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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. 

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.

https://pacificanetwork.org/pacifica-network-welcomes-am-station-wefr-in-fairmont-wv/      Good, to see others running with this.

UPDATE 1/1/2024:  Geez... I just hope that I didn't add to this op's on / off arguments on Part 15 station publicity and operations. But, goto https://part15.org/   , check-out the POSTS, and there's back & forth controversy upon the legits of a Part 15 op. What I don't like is when others insist to tell you how to run your station. People could suggest, but don't tell me what I can and can not do. There's a reason that I've not been a member of Part15.org, and that's certainly one of them. 

Amateur Radio / It pays to listen to HAM's? It was this time.
« on: December 19, 2023, 0325 UTC »
I go to bed at night with a Sangean ATS-803A. When I think that C2C AM has a guest that sucks, I'll plug-in the W.O.G. antenna and fall asleep listening to HAM's on 75M and 160M. I tuned-in to the 3878kHz group, late Thursday night, and heard them talk about this big flu epidemic going around. Whelp... A day later my household was sick, very sick, and incredibly fast oncoming. Now, has anyone in the mainstream news media picked-up on this? We've heard zilch here.
UPDATE 12/21/2023 :  Actually, FOX News had the new COVID strain in the news late, late, Monday night. Then, CBS News that day afterwards.

https://swling.com/blog/2023/12/attempt-to-pass-am-for-every-vehicle-act-in-senate-falls-short/      Really??? Actually, and even a bit reluctantly, I see Rand's point that we shouldn't force manufacturers to do this, but should be a consumer-based demand decision. Suggest, but not force.

Huh? / Another neat link on broadcasting, and more.
« on: December 05, 2023, 2059 UTC »
Anyone, ever heard of this site before?    https://commonfrequency.org/     Ran into that at    https://www.radiosurvivor.com/   .

Thursday afternoon, 11/30/2023, I was again hearing chatter on that VHF Licensed DOT Colored FREQ of 151.625MHz, over a scanner. Usually, it's the tower workers using that to communication when climbing that American Tower, 600ft TV tower, that's 1 mile North of me. However, I was hearing a +1 sec repeater tail on this, this time. A portable / mobile flat-pack repeater? Must have been, since I didn't hear that the next day. That, and I was getting ready for work Thursday afternoon. That, was different.

https://www.radioworld.com/tech-and-gear/tech-tips/what-to-know-about-three-terminal-voltage-regulators    Boomer, FWR me this link. Always, good INFO to know. I use those LM???? Voltage Regulators a lot.

https://swling.com/blog/2023/11/multiple-cmes-and-almost-x-class-flare-incoming/   Uh... Figures... I have someone, out by Spokane, WA, wanting to have a sched with me on 10M. Well, probably not this weekend. Then again, listen for buzzy sounding QSO's of Aurora on 10M and espscially 6M.

Keeping one of those Midland FRS / GMRS bubble-pack HT's as a continuous scanner, I was hearing a fast ID on CH16, or 462.575MHz GMRS FREQ. This super cold-snap really must have brought foliage absorption to nil, since I hear the WRDM641+/R, Eastside System 641, GMRS repeater. I got more INFO by logging back on to MY-GMRS page at   https://www.mygmrs.com/   I've sent a repeater-access request, and we'll see if I get one. I've also sent INFO on my GMRS machine to them as well. So, neat catch, from my worst RF direction at +20 miles away. NEAT!!!!
UPDATE 12/5/2023 : I've got permission to access that GMRS repeater, and plan to hit that after work, tonight. I've had to reprogram a commercial Icom IC-F6160 UHF rig, and tested the match on a Laird 1/2-wave UHF MAG Mount. Should be neat!
UPDATE 12/8/2023 : Did it!!! I actually tripped the GMRS repeater from the work QTH, then drove closer to it, where I caught-up with the owner, Charles, still at his work place, but with an HT. I pulled-in a parking lot to be between him, and his operating-at-his-home GMRS repeater, just 20ft AGL. So, did Simplex and through his repeater. Unfortunately, the weather really sucked, and a hard rain came down. Charles, had to catch a bus, and I wanted to get back home at stupid o'clock. Still, neat to QSO on a GMRS repeater for the 1st time since 2010.

So, has anyone heard any Part 15 Christmas Display stations on-air yet? The usual dude, about a mile away from me, doesn't have his FM station up, yet. And, definitely Part 15. Five houses away, ya lose it.

UPDATE 11/28/2023 :  Actually, that dude that does the fully all-out X-mas display about a mile from me, had his FM TX on 101.3FM, STEREO pilot detected, but just dead-air. So, he hasn't put up the huge light display, yet, but the Part 15 FM TX is on. So, he must be getting ready for warmer weather.

UPDATE 1/2/2024:   Well, that dude, that usually does the light-show-blow-out, didn't do it this year, and his Part 15 FM, at 101.3FM, was just dead-air. I don't know if St. Albans, WV did a Part 15 X-mas Music station for their Annual Park Lights display. So, the only Part 15 stuff, of Christmas stuff, was just my AM stations, I guess.

Huh? / An interview with Glenn Hauser?
« on: November 24, 2023, 1925 UTC »
SWL'ing rip. No telling if this includes the 'standard disclaimer'. (Hi-hi...)  https://swling.com/blog/2023/11/an-interview-with-glenn-hauser/#respond

The RF Workbench / Dipole vs Vertical: Which Antenna is Better?
« on: November 16, 2023, 2009 UTC »
I guess that this can go here.   https://www.onallbands.com/dipole-vs-vertical%EF%BB%BF-which-antenna-is-better/   Tim, K8RRT shared that. Me??? I've done the best of both worlds, Vertical Dipoles.

https://radiojayallen.com/sangean-wr-55-am-fm-table-radio/     Neat!!! Ya know, I do miss those 1970's, and early 80's, analog, high-powered, table radios from Sony, Panasonic, Realistic, and I had one from RCA, that mysteriously just disappeared on me. (Huh???) Not the best DX'ers, but I did like the warm, rockin', audio from those.

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