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10/11 meters / Late E's for 11M, then 10M!
« on: August 05, 2019, 0241 UTC »
Around my neck of the woods, local HAM's on lightning free weekend evenings chit-chat on 10M, 28.415MHz USB. And, since this was a nice dry, storm free, Sunday evening, the weather must have keep any local ops outside today. However, I did hear from 23:25UTC - 01:30UTC stations from N. MI, NJ, then the swamps of LA. Scanned 11M CB, and sure enough, that was hopping mad with E skip. So, still some E's this late.

I've recently brought back from the dead a 1967 Arvin #87R59 Leather Cased Radio, then repaired the DC jack and and replenished missing hardware. FM and the MB (Marine Band), sucks on it, as I remembered that they did, even in their hey days. However, AM is a different story. On 1270kHz it was pulling in a pretty progressive classic rock station with much flutter fades. Getting an ID was about damned near impossible, and no other radio that I had here seemed to really get this. Not even the C-Crane Plus radio. Best direction was North / South. Boomer went onto an on-line SDR, with great AM receive, and finally caught the ID as WQTT,   Marysville, OH,   https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?sr=Y&s=C&call=wqtt&nav=
That night pattern is pointed right at me, but it's short skip, which would enplane the rapid fluttering fading. Hmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder what else I'll catch with that portable?

“The iron laws of physics being what they are, we are simply not making more,” says FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.


Huh? / Anyone ever try Opera browser?
« on: June 20, 2019, 1843 UTC »
Yeah, has anyone ever tried this on a WIN PC, Mac, or Linux based, computer? If so, what do ya think? Better, worst, than Firefox?  https://www.opera.com/

Amateur Radio / Field Day 2019, this weekend june 22 - 23.
« on: June 20, 2019, 1803 UTC »
                 Field Day 2019,   http://www.arrl.org/Field-Day   , so all, but the WARC Bands and 60M, will be hopping. Even a PSA for it. Now, if only the T-storms can stay away.

 If we can ever get a weekend break in T-storms, there's the VHF, on up, Contests this weekend,   http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf
          Even if you don't have CW / SSB capabilities, check the following simplex FM FREQ's of 52.525MHz, 52.540MHz, 146.550MHz, 146.580MHz, the 147MHz simplex FREQ's, 223.500MHz, 446.000MHz, 446.050MHz, and 446.100MHz. The exchange here is mainly for the grid square and if you have other bands to work points from. And, any licensed amateur worked is a point to any serious contester. Good practice for Field Day. Now, wish these T-storms away!

Could this mean good Aurora Propagation on 10M and 6M?   https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/the-northern-lights-aka-aurora-borealis-could-be-coming-to-a-sky-near-you-this-week/ar-AABmuze?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout
This also might mean that most of MW and HF propagation will just suck.

General Radio Discussion / All Digital AM Band? Um, maybe not.
« on: May 10, 2019, 1743 UTC »
Boomer found this one on the proposal of making the AM broadcast band in the USA all digital. https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/few-broadcasters-show-interest      Yeah, the idea doesn't excite me either.

Amateur Radio / Sporadic E on 10M last night!
« on: April 29, 2019, 1657 UTC »
           Nice QSO to Fayetteville and Tommyville, AR on 28.420USB at 03:15UTC, 4/29/2019 from WV. Signals peaked to S7. I 1st heard it on 11M CB CH 38LSB and the Superbowl CH 6 going nuts. Hey, I'll take it, with the lower bands crammed with lightning crashes. Both were about 100W coming back to me, and I was around 62W going back. I'm now using a 10M Ringo tuned to 1:1 VSWR at 28.400MHz. 

Amateur Radio / 17M open coast to coast Saturday 4/20/2019.
« on: April 21, 2019, 1742 UTC »
             I had a nice QSO from WV, to Palmdale, CA, on 18.150USB aound 20:00UTC. And that was just with the radio barefoot at 75W on the Windom. Albeit, I had to change from the Heil HMM mic to the D-104-M6B to get his attention. Most of the time, signal stayed around S1, but peaks from him went up to S7. So, there might be some hope for these upper HF bands yet. 

Looks like C crane Company is learning a hard lesson about Chinese manufacturing. Oooooops.... This is why I do not have the Chinese manufacturing my US Patent. You'll see when you get into this article.


Propagation / WWVH over WWV on 5MHz, 4/1/2019, 05:30UTC.
« on: April 01, 2019, 1700 UTC »
Wow... That was different to heard both WWV and WWVH last night at 5MHz. I've heard this before on 10MHz, but this is my 1st to hear WWVH in there, and even over take, WWV on 5MHz. Also, heard several 75M QSO's on 3870kHz AM, all with "6" calls and on 3777kHz USB with all "6" calls. So, some long distance 75M and 60M propagation for sure.

COOL!!!! Boomer told me about the Amateur Radio board. Great idea!!!!! (THANKS BOOMER!!!!) Whelp, the SSTV, CW, FT8, and other digital modes are neat, and will help keep this hobby expanding and going. However, how much interest is there in amateur radio AM mode? For the listeners, it can be an easy AM only SW portable that someone had gotten for $10.00 to hear HAM's on 160M, 75/80M, and 40M. (And even I have received a couple QSL requests from such listeners whom heard my 20W carrier AM ops on 3880 / 3885kHz. That's a lot of fun, and in my mind, easier catches, but what about the other bands in AM mode, 20M, 17M, 12M, 15M, 10M, 6M, and even 2M? Yeah, most cheap and modest priced SW receivers won't go past 30MHz, but there are some nice scanners that can RX from 25MHz to the GHz regions in both FM and AM modes. So, 6M and 2M can be had by some of these scanning DX'ers. Yeah, 20M, on up, sucks now with us being in the gully of the sunspot cycles, but when these high bands do pick up, my 20W carrier, or less, is all I need to make some nice AM DX contacts. Heck, with Sporadic "E" season coming this May 2019, 10M and 6M will come alive again. And, I've had several QSO's with 6M AM'ers running only 5W. But, not just on where AM can be had in the bands. We can also discuss various gear, tube, riceboxes, mics, audio processing, filters, RX DSP help and other noise reductions, antennas, etc. Even discuss AM techniques to MAX OUT what can be done on the very basic gear in RX and TX. (Like I try too, since I'm damned cheap.) Any thoughts???

LPFM station WTSQ-LP 88.1FM Charleston, WV, USA, wtsq.org , is doing their annual fund drive and offering perks. But, check out this perk! A single FM FREQ radio set to RX only 88.1MHz. Is this a regenerative receiver? Scroll down from this link to check out this perk.   https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wtsq-88-1-fm-charleston-wv-annual-fundraiser-2019#/

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