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Messages - ThaDood

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Sure. And, I know stations that use a PC for part of that purpose. But, if you want a stand-alone unit, where you don't have to worry about software upgrades, hard drive crashes, or even dedicating a computer with yet another task, then this could be another alternative to go. Me??? I like computer aided, but totally computer dependent, on a station. Manual override is nice.

Looks like the polar flip has kicked into high gear,    https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/earths-magnetic-pole-is-on-the-move-fast-and-we-dont-know-why/news-story/341c92307a6b19d25b38836c6097be9d

Be aware, you will be inundated with climate change VID's. My $0.02 on the subject after hearing this for over 40 years? I believe in not polluting what we eat, drink, and breath, but to suggest that a saving grace is to pay a few billionaires the proverbial black hole called carbon taxes, when a single private jet trip spews more CO2 than you, or I, will in a month, is certainly not an answer. Want to add something that can both breath CO2 and clean the atmosphere? That thing is called a plant. So, as the late John Denver used to sing in that 1980's PSA, "Plant A Tree, For Your Tomorrow."  There's my vent.

Boomer told me about this AM processor,    https://www.schlockwood.com/products    At $430.00USD's, it would cost as much, or more than many Part #15 transmitters out there, so this would be an investment. But, to get that sound that can actually be better than most commercial stations out there, (And that's not hard to do today.), it may be well worth it.

Certainly not a bad thing to have. In the Fall of 1990, I was ground floor apartment complex bound and looking for an alternative that was flexible. I was told about the Realistic TRC-221, and bought all accessories with it.    https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/radioshack_cb_transceiver_trc_221.html     and       http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1991/h056.html      I still have it, since it's such a kick-ass CB portable, as well as being used as a mobile and a base. On the telescopic whip, out on a balcony, I have talked to base stations +10 miles away. Stock mic MAX's the MOD to about 75%, while an Astatic D-104-M6B mic pushes it to +90%. (Still haven't figured out where the fixed ALC is to bump that up.) Great RX Adjacent Channel Rejection (For a portable.). Takes 8 AA alkalines, or 10 NiCAD's, and came with two aluminum dummy batteries to use the alkalines. Internal adjustments include being able to crank AM carrier to 6W, and MOD doesn't sound affected with a good antenna match. That 2W Low Power setting kind of sucks, since I want lower, like 1/2W. Get this tweak! An adjustable RX AGC in this portable! Ever seen another CB with that feature? It's a first for me. So, you can actually adjust the RX sensitivity to better than .5uV, but be aware if you use it as a mobile afterwards, as close stations will sound too distorted. Like-wise, too much AGC the other way makes it pretty deaf, but it's definitely not an RF Gain control.  I also have a Cherokee AH-100 AM / SSB portable from 1998, but the RX / TX quality of the TRC-221 just blows the AH-100 out of the water in every way. Not knowing the actual manufacturer, but I would suspect that it's Uniden. But, if your Uniden PRO 401HH is anything like a TRC-221, then you indeed have a keeper. 

North American MW Pirate Radio / Re: UNID 1710 AM 2154 UTC 25 Dec 2018
« on: December 25, 2018, 2221 UTC »
Yeah, heard it Christmas Eve at 5PM EST, (22:00UTC? I need a dedicated UTC clock here, and Santa didn't bring me one.). Anyway, heard at work, on the truck stereo on 1710kHz, I heard Silver Bells fading in and out, then that Flight 93 TIS covered it.

Equipment / Re: Antique Radio Restoration Project
« on: December 24, 2018, 1618 UTC »
NICE!!!! I could imagine listening to the amateur radio AM QSO's on 75M and those Saturday night Newsline transmissions on 160M 1860kHz AM from Missouri, on this console. And, maybe even a pirate catch on 1710kHz. That turntable? Should be good for 78RPM's, and maybe even 16RPM's. And, that speaker could see new life with a silicon lubricant on the cone and diaphragm and give you that nice, rich, deep bassy, tone quality. (Not petroleum based lubes, since they could dissolve the glues.)

Equipment / Re: General Coverage Comms rxer down to 20KHz?
« on: December 12, 2018, 1733 UTC »
My Kenwood TS-2000X will dial down there as well. It initially stops at 30kHz, but the RX RIT can dial down an addition -20kHz so that you can end up at 10kHz. If this rig does this, then I suspect that the TS-590, TS-480, TS-570, TS-990, and other Kenwood rigs could probably do this too, and no modifications required.

Maybe this explains what's going on the 75M amateur band tonight:

"Checking out the AM crowd on 3880 / 3885kHz, and since 04:00UTC I've noticed this broadband rip that sounds like a metal grinder. I first heard it about an S3, now it peaks to about +S9 here in West Virginia at 06:00UTC . WA1HLR in Maine hears it from 3850kHz to 3940kHz. K4KYV hears it well in Central Tennessee. (These two are about the only two big guns that can QSO with each other over this.) Whatever this is, it obliterates all but the full legal powered AM QSO'ers. QRP'ers and barefooters are left in the dust of this. Anyone hopping from on-line SDR stations to check this out? Suspicion is that it's coming from Europe. Weird... Especially how it seems centered around the AM portion of the amateur 75M band."

 I'm a little late to get this out, but Radio Survivor #168 bring shortwave and SDR info for this program,    http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2018/11/20/podcast-168-a-time-machine-for-all-the-radio-plus-shortwave/

North American MW Pirate Radio / UNID, 1710, 11/22/2018.
« on: November 22, 2018, 1812 UTC »
UNID, 1710kHz, 11/22/2018, 02:34UTC. On transit, between work QTH's, heard a weak 1710kHz station airing 60's pop MX over my truck stereo. (Having a major brainfart on the artist, of coarse.) Wasn't there at 07:30UTC on the drive home, just a TIS station.    (Or the same damn thing that I've also posted on The FRN.)

Equipment / Re: Ridiculously High SWR for G5RV Jr.
« on: November 19, 2018, 1627 UTC »
The question that I have is, what is within close vicinity of that G5RV? Is it close to a sheet metal barn? Are powerlines / utility lines close by? Is it right over a wire / metal fence? Is it right over a solid sheet of bedrock under very shallow soil? (I had that up in WNY.) What I'm getting at here is possible close reflections can throw off your VSWR's on some bands, but look fine on others. Passing thoughts, again...

The End of Carrier Current?
Spoiler alert: not a chance? Has this been posted before?   https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/the-end-of-carrier-current     If it hasn't, thar' ya is. If it has, O.F.W...

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