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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The LCRA repealed restrictions on Low Power FM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.

Huh... Not everyone has an E-mail address out there. Especially, those that are off-grid.    http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLB038/2020

MW Loggings / EDM on 1580kHz?
« on: December 03, 2020, 2006 UTC »
Propagation just sucked on lower HF bands last night, so DX'ed MW. Surprised to hear a progressive EDM format on 1580AM, booming in at S+20/9. The only promo that I heard was, "CD 92-9". No doubt, (Minus Gwen Steffani.), a dump-off from an FM station. But, which one??? Heard this best at 07:30UTC, 12/3/2020. Any clues??? Neat to hear this format on the AM band, with a format not unlike the 'ol mystery pirate WMPR.

Huh? / WBCQ programs now using Archive.org.
« on: December 01, 2020, 2019 UTC »
COOL!!!! Kindda' sucked that I couldn't download Allan Weiner Wide-Wide and Radio Timtron as well. However, looks like they've moved over to Arichive.org,   https://archive.org/details/@splatterbox3200    Plenty of other WBCQ programs there as well. (YEA!!!!)

Amateur Radio / Santa Nets are back. Tis the season.
« on: November 30, 2020, 1748 UTC »
They're back! The Santa Nets on 3916Khz,   https://www.cqsanta.com/  It's neat listening to them coordinate those.

Since I don't get home from work now, until stupid o'clock, (Like around 7:00UTC), I miss a lot of Amateur Radio activity, or do I? More and more, I hear the FREQ of 3799Khz being used as the LSB 75M DX Window to Europe. A good test for my Windom, as I can seem to copy 90% of what's trying to shoot over here. So, from about 1AM - 4AM EST on the East Coast, the Europeans are trying to shoot over here. The Big-Guns are the ones with 75M beams up over 100ft and running over 400W, but 100W, dipoled, stations have been heard over here. So, test your RX on that FREQ and find out what you can hear. Most stations report what power and antennas they are using, so even if you never intend to QSO on 3799kHz, it's certainly worth testing your RX capabilities there.

Amateur Radio / Winter Field Day 2021!
« on: November 23, 2020, 1920 UTC »
Not too early to start looking at this,    https://www.winterfieldday.com/   

NSF begins planning for decommissioning of Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope due to safety concerns,   https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=301674     Bye-bye ultimate DX.

I was reminded of the following:

This is a reminder that today is the last day to file comments about the FCC increasing "application fees" to 50.00 each application.
A new ham could possibly up to $200.00 (50 for Tech, 50 for General, 50 Extra, and 50 if you'd like a Vanity Call.) and this does not include the VE charges to take the test(s).

Please make your filling today

PS forward this to anyone you think that hasn't entered their comment..

-  -  -  -  -  -
Amendment of the Schedule of Application Fees Set Forth in Sections 1.1102 through 1.1109 of the Commission's Rules
Docket 20-270
Comments can be viewed at:

Looks like Reciva, the company that has been the data base for Net and wi-fi radios for over 15 years, will be calling it quits. https://radios.reciva.com/   That will really suck for those of us that use these radios. the C-Crane co., had this to say about that:

"Yes, Reciva is closing. Grace Digital offers a WiFi Radio that uses another database if you'd like to take a look at the Grace Mondo Eilite Radio. I'm including the link below to the radio on our site as well as the link to Grace if you'd like to check them out. We do expect to come out with another WiFi Radio in the future, that could take 6-12 months as an estimate. At this time that is all the information we have available regarding Reciva.


https://gracedigital.com/    "

So, we'll see. I love my Net Only Radios, since they free up computers for streams and automatically reset the stream connection when the stream breaks. That, and the D/A converters just sound better in them.

UPDATE: The bad news is that Net Only Radios that use Reciva as the data base will be pretty much paperweights after 1/31/2021. (Yeah... I'm pretty pissed about that too.) So, some saving grace is Grace Digital,  https://gracedigital.com/      Hit the CHAT icon and ask if you can get a 20% discount on a new Grace Digital based Net Only Radio. Well, that's something, anyway. At least, as far as customer COMM's go, they've already been X1,000 % better than Reciva.

« on: November 03, 2020, 1846 UTC »
Here comes another one. Is Cycle 25 ramping up?     https://www.spaceweather.com/?s=03

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