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Amateur Radio / ARRL advertising on Midnight In The Desert!
« on: December 11, 2019, 0735 UTC »
Yep, several times now have I heard ARRL.org advertised on Dave Schrader's Midnight In The Desert,  http://midnightinthedesert.com/  aired on Keith Rowland's Dark Matter Digital Network,   http://darkmatterdigitalnetwork.com/    Albeit the late Art Bell was a very avid HAM, I suspect that this isn't a freebie PSA for the ARRL, since they really want to try to get paid sponsors on M.I.T.D. Still, neat to hear that. One thing that I've been trying to suggest to Dave Schrader, Keith Rowland, and show's producer Michelle, is to again cover the pirate radio phenomenon, which hasn't really been done since Art Bell and Andrew Yoder on September 10th, 2001. Yeah... You know just what event stole Andrew's thunder just a few hours later after that interview. It's time for Dave Schrader to do a Pirate Radio Follow Up here. (Just my $0.02 worth.)   

It's come to my attention that several folks out there were disappointed that they couldn't find the manual to the Ramsey CT-125 FREQ Counter. So, since I still have one, I've finally scanned and uploaded that to,    https://archive.org/details/ramseyct125frequencycountermanual3281989
I hope that this helps out some folks out there, since Ramsey Electronic today seems to be totally running in what must be a safe-mode for them.

A mile away, a neighbor of mine use to put up a u-FM station with X-mas tunage to accompany his totally holiday blingged out decorated yard. He's even got a lit sign that says "101.3FM". This year, that station now reaches 1/4 of a mile and is in stereo. Before, it maybe reached a two yards away. And last year, he didn't have it on. Anyone else come across X-mas decorated yard stations?

10/11 meters / 11M E Skip at 01:00UTC
« on: November 25, 2019, 0628 UTC »
On the drive to work, noticed the 11M CB band opened with Sporadic E to the Mid-West. Checking out LSB38, several stations from Iowa and especially Texas. Some hitting 7lbs. I don't have 10M in the truck, but I'll bet that 28.400MHz was dead.

Amateur Radio / Amateur Radio / DOD 60M Event, TODAY Nov. 16th, 2019!
« on: November 16, 2019, 1715 UTC »
Yeah, I'm a little last for this, but just heard it on WWV,      http://www.arrl.org/news/mars-members-to-work-with-radio-amateurs-during-set-and-dod-comex-19-4

I've missed it last year too, but heard the US Army on 60M before talking to HAM's.

Uh-huh, tis that time of year in much of the USA for deer season. In the 1970's, 80's, and most of the 90's, you heard hunters on CB portables, especially CH 14. Some of those portables reached over 10 miles! A friend of mine in NW Pennsyl-tucky, (Not Pennsylvania. If you've been there, then you'll know what I mean.), used a 40CH full powered CB portable in his drive and was still able to QSO to me some 20 miles away with it. Come to the 1990's and now. FRS / GMRS UHF portables are now the norm. With foliage to a minimum and hunters on hilltops, you can hear these folks for miles as well. Fun to listen to these dudes. They would whisper to each other, "There he is, there he is! I'm going to try and take my shot." Then, that's the cue when, (Not me, but someone closely resembling me.), would key up and yell, "BANG!!!!!!" Then, the next thing you'd hear on the radio is, "What the hell was that?!?!" Anyway, you get the idea. It's something else to monitor. Hi-hi......

Equipment / Radio Jay checks out the RCA Globe Trotter radios!
« on: November 10, 2019, 0454 UTC »
Anyone still have one of these? Sadly, I no longer do.    https://radiojayallen.com/the-rca-globe-trotters-radios-unsung-heroes/

Shortwave Broadcast / UNID: 15.555MHz USB, 20:25UTC
« on: November 01, 2019, 2119 UTC »
UNID station talking about preaches who want to start fights. Weak, peaked to S1. Pretty much faded out after 20:32UTC.

Shortwave Broadcast / RNZ, 06:40 - 07:00UTC, 11.725MHz AM.
« on: October 31, 2019, 1847 UTC »
Interesting to find this coming in at that hour where I am, peaking out at S2, but a nice quite noise floor. The program was about a New Zealand prospective on 50 years of the Woodstock festival, with various audio clips from the fest, and what it was like to see Woodstock: The Movie in NZ in the theatres in 1970.

General Radio Discussion / Find Your Modulation Sweet Spot?
« on: October 19, 2019, 1737 UTC »
This is always good AM info,  https://www.radioworld.com/tech-and-gear/find-your-modulation-sweet-spot

Boomer FWD that to me.

How's this for American History?!?!     https://www.tablazed.com/2018/11/rare-photos-of-revolutionary-veterans.html

Anyone related to any of these vets?

General Radio Discussion / Space Weather fromour tax $$$$$?
« on: October 04, 2019, 2151 UTC »
So, is this really of any significance to us?        https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/alerts-watches-and-warnings

Equipment / A possible 2.4GHz STL use from Retekess? Maybe...
« on: October 01, 2019, 1714 UTC »
Radio Jay was doing a review on another portable DSP radio, with so-so performance, but what caught my attention was the company name of the product he reviewed, Retekess. Well, I've never heard of them. A quick search of their product line show some interesting FM transmitters, (None of which are legal in the USA.), and this 2.4GHz audio TX / RX,   https://www.retekess.com/categories/Audio-Monitor-System
A potential STL??? What I don't like is it's yet another appliance on 2.4GHz that may have a potential to mess with wi-fi. Still, intriguing.

Propagation / HF sucks??? Try VHF / UHF this heat wave!
« on: September 27, 2019, 1725 UTC »
Today, starts a big Fall heatwave in the USA Northeast, and already I've noticed some nice VHF / UHF enhancement from Temperature Inversions late at night and early morning. Last night, about 2AM, the Athens, OH NOAA WX station on 162.550MHz was 1/2 scale on an HT I checked it on. (Normally, barely there at around 100 miles from me.) This morning, S9! That, and local FM Translators were getting covered over by out of area FM stations. So, when it reaches +90 degrees in the day, and night dips down to the lower 60's, that temperature swing could mean some nice propagation on the FM, TV, MURS, GMRS, Marine, EMS, Weather, Amateur Radio,  whatever's on the VHF / UHF bands. (Even 6M could be game.)  Don't forget to check for those propagational beacons on 2M, 222MHz, and 432MHz, in CW mode. So, while the lower HF bands are still too noisy, and the upper HF bands still suck, those VHF / UHF bands should be game! Will we see the conditions of late September 2004? That would be nice.

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