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Huh??? Left for work just before 9:30PM last night, and after I'd gotten past 1/2, I'd figured that this Cuban station be walking over my AM1620, but something else was in there. I could clearly hear Survivor - America Heartbeat, then The Police - Spirits In The Material World, then Madonna - (A slowly one of hers, but couldn't remember the title.), then Genesis - I Missed Again, then The Fixx - Saved By Zero. No ID... On the way back, it almost sounded like a weak station with dead-air, but the other DX stations were heard in the background on 1620kHz. So, any ideas whom that is? decent MOD, but not AM wide banded.

Boomer told me about this MW page,     http://radio-timetraveller.blogspot.com/2010/08/mediumwave-oddities-transmitter-power.html
It's kind of like the AM side of the late Bruce Elving's FM Atlas. Neat read, and free.

Peskies / Music on 3886kHz AM? Uh-oh...
« on: February 17, 2020, 0539 UTC »
Some douchebag airing Van Halen - Eruption, followed by Iron Butterfly - InDaGaDDaDaVita, on 75M FREQ 3886kHz AM, 2/17/2020, 05:26UTC, S9 peaks, decent audio. But, certainly not going to make any friends there.

Huh... This contest is a little later this year,  http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf  Sporadic "E" should be pretty much done by then, so let's hope for Temp Inversions and Aurora. 

Amateur Radio / Y'all ready for the 2020 AM Rally?
« on: January 08, 2020, 2219 UTC »
This is probably the only HF I'll do below 10M, 11M, and 12M,       http://www.amrally.com/    After that, thunderstorms start trashing the lower HF bands. Anyone up for 6M, (50.400MHz AM, or even 2M AM? Although I can easily do this, I've yet to hear of anyone doing 430MHz AM, or even 1296MHz AM.

Amateur Radio / The holy grail of digital voice modes? Hope so...
« on: December 25, 2019, 1941 UTC »
I'd love to see this come out, but I have a feeling it will be beyond my price range.    https://swling.com/blog/2016/05/european-hams-announce-new-radio-a-dual-band-multi-mode-radio-to-support-dmr-d-star-and-c4fm/

10/11 meters / Nice 10M "E" opening to Maine, 12/22/2019, 22:45UTC.
« on: December 23, 2019, 0718 UTC »
Yeah, nice "E" QSO to near Augusta, ME on 28.415MHz USB. Signal from S1 - S9 peak. I worked this guy with a re-CAP'ed late 80's RCI-2950 with just over 20W PEP to a reconditioned 10M Ringo 1/2-wave GND Plane. I hope that we have a great "E" season this winter, but this is a nice start. Even better, when 6M opens up.

10/11 meters / LBS38 active to MN 00:30UTC.
« on: December 21, 2019, 0723 UTC »
Nice to hear direct site to site Sporadic E from where I am to Minneapolis / St Paul, MN. One dude was over 10 lbs.

These maybe gone soon, analog LPTV CH6's that use their audio carriers for the butt-load of the service and just have a stilled video carrier. The Audio carrier is 87.750MHz, thus falls within the 200kHz BW of most standard FM receivers tuning to either 87.7MHz, or 87.9MHz. http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2019/12/08/the-rise-and-possible-fall-of-frankenfms-is-one-of-the-most-important-radio-trends-of-the-decade/
Years ago, I use to listen to TV CH6 audio carriers, mostly in the vehicle, and I could listen to the 12PM, 6PM, or 11PM, newscasts while on the road. Hornell, NY had a CH6 translator for Elmira, NY's WENY TV36 (Everyone called them Weenie.). I could hear that CH6 translator for about 10 miles on either Rt 86, or Rt 36. Sporadic "E" Summer times I could hear several CH6's fighting it out for dominance. Most of WNY (Western New York.), you could hear TV Ontario on CH6 from Paris, ON, Canada, and CH6 Altoona, PA, and sometimes CH6 Albany. I even heard of a Franken-FM pirate on 87.750MHz playing 60's tunage and was still the low +/-25kHz deviation FM that you'd get from a TV station. This was on Rt 86 from the Cold Spring / Steamburg area around 2007. My guess was that someone got ahold of a VHF Low Band TV modulator, maybe for CATV, and cranked it up. I could hear that for about 5 miles! No ID, just 60's tunage. Does anyone else have a 'so-called' Franken-FM story?

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?

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