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Messages - ThaDood

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EDM type mx mix. Heard mention "The Mix", but don't know if that was an ID, or part of mx feat. EDM mix with The Offspring. COMM-like audio quality, no bass. Steady S8 signal.

Huh? / Shortwave 2.0??? Radio World rip...
« on: January 23, 2024, 2049 UTC »
RX TEXT messages with shortwave listening? Well, FM stations kind of do that with RDS. Sounds like this could be adapted to domestic Medium Wave Broadcasting as well.   https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/guest-commentaries/why-we-need-shortwave-2-0
Yeah... Boomer came upon this for me.

Huh? / 13Q: A Top 40 Radio Story?
« on: January 16, 2024, 1825 UTC »
https://shapingopinion.com/13q-top-40-radios-last-dance/     Hey... When AM radio was consider, something. Boomer FWR that to me on 1320Khz in Pittsburgh, PA. A fun read & listen.    In contrast, the station that was in my area, WLSV 790AM, just went from the boards, to a CBS Volumax, to STL, and on-air. And, that was it. Some muddy audio there, fo' sure. Enjoy...

For decades, I've used cheap, trashed, second-hand, car radios / stereos, for AM and especially FM, DX'ing. Apparently, I'm not the only one doing that. https://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=433522   Boomer and I were kicking that idea around and he found that post out there. Well, when you can get a second-hand AC Delco car stereo, for free, with great sensitivity, and especially selectivity, spec's, and be a kick-ass DX'er for using it, why not?!? Even, back in high school, one dude home brewed his own boombox from a car stereo, a pair of 6 X 9 speakers, a lead-acid battery, and a wooden case. And, it didn't cost him over $400.00 to do it, like what a Panasonic 'RX-5000 series' box cost. Back then, he was seen as weird for doing it. Today, I can look back and say that was pretty forward think there.

Weather / MLK, jr Week good for low-band DX'ing?
« on: January 11, 2024, 2131 UTC »
Oh yeah... That cold snap, for most of the week of MLK, jr. Day Week, is definitely going to suck, but on the plus side it should be decent to quiet down the lower HF, MW, and LF, bands. (I hope...) Go check out how much better 60kHz pulses of WWVB come in when those temperatures drop. See??? Take the good with the bad.

General Radio Discussion / Re: The slow death of AM Radio?
« on: January 10, 2024, 2229 UTC »
I still remember in 2007, Hornell, NY's, 1320AM WHHO, tried a return-to-the-air for about a year. Instead of rebuilding the tower, they ran a longwire, which worked, but didn't have the coverage that they did originally. KQV in Pittsburgh came back, at 1410AM, but more, or less, as a glorified radio 'working' museum. https://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?call=KQV&band=&country=&scope=&count=20&sort=Call&sr=1&s=C&sid=   TIS Stations have been both, switched on and off, over the years, lately. And, the idea of expanding Low Powered radio to AM, for a licensed LPAM, already has, and continued, to get squashed by the NAB. Looks like Part 15'ers are the real AM expanders to take to the air, mainly with the 10ft Antenna and MAX power of 100 milliwatts peak. (Albeit, many Carrier-Current Stations have been taken off air. I know of only five that continue to exist.) Anyway, still interesting STATS to examine from Chris's preceding post.

Equipment / Re: Best MWDX antenna? Yet, another on off of SWL'ing.
« on: January 10, 2024, 1755 UTC »
Well, this looks more convenient than that godzeyes antenna that I've made.  https://swling.com/blog/2024/01/video-giuseppe-explains-wiring-construction-of-dica-homebrew-antenna/   Tis the season to build and try stuff.

Last night, I blew-off C2C AM, for 75M QSO's to fall asleep to. However, when I woke-up around 7:30AM, EST, the SSB'ers were pretty much calling it quits. So, I tuned to 3885AM and caught the tail-end of what I believe was the AM Collins Net. Glad that I did, since someone made the announcement that the annual Heavy Metal AM Rally is, tonight. https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/34th-electric-radio-heavy-metal-rally.892062/   Cool!!!! Nice warm-up for next month's AM Rally.  Now, will lightning crashes be lower tonight, since last night I've needed to use the W.O.G. to listen to 75M?

Huh? / 2024 Stations' Format Changes, where you are?
« on: January 02, 2024, 2042 UTC »
With 2024, I've got to ask, what formats are changing around where I live, or where y'all live?  https://radioinsight.com/blogs/262047/format-changes-i-would-like-to-see-in-2024/    Here??? The Charleston / Huntington, WV market needs another Country, or Sports, format, like Michael Lindell, the My Pillow dude, needs a pillow fight. (Yeah... Just my $0.02 worth...)

Already, looking FWR to The ARRL VHF Sweepsteaks.  https://www.arrl.org/january-vhf    Then, Winter Field Day, which seems to be growing.https://winterfieldday.org/    And then, the always fun AM Rally!!!  http://www.amrally.com/   This year, that could be much more fun on 20M, 17M, 12M, 15M, and especially 10M, AM. However, 6M and 2M AM can also be fun as well, albeit more local. So, if Southern thunderstorms rear their ugly, noisy, heads this AM Rally, chances are, this year, moving to the higher bands will be a nice escape from that. And, when F2 is open from 20M, on up, barefoot power, even QRP, is all it takes. 

The RF Workbench / Radio World's article on Crystals!
« on: December 27, 2023, 1959 UTC »
We all use them, in one form, or another.   https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/roots-of-radio/crystals-whats-going-on-in-there    Boomer, FWR that to me.

00:00 00:14UTC, heard very weak audio from 'A Christmas Carol'. Mixing in with other carriers on that FREQ as well.

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