 12, 2018, 0547 UTC »
Keep the ammo dry. Global cooling could also possibly cause food shortages, and who knows what else.

Would love to know more about the amateur astronomer's equipment, but his blog has no info on it whatsoever. Just that he monitors the 2.2-2.3 GHz range, looking for control telemetry from secret satellites. I'm guessing he uses an SDR and a dish...

Other / Re: Indian hams track down insurgent clandestine radio nets
« on: February 02, 2018, 0838 UTC »
Good to see "radio amateurs" being alert and vigilant in these times of terrorism and rampant drug running. 

It's the local radio amateurs that have the edge over most of us as they have the command of local languages and dialects, to us, it's just jibber jabber from some unidentified language.

I often wonder what is being said among the hundreds of Philippine and Indonesian stations that operate with what appears to be an open hand across 6-12MHz in this region. ???

I realise this is an old post, but I just found it. I've heard the Indonesians on the lower edges of the 40 meter ham band, and just below. I don't know Bahasa Indonesia, but I gather they are just chatting like CBers do. Then they play the game "record us all chanting" and play it back. I have no idea what they say otherwise, though. I have a hard enough time deciphering the Spanish from Latin American hams, and I took it for 3 years in high school...

Other / 6993 khz, 1258 UTC 2-1-2018, Bizarre CW transmission
« on: February 02, 2018, 0832 UTC »
I was testing my Radio Shack 200629 Synthesised World Receiver (RS's ATS505 -- I figured out how to keep it from sounding like a theremin -- it doesn't like mono SW EXT antenna plugs in the SW EXT stereo jack) and I tuned through the utility sections of the SW band, something I don't usually do. 

With this radio, it's more fun to tune through the utility bands because it doesn't chuff, and tuning through a swath of HF spectrum is like tuning an analog radio.

Anyway, I came across a bizarre CW transmission on 6993 kHz (it may have been a kHz or two off -- the RS 200629 has a BFO with clarifier, and I may have had it tuned off by a kHz or two). It was sent by hand, because the characters varied in speed, with small breaks sometimes between them. Signal strength also varied, starting at around S3 and ending up between S0 and S2.

Here's an example of what I heard. The dots are breaks where it faded out. Spaces are where there were short pauses:

NR091 KN CCK35180201 ... (fade)... RMKSC7 ... (fades) (speeds up during fadeup)... N65 5t6 2 tu7... 3... N.... 5

...it went on, and then stopped around 0106UTC.

Very strange. I'm guessing it was somebody messing with CW out of band, for the fun of it, or possibly a spy operation. Or maybe a military or government station testing by just sending out junk? I have no idea.

Doing a search, I guess some other HFU people have heard other stuff on 6993. Any one hear CW? I'm sure it wasn't an image. The sending was too bizarre for a ham or ship transmission.

General Radio Discussion / Re: A 'NEW' Bro. Stair ???
« on: February 01, 2018, 1137 UTC »
Hearing him this a.m. on 5890 kHz. Not sure if it's a recording or not. Was testing my RS World Receiver, radio which doubles as a theremin if you plug the (mono) external antenna plug all the way into the stereo SW EXT antenna jack.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: VORW Schedule Changes
« on: February 01, 2018, 0400 UTC »
What's VORW? The new acronym for the Voice of Russia? I thought they went off the air.

Radio Havana Cuba on 6000 khz is English during the Evening, if memory serves.....

CKMX Calgary Canada has a SW relay on 6030 khz that sometimes gets out... They play comedy.

There's another AM station's relay in Toronto on 6070 khz (can't remember the call letters). Some news talker out of Toronto.

On 6160 khz there is a CBC low power relay out of St. John's Newfoundland. I heard it once on a small portable SW radio here in the PNW -- but that was a fluke.  Others have heard it back east, though -- so it does get out.

There used to be another CBC relay on 6160 out of BC Canada but it's basically MIA, and has been for several years. Even if it wasn't MIA, if  you're in the Eastern US, you probably wouldn't hear it, anyway....

Good luck.

General Radio Discussion / Re: A 'NEW' Bro. Stair ???
« on: January 28, 2018, 1129 UTC »
Maybe he's out on bail... I would guess if there were any chance of prosecution his travails aren't over.

General Radio Discussion / Re: A 'NEW' Bro. Stair ???
« on: January 27, 2018, 0459 UTC »
I know he has other guys who have spoken on his programs, whether callers or deacons of his church or whatnot....

Also, the last time I heard his program there was a re-run of a much younger Stair -- possibly a recording from the late 1980's or 90's some time.

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