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Huh? / Album AM's, 846kHz, site and antennas look.
« on: July 30, 2022, 1812 UTC »
Boomer FWD this site to me. He suspected that this dude had seen my AM1620 antenna, with capacitive Tophat. Huh... Who knows, but transmitting on 846kHz, you need as much help as you can get with a short antenna. Still, neat to see how other alternative broadcasts are getting out there.   http://www.albumam.nl/

https://swling.com/blog/2022/07/archive-of-naswa-frendx-journals-on-world-radio-history-website/   Pirate Radio history? Well, some included certainly. As long as I was doing SWL'ing rips, I grabbed this as well. Enjoy...

The 1st couple models seemed popular around Christmas time, with outdoor light displays. They work, and sound decent. And, can only be heard a couple of houses away on a car stereo, like 300ft MAX. So, true Part #15 FM.   https://swling.com/blog/2022/07/the-c-crane-digital-fm-transmitter-3/

I've dealt with All Electronics for like 30 years now, and am kind of disappointed that they've raised their free shipping to around a $100.00, after being around $75.00 for the last 25 years, or so. Then again, so hasn't everyone else, but can't really blame them. Anyway... They do have some neat products that they come across when they buy surplus warehouse stock. And, this one looks neat to try for $20.00:  https://www.allelectronics.com/item/amp-2t/stereo-vacuum-tube-preamp/1.html   Sure... To get that order up to the $100.00 limit, I'd buy and try one. Lots of places want $20.00 for just a single tube.

Huh? / NYC-Area Landlords Get Pirate Letters.
« on: July 21, 2022, 0533 UTC »
From Radio World and SWL'ing. Nothing new, really, but a continuing story: https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/nyc-area-landlords-get-pirate-letters

Yeah, my $0.02 worth right off the bat. If you think EV cars are bad, try diesel locomotives, or any metro rail vehicle that runs off of the 600VDC, 800A, third rail. Those blow away from DC to light of RFI. Oh yeah... Not just them, but ever hear why smart phones don't offer OTA AM, but just FM? Same deal, RFI spectrum-wide. BTW, as if EV didn't cost too much as it is, but if they were to implement RF filtering and shielding, that would just raise-up the cost of them even more so.  https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/headlines/why-are-some-automakers-ditching-am-radio
BTW, SWL'ing 1st lead me to this, so again, I ripped from them.

After some long time requests for these, finally got around to upload to Archive.org the following interviews:




More to come? As time allows, I hope so. Enjoy!!!

Since my AT&T coverage, as well as any other cell phone carrier, is very marginal, at best, at my home QTH, I bought the WeBoost #470144 Multi-Carrier, Multi-band, Cell Phone Booster. And, It works kind of like a satellite transponder. I am bouncing off of a hill to reach, not the closest, but the most accessible cell tower. If I were to try to do so direct, I'd be going through thick foliage, which sucks at 800MHz and above. However, in-house, I can make cell calls and not depend on hogging more DSL wifi bandwidth with VOIP, like I did with Verizon's Network Extender. So, from nothing, to usable cell signal. What's the caveat??? Wideband RFI from MW to 10MHz! Wipes-out the 75M band, especially. The treatment??? Ground the chassis of the WeBoost's duplexer / amp unit. That, and ferrite clamp both antenna ports and especially that switching 5VDC, 3.5A, power supply. That made 75M, 40M, and the MW Broadcast bands usable, again. So, if you get such a unit, it works as intended, but watch out for that RF hash from hell.   

BTW, here's what I wrote to WeBoost about that, and their response:

"Carrier: AT&T
Description: Came across one big drawback on my WeBoost #470144 Booster, emissions of wide-banded HF Spurs from 1MHz to 10MHz. Fortunately, I have reduced these by up to 70% by grounding the chassis of the WeBoost unit itself and adding ferrite clamps to the power supply cables and both the INDOOR and OUTDOOR Antenna connectors. So, doable.
Thanks for reaching out and letting us know. We will pass this information along to the appropriate department. "

Well, at least it doesn't sound like a blow-off.  https://www.wilsonsignalbooster.com/weboost-470144-home-multiroom-signal-booster.html

With propagation jamming both with F2 and summer "E" skip, you'd think that someone would be using the forgotten 11M International Broadcast Band, 25.670MHz - 26.100MHz. Just 5W and a retuned CB antenna can work wonders on that band. CB Outbanders are kind of dull to listen too, after a while. That band could be done well via mobile as well. Passing thoughts???

Amateur Radio / States' QSO Parties Contests INFO.
« on: June 17, 2022, 1740 UTC »
FWD from K8RRT:   https://www.n3fjp.com/stateqsoparty.html    Apparently, the West Virginia QSO Party is this weekend, 6/18 - 6/19/2022.    https://www.qsl.net/wvsarc/2022-west-virginia-qso.html     HAPPY DX'ing!!!!

SWL'ing rip:   https://swling.com/blog/2022/06/servicing-older-icom-radios/#respond   and   https://hamradio.repair/ 

Makes me glad that I've had Icom service the IC-745 and IC-735 when I did. And, I've had decent luck with Kenwood East, when I wasn't able to do it myself. Yaesu??? Forget it... BTW, I've 1st heard about this guy from doing ribbon cable repairs on Sony ICF-SW100S clamshell portables.  I did the 1st cables swap-out myself in the late 90's, but need to do it, again. This guy claims to do the cover modifications to keep the ribbon cables from severing. So, I'll have to give this dude a try myself on that, since I'd love to get that portable going again.
           Hope that this INFO helps for anyone need rig repairs.

https://progressive-concepts.com/collections/part-15-transmitters/Part-15-Transmitters    Just got the e-mail  and .PDF Catalog from them. At least, they are stepping up Part 15 gear. For the main, general site,   https://progressive-concepts.com/  Huh... In 2010, I paid over $400.00 for my TH5, when it was under Radio Systems, I Am Radio, unit. However, the Hamilton Rangemaster looks like a far better deal today.

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