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Ever listen to a station and wonder why it sounds like their audio is going through a vacuum cleaner hose? This maybe it,  https://www.radioinsights.com/2016/04/nielsen-ppm-making-radio-unlistenable.html     I asked Boomer if he heard 1100WTAM sound like this, and he, and others, certainly have. WTF???

752
WHOA!!!! Ask, and you shall receive. THANKS!!!! Interesting, but did Stanford UNI ever follow up on that? That would be neat to do such a study with today's tech.

753
Amateur Radio / ESE, Earth-Sun-Earth bounce? Possible? Maybe....
« on: July 18, 2020, 1923 UTC »
Ya know... If we have EME, (Earth-Moon-Earth.), bounce, could we possibly have Earth-Sun-Earth bounce? Possibly. I remember back in the 80's and 90's where ops would swear that they would hear their signal on a same FREQ that they've keyed up on 20min earlier. There was that subject with Art Bell on C2C AM over 20 years ago, where someone either called-in, or was the interviewed guest, where they talked about like a 20min delay signal coming back to them. Art then said, "That happened to me! I was on 15M, (21MHz), and about 20min later, I heard my voice key back to me from my last transmission!". Weird, but no one seemed to explore this subject after that. Now, doing the math, what's out in space that would take the time period of about 20min at the speed of light, about 10,000,000 meters per sec, to bounce an RF signal. Why not the Sun? You might argue, "That's too F'n far!", but consider just how much bigger of a reflector it could be than the Moon and Earth, or any of the planets in the known solar system. Could the Sun's atmosphere be attenuative? Maybe... But, just how reflective is the Sun's surface on various RF FREQ's? And, just where is the data that supports, or dispels, that? Passing though here... Ya think that this is a questions to pose to Dr. Tamitha Skov? She now has her amateur radio ticket.  http://www.spaceweatherwoman.com/   

754
Huh? / Re: Comet NEOWISE
« on: July 18, 2020, 1857 UTC »
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm??? I wonder if RF can be bounced off the comet's tail, besides light? Has anyone ever tried?

755
Which leads to me this that Boomer FWR'ed to me:   Letter: AM Migration Is Still a Good Idea?  https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/readers-forum/letter-am-migration-is-still-a-good-idea

Well, I beg to differ. There is still a full powered VHF CH5, (That's not virtual CH5.), in Clarksburg, WV, https://www.stationindex.com/tv/callsign/WDTV
I do agree with maybe dumping LPFM's and translators down there, but call it a Revitalize AM? I don't think so. 

756
General Radio Discussion / Re: FCC action against pirates
« on: July 15, 2020, 1851 UTC »
This just shows more evidence to me of just where our government's priorities are. Human trafficking, defunding and attacking police, exploding metro crimes and homicides, socialism and communism rising, cancel culture, no straight answers on what's really up with COVID-19, etc., are minimum priorities.  But yet, operating an unlicensed transmitter gets you in so much trouble. Just sayin.....

757
Well, good for them, albeit that they are on the West Coast.   http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2020/07/14/dx-adventures-at-1700/
Must be very different that what we hear on the East Coast.

758
Propagation / Re: Updated Prediction for Cycle 25? Maybe???
« on: July 15, 2020, 1731 UTC »
From Tim, K8RRT,    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/solar-cycle-25-forecast-update       Time will tell.

759
Really??? In Illinois? You'd think that to better cover Europe that they would want to be located in the East Coast, and not in the Mid-West. Still, interesting, if the station is allowed to come on-air for DRM.

760
Huh? / Re: You Were In Radio, When!!!!!!!!
« on: July 13, 2020, 1824 UTC »
Ya know... It looks to me that this list could be extended now from Y2K and onward. Anyone care to add-in?

761
Back in 1992 I bought from an INDY electrical store a 500ft spool of solid copper #10 AWG insulated wire that lasted me for +20-some years. Made all sorts of antennas with that, and not just for me, but others as well. Heck... It's what my Windom consist of. I see wider bandwidths with it too. Today, when I see contractors rip that out of buildings and houses, I help myself to it, before they do it 1st.

762
Equipment / Re: Garbage Baluns
« on: July 09, 2020, 1812 UTC »
I have an old B&W RC-781 Balun given to me back in 1985. B&W no longer had any specs to it anymore. Anyone have any clue to the specs on that? It has an "N" connector for the input.

763
Hmmmmmm, maybe an interesting, but good, speculation there. Someone may not even know of a pattern change, unless a FS measurement is taken, or the FCC contacts the station to say, "We've noticed that you are out of compliance from a couple of monitoring stations." I don't remember what AM station it was, but in the 80's a station was contacted by the FCC for being noticed a few Hertz off FREQ measured at night. It's been a month that I've noticed that slightly off-FREQ station on WTAM's 1100kHz now. We'll see just how long that's in there. They are my fall-back for C2C AM on my drive home, when the local 1240kHz station, (Yeah... A Graveyard FREQ.), goes off-air, or just dead-air. That happens a lot, and their newer FM translator doesn't help when there's no audio to that either.

764
Huh? / You Were In Radio, When!!!!!!!!
« on: July 07, 2020, 1833 UTC »
Yeah, been about 20 years since this was out, so here it is, again. Catch y'all in 2040!!!!

You were in radio before 1970 if you...
>
>Remember Joe Pyne and "Mooo-tual News!"
>
>Threw away the transcription disk players to put in Tapecaster cart
>machines.
>
>Can name the Conelrad frequencies...or even remember what Conelrad was.
>
>Worked at a campus radio station that used carrier current
>transmission...on AM.
>
>Managed to pass your "third phone" and took meter readings every thirty
>minutes during your on-air shift...or at least faked them.
>
>Think Wolfman Jack or Clint Eastwood in "Play Misty for Me" is the
>greatest jock of all time.
>
>Can name the first record you played by Elvis or The Beatles.
>
>Wouldn't put a song on the air if it had "damn" or "hell" in the lyrics.
>
>Got your start in the biz doing anything that had to be done at a
>daytime AM in Bum****, Egypt.
>
>Bleeped out spots for Martini and Rossi vermouth during network
>newscasts because the station was located in a "dry" county.
>
>Had an opening and closing theme song for your show.
>
>Know what Don Imus did before WFAN and CNBC.
>
>Carried a rate card with only two prices...one for thirties, one for
>sixties.
>
>Got your first real job in radio on a classical music FM with a total
>audience of six people.
>
>Know who Arthur Godfrey was...and probably ran board for his show
>somewhere.
>
>Worked at a station where somebody who got fired loosened the bolts on
>the tower guy wires.
>
>Scratched up tracks on an LP or a "B" side with a screwdriver so your
>jocks couldn't "accidentally" play them on the air.
>
>Quoted ratings from Pulse and Hooper.
>
>Stopped "spinnin' the hits" to join CBS News at the top of the hour.
>
>Worked at a station where the weekend guy was always named Johnny
>Holiday and the night jock was named Dan Dark so the jingles didn't have
>to be changed when they ultimately got canned.
>
>Got your on-air "chops" practicing in the production room after
>midnight.
>
>Brought records from home to play on your show.
>
>Got "hot-lined" by the owner...or the owner's wife.>
>Ever tried to hoist your station banner to the top of the competitor's
>tower.
>
>Sent an aircheck to a prospective employer on reel-to-reel tape.
>
>Had a show on the air that didn't fit the station's format at all...just
>because some sponsor had been buying that slot for years.
>
>Air-checked your show on the big Ampex in the production room.
>
>Tried to look up your old on-air staff and found some of them selling
>spots for the competition.
>
>
>
>You were in radio before 1980 if you...
>
>
>Ever had a client tell you that rock or country music would never make
>it on FM...and had an owner or GM who agreed.
>
>Did a promotion to give away FM car-radio converters.
>
>Put a quarter on a tone arm so it wouldn't jump off a warped demo 45 you
>just had to play...and it was the only copy the station got.
>
>Could remember the intro time and the color of the record label on every
>song you played...but couldn't recite any of the lyrics except the first
>and last lines.
>
>Know what PAMS were.
>
>Ever sped up the turntable to get more songs in during an hour and to
>make the competition sound "draggy."
>
>Worked at a campus radio station that was on FM but ran less than ten
>watts of power.
>
>Started a 45 at 33 1/3 or vice versa...and didn't notice because you
>were on the phone with a listener of the opposite sex.
>
>Air-checked your show on a boombox beneath the console.
>
>Ever interviewed an artist on the air who was too stoned to be coherent.
>
>Wouldn't put a song on the air that had any of George Carlin's famous
>words in it...but pretty much anything else went.
>
>Know what Erica Farber did before Radio & Records.
>
>Sent an aircheck to a prospective employer on a cassette swiped from the
>sales office or newsroom.
>
>Worked at a station that had a newsroom!
>
>Can remember the first record you played by The Doors or Janis Joplin or
>the Allman Brothers.
>
>Got your start in the biz running preacher tapes on Sunday morning.
>>Think either Scott Shannon or that guy in the movie "FM" is the greatest
>jock of all time.
>
>Accidentally let a listener say something obscene on the air because you
>didn't really have a delay.
>
>Got your on-air "chops" doing a 3 AM-to-5:30 AM shift for minimum wage.
>
>Worked at a station where somebody got fired and, on his way out, ran a
>magnet up and down the commercial-cart rack.
>
>Got "hot-lined" by the PD.
>
>Had a customized jingle with your name in it.
>
>Once pretended to (or maybe really did) smoke a joint on the air.
>
>Got your first real job in radio...doing mid-days on an AM
>easy-listening station with a total audience of six folks.
>
>Took a trip to a "showcase" at record company expense and never actually
>got around to hearing the label's act perform.
>
>Worked the overnight shift and had to wake up the morning guy (who was
>sleeping off a bender on the lobby couch) so he could do his show.
>
>Arranged to meet people of the opposite sex that you talked to on the
>request line, but some place where you could see them before they could
>see you.
>
>Did a remote with a mic amp and a pair of alligator clips connected to
>the telephone mouthpiece.
>
>Included the words "FM Stereo" as part of your legal ID.
>
>Watched your music director put colored dots on each record shuck to
>tell you which category they belonged in.
>
>Never worked for a station that was not actually licensed to the city
>where the studio was located.
>
>Paid money for air checks of Don Imus, Don Steele, Cousin Brucie or
>other big market jocks so you could emulate their style.
>
>Assumed that syndication meant "King Biscuit Flower Hour" and "Earth
>News."
>
>Tried to look up your old on-air staff and found them working for an FM
>station somewhere.
>
>
>
>You were in radio before 1990 if you...
>
>
>Had to re-dub a seven-minute song to cart because you forgot to run it
>through the splice finder first.
>
>Recorded spots on half-inch multi-track.
>
>Ran an EBS test off cart and forgot to punch the tones button on the>unit in the rack.
>
>Could take a job at the big rival station across town without being
>afraid your old station would buy them next week.
>
>Had a "jock shout" jingle with your name.
>
>Quoted ratings from Birch.
>
>Worked at a campus radio station that played music nobody in the frat
>houses had ever heard of...but that was so-o-o-o cool to you and your
>friends.
>
>Know what Lee Abrams did before satellite radio.
>
>Got "hot-lined" by the consultant...from poolside at his place in
>Malibu.
>
>Had your girlfriends/boyfriends aircheck your show at their places so
>the processing would make your voice sound better.
>
>Can remember the first record you played by George Strait or Madonna.
>
>Never worked for a station that was actually licensed to the city where
>the main studio was located.
>
>Thought all records came from the label rep with cash or a small baggie
>of controlled substance shoved inside the sleeve.
>
>Think Tom Joyner, "The Greaseman," or Dr. Johnny Fever is the greatest
>jock of all time.
>
>Worked at a station where somebody who got fired put sugar in the gas
>tank of the station van.
>
>Made sure your music director did a music log on the computer every
>day...but he sometimes forgot to leave the print-out in the control room
>for the overnight guy.
>
>Ever worked for a station that proudly proclaimed its format to be
>"Soul," "Underground," "Countrypolitan," "Easy Listening," "Disco," or
>"Hot Hits."
>
>Got your on-air "chops" doing a weekend shift.
>
>Got your first real job in radio...as promotion assistant, washing the
>van, delivering registration boxes to sponsor locations, and sorting tee
>shirts by size.
>
>Ever had an FCC inspector walk in and tell you to turn the transmitter
>off and then back on using the remote control.
>
>Quoted ratings from Accuratings.
>
>Thought "Clear Channel" was an AM frequency that had only one station in
>the whole country licensed to it.
>
>Try to look up your old on-air staff and find them doing talk radio
>somewhere.
>
>>
>You were not in radio until AFTER 1990 if...
>
>
>
>The only kind of "vinyl" you know about is the material covering the
>walls in the sales lounge.
>
>You think a 45 is some kind of new spot length the corporate guys want
>you to start selling so they can get more units in a break.
>
>Tape, turntables and cart machines, so far as you know, are only to be
>found in the Museum of Broadcasting or non-rated Arbitron markets.
>
>You ever airchecked your show from the station's Internet stream.
>
>You tell people your morning show's live...and so what if it does come
>from Charlotte, Dallas or LA?
>
>You worked at a campus radio station that ran commercials and had a
>sales staff.
>

765
Equipment / Re: Antenna projects that were not successful
« on: July 03, 2020, 1907 UTC »
For me??? I had to learn the hard, and fairly expensive, way that high gain GND-Plane antennas that kicked-ass in fairly flat terrain just did not work at all in hilly terrain and deep in a valley. Co-linear antennas for VHF / UHF are pretty much useless where I live today. Even a 5/8-Wave GND-Plane is too high gain for here. 1/4-Wave, maybe even 1/2-Wave, and that less than Unity Gain Discone, seem to work best here. Live, learn, develop buyer's remorse.

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