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Messages - ThaDood

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That TPR1630 must be nearer to y'all, since y'all seemed to be the only ones hearing that. Boomer, near P-burgh, has tried jumping from on-line SDR to SDR to catch this. no can do, (As Hall & Oats would sing.) That KCJJ1630,  https://www.1630kcjj.com/   just walks in here too strong in WV. Interesting format that they have though, maybe the latest from Mary J Bly, then AC / DC - Shook Me All Night Long. 

Propagation / HF sucks??? Try VHF / UHF this heat wave!
« on: September 27, 2019, 1725 UTC »
Today, starts a big Fall heatwave in the USA Northeast, and already I've noticed some nice VHF / UHF enhancement from Temperature Inversions late at night and early morning. Last night, about 2AM, the Athens, OH NOAA WX station on 162.550MHz was 1/2 scale on an HT I checked it on. (Normally, barely there at around 100 miles from me.) This morning, S9! That, and local FM Translators were getting covered over by out of area FM stations. So, when it reaches +90 degrees in the day, and night dips down to the lower 60's, that temperature swing could mean some nice propagation on the FM, TV, MURS, GMRS, Marine, EMS, Weather, Amateur Radio,  whatever's on the VHF / UHF bands. (Even 6M could be game.)  Don't forget to check for those propagational beacons on 2M, 222MHz, and 432MHz, in CW mode. So, while the lower HF bands are still too noisy, and the upper HF bands still suck, those VHF / UHF bands should be game! Will we see the conditions of late September 2004? That would be nice.

Equipment / Re: These Satellite Antennas Were Inspired by Origami
« on: September 24, 2019, 1732 UTC »
Huh??? To me, it looks like an inspiration from a toilet paper roll. i duh-know, but when I think of origami, I think of papered animals.

Equipment / Re: TECSUN PL-660 FM & SW Issue
« on: September 22, 2019, 0244 UTC »
Believe it, or leave it, I've actually solved problems by resolding with actual 60/40 solder on new gear. The reason??? That damned LoHS, (Lead Free.), solder just sucks! So, ya might try looking for what looks like a cold solder joint. (That maybe many, as well as those leftover solder hairs that are conductive.) Another thing to look for? Under voltage electrolytic capacitors. Last month, I bought a Uniden Bearcat 980SSB CB rig on sale. But, I did take care of one big issue that Uniden still has, under voltage electrolytic CAP's. Sure enough, I've found, and swapped out, three of them. At least, these could be places to start at. 

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Re: Electronic components for sale
« on: September 22, 2019, 0200 UTC »
Well, if you can't OFF them on e-spray, All Electronics may buy out the whole lot from ya,      https://www.allelectronics.com/excess-inventory

Passing thought there, and it didn't hurt. Much...

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Greenland up for sale? Um, NO!!!!!!
« on: September 21, 2019, 1847 UTC »
I guess that Trump won't get this,    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/19/why-does-donald-trump-want-to-buy-greenland

Kindda' too bad, could have been the last possibilities for, not just raping for minerals, but tourism, ultimate winter sports, radio super quiet telescope station locations, and starting up radio stations. Hey, can't be any worst that Alaska, where the FCC up there has a ravage reputation of going gung-ho onto practically anything reported to be unlicensed up there.

Hmmmmmm, I'll see if this Piratesweek is the same goofy out takes from the Pi-Ratsweek that Ragnar released several years ago. Nice to have! THANKS!!!!!!!!

General Radio Discussion / Re: Celebrating 100 years of WWV
« on: September 21, 2019, 1811 UTC »
Thanks for the word up on this! I'm going to try and work that amateur station on the 29th. Should be a neat QSL to have, fo' sure.

Huh... I've tried listening for that myself, but 1630KCJJ over in Iowa just walks in here after dark. So, I'm not likely to here that Tater Patch Radio where I am.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Swiss To Shut Down FM
« on: September 09, 2019, 0042 UTC »
Huh... It doesn't say what will be in place of broadcasting, unless I've missed something. Hmmmmmmm... Something for FM pirates to look forwards too?

Got a tip that WREC is on at 18:45UTC. If that is them, super, super, weak. I had to go to USB mode just to DET the carrier. Closer to 19:00UTC, I can now just make out guitar licks.

19:50UTC: Can make out the artist being Hupastank. Listening in USB 6924.940kHz. Can make out the song lyrics that's just above the noise level here. Noise about S3 here, and station is just above that.

UPDATE 20:32UTC: 6925USB, (Right on FREQ.), mode only now. Signal now an S4 playing what sounds like show tunage. Audio just narrow voice FREQ. (Gotta' go to work now. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....)

Equipment / Re: Question about Antenna for PL-880
« on: September 02, 2019, 1803 UTC »
I used to roll my own. In the very early 1980's, I had a Realistic DX-40 that used a 3/32" jack for an EXT Antenna, so I would solder a cable to that, and at the time, Radio Shack sold the 3/32" jacks at the store to buy and do that. There's a lot of portables today that use either the 1/8" (3.5mm), jack, or an RCA Phono connector, as an EXT Antenna option, so I know that adapters are out there for that. One thing to consider, does the PL-880 portable have a +3VDC voltage on the EXT Antenna connection to power a custom EXT Active Antenna, like my Sony ICF-SW100S portable did? If so, just add a .1uF capacitor as a DC block on the center conductor of the cable to the 3.5mm jack.

Amazing... What's old is new again. Wasn't that 45MHz - 50MHz FREQ range where they've tried FM broadcasting 1st, before deciding on 88MHz - 108MHz, due to "E" and intense F2 propagations? BTW, when I worked for a natural gas company, they heavily relied on 48MHz two-way 100W rigs to talk in the middle of no where, where 800MHz cell phones could not even touch. Especially in North Central Pennsyl-tucky. (Not Pennsylvania. If you've been there, then y'all know what I mean.) Is the Federal Corporate Coddlers giving them the boot? I understand that Mexico is trying DRM in the 11M Broadcast Band. Plenty of unused spectrum there, even if F2 and "E" is more prevalent. I understand that DRM works better than that bandwidth hoggin' Ibiquity HD Radio.

Equipment / Re: Power Supply Noise Reduction
« on: August 28, 2019, 1849 UTC »
And stay away from switching power supplies, if you can. They've come a long way in the last 30 years, but give me a solid linear transformered supply anytime, over a switching.

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