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Huh? / Bob Heil, K9EID, passes away, 3/1/2024!
« on: March 02, 2024, 1819 UTC »
I was wondering why my phone was pinging-away late last night. Now, I know. https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/headlines/audio-innovator-bob-heil-dies
Never did an actual on-air QSO with him, since everytime he'd put his call out, there would be a swamp of a pile-up. Only, e-mailed corresponded. He'll be missed in the Amateur Radio and music realms for sure.
Even, a better write-up of him here.  https://fohonline.com/featured/in-memoriam-bob-heil-1940-2024/

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/why-cassette-tapes-are-making-a-comeback-and-it-s-not-just-a-fad/ar-BB1igaoU
How many of us still have bins and drawers of cassettes to still go through. Ya know, there's a lot of history recorded all over on cassettes. Like, pirate radio history. Now, what's that cassette company in MO?  Oh yeah, this one.  https://www.nationalaudiocompany.com/   Huh... No Metal Tape formulas? At least, you can still buy CrO2.

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https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/news-makers/larry-walk-60-years-of-oom-pahs-and-smiles      Thanks again, Boomer, whom I believe runs this dude's show. I am surprised that he's not huge in Buffalo, NY, where every weekend at least one AM station would do hours of Polka Music. (Some of you WNY'ers know exactly what I'm talking about there, right?) Gotta' give this guy kudos for keeping it going.
Correction:  Boomer runs a show called Oompha Hour. (There, my C.M.O.A..)

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Equipment / Radio Jay Allen checks-out a Sony ICF-2001 1980 portable!
« on: February 10, 2024, 1919 UTC »
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Ya know, after reading Radio Jay's review, it sounds like Sangean later copied Sony with their ATS-803A / Realistic DX-440, with looks, feel, and features. Well, I guess Sangean wanted to use what worked. Just my take...
  https://radiojayallen.com/sony-icf-2001-am-fm-sw-portable-a-most-unusual-radio/   

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Huh? / Letter: AM Stereo Fans Must Present a Unified Front? RW rip...
« on: February 04, 2024, 2017 UTC »
https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/readers-forum/letter-am-stereo-fans-must-present-a-unified-front    Well, as long as it's not an emminece front. AM Stereo was a clear case where capitalism failed, and failed miseribly. Where it may have to seccede today is within Open Source, and there are Part 15'ers out there just running with C-QUAM AM Stereo. Is it perfect??? No, but for the most part that format did work, and to a degree, it still does. Today, SDR tech could be the game changer, since that's how many today are hearing AM Stereo, probably for the first time, is via web-based Kiwi-SDR's. I can believe that AM Stereo can be done via SDR tech on the transmit side as well. Just my take here, but is seems that hobbyists could succede where corporations have failed. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see capitalism succede, but can capitalists actually learn from this experience? (Thank you Boomer, for pointing this out to me!)    (Huh... My Spell-Check isn't working, again.)

UPDATE 2/13/2024: Then, there's this...   https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/readers-forum/letter-its-too-late-for-am-lets-talk-about-digital-radio     Eh... Not a good way to commemorate World Radio Day, is it?

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Huh? / Shortwave 2.0??? Radio World rip...
« on: January 23, 2024, 2049 UTC »
RX TEXT messages with shortwave listening? Well, FM stations kind of do that with RDS. Sounds like this could be adapted to domestic Medium Wave Broadcasting as well.   https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/guest-commentaries/why-we-need-shortwave-2-0
Yeah... Boomer came upon this for me.

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Huh? / 13Q: A Top 40 Radio Story?
« on: January 16, 2024, 1825 UTC »
https://shapingopinion.com/13q-top-40-radios-last-dance/     Hey... When AM radio was consider, something. Boomer FWR that to me on 1320Khz in Pittsburgh, PA. A fun read & listen.    In contrast, the station that was in my area, WLSV 790AM, just went from the boards, to a CBS Volumax, to STL, and on-air. And, that was it. Some muddy audio there, fo' sure. Enjoy...

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For decades, I've used cheap, trashed, second-hand, car radios / stereos, for AM and especially FM, DX'ing. Apparently, I'm not the only one doing that. https://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=433522   Boomer and I were kicking that idea around and he found that post out there. Well, when you can get a second-hand AC Delco car stereo, for free, with great sensitivity, and especially selectivity, spec's, and be a kick-ass DX'er for using it, why not?!? Even, back in high school, one dude home brewed his own boombox from a car stereo, a pair of 6 X 9 speakers, a lead-acid battery, and a wooden case. And, it didn't cost him over $400.00 to do it, like what a Panasonic 'RX-5000 series' box cost. Back then, he was seen as weird for doing it. Today, I can look back and say that was pretty forward think there.

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Weather / MLK, jr Week good for low-band DX'ing?
« on: January 11, 2024, 2131 UTC »
Oh yeah... That cold snap, for most of the week of MLK, jr. Day Week, is definitely going to suck, but on the plus side it should be decent to quiet down the lower HF, MW, and LF, bands. (I hope...) Go check out how much better 60kHz pulses of WWVB come in when those temperatures drop. See??? Take the good with the bad.

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Huh? / 2024 Stations' Format Changes, where you are?
« on: January 02, 2024, 2042 UTC »
With 2024, I've got to ask, what formats are changing around where I live, or where y'all live?  https://radioinsight.com/blogs/262047/format-changes-i-would-like-to-see-in-2024/    Here??? The Charleston / Huntington, WV market needs another Country, or Sports, format, like Michael Lindell, the My Pillow dude, needs a pillow fight. (Yeah... Just my $0.02 worth...)

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Already, looking FWR to The ARRL VHF Sweepsteaks.  https://www.arrl.org/january-vhf    Then, Winter Field Day, which seems to be growing.https://winterfieldday.org/    And then, the always fun AM Rally!!!  http://www.amrally.com/   This year, that could be much more fun on 20M, 17M, 12M, 15M, and especially 10M, AM. However, 6M and 2M AM can also be fun as well, albeit more local. So, if Southern thunderstorms rear their ugly, noisy, heads this AM Rally, chances are, this year, moving to the higher bands will be a nice escape from that. And, when F2 is open from 20M, on up, barefoot power, even QRP, is all it takes. 

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The RF Workbench / Radio World's article on Crystals!
« on: December 27, 2023, 1959 UTC »
We all use them, in one form, or another.   https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/roots-of-radio/crystals-whats-going-on-in-there    Boomer, FWR that to me.

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