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Huh? / Re: AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dead at 64
« on: November 21, 2017, 1411 UTC »
          Certainly grew up jammin' them over the years. In the mid-1970's, you'd hear either Dirty Deeds, or Big Balls, crankin' outta' apartments when ya walked the streets. Also blasting on car stereo 8-Track players. Then, when AC/DC practically reinvented themselves in 1980, everyone was blasting Back In Black on those simple cassette recorders, then boomboxes. Not to mention heavy airplay. Ya gotta' give AC/DC credits for some damn good riffs and longevity. Will the band still keep rockin'? Let's hope so. Let There Be Rock was one of my favorite LP, then tape, now CD. That album just exploded on the scene in 1977, but not so much on radio airplay, except for an occasional album rock play of Whole Lot Of Rosie. Ahhhhh the memories.   

          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!

Equipment / Re: QRP Pixie rig as CW beacon
« on: November 07, 2017, 2318 UTC »
    You may already have one, and don't even know it. I'm not a big Yaesu fan, but I did have the FT-857D transceiver that came with a programmable beacon feature. I used it to TX at 5W on 6M my call and grid square when I had an inkling of E-skip coming open. However, you can program it to CW ID whatever you want, and at what speed you want. Bum side is the MIN low power being 5W, but you could attenuate that by -20dB, or more, externally. Passing thought there. I got rid of that rig since it sucks on AM, but that beacon feature was a nice added treat fo' sure!

 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.

FM DX Loggings / Re: 87.7 FM 22 Oct 2017
« on: October 27, 2017, 1031 UTC »
         Sure that it wasn't one of those Part #15 transmitters for transferring audio from SAT, or smart phone, to a car stereo tuned to 87.7FM? I've caught a bunch of those driving around on 88.1FM while trying to either hear the local LPFM, or Marshall UNI's WMUL college station. And, if they are driving with ya, then they can give the impression of being a larger station. Passing thought....

SDR - Software Defined Radio / Re: Kenwood R-600
« on: October 24, 2017, 1056 UTC »
For me? I'd try to get both. Why??? An SDR is nice, and waterfall displays certainly will spoil you, but there's just something very fun about tuning on an analog mechanical rig. With new digital software tuning, something is just missing, Thus, I still want the best of both worlds, but that's just my take. Case in point. This year, I helped sell my bro-in-law's Hammerlund HQ-160B. Needed a lot of work, like entire reCAP'ing, but when I did tune around with that I discovered a couple of semi-local HF nets on it that I didn't come across on my TS-2000. Go figure.

Equipment / Re: Well as Ground. Wish now that I did that!
« on: October 24, 2017, 1044 UTC »
Back at P.O. Box 452-land, there was a +200ft deep well pipe that was put in back in 1969. In January 1986, an Earthquake in Quebec was felt even as far south as that, and the ground underneath shifted and sheared away the well. However, the pipe still existed there unused, and I've wondered just how well of an RF GND that would have been for LF, MW, and HF. Thus far, the best GND that I've had was 20 years ago, when I pounded a 3 rod array right into a river. The biggest expense was the large AWG cable leading to that, but worth it. That was the best MW / HF GND I ever had and work fantastic as the independent AM Carrier-Current broadcast station GND. However, if I ever come across another deep well metal pipe, I'd most certainly would try is as a radio GND for sure.

Equipment / Re: ICOM-R70? Yea!!!
« on: September 25, 2017, 0322 UTC »
       Very nice indeed! You are going to love the ears that rig has, if it´s anything like the IC-R71, or the transceiver side of it, the IC-745. Yeah, SSB audio won´t be anything exciting, however, that rig should pull out some weak pirate and utility DX that many of today´s deaf rigs can´t. And I´m not at all impressed with the DSP technology that today´s rigs employ to make up for that deafness. One question. Even if found N.I.B., wouldn´t the Li battery be well drained by now, leaving the CPU VROM brain dead? Even I had to do the PIEXX board for my IC-745 to keep that from being an Icom paperweight. 

        Hell yeah!!!! I just did it, and y´all should too. And even if you never intend to use those new LF / MF amateur bands, do you have those plug-in innercoms? They use the Part #15 1750M Experimenter´s Band from 170kHz - 190kHz. So, if you apply with intention to use that band, you are not lying. Here in WV, one can not bitch enough about the power line noise here.

General Radio Discussion / Re: X-FM is headed for dry dock
« on: September 12, 2017, 1425 UTC »
Been there, had to do that. Put broadcasting, and other hobbies, into dry-dock for a couple of years until I´d gotten my financial schytt together. It usually happens when I´m on the verge of moving. However, when you do come back, not only will it feel like a great rush, but you´ll be kicking-ass!

General Radio Discussion / Re: Home generated RF interference...
« on: September 11, 2017, 1054 UTC »
          For septic here, we have a Clearstream septic tank / UV purifier system. Unfortunately, that power supply for the underground UV light purifier spectrum-wide threw hash of over S9 from LF to to the 6M band. So, two .1uF 250VAC CAP´s, one on terminals of the UV´s AC input, and the other on the UV´s DC output. Now, you have to have a portable´s antenna right over that UV power supply to hear that hash. Panasonic appliances are also notorious for spectrum-wise spurs from DC to light. Heavy investment into ferrite chokes helps to a degree. Then, there´s DSL MODEM´s. Ferrite chokes on every cabling going to and fro that unit. Then, there´s CFL´s and LED´s lighting cheap power supplies. Choke them, where ya can. Now, the AC BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ that comes from the band-aid fixes from the utility power lines? Move your antennas as far as possible away from that, since the power companies will not want to spent one cent of their quarterly bonuses to have to fix those. And I can hear that all the way into the 222MHz band. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.....

MW Loggings / Re: CIAO 530 Toronto 1847 UTC 29 Aug 2017
« on: September 05, 2017, 2043 UTC »
Could you ID what language it was, either Russian, Chinese, Korean, etc? And, have you ever know such a station to have  such a weak, but huge, footprint just about everywhere? Got to admit, they are handy for tuning up a MW receiver for the lower portion of the band.

If you want a real 1620 challenge, try to get my 1620kHz Part #15 station with a massive PEP of 92mW to a 102" CB whip. I totally have it covered over by skip about 1/2 a mile away at night. (And at times, not even that far away.) Here's a hint, it will most likely be the only 1620 with Heather Wade's Midnight In The Desert on the weeknights, I plan to upgrade that CB whip with a 3 meter long, 3/4" copper pipe, with a tophat, this Fall 2017. Still, if you should get that, then you'd be the MW DX king, fo' sure!

Deep within the bowels of West Virginia, CB CH 12 is very much a staple where I am locally, (Which is surprising when any skip rolls in, CH 11 has terrible bleed over from those over MOD mud ducks.). Just the next county south of me, CH 35 is active nightly. Some of the coal trucks in the daytime, I hear them on CH 8. And, when the weather gets cooler, there's an on / off group that likes to meet on LSB CH 39 on various evenings regionally around the WV, KY, and OH, tri-state. There seems to be a small group in the Capital area on CH 26. And, with Routes 64, 77, and 79, here with their multitude of wrecks, CB CH 19 is a necessity for sure, with truckers being boots on the ground to 1st bitch about any mess-ups. Certainly a reason for me to keep a CB in my truck, fo' sure. Oh... And I've heard various, weak, traffic on CH 2. albeit, I don't know where they're coming from. So, very busy CB-wise in WV.

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