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

Equipment / Re: SMA adapter
« on: November 25, 2019, 1810 UTC »
You might have to roll your own on that one. Here's where you can get the SMA female,   https://www.allelectronics.com/item/sma-2/sma-jack-amphenol/1.html
And, here's for the 3.5mm plug,   https://www.allelectronics.com/item/pmp-35/3.5mm-mini-phone-plug-special/1.html

Anyway, that's what I would do, and I've had to roll my own before, but not that combo. Good luck!!!!!

Huh? / Re: Donít forget
« on: November 25, 2019, 0635 UTC »
Has someone actually come up with the trail of dead people that she, and her fondling husband, have lead? It's a long one.

10/11 meters / 11M E Skip at 01:00UTC
« on: November 25, 2019, 0628 UTC »
On the drive to work, noticed the 11M CB band opened with Sporadic E to the Mid-West. Checking out LSB38, several stations from Iowa and especially Texas. Some hitting 7lbs. I don't have 10M in the truck, but I'll bet that 28.400MHz was dead.

It's my understanding that 5G has been proposed to be installed in street lamps, and when you think about it, that's about the distance between 5G sites that they want to cover, (More like bathe.), us in the mm wavelength. Until now, the strongest mm signals that we've been exposed too is 5.8GHz with Part #15 phones, baby monitors, etc. Most everything else up at the mm wavelength has been point to point with dish antennas, thus making it pretty much harmless. However, the idea of cranking up the power to several watts ERP, to over come the low gain of personal device antennas for only a few hundred feet, could be of grave concern.
       And, while we're on the 5G subject, I came upon this,     https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/fcc-announces-c-band-repurposing-plan

Equipment / Re: 10 meter band folded dipole
« on: November 21, 2019, 2009 UTC »
NICE!!!!! Put that to a scanner this December to hear when Sporadic E openings up the FM portion of the band on 29.600MHz simplex and the 10M FM repeater FREQ's, 29.620, 29.640, 29.660, and 29.680MHz. You might even hear AM'ers on 29.0000000MHz. Looks like a good CB receiving antenna too for 27MHz and even the 11M broadcast band, where you've got WWV at 25.0000MHz and those radio station auxiliary stations in NBFM. Lots to hear for sure, now we need to wait for the Winter Sporadic E season to pick back up around Christmas and New Year's.

Deep, rolling fades, and then caught snidbits of Little River Band - Lonesome Loser. Heard on truck stereo on drive back from work. Then, heard call letters of WPEX 90.9FM? (What???) Very weak, with just those rolling fades.

Amateur Radio / Amateur Radio / DOD 60M Event, TODAY Nov. 16th, 2019!
« on: November 16, 2019, 1715 UTC »
Yeah, I'm a little last for this, but just heard it on WWV,      http://www.arrl.org/news/mars-members-to-work-with-radio-amateurs-during-set-and-dod-comex-19-4

I've missed it last year too, but heard the US Army on 60M before talking to HAM's.

General Radio Discussion / Re: All Digital AM broadcast? Kill it???
« on: November 15, 2019, 1821 UTC »
From Radio Survivor,     http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2019/11/07/can-we-save-am-radio-by-killing-it-considering-all-digital-am-radio/

Paul does bring up some good points here. My $0.02 worth??? If the AM BC band were to go all digital, who would loose? US!!!!!!!! TV going all digital outlawed Part #15 analog television. Ya think that the same thing wouldn't happen to Part #15 AM'ers and AM radio DX'ing enthusiasts? As far as, "The end to AM broadcasting, if it went to all digital."? Hmm, maybe... Look at TV's 8VSB, which is still a type of AM, when you really think about it, Vestigial Side Band, a type of AM, but multiplexed octagonally. Doesn't iBiquity's HD Radio kind of do that too, if I understand the tech of it. (I really should go back and research that more again. Any ENG's wanna' ring in here?) Yeah... On an analog AM radio, it going to sound like hissy white noise to the MAX. One other thing that I see here, would there be a market for HD receivers to analog converter boxes, like we've seen, and that you can still get, in television? I doubt it, since it would have to be super cheap.
Oh yeah... Then there's the marketing, and lobbying, for all digital medium wave. I'm still bitter about how AM Stereo was handled, and the feds and broadcasting industry learned nothing from it. AM Stereo was too little, too late. It was allowed to happen a decade too late in 1982, instead of 1972, or earlier. And, the feds to let the market decide just made the format wars a monopoly game where about everyone lost. Yes, even Motorola, Sony, and Toshiba. So, I kind of agree, that if an all digital format is to be implemented, the feds need to put their foot down this time, but $$$$$$$$ walks. And, somehow I'd hate to see implemented a technology that maybe inferior to someone else's that's out there, like maybe DRM. So, tough call... Is this a dead-horse beaten subject at this point? Maybe, but not if we keep it alive.

Uh-huh, tis that time of year in much of the USA for deer season. In the 1970's, 80's, and most of the 90's, you heard hunters on CB portables, especially CH 14. Some of those portables reached over 10 miles! A friend of mine in NW Pennsyl-tucky, (Not Pennsylvania. If you've been there, then you'll know what I mean.), used a 40CH full powered CB portable in his drive and was still able to QSO to me some 20 miles away with it. Come to the 1990's and now. FRS / GMRS UHF portables are now the norm. With foliage to a minimum and hunters on hilltops, you can hear these folks for miles as well. Fun to listen to these dudes. They would whisper to each other, "There he is, there he is! I'm going to try and take my shot." Then, that's the cue when, (Not me, but someone closely resembling me.), would key up and yell, "BANG!!!!!!" Then, the next thing you'd hear on the radio is, "What the hell was that?!?!" Anyway, you get the idea. It's something else to monitor. Hi-hi......

Equipment / Re: Troubleshooting - 43 m tx kills wifi
« on: November 13, 2019, 1959 UTC »
I did not catch what your source for internet was. DSL, CATV, satellite??? Reason I ask is, if it's DSL most phone lines are not shielded and that drop line from the utility pole to the house could be a big antenna with RF that overwhelms the DSL MODEM. What can be done? What I have had to do was wind ferrite chokes on the phone line that plugs into the DSL MODEM. DSL is a type of Carrier-Current transmission, where a medium wave carrier is coupled to the long-ass phones lines, and the DSL MODEM takes it from the phone line itself. Another example of that are those FM intercoms, that use the house wiring at around 175kHz. Anyway, several ferrite chokes will suppress the 43M band, but pass medium wave. BTW, I've also had to choke off the Eithernet cables and DSL wallwart where I am, since this MODEM that I have spurs on VHF badly. Another contemplation, (Not thought, since I don't want to strain myself.), is that newer CATV and satellite MODEM's use cheap switching power supplies, and no more step down power transformers, which worked great as RF suppressors. Depending upon what you have for a MODEM, you may have to choke the power cords as well.   

General Radio Discussion / Re: Play me some Jones
« on: November 12, 2019, 1857 UTC »
I'm between 2 AM stations that carrier Alex Jones, one in Athens, OH, and another somewhere in Virginia. No one carriers him where I am, (Go figure...). There are a lot of Part #15 and FM pirate stations that carry him as well. In the mid-90's, I remember hearing Alex Jones on Brockport, NY's WASB. As far as the IMD overload from WWCR? There's a POS CB preamp that was lousy about IMD, where SW stations can be heard on CB's. Remember the American super splatter WEWN, and Glen Hauser puts it? I use to hear that with this preamp.

Equipment / Radio Jay checks out the RCA Globe Trotter radios!
« on: November 10, 2019, 0454 UTC »
Anyone still have one of these? Sadly, I no longer do.    https://radiojayallen.com/the-rca-globe-trotters-radios-unsung-heroes/

Finally!!!!!! Heard this station on the truck stereo coming back from work. Heard the ending of a phone interview, followed by 70's and 80's pop music. I could never hear this on 1630kHz, due to KCJJ plowing in where I am, but 1710Khz is doable, albeit weak with very deep fades. Back home on the Windom and an Icom IC-745, peaked to an S9 once, but got weaker afterwards. Still catch at 03:40UTC, but used USB and turned off my AGC to MAX out my gain. This one has been a tough one for me, but finally had.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Recent FCC activity on HF
« on: November 07, 2019, 2116 UTC »
The usual HF grabs have been these dudes that broadcast for long hours, or frequently everyday, on the same FREQ and location. Usually around Christmas and NYD you hear about that happening, but you still can be pretty safe to do a gorilla warfare style of broadcasting portable and mobile. Also, take advantage of upper HF propagation, like this December's 11M Sporadic E, where the TX has a small local footprint, but may skip over several federal monitoring stations. With Medium Wave, you'll still have a dent sized local footprint and about every monitoring station could RX and triangulate. I base this upon past experiences, but I don't see these scenarios changing too soon.

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