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General Radio Discussion / Re: Gone for good? Just, an observation.
« on: November 12, 2023, 1914 UTC »
In this day of on-line Kiwi-SDR's, what appears to be happening is stations go on-air as a test to hear themselves, to see if they are heard from Point "A" to Point "B", to hear upon how well they are doing so. There doesn't appear to be an interest to spend the time to announce some sort of ID, or any interests upon QSL INFO, but the times that UNID's are logged-in can be an indications to the op upon who else is hearing the station. For these ops, that appears to be just enough for them. Just, my take here. 

Amateur Radio / 2M SSB / CW / FT8, gaining momentum, again? maybe...
« on: November 05, 2023, 2009 UTC »
Interesting. You would have thought that interest in 2M Weak Signal Modes would have gained momentum during Solar Cycle Minimum. However, in West Virginia, there's been more talk from ops being interested in doing so, now. Part of this interest stems from the fact that when crap hits the turbines, and power is not there to maintain FM repeaters, a reliable alternative option for regional communications isn't a bad idea. 25W TX, +20dB RX preamp, and a well-tuned 4 element HORZ beam can bring good, reliable results of +150 miles, day and night, routinely. Add a little Tropo enhancement, and double, or triple, the range. And, with today's SDR tech, you can look beyond just sitting on the call FREQ of 144.200MHz. There are actually more, newer multi-band rigs out there that include 2M multi-mode, like the Yaesu FT-817 / 818, FT-991A, Kenwood TS-2000, the Icom IC-9700 and the portable IC-705, etc. About the only folks that I hear on 2M Weak Signal today are contestants and FT8 / 4 users. I am hearing the slow digital modes around 144.140MHz. Here, in West Virginia, unless you are a hill topper, 432MHz, and higher, are just not practical, but 2M seems to be. Get that beam above the foliage, or in a clear area, and it will travel. TV antenna rotors work well with the smaller 2M beams as well, 7 elements and smaller. So, what are you hearing out there in the Weak Signal portion of 2M, where you are? 

That could be. Heard it again, on the drive home, last night. This time, very distorted audio. I could not even understand the announcer.  And, again deep fades, and signal perking to an S2, when I did check it back out at the home QTH. So, someone hearing other stuff on 1710kHz?

Heard it again, last night. This time, used the Sangean ATS-803A portable to my W.O.G. antenna. And, just mellow R&B, with a female announcer mentioning 103.5FM W???. So, didn't get that ID, but it sounds like some dude testing an AM transmitter by dumping audio from a local FM station as a test. Yeah, speculating here on that, but that's what it sounds like to me. It did have less fading, but signal was weaker, with DSL garble noise in there. Hmmmm... This weekend might be a neat one for MW pirate listening.

With deep, long, fades, but heard what sounded like Earth, Wind & Fire, then announcement of 'Signature Radio' followed by old-school Hip-Hop. 1st, heard on a truck stereo, but at home, DSL noise was in there with this. Still, good to hear some activity up there and not the usual NJ TIS pest of a station.

Never seen one, but looks like a neat 1960's luchbox radio.   https://radiojayallen.com/hitachi-th-812-am-portable-radio/    Huh... The only things that I have that are Hitachi are their early 1980's CrO2 Cassettes.

While we're at it, how about Radio Jay's review of the  Sony TFM-7300?    https://radiojayallen.com/sony-tfm-7300-super-sensitive-am-fm-portable/

Looks like another really neat portable.

That cold spell, once those T-storms moved out, was nice for the HF Low Bands, but this full week of High Pressure, and above average warm weather, could make for some neat Tropo Propagation for VHF / UHF, for the Eastern Part of the USA and Canada. https://vhf.dxview.org/    (You'll need to scroll-over to view North America.) So, could be Scanner's, TV, FM'ers, and VHF / UHF weak-signal deluxe. If anything, it's borrowed time to get those antenna projects done, before that snow flies. (That, includes me as well.) For a quick check of that, just tune through those NOAA Weather Radio 162MHz channels for those distant stations popping though. HAPPY DX'ing, on those higher bands!!!!

General Radio Discussion / Re: Now that's some DX?
« on: October 22, 2023, 1743 UTC »
Well, I'd hate to be the one wanting to wait for a QSL from that one.

Sounds like it would be neat, but FREQ programming and memory storing via a card, doesn't make me want this.   https://swling.com/blog/2023/10/the-sony-icf-sw800-a-most-unusual-sony-radio/

https://www.dxworld-e.com/shop      Neat. Where did I hear about this place? Monitoring DX CB'ers on CH38LSB.

It's been suggested that I start saving useful pages from the Wayback Machine. Like, this one on Part 15 Q&A:    https://web.archive.org/web/20161113092438/http://www.geocities.ws/raiu_harrison/mwa/part15faq.html

Still, good INFO.

VID from ALPB:     https://mbcf.boards.net/thread/3104/radios       Hmmmmmmmm... Don't see why this also wouldn't work on the newer Radio Systems version. Does it take out the Phantom Phase MOD?

Huh... Woke-up this morning to this Radio Survivor airing on WTSQ-LP, https://www.radiosurvivor.com/2023/09/podcast-333-low-power-fm-for-dummies/ I heard about this coming out, but was neat to hear the authur being interviewed.

UPDATE, Friday, 10/6/2023: Apparently, since it's College Radio Day, Radio Survivor banged-out another one for that in RS #304 podcast,   https://www.radiosurvivor.com/2023/10/podcast-334-college-radios-hidden-early-history/      Enjoy!!!!!!

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