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I heard this station booming in during my commute between job sites, jamming out 1990's modern rock. Nice audio quality as well. When I'd gotten back home and looked it up, I filled out the their on-line contact page and got this reply back:

"Hey Tha Dood - thank you so much for reaching out! It's always a pleasure to hear about our AM signal reaching beyond state lines, it's awesome you were able to tune in for a bit! I will drop a line with our engineering team to see if we can confirm whether or not we utilize a C-QUAM stereo.

In the meantime, it's been great to hear from you, I hope you have a great rest of your week!

CD 92.9 FM
Central Ohio's Alternative
1036 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43206
P - 614.221.9923
F - 614.227.0021

Neat!!!! The last response that I've gotten was when that Ft. Wayne, IN 1620AM station was still on-air. That was like 7 years ago.

Amateur Radio / TX noise figures from today's HF transceivers?
« on: April 19, 2021, 1947 UTC »
Interesting, but I guess, not surprising.     https://www.dj0ip.de/transceivers/tx-noise/  Hmmmmm... Hopefully, using a tuner helps this problem.

Nice SWLing rip of this,    https://swling.com/blog/2021/04/video-wbcq-worlds-last-chance-radio-technical-notes/
Hey... This is still RF gear, right? Just wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bigger.

Huh? / Vinylthon 2021, this SAT, April 17th.
« on: April 13, 2021, 2000 UTC »
Locally, our LPFM is doing this,   https://wtsq.org/   I am more surprised upon what stations are not on the Vinylthon list,     https://www.vinylthon.com/stations         Sounds like fun, anyway.

As an ALT to facebook, Twitter, Tumbr, Instagram, etc., I was told years ago about Minds.com,   https://www.minds.com/      So, I toe-dipped with my page there,   https://www.minds.com/groups/profile/876322093051867136/feed     As you can see, I haven't been too active there, mainly since I weekly hit-up my VK.com page, my ALT to facebook and the de-funked myspace. Anyway, we'll see if this integration that Minds.com is doing is anything neat, or pure BS,   https://www.minds.com/minds/blog/minds-is-now-listed-on-uniswap-here-s-what-it-means-1221912862054379520?__e_ct_guid=876319834726473743&campaign=global&topic=minds_news      So, does anyone know anything about Uniswap? Thought I'd ask...

Radio Jay Allen comes again with what was a $10.00 impulse buy for him, the new Yorek #YK-901 pocket AM / FM stereo / SW DSP portable. He got his for around $10.00! Mine, was around $22.00 total with with shipping and WV state tax. Now, why did I buy one? For the SW FREQ coverage of 3MHz - 21.850MHz continuous coverage. I want to use it as an on-air monitor tool of 3885kHz AM, 7290kHz AM, 20M AM, 17M AM, and even 15M AM. So, a handy little tool for on-air monitoring myself on Amateur Radio in AM mode. This thing, in size, is about as big as my now de-funked Sony ICF-SW100S clam shell portable. AM MW is about what you would expect, although more sensitive above 1MHz. That 'lil 15" telescopic whip is indeed short for SW, but at sunset here in WV, I was able to RX CHU 3330kHz, HAM's on 3880kHz AM, WWV's 5MHz, WBCQ's 7490kHz, CHU 7850kHz, WBCQ 9330kHz, WWV's 10MHz, and propagation sucked here above that for the time. The big surprise was the FM RX. This portable RX'ed most of the hard-catches for where I live. My DX portables to compare too are a Sangean ATS-803A, Eton E-10, and a C-Crane Radio +. Unreal!!! Just the 15" Yorek's whip, it pulled-in everything that they did. I expected maybe just the local Charleston, WV major stations, but this thing is pulling-in the not too easy to RX translators, Huntington, WV stations, Beckley, WV stations, a couple of KY and OH stations, and even that 104.1FM from Portsmouth, OH, over +80 miles away! WOW!!!!! I did not expect that. The downside??? The two < > button tuning is tedious, at best, with this wide of a FREQ span to tune. Fortunately, if you preset the 32 Memories to like 1MHz each, you can launch-tune from them. But, don't take my word for it, here's Jay's review:   https://radiojayallen.com/a-10-radio-the-yorek-yk-901-amfm-sw-radio/  Hmmmmmmmmmmm... Now, if you are clever enough to built a 'lil BFO for this portable, for SSB and CW RX'ing, then this would be a treat, indeed, for under $20.00! BTW, I was using 1/2-ass charged NiMH  AA batteries. What will it do with fully charged alkalines in it?

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Sell diodes, and save the USCG!
« on: March 26, 2021, 1952 UTC »
There ya go. Sell stuff to the US Coast Guard!  https://hackaday.com/2021/03/14/rare-diode-threatens-coast-guards-arctic-ambitions/    I kindda' know what they're going through... Read my $0.02 worth way down below.

With the OBIT out now on George Zeller, Amateur Radio Newsline should have all that they need for their report for what should be report #2265, released on Fridays.   https://www.arnewsline.org/       Just FYI...

Doesn't this SWLing rip bring you back to 1978?     https://swling.com/blog/2021/03/the-sony-fx-300-jackal-a-holy-grail-technological-marvel-of-the-late-70s/     Actually, the Sony that I'd like to have in my collection is that rare mid-70's, large AM / FM / SW , with SSB / CW, portable with LED digital read-out. Model # escapes me. Anyway, I've taken TV portables, like the preceding, to hilltops and did some neat TV DX'ing +30 years ago. +120 miles away, even on UHF, could be had. I still have a knock-off, Unisonic 5" B&W TV only portable from 1979, that I like to show-off to kids today. Many of them, seeing B&W TV for the very 1st time. Damn... I still remember when having a color TV was a big deal. 

Amateur Radio / RUSSIAN DX CONTEST - 2021, Weekend of 3/21.
« on: March 15, 2021, 1857 UTC »
Could make for some neat, rare, contacts this weekend:           http://www.rdxc.org/asp/pages/rulesg.asp?fbclid=IwAR13N0guKg6aQtxbuYL5q3IDv8WlrJrBhrMqyhxTjzxMe2pUQTQfG4JPL3Q

Huh? / WLW 700AM marks 100 Years this Dec. 2021!
« on: March 14, 2021, 1858 UTC »
Yeah, another rip from SWLing links:    https://www.wvxu.org/post/wlw-am-begins-100th-year-air#stream/0

A nice read on the history of WLW is the C1971 book, by Dick Perry, “Not Just A Sound, The Story Of WLW” . You may still find that in libraries and used book stores.  BTW, this is the station that tested at 500kW in the 1930's, so an interesting history, indeed.

Yeah... On the drive home from work, along with the usual Cuban and Pensacola 1620's, was another one jammin' Iron Maiden tunage. (You just can't mistake Bruce Dickinson's vocals.) No ID out of that, then squashed even more by my Part #15 AM1620, when I'd gotten in range, jammin' the local LPFM station here. I duh-know... That was different.   

       Even on the Windom, late nights, after midnight, I'll tune down to 60kHz and check WWVB's signal strength. On good night, I get it at S+30/9. Then, there are nights where it's just barely above the S7 - S9 noise levels. That Atomic Clock, a fairly cheap Chinese ceiling project clock that I have, switched to DST before midnight this time for the Spring Ahead +1hr. (Interesting.) Hey, I actually don't mind my tax $$$$ paying for this. Better than what our tax $$$$ usually goes for, but I'll digress, this time.

Cassettes are certainly a main point in free radio history, so an interesting read for those of us that grew up in the late 60's, the 70's, 80's, and even through the 90's.    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/amid-cassette-tape-creators-death-we-remember-his-legacy-%e2%80%93-the-mixtape/ar-BB1euz4i?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBnb7Kz

Then, there's this link:     https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/03/dutch-inventor-of-the-audio-cassette-tape-dies-aged-94/?

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