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Most of the Baofangs Handy Talkies are ready to do so. You can check-out a list and ratings of them, here.  https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-category?id=49      Then, if you want mobile radios, then you can check those out here.  https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-category?id=38   In 2017, I bought and did a review of the B-Tect UV-25X4, weird Quad mobile. Mine talks about The Perks & Jerks of it.  https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-product?id=13440   Disappointingly, if you are in a very RF saturated area, i.e. metro, or rural county multi-used tower location, then your receiver performance will suffer badly from overload and desense. The front-end on my Kenwood TM-741A tribander, from the mid-1990's, is far superior in rejecting that. Then again, I'm comparing a +$800.00 Japanese radio to a $130.00 Chinese one. Still, in a setting that's not too RF saturated, the Chinese rigs are a nice, cheap, alternative. Now, my FCC C.Y.O.F'n.A., if you are going to use such radios on GMRS, MURS, and the commercial two-way areas, be sure that the radio is marked as Part 95 Certified to do so. Today, most Part 95 two-way radios will do the Part 97 HAM stuff, which is legal to do, as long as you have your HAM ticket. So, what's the difference in Part 95 and Part 97 today? Part 97 radios can be programmed with the DTMF keypad on the radios, while Part 95 can only be programmed via computer software only. RF circuitry-wise??? No real difference, really. Hope that this helps.  This should help explain that better.   https://www.repeaterbook.com/index.php/en-us/2016-04-07-21-08-49/9-blog/12-what-is-legal-and-what-is-not-legal-for-our-chinese-radios

Years ago, that was a nice Christmas gift to me. I still have the printed book, and the later one with the CD of station ID's. All in all, great reads to have in your collection.

Well, it is a decade later. The best thing that I did to this 2007 13" MacBook was to swap out the HDD to a 180GB SSD, then load-up Ubuntu Linux OS. I'm using it now. So, for $70.00, I'd buy a couple, keep WIN OS on one, and load-up Ubuntu OS on the other, and try them. An Acer One netbook, from 2009, runs Zara Radio automation fine, so this would be neat, plus the 12VDC direct charge. Thanks for the info!

https://swling.com/blog/2022/07/archive-of-naswa-frendx-journals-on-world-radio-history-website/   Pirate Radio history? Well, some included certainly. As long as I was doing SWL'ing rips, I grabbed this as well. Enjoy...

The 1st couple models seemed popular around Christmas time, with outdoor light displays. They work, and sound decent. And, can only be heard a couple of houses away on a car stereo, like 300ft MAX. So, true Part #15 FM.   https://swling.com/blog/2022/07/the-c-crane-digital-fm-transmitter-3/

I've dealt with All Electronics for like 30 years now, and am kind of disappointed that they've raised their free shipping to around a $100.00, after being around $75.00 for the last 25 years, or so. Then again, so hasn't everyone else, but can't really blame them. Anyway... They do have some neat products that they come across when they buy surplus warehouse stock. And, this one looks neat to try for $20.00:  https://www.allelectronics.com/item/amp-2t/stereo-vacuum-tube-preamp/1.html   Sure... To get that order up to the $100.00 limit, I'd buy and try one. Lots of places want $20.00 for just a single tube.

Huh? / NYC-Area Landlords Get Pirate Letters.
« on: July 21, 2022, 0533 UTC »
From Radio World and SWL'ing. Nothing new, really, but a continuing story: https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/nyc-area-landlords-get-pirate-letters

Yeah, I agree... Not a pirate, but some neat news upon police two-way radio mischievousness. And, I've FWD that to Amateur Radio Newsline, as they usually carry news like this, when they hear about. So, THANKS!!!!!

Signal-wise??? I have X100 amount of signal from the wifi MODEM, than I do from the Indoor Antenna from the WeBoost. Signal RF Out has got to be in the pW, (picowatts.), if that. Not being line-of-sight from a cell tower only boosts me usable signal indoors, where I had none before hand. Also, I do not have the system even working at it's MAX potential. I 1/2-ass set it up, when everyone was out of the house, and out of town. My MIN antennas distance, (For Indoor and outdoor.), from each other are suppose to be 50ft HORZ and 20ft VERT, and they are not. I do having it working to the point where it senses total RF feedback and auto shutdown, which it does. So, still working out the bugs for my particular location. The outside beam is bouncing off a hill right now. Will this change when foliage is off of the trees? Maybe... Hey, this is RF still, with all of its idiosyncrasies, albeit 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1.1GHz, and 1.9GHz. Hmmmmmm... This, in the future, might indicate upon whether I can finally have a QSO on 1296MHz SSB and 1,294.500MHz FM simplex. I certainly paid enough for that band capability.

Yeah, my $0.02 worth right off the bat. If you think EV cars are bad, try diesel locomotives, or any metro rail vehicle that runs off of the 600VDC, 800A, third rail. Those blow away from DC to light of RFI. Oh yeah... Not just them, but ever hear why smart phones don't offer OTA AM, but just FM? Same deal, RFI spectrum-wide. BTW, as if EV didn't cost too much as it is, but if they were to implement RF filtering and shielding, that would just raise-up the cost of them even more so.  https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/headlines/why-are-some-automakers-ditching-am-radio
BTW, SWL'ing 1st lead me to this, so again, I ripped from them.

I'm kind of surprised that you could hear any DX on that FREQ, since 27.025MHz is CB CH6, a.k.a. The Superbowl. (And, it's called that for a reason.) So, good catch on your part.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Trenton Volmet off the air?
« on: July 15, 2022, 0639 UTC »
Oh yeah... I haven't heard them for over a year. I've wondered about that myself. They were a great indication on propagation on that FREQ range. Did Trudeau cut to funding to them as well?

Uh-huh... That's what I'm getting at, a pretty much wide, open, little used, International Shortwave Band. So, when the opportunity presents itself, propagation-wise, may pirates go nuts!  Past hint-hint... The FREQ 26.015MHz has been tried and heard. Why that FREQ? Nothing found listed there, or heard, and CB Outbanders have a better chance of tuning there, on a 5kHz FREQ, than an even 000kHz FREQ. And, it was my understanding that some actually did, 20-some years ago. So, you'll just never know.

Took a bit to find this one in the MD archives, but ironically it was easier to pull their QSL card. https://archive.org/details/solid-rock-radio-srr-dr-love-interview-2-1997-edited   Download, share, air on your stations. Enjoy!!!!  More to come? Hope so...

Well, actually... The last time that I've heard from Fearless Fred was sometime in 2019. Yeah, before all the COVID-19 BS. Hmmmm... In other news??? May have a surprise on what the next station interview might be to upload to Archive.org. Stay tuned!!!!!

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