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Huh? / SWL'ing Survey? Eh... Why not???
« on: March 12, 2023, 1940 UTC »
Huh... Been a while since I've seen any surveys on radio gear. Just some heads-up that you have to scroll down to about mid-page for the survey choices and those DOT's to fill in.   https://swling.com/blog/2023/03/survey-what-type-of-radio-is-your-daily-driver/

I don't think that this was posted before here, but it is now.  http://www.gregssandbox.com/wocr/carrier.htm 
This next link may have been talked about, but it is a neat read.  https://johnbrashear.tripod.com/wlcr.html

Huh? / SWL Fest 2023 INFO?
« on: March 03, 2023, 2041 UTC »

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« on: February 17, 2023, 1853 UTC »
I've done pretty well with MTC Radio in Paris, TX. Look under their USED GEAR:    https://www.mtcradio.com/  It's where I bought a used Xiegu G90 for under $400.00, a.k.a. my jump-in to an SDR rig.

https://www.kintronic.com/resources/technical-papers/       Boomer FWR me the link to this company. Some neat reading here indeed. Question is, will they be able to run with any of these ideas?

In many rigs, to make them sound loud & proud, instead of just cranking over the ALC POT's to 100% MOD, they'll just bypass, or rip-out, the ALC function, where the limits are the supply voltage fed to the rig itself and goes into Cut-Off. Yeah, most CB'ers, especially newer ones, don't care that they maybe putting out splatter from DC to light and harmonics that could be heard into the FM broadcast band, and worst, the AM Aviation Band. Ever set a scanner to CB CH19's 5th harmonic, 135.925MHz AM? It is interesting how many stations can be heard there, if you are near a busy 4-lane. In the 1980's, this was notorious.


I think that these were covered before, but they are intriguing. Hmmmmmmmmm... I wonder how were they'd work for the 160M band?

https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/readers-forum/letter-am-aint-done-yet    Still, the amount of noise on the MW band just sucks.
And then, there's this:   https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/guest-commentaries/did-am-radio-just-get-hit-by-lightning

Hey Pigmeat! Don't forget the Ford Feista, a.k.a. their answer to the Dodge Horizon, or the Chevy Chevette, (Or as we called it, the Shove-It!).

More AM Gripes ripped and linked from SWL'ing:  https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/guest-commentaries/who-benefits-by-removing-am-from-cars

Speaking of Ford... More of this:  https://www.techspot.com/news/97807-ford-dropping-radio-2024-mustang.html

I had to work through the weekend, so no contesting for me, even on the FM Simplex FREQ's. A couple of years ago, I did hear a Big-Gun VHF Contester from Maryland on 2M SSB off of my Discone. Not strong, but still heard him, from +200 miles away. And, that's being down in the bottom of this river valley. So, you just never know. I might have to bow-out of Winter Field Day next weekend, but it should be as much fun as Summer Field Day, and everyone worked is a point added.   

I´ve 1st seen this from SWL´ing, but a friend of mine FWR the direct link.   https://gcaptain.com/will-ssb-radio-return-to-the-us-naval-academy/

Boomer FWR me this:   http://kdxradio.com/gallery_files/Brownwood_Bulletin_Fri__Nov_18__1977_hobbyist.pdf A 1978 article on 49MHz Part 15 band. And then, this VID: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPf6_v21xds     WOW!!!! Does all this bring back memories of 49MHz stories of, walkie-talkies, cordless phones, and baby monitors. Certainly, made it worth having a scanner, with a good VHF Low antenna, in the 1980´s. (Hi-hi...) Still, this band could be great to use, now. Like this dude did:  http://www.fordyce.org/scanning/scanning_info/babymon.htm      Years ago, I´ve audio modified a Safety dual-channel 49MHz Baby Monitor, 49.850MHz and 49.870MHz, NBFM. I went a step further by adding a POT for audio adjustment and an extra resistor, in series. (Like 10k-Ohm, or higher.) And??? As a bonus, this Baby Monitor´s transmitter came with a built-in audio ALC unit that was really effective. Audio wise??? A little better than telephone-like, really. Then again, if you are going to use scanner radios to receive this, hi-fi audio quality isn´t a concern.

Uh-huh... Tis that time for this one:  http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf    Lack of foliage helps out on 2M, on up, to get out. And, maybe 6M F2 this year. Then, the following week:   https://www.winterfieldday.com/    Now, the question is whether those Southern T-storms will settle down by then, and not rip-up the lower HF bands with crashes at night. And then, AM Rally:   http://www.amrally.com/

Amateur Radio / Re: 15 Meter AM? And, AM Rally for 2/2023?
« on: January 02, 2023, 1939 UTC »
Huh.. Speaking of AM, looks like the AM Rally is earlier this year, just after GHD:   http://www.amrally.com/  Hopefully, 20M, on up, will be rockin´ this year. Question is, can they ever get anyone to agree on a 2M AM FREQ? I haven´t heard anything about W1AW doing the event, yet. And, anyone got word on that Heavy Metal AM Rally. Those are fun, if you can catch when they are.   

Shows that we are finally getting serious about the Chinese and N. Korean activities, but it does make you wonder what HF FREQ´s will get ripped by this?

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