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10/11 meters / Re: 11 meter private comms?
« on: March 02, 2020, 1828 UTC »
If you want to protect computers, iPads,loaded USB thumb drives, hard drives, and radios, from EMP's, store them in a trashed microwave oven. Yep, everyone out there has a Faraday Cage. When the megnetron blows up, just cut the line cord, take out the trays, and thar' ya iz, a free Faraday Cage to store static and pulse sensitive electronics. Back to digital packet bursts on MURS, in rural areas gas, electric, H2O, and other utilities, use that band a lot, and data transmissions are legal there. And yes, if you listen to some of those bursts while mobile, some of those carry for over +10 miles. On voice just about every Walmart uses CH's 4 and 5. One Walmart that I know is located on a hill, I've heard their employees from +5 miles away just using HT's. BTW, in WNY MURS CH1 was very popular from Buffalo, and some very early mornings, they could be heard down by the Pennsyl-tucky border via Tropo.(Not Pennsylvania. If you've been to Mckeen, Warren, Potter, and Tioga, counties, then you'll know what I mean. Hi-hi...) But, VHF MURS goes where 2M HAM does, and DX up by Lake Erie is inevitable. (Neat, but bare that in mind.) Also, in the land of P.O.O. (Province Of Ontario in Canada.), you will hear EMS and business tone out from there. I was able to hear London, ON ambulance tone out on MURS CH3 from about 160 miles away. Just some perk, and jerks, to consider.

Boomer told me about this MW page,     http://radio-timetraveller.blogspot.com/2010/08/mediumwave-oddities-transmitter-power.html
It's kind of like the AM side of the late Bruce Elving's FM Atlas. Neat read, and free.

10/11 meters / Re: 10M FM repeater activity
« on: February 21, 2020, 1951 UTC »
Oh yeah!!!! Over 20 years ago Hamburg, Germany had a 10M FM repeater on 29.690-MHz that boomed in with F2 PROP. Je ne c'est pas on the PL tone. Is that still active. About that time, I remember reading about 27MHz Russian repeaters. As big as that country is, I could see why they'd need them. Anyone ever heard them? I may have read about that here,   http://www.alfalima.net/ 

10/11 meters / Re: 10M FM repeater activity
« on: February 20, 2020, 1953 UTC »
Not in SW WV anymore. The repeater owners don't believe that it's worth keeping them up today. This is ironic, since most HF rigs sold today now include 10M FM with splits and CTCSS, so 10M FM repeater capable rigs today are more plentiful than ever. I went with building a 6M FM over a decade ago, since there seemed to be more of a desire for it. Unfortunately, 10M FM duplexers are huge, very expensive, and those rack mountable Fiplex Helical Duplexers are riddled with losses and other problems. Not many people want the sophistication of split RX / TX separation sites either. So, we still have activity on 29.6000MHz FM National Simplex. But, when Sporadic "E" happens, I keep my scanner on the 10M FM FREQ's to let me know of band openings. At least there are some 10M FM DX repeaters to still work. That one in Dallas / Ft Worth, TX on 29.660- comes in often. So, use those repeaters when you hear them. Now, if we can get the FCC to fully allow Tech Class HAM's to have full privilege to 10M FM. That could be a game changer.   

10/11 meters / Re: 18 Feb 2020 1915UTC - Big opening!
« on: February 19, 2020, 2032 UTC »
Well, in that case, anyone hearing WWV's 25.0000MHz signal yet?

Peskies / Music on 3886kHz AM? Uh-oh...
« on: February 17, 2020, 0539 UTC »
Some douchebag airing Van Halen - Eruption, followed by Iron Butterfly - InDaGaDDaDaVita, on 75M FREQ 3886kHz AM, 2/17/2020, 05:26UTC, S9 peaks, decent audio. But, certainly not going to make any friends there.

And, here's Radio Jay's review of this portable,       https://radiojayallen.com/retekess-tivdio-am-lw-sw-fm-stereo-radio/

Whenever I see the commercial tower climbing contractors going up and down that 600ft TV tower, about 1 mile from where I am, I hear all their COMM's on 151.625MHz NBFM. Makes me wonder just how far they're being heard from up there.

Amateur Radio / Re: FCC Invites Comments on 5.9 GHz Proceeding
« on: February 15, 2020, 1923 UTC »
The same thing with the 3.5GHz portion of the Amateur Spectrum,   https://www.multichannel.com/news/fccs-3-5-ghz-auction-to-begin-june-25-2020      I don't know of any amateurs whom operate up there, other than contestants and EME'ers. Ya know, if amateurs are will to give this up, they should try and trade a tid for tad.

Equipment / Re: Spitfire Am transmitter
« on: February 15, 2020, 1917 UTC »
You can go the other option of AM Carrier-Current Coupling, like some college stations still do. Most ops tend to stay away from that method, since coupling to power lines tend to scare away folks. Some ops are running like 30W into the lines, while others are 5W, or less. I turned mine down to the TX's MIN of 200mW carrier, since more transformers have been installed on my road. Today, it doesn't matter if I run 10W, or 100mW, Carrier-Current, since the power transformers are a brickwall RF stop. And, I'm Neutral Injecting the James R. Cunningham way. https://sites.google.com/site/lowpowerradio/home/low-power-broadcasting-by-james-r-cunningham   Still, some ops are getting out a few miles doing Carrier-Current, and it's totally Part #15 permissible still. 

10/11 meters / Re: Man without a life....
« on: February 11, 2020, 1949 UTC »
Huh... Some things just never change. Back in the 80's, there was an A-hole like that who pissed off folks in WNY and NWPA. Problem was, he was just down hill of me. How close? You could hear his 5th harmonic in the aircraft band on a scanner. And, he'd bug the crap out of everyone, no matter what FREQ you went too. His down fall??? He messed with the 10M Amateur Radio ops and interfered with EMS services. The Federal Corporate Coddlers cleaned him right out. Then, in 2003, when we had another A-hole like that, we were able to go to the license-free MURS FREQ's,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Use_Radio_Service   So, CB to MURS, back to CB. I also have a GMRS license. So, you have some alternatives now. If you can help it, you never want to really bring the Federal Corporate Coddlers around, since they'll want to check out more than just some offending A-hole. However, if they interfere with emergency communications and broadcasting stations, let them cook their own goose.

Amateur Radio / Re: Y'all ready for the 2020 AM Rally?
« on: February 08, 2020, 1911 UTC »
Wow!!! I'd like to hear what his audio quality sounds like on-air. Some day, I hope to collect gear like that. Right now, I'm doing good to keep the gear that I have presently.

I was for opening the entire 10M band to Techs, since that seems to be the modern 'Gateway' band into Amateur Radio these days, and no so much 2M and 440MHz.

Amateur Radio / Re: HF AM frequencies
« on: February 08, 2020, 1908 UTC »
Yeah, that 75M AM window from 3875kHz - 3885kHz kind of sucks, since you have those dudes on LSB 3878kHz and slop over from 3892kHz. Yeah, you can narrow your bandwidth, but then that takes out the whole reason that we want AM, fidelity. 14.286MHz AM is a wash, due to SSB, but Timtron's suggestion of 14.320MHz - 14.350MHz AM was way better for 20M. At least it was for me. Most of the time on 40M 7290kHz and 7295kHz is SSB free, but that just two FREQ's. Then, you still have international broadcasters jamming that up. On 80M, 3733kHz seemed fairly open to the AM group down there, but isn't that open to Advance and Extra Classes? What sucks even more is that in another month thunderstorms will clog things up with crashes down there. Yeah, in May Sporadic "E" will open up 10M AM on 29.000000MHz and 50.400MHz on 6M, but that leaves a dry spell called Spring time. I'm not hearing much AM anymore on 1885kHz 160M. What's up with that? Just a noisy winter? Looks like we've got to fight for AM. Huh.... Well, if we can ever find pockets of 2M AM, then we could take advantage of Tropo. I've got a decent rig for that band and mode, but nobody here wants to do that locally. Hell, I can't even get them to do 50.400MHz and 29.0000Mhz AM here. The big buzz where I am is C4FM Fusion DV. That's nice, and I'm glad to have an HT that now does that, but AM? No interest here. Kind of the same deal here with 222MHz. I seem to be the only one that wants to keep that band alive. Oh yeah... Here's another AM'ers site,   http://www.amwindow.org/index.htm   

Tuned into a EDM version of Ballroom Blitz at 22:58UTC, Radio 48 ID at 23:01, then an EDM version of Lenny Kravitz - American Woman. Signal peaking at S5. Nice sounding audio for USB.

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