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After some long time requests for these, finally got around to upload to Archive.org the following interviews:




More to come? As time allows, I hope so. Enjoy!!!

Since my AT&T coverage, as well as any other cell phone carrier, is very marginal, at best, at my home QTH, I bought the WeBoost #470144 Multi-Carrier, Multi-band, Cell Phone Booster. And, It works kind of like a satellite transponder. I am bouncing off of a hill to reach, not the closest, but the most accessible cell tower. If I were to try to do so direct, I'd be going through thick foliage, which sucks at 800MHz and above. However, in-house, I can make cell calls and not depend on hogging more DSL wifi bandwidth with VOIP, like I did with Verizon's Network Extender. So, from nothing, to usable cell signal. What's the caveat??? Wideband RFI from MW to 10MHz! Wipes-out the 75M band, especially. The treatment??? Ground the chassis of the WeBoost's duplexer / amp unit. That, and ferrite clamp both antenna ports and especially that switching 5VDC, 3.5A, power supply. That made 75M, 40M, and the MW Broadcast bands usable, again. So, if you get such a unit, it works as intended, but watch out for that RF hash from hell.   

BTW, here's what I wrote to WeBoost about that, and their response:

"Carrier: AT&T
Description: Came across one big drawback on my WeBoost #470144 Booster, emissions of wide-banded HF Spurs from 1MHz to 10MHz. Fortunately, I have reduced these by up to 70% by grounding the chassis of the WeBoost unit itself and adding ferrite clamps to the power supply cables and both the INDOOR and OUTDOOR Antenna connectors. So, doable.
Thanks for reaching out and letting us know. We will pass this information along to the appropriate department. "

Well, at least it doesn't sound like a blow-off.  https://www.wilsonsignalbooster.com/weboost-470144-home-multiroom-signal-booster.html

With propagation jamming both with F2 and summer "E" skip, you'd think that someone would be using the forgotten 11M International Broadcast Band, 25.670MHz - 26.100MHz. Just 5W and a retuned CB antenna can work wonders on that band. CB Outbanders are kind of dull to listen too, after a while. That band could be done well via mobile as well. Passing thoughts???

MW Loggings / Re: WWVA Wheeling, West Virginia
« on: July 02, 2022, 1920 UTC »
What's weird is that I don't heard them at night in SW WV, nor do I hear them in the daytime winters, when the ground has way better conductivity. I can hear KDKA nightly well, and weak on winter days. So, WWVA is a weird one.   https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?sr=Y&s=C&call=wwva&nav=home    Huh... For 50kW, daytime, they really don't have that great of a coverage.

My Minds.com page let me post .JPG PIC's of TEXT, but not upload .PDF's. So, If ya want to Roll-Your-Own-Coupler for AM Carrier-Current, it's certainly doable and some have done it.  https://www.minds.com/groups/profile/876322093051867136/feed   Someday, I want to scan Ernest Wilson's book in its entirety, but for now, I'll footnote those two pages.

I don't have for the CT-70, but I was requested for the manual to my CT-125 FREQ Counter. And, that one can be found here.  https://archive.org/details/ramseyct125frequencycountermanual3281989  Now, is that similar to the CT-70? That, I don't know. 

Look around 48MHz for natural gas companies. Dominion was using those FREQ's, since cell phones still won't work in the middle of no where, and they didn't want to shell out for satellite phones.  A 100W Motorola 48MHz SPECTRA and MARA Tracks were able to do +80 miles from mobile to hilltop pump stations.  BTW, Kenwood VHF low-band rig were being phased-in as the Motorolas were getting really old and beat-up. Passing thoughts there. I just wish that I could remember the exact 48MHz FREQ that was the prime one.

Amateur Radio / States' QSO Parties Contests INFO.
« on: June 17, 2022, 1740 UTC »
FWD from K8RRT:   https://www.n3fjp.com/stateqsoparty.html    Apparently, the West Virginia QSO Party is this weekend, 6/18 - 6/19/2022.    https://www.qsl.net/wvsarc/2022-west-virginia-qso.html     HAPPY DX'ing!!!!

SWL'ing rip:   https://swling.com/blog/2022/06/servicing-older-icom-radios/#respond   and   https://hamradio.repair/ 

Makes me glad that I've had Icom service the IC-745 and IC-735 when I did. And, I've had decent luck with Kenwood East, when I wasn't able to do it myself. Yaesu??? Forget it... BTW, I've 1st heard about this guy from doing ribbon cable repairs on Sony ICF-SW100S clamshell portables.  I did the 1st cables swap-out myself in the late 90's, but need to do it, again. This guy claims to do the cover modifications to keep the ribbon cables from severing. So, I'll have to give this dude a try myself on that, since I'd love to get that portable going again.
           Hope that this INFO helps for anyone need rig repairs.

https://progressive-concepts.com/collections/part-15-transmitters/Part-15-Transmitters    Just got the e-mail  and .PDF Catalog from them. At least, they are stepping up Part 15 gear. For the main, general site,   https://progressive-concepts.com/  Huh... In 2010, I paid over $400.00 for my TH5, when it was under Radio Systems, I Am Radio, unit. However, the Hamilton Rangemaster looks like a far better deal today.

Ya know... When you consider that just one of these stations could have sold for $60M in a #1 and #2 rated market, 18 stations for that much sounds like one hell of a deal.

Boomer FWD this to me:    https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/npr-hopes-franken-fm-resolution-includes-new-nce-stations          Yeah... I still don't forgive them for being the big killers of the 10W Class "D" FM stations in the 70's. The big problem that I have with this is with NPR behind it. Sure... If they get this, they'll just litter that portion of the 82 - 88MHz Band with all of their translators and maybe full powered stations. Uh-huh...

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