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Amateur Radio / The holy grail of digital voice modes? Hope so...
« on: December 25, 2019, 1941 UTC »
I'd love to see this come out, but I have a feeling it will be beyond my price range.    https://swling.com/blog/2016/05/european-hams-announce-new-radio-a-dual-band-multi-mode-radio-to-support-dmr-d-star-and-c4fm/

One MOD that you may want to consider with the FM-30 / 35 is one that helps drain an ESD (Electro Static Discharge.), to chassis ground, since the RF Final is extremely static sensitive. A 200uH choke across the RF OUT and GND seems quite effective for that. (So I have read.) Years ago, that happened to my FM-30 TX from a close lightning strike, so I wish that I'd come across that MOD back then. 

10/11 meters / Nice 10M "E" opening to Maine, 12/22/2019, 22:45UTC.
« on: December 23, 2019, 0718 UTC »
Yeah, nice "E" QSO to near Augusta, ME on 28.415MHz USB. Signal from S1 - S9 peak. I worked this guy with a re-CAP'ed late 80's RCI-2950 with just over 20W PEP to a reconditioned 10M Ringo 1/2-wave GND Plane. I hope that we have a great "E" season this winter, but this is a nice start. Even better, when 6M opens up.

10/11 meters / LBS38 active to MN 00:30UTC.
« on: December 21, 2019, 0723 UTC »
Nice to hear direct site to site Sporadic E from where I am to Minneapolis / St Paul, MN. One dude was over 10 lbs.

10/11 meters / Re: Teaberry Stalker One 23 channel SSB (Mod)
« on: December 21, 2019, 0720 UTC »
Try this page from CB Tricks,      http://www.cbtricks.com/radios/teaberry/index.htm   Hope it helps. I haven't seen a Stalker Teaberry in over 30 years. I remember that everyone that had one loved 'em.

These maybe gone soon, analog LPTV CH6's that use their audio carriers for the butt-load of the service and just have a stilled video carrier. The Audio carrier is 87.750MHz, thus falls within the 200kHz BW of most standard FM receivers tuning to either 87.7MHz, or 87.9MHz. http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2019/12/08/the-rise-and-possible-fall-of-frankenfms-is-one-of-the-most-important-radio-trends-of-the-decade/
Years ago, I use to listen to TV CH6 audio carriers, mostly in the vehicle, and I could listen to the 12PM, 6PM, or 11PM, newscasts while on the road. Hornell, NY had a CH6 translator for Elmira, NY's WENY TV36 (Everyone called them Weenie.). I could hear that CH6 translator for about 10 miles on either Rt 86, or Rt 36. Sporadic "E" Summer times I could hear several CH6's fighting it out for dominance. Most of WNY (Western New York.), you could hear TV Ontario on CH6 from Paris, ON, Canada, and CH6 Altoona, PA, and sometimes CH6 Albany. I even heard of a Franken-FM pirate on 87.750MHz playing 60's tunage and was still the low +/-25kHz deviation FM that you'd get from a TV station. This was on Rt 86 from the Cold Spring / Steamburg area around 2007. My guess was that someone got ahold of a VHF Low Band TV modulator, maybe for CATV, and cranked it up. I could hear that for about 5 miles! No ID, just 60's tunage. Does anyone else have a 'so-called' Franken-FM story?

10/11 meters / Re: Most range, less noise?
« on: December 16, 2019, 1806 UTC »
Well, the basic question that I have is, what do you want to do with the 10 / 11M region? Sounds to me like you want a private dispatch FREQ. Years ago, CB's could be equipped with an audible Tone Burst that opened the Squelch. My Aunt and Uncle in Alaska had that back in 1985, and up there that worked well. How well? From the base of the then Mt McKinley to North Pole, AK. (Look just how far that is on Google, or Bing, Maps.) Then again, on a 30ft river berm, you can see that mountain once you were above the tree tops. They only used AM at the time, and not SSB, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. The problem that I did see with that Tone Blare system was, it wasn't really private, since it would certainly get the attention on anyone on the channel that they were using this. Now, there still exist, but very rare today, legal license-free 11M paging on 27.195MHz. (Yeah, just above CB CH19. I think I've got that right.) That is for data only and I had a chance to work with one such system in college, since the college staff used that on campus, and even beyond. Ya know, with the major migration of licensed LMR (Land Mobile Radio.) going to higher FREQ's like VHF High and UHF, you should be able to snag yourself a VHF Low channel between 29.7 - 49MHz. What you could do there is CTCSS, Voice Scramble, maybe get a repeater FREQ pair, some more possibilities there, but not super cheap. It's like  a few hundred dollars for the LMR license. The good news is that there's a surplus of used VHF Low Band radios just being dumped-off, so getting a transceiver for there won't be hard, and most radio shops can still program them. So, that's some so-called legal options to try. If you do Outbanding, it's best to do research to see who would be using those CB Outbander FREQ's, so that you can step on as few toes as possible. The US Gov still claims most of those FREQ's. Good luck!!! 

Huh? / Re: What are you currently listening to?
« on: December 16, 2019, 0422 UTC »
Well, at the time of this posting, The Conspiracy Show, with Richard Syrett,   https://conspiracyshow.strangeplanet.ca/   However, I'm hearing that via the Zoomer Radio stream,    http://www.zoomerradio.ca/

Amateur Radio / ARRL advertising on Midnight In The Desert!
« on: December 11, 2019, 0735 UTC »
Yep, several times now have I heard ARRL.org advertised on Dave Schrader's Midnight In The Desert,  http://midnightinthedesert.com/  aired on Keith Rowland's Dark Matter Digital Network,   http://darkmatterdigitalnetwork.com/    Albeit the late Art Bell was a very avid HAM, I suspect that this isn't a freebie PSA for the ARRL, since they really want to try to get paid sponsors on M.I.T.D. Still, neat to hear that. One thing that I've been trying to suggest to Dave Schrader, Keith Rowland, and show's producer Michelle, is to again cover the pirate radio phenomenon, which hasn't really been done since Art Bell and Andrew Yoder on September 10th, 2001. Yeah... You know just what event stole Andrew's thunder just a few hours later after that interview. It's time for Dave Schrader to do a Pirate Radio Follow Up here. (Just my $0.02 worth.)   

It's come to my attention that several folks out there were disappointed that they couldn't find the manual to the Ramsey CT-125 FREQ Counter. So, since I still have one, I've finally scanned and uploaded that to,    https://archive.org/details/ramseyct125frequencycountermanual3281989
I hope that this helps out some folks out there, since Ramsey Electronic today seems to be totally running in what must be a safe-mode for them.

Heard T.P.R. around 02:47UTC, 1710AM, during drive home. Starship - We Built This City, then caller bitching about, everything. Heary, heavy fading. Tough copy most of the time.

A mile away, a neighbor of mine use to put up a u-FM station with X-mas tunage to accompany his totally holiday blingged out decorated yard. He's even got a lit sign that says "101.3FM". This year, that station now reaches 1/4 of a mile and is in stereo. Before, it maybe reached a two yards away. And last year, he didn't have it on. Anyone else come across X-mas decorated yard stations?

Hunters on FRS CH7 today, being the 1st day of Buck season in WV. I didn't hear if they've gotten one.

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