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Equipment / Re: Good CB radio?
« on: May 20, 2018, 2122 UTC »
It depend what you want to do with the CB. Do you just want to talk to local traffic on AM, or do you want to do the side-band thing as well and get a bit more distance? Out of the box, the best bang for the buck in AM USA legal CB today would be the Uniden Pro520. Better than 90% MOD out of the box, ANL/NB switchable, RF Gain control, great ears on RX'ing, you can't go wrong, and for about $50.00, or less. In CB side-band, an older Uniden Grant, or a non-Chinese Cobra 148GTL. About $100.00 used for them, but see if they've been butchered, or not. I've heard that the Galaxy and Connex radios have a tendency to drift off FREQ in SSB. They sound great in AM though.  Next, are you going base, or mobile? The preceding rigs mentioned are mobiles, but work as base rigs as well.

Just remembered this. Isn't there a TIS station on 1620kHz out that way? It might not be Part #15 after all. Either way, LPAM stuff to check out.

Huh... Looks like Hamvention, the world's largest Hamfest, has a Part #15 AM station operating there. When you 1st goto this page,  http://hamvention.org/   you'll see, "Tune to 1620 AM for important Hamvention updates." COOL!!!!!

10/11 meters / Re: 11 meters full of activity 5/7/2018.
« on: May 07, 2018, 1510 UTC »
Getting Sporadic E tickles on CB CH 38 LSB. Most of the weekends, the E-clouds seemed centered above me, (Mostly.). So, everyone about 200 miles from me are having all the E fun. Motha' Nature likes teasing me this way. 

http://midnightinthedesert.com/the-art-of-talk-art-bell-reads-his-book/           Yep, all 4 1/2 hours of it. Anyone recording this one, since M.I.T.D. will not archive this?

Well, I certainly miss DX'ing TV stations. (And even working at one that has been DX'ed.) Doubt that Sporadic E leftover DTV VHF Low Band stations will be seen by anything, except as signal traces on a spectrum analyzer. However, VHF High Band and all those DTV UHF stations can, and are, being DX'ed via tropo and temperature inversions often. So, TV DX isn't dead, but it is somewhat modified. I understand that analog TV DX'ing can still be had from Mexico. (I believe that Canada has swapped over to all DTV at this point. Is there anyone up there to verify that?) I still watch analog TV. How? I still have a DVD-R burner that has an ATSC 1.0 tuner in it from 2006, and I run that to a UHF CATV transmitter and a custom UHF dipole and watch what I want off-air on leftover analog NTSC TV's, that look perfectly fine still. I still have a B&W 5" portable TV from 1979 that I've shown off to kids. I feel so old now! I still remember when having a color TV was a big deal, since the 1st color TV in our immediate family didn't come in until 1975. So, can I make it a big deal to have a B&W TV today. (Some kids think it's neat, while other ask how can I watch that.) Now, we are going into ATSC 3.0. (So, what happened to 2.0?)   https://nocable.org/news/atsc-3-0-the-next-generation-ota-tv-launches-in-late-2018    Now, just what kind of fuster cluck that will cause for broadcasters and the rest of us consumers is anyone's guess.

Equipment / Radio Jay's AM Portable 2018 Shootout!
« on: April 27, 2018, 1719 UTC »
Busy AM radio Friday for me, then comes news that Radio Jay Allen updated his AM Radio Shootout,     https://radiojayallen.com/am-portables-mega-shootout-2016-update/      WARNING!!!!! The following maybe a fun read! Yeah, Radio Jay doesn't use measured spec's in his write-ups, but then again the average Joe / Jane may make more sense of these.

General Radio Discussion / LPAM proposals, studies, and map.
« on: April 27, 2018, 1659 UTC »
Neat link to check out the somewhat growing interest in an expanded licensed LPAM movement. I say expanded, since we have a working (Watered down.), LPAM model in TIS stations. Then, you have Part #15 AM stations. All covered via this page and links,   http://recnet.com/?q=lpam    In my mind, LPAM could cover as well, if not better than LPFM in various areas, especially Geographically filtered areas, (a.k.a. hills and valleys.). What do ya think? I still believe that a 10W LPAM station would work in various areas. I still say, if the FCC wants AM Revitalization, let us have it! (Thank you Boomer for sharing this info!)

If you have the room on your property, you can't really go wrong with a bi-directional Delta Loop for HF,    http://w5sdc.net/delta_loop_for_hf.htm

Again, another passing thought.

Another good one, when the 11M band opens up is CH 38 LSB (27.385MHz.) Locally, evenings where I am see LSB activity on CH 39 (27.395MHz.). QSO's there are not so much skip, but talking regionally to the near by counties and bordering states. However, when skip happens, LSB CH 38 seems to be the big goto channel now a days.

I got the word around 3:15AM EST last night. As if Syria wasn't bad news enough, now this.     http://kfyo.com/breaking-former-coast-to-coast-am-host-art-bell-dead-at-age-72/

General Radio Discussion / Re: Pirate Broadcast power output
« on: April 09, 2018, 1536 UTC »
That really varies with each stations. Solid state TX's typically are 25W carrier for AM and 100W PEP for SSB. Much of the tube gear can be from 40W to 150W carrier. Then, you have stations with either homebrew, or modified broadcasting gear, (Like Radio Metallica.), that claimed 10KW. And then, you also have small, homebrew, TX's like the famed Grenade that put out around a 10W carrier. So, it varies with every station.

         I've been wanting to try the WOG (Wire On the Ground.) A friend of mine swears by it, and having it on the ground reduces the QRM noise levels. just don't lay it out where you have buried power lines, or under the power lines above. Unfortunately, being April 2018, we are now getting into constant lightning static noise season, but this November I know that I'd like to give this a try and lay out about 200ft of EXT cord and use that as the WOG for the winter.

Interesting prospective from down there, where I suspect that it is Transequatorial Propagation. That Superbowl CH 6 is a 24 hour pissing contest of 400% modulation and I understand that they MAX OUT those linear amps to thousands of watts, with AM splatter heard all the way to Trucker's CH 19 at times. Still, I use CH 6 as a tool. If there is any hint of F2, Transequatorial, or Sporadic E, propagations, CB CH 6 is the first hint of an opening. I actually had a CB friend tell us to follow him to CH 6 and he told us to just listen, this was back in the mid-1990's. At first, totally dead. Then the friend keyed up with 300W and about 200% MOD and yelled racial comments for a minute straight. The next thing was that the channel just exploded with pissed off Mudducks rebuking him. Wow!!!! This was done in the middle of rural nowhere of Western New York. Got to admit, that was a neat experiment.

Equipment / Re: Loop balun ratio?
« on: March 29, 2018, 0233 UTC »
Gee, you are pretty ambitious for a Kidd. Um... I've always done well with 4:1 W2DU current baluns. When you do your windings, don't put them too close together, or else that antenna will just RX FREQ's 5MHz and below, and little above that. Use the FREQ's of WWV, CHU, and 6070kHz CFRX (Since it's on-air 24/7.), to test RX with. Try the 9:1 balun, then try again without it. Good luck and Happy DX'ing!!!!!

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