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North American MW Pirate Radio / Modern rockabilly tunage on 1630kHz!
« on: December 05, 2017, 1915 UTC »
Gave up on crappy propagation above 7MHz, and below 7MHz was all lightning crashes from the approaching storms cold front. So, tried the 'ol Sangean ATS-803A on the Windom at 04:55UTC and heard a modern rockabilly tune with YL vocalist on 1630kHz AM. Of course, a strong fade-out by the top of the hour. Neat, whatever that was, and even over the lightning crashes for a time.

          Yep, that time of year where the FRS / GMRS channels will be loaded with hunting activity. I hear chatter already on my scanner on FRS CH1 already. The 5 MURS channels maybe good to check out as well. I don't think that anyone uses CB walkie-talkie CH14 anymore. 30 years ago that channel use to explode with hunter chatter during deer season, then on Christmas morning.

Huh, looks like Radio Survivor took a look at the 1990 video Inside Pirate Radio and wrote about that,       http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2017/11/08/glimpse-behind-scenes-shortwave-pirate-radio-1990/         
Maybe I should send them Radio Wolf INT. BTW, THANKS Boomer, for the heads-up on this!

 Two years ago, when I was looking at a beefier TX for MW Carrier-Current operation, I'd seen this at ebid.net,   https://www.ebid.net/us/for-sale/am-radio-station-broadcast-transmitter-71172504.htm

I can't believe that it's still for sale. Seems like a nice deal for someone whom can truck something that heavy.

General Radio Discussion / Radio Survivor to hit up LPAM.
« on: August 08, 2017, 1044 UTC »
Boomer alerted me to this,   http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2017/08/07/low-power-lpam/     At the very least, we should still keep the topic alive.

Ripping from SWL'ing, again, but sounds neat about DRM+, the digital alternative to analog wide-band FM,


Huh,  they should use NYC, LA, or even Chicago, as a DRM+ test bed over here. Question is, will they, with the HD Radio IBOC foothold? Hmmmmm...

COOL!!!! Boomer was nice enough to FWR this to me, and it's quite a read:


I'd love to see AM stereo make a foot hold again, and although we might not be too happy being stuck with Motorola's C-QUAM, (Due to those phasing and wowing effects at night.), it does sound good and work pretty well, overall.
What the article doesn't hit upon is to open up AM for LPAM, for those that have been totally shut out of LPFM, due to the flood of FM translators on now. Maybe we should e-mail Tom King, president of Bristol, TN-based Kintronic Labs, to encourage his company to be forward thinking on AM, and see what he'd think about being on the LPAM bandwagon. Passing thought, [www.kintronic.com]

General Radio Discussion / U of AK does HAARP tours! Wanna' go?
« on: July 15, 2017, 1316 UTC »
Yeah, ripped from SWL'ing:  http://swling.com/blog/2017/07/haarp-open-house-august-19-2017/#respond

Heck yeah, if I was up there still, I'd do it. I've already been to the U of AK, albeit that was back in 1985.

Yep, that time of year again for this event,  http://www.arrl.org/field-day  .  And, no doubt that propagation will come in time to suck for this. It certainly did last year. Dead from 7MHz on up and no Sporadic E for 10M and 6M. Still, for DX'ers it's a chance to hear where all those stations from the USA and Canada are coming from since they exchange the call and the state, or province, they are at. And some places the states are divided. NYS is on of those for WNY, ENY, Long Island NY, etc. So, be listening on the regular HF FREQ's for these, 160M, 80M / 75M, 40M, 20M, 15M, 10M, and 6M. (No WARC bands, 60M, or the new MW and LW, bands.) Scanner listeners can listen for FM contesters on 29.600MHz, 52.525MHz and 52.540MHz, 146.550MHz and 146. 580MHz, 223.500MHz, 446.00MHz, 906.500MHz, and 1294.500MHz. Most activity is the lower HF bands, but if Sporadic E comes into play, then 10M and especially 6M will the the stars of the show. Happy DX'ing!!!!!

        For those of you that have AM only SW receiver, this might be of interest. An AM only rally contest, [www.amrally.com] I plan to try to make a few contacts. Thus far, I've had some nice AM QSO's running less than a 20W carrier on a rice box, a Kenwood TS-2000, on 75M, 40M, 10M, and 6M. What helps me is having a D-104 mic behind that rig. That link lists most popular AM FREQ's. One set of FREQ's not mentioned, but possible, is 14.320MHz - 14.330MHz on 20M. And in some of the AM threads, there seems to be confusion as to where to operate AM on the 2M band. My $0.02 worth here? 144.250MHz - 144.270MHz. Below that is SSB'ers, while above that is propagational beacons. Enjoy and Happy AM mode DX'ing!

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