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Amateur Radio / ARRL VHF Contest on, now!
« on: January 16, 2021, 1954 UTC »
This snuck up on me,  https://contests.arrl.org/janvhf/    I might try Sunday to work that. The contest that I'm waiting for is the AM Rally,   http://www.amrally.com/    I'm a lil' better prepared for that one, finally.

Interesting. Listening to a caller to the American Journal, with Harrison Smith, this morning, a caller whom was on MURS CH3, (151.940MHz FM.), during the 1/6/2021 D.C. Rally, heard someone key-up and shout, "Ring-a-ling, ring-a-ling!!! We're in the Capital BLDG!". Then, all that meyham started. Hmmmm...

Huh? / Nice LPAM Dutch site translated by Boomer!
« on: January 09, 2021, 1821 UTC »
Lots of good AM info here,     http://boomerthedog.net/morningstar-low-power.htm

I'm not talkin' about the official AM Rally that 1st weekend in February, but that informal rally they call the Heavy Metal Rally. It might be this weekend. Guess I'll burn the dust off of those 811A's.    http://www.amrally.com/

Huh? / Is It Time for Radio to Restore Dynamic Range?
« on: January 05, 2021, 1920 UTC »
Well, if they are going to even attempt a better DR, dump the MP3 format! That would be one improvement.    https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/guest-commentaries/is-it-time-for-radio-to-restore-dynamic-range

Amateur Radio / 630M activity? Sounds like it.
« on: January 02, 2021, 0011 UTC »
At 23:30UTC, hearing what sounds like a very slow like FT-8, FT-4, activity on 475.500kHz. About an S3 carrier level my way. Can anyone else hear, decode, and ID that? If I'm not mistaken, 630M in the USA is limited to 5W PEP, so interesting to hear where that QRP is coming from.

Amateur Radio / 6M / 10M rocked last night on East Coast!
« on: December 29, 2020, 1823 UTC »
Heard Ft. Lauderdale on 10M, 28.400MHz around 7:30PM. Then, I had to go to work. However, on a COVID-19 Repeater Net, Net Control wanted to wrap-it-up to work GA and FL on 6M, just after 9PM EST. (Yeah figures... I always miss the good stuff.) So, Winter "E" season is here!

Just before work, I heard CB CH6 rockin', then LSB CH38, where I heard a dude from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Then, very weak, but heard Ft. Lauderdale again on 10M, 28.400MHz. Then, I had to go to. However, on a COVID-19 Repeater Net, Net Control wanted to wrap-it-up to work GA and FL on 6M, just after 9PM EST. (Figures... I always miss the good stuff.) 

MW Loggings / KCJJ1630, Iowa City.
« on: December 28, 2020, 1803 UTC »
What was suppose to be an early IN / OUT at work on a Sunday evening turned out to be the wait from hell. So, scanned the AM band in the truck. KCJJ 1630kHz was mainly the clear signal winner with tunage. Wow!!!! They don't voice track, but are live, to 9PM CST? Huh... Stations around here in WV usually all voice track it from 5PM, onward. So, neat to listen to, and gave me the heads-up on the big storm that's suppose to dump on Iowa City there this week, might dump later on us. Oh... And, CBS News at 10min before the TOHID? That's a lil' different. Nothin', on 1710kHz.      www.1630kcjj.com

Huh? / ARN #2252 headlines with radio pirates and landlords.
« on: December 25, 2020, 1814 UTC »
Huh... Not only was I surprised with Amateur Radio Newsline putting out a show on Christmas Day, but the headlinds with radio pirates and landlords and FCC involved,     https://www.arnewsline.org/news/2020/12/24/amateur-radio-newsline-report-2252-for-friday-december-25-2020

10/11 meters / 11M "E" pipeline from Niagara Falls, NY!
« on: December 25, 2020, 1810 UTC »
Huh... Woke-up to a dude rappin' Christmas greetings on Superbowl CB CH6 around 7AM this Christmas morning. From what I could hear, he was in Niagara Falls and was the only one that I could here in SW WV. The other thing that I heard was ISS sending out SSTV Christmas Greetings, but that's for another post.

Huh? / Prometheus Radio Project, 10 year Message.
« on: December 21, 2020, 1834 UTC »
Prometheus Radio Project, 12/21/2020:

With the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Local Community Radio Act and oral arguments in Prometheus v
set for next month at the US Supreme Court, there’s a lot going on at Prometheus these days. We’ve been busy supp
Low Power FM stations with advice and engineering support, and we’re preparing for new radio licensing opportun
the FCC in the coming years.
Diverse local media is essential for democracy and movements for justice and human rights. We hope you will dona
support our work as we fight for powerful and sustainable grassroots media.
Local Community Radio Act Anniversary!
Friday the 18th marks ten years since the US Senate
approved the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA), paving
the way for thousands of local organizations to build and
operate radio stations. The victory was a decade in the
making and a version of the bill was first introduced in
2005. Opposing the mass media consolidation that started
in the ‘90s, Prometheus activists and community media
advocates across the country campaigned for the bill.
The LCRA repealed restrictions on Low Power FM
spectrum put in place by Congress in 2000 at the behest of commercial broadcasters. The restrictions unfairly limite
frequencies available for Low Power FM stations based on unfounded claims, later debunked, that the small stations
interfere with big stations. Importantly, the bill allowed the construction of dozens of new stations in the largest US
In the decade since the Act was enacted, over 1,400 new LPFM radio stations have gone on the air. During that sam
Prometheus helped hundreds of community organizations apply for those FCC licenses and worked with dozens of
across the country to hang antennas, energize transmitters, and train media makers.
Prometheus v. FCC
This week Prometheus Radio Project filed a brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that the FCC’s rule changesharm diversity in media ownership. The FCC is seeking to throw out longstanding protections that limit corporate
consolidation of multiple broadcast stations and newspapers in local media markets.
In 2019, the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals found that the FCC’s justification for changing its ownership
was “so insubstantial that it would receive a failing grade in any introductory statistics class.” Prometheus, along wi
Movement Alliance Project, Office of Communication Inc. of the United Church of Christ, Common Cause, Nation
Association Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers, and Free Press, argues that the Court
affirm the Third Circuit’s opinion vacating the rule changes.
Oral arguments in front of the Court are scheduled for January 19, 2021.
Supporting Grassroots Media in Philly
Coincidentally when the COVID lockdown
began, we received a grant fromIndependence Media to
help some of our regional radio (and web) stations—two
with exclusively Spanish-language content and three
serving African American communities. With Independent
Media Action headed by Prometheus founder Pete Tridish,
we worked with interns to rebuild 4 studios and hired Pável
Uranga to lead grassroots journalism training. Pável is
coordinating a brand new neighborhood news magazine for
stations to share, built from their own producers’
Our technical, engineering, bureaucratic, funding, and radio-journalism assistance is helping stations to make valuab
community radio by overcoming annoying obstacles. Sustainable funding is a challenge for most small grassroots ra
stations so we want to help them enter the world of underwriting. That and a lot more work remains and we are hop
continued funding for Philly stations.
Coming Up!
The FCC has previewed upcoming application windows for full-power non-commercial (NCE) FM radio stations iareas. There will be few, if any, opportunities in urban areas because of lack of available space on the FM dial.
Educated guesses:
• 2021 - Non-commercial new radio station window. There is very little space for new stations.
• 2022 - LPFM new radio station window.
You can donate to Prometheus by hiring our station services at LPFM-friendly rates, or the usual way.
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Huh? / CHU, Canada’s Time Station tour!
« on: December 13, 2020, 2031 UTC »
A look inside the facility that broadcasts voice time signals in two languages,     https://www.radioworld.com/global/chu-canadas-time-station

10/11 meters / ARRL 10M Contest on now!
« on: December 13, 2020, 2028 UTC »
A little late, but hearing "0", "6", "7", and "9", stations on 10M this afternoon.    https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestdetails.php?ref=199

And,      http://www.arrl.org/10-meter

Anyway, a good propagation test, to say the least.

FM Free Radio / Tis the season for X-mas Display Part #15 stations!
« on: December 05, 2020, 0742 UTC »
Anyone hearing FM stations to go with monster whole yard displays? A dude here is back on 101.3FM stereo with X-mas tunage. True Part #15 range, MAX's out about 1/8th mile in both directions.

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