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Messages - ThaDood

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Now they're finally getting serious about this storm? Anyway, look for Hurricane Nets,      http://www.arrl.org/news/hurricane-watch-net-set-to-activate-as-caribbean-prepares-for-dorian

Even later "E" opening Sunday evening to Mississippi, then Louisiana, and CB CH 38LSB. Up to S5 signals.

Huh? / Another alternative browser? Brave
« on: August 22, 2019, 2105 UTC »
Anyone ever browse with Brave before?   https://www.brave.com/
If so, what do you think???

10/11 meters / Very late "E" opening on CH 38LSB 8/18/2019, twice!
« on: August 19, 2019, 0446 UTC »
Woke up to Boston stations CQ'ing at 9AM EST, followed by E. NY, then Quebec, Canadian stations. Gone by noon. And "E" opening again at 10:30PM EST from Dallas and Lonesome, TX, then several Arkansas stations. Pretty much gone by 11PM. Still, nice late, late, season openings.

Equipment / Re: Filters For Dummies
« on: August 15, 2019, 1800 UTC »
Roll you own filter and build it, use this calculator site,    http://www.calculatoredge.com/electronics/ch%20pi%20low%20pass.htm
A site like this worked for me, but I've added a better twist to the ones that I've built in the past. All the CAP's are variable to fine-tune the filter to be very sharp.

Try DX'ing WX stations around 5, or 6, AM.

'Round my neck of the woods, it's coal trucks on CB CH8 for years. I've even passed them a few times when they were close enough to bleed on all 40 channels to me and found them that way on various roadways. I see that Maxim Crane Works trucks and crane rigs are outfitted with CB's as well, albeit I don't know what channel they use, yet.

Well, not me, but someone possibly resembling me, might have considered 26.015MHz AM during E's and last decent F2's. Why there? That's the bottom limit where many of those 12M, 11M, and 10M, export rigs can RX. And??? Heard only once by CB'ers, but not DX. You still have those NBFM auxiliary stations there, and it's nice that WWV is back on 25.00000MHz again. I remember back around 1999, some dude up in Rochester, NY keyed down on a CB channel, (Don't remember which one.), and used it as a broadcast FREQ. Didn't sound like anything fancy, sounded like a CB with a power mic, and that was it. Music was hallow and distorted, and when he announced, he'd bitch at whomever walked in on him yelling, "Shut the f@#$ up! I'm on the air!". Then, after one week, gone. I don't believe that the FCC had anything to do with it. More like someone was either really pissed off, or he burnt up his rig. One advantage that was conceive about pirating on 11M BC band is, when E's, or F2, was hopping, it was difficult to precisely triangulate and locate where the TX could be coming from, unless the monitoring station was within 30 miles, or so. Unlike the lower bands, where a station was a sitting duck. Also, 11M can be had via mobile operations and a 1/4-wave whip. Just, too bad that few DX'ers ever consider looking for pirates up there, but mainly just hear CB outbanders.

10/11 meters / Late E's for 11M, then 10M!
« on: August 05, 2019, 0241 UTC »
Around my neck of the woods, local HAM's on lightning free weekend evenings chit-chat on 10M, 28.415MHz USB. And, since this was a nice dry, storm free, Sunday evening, the weather must have keep any local ops outside today. However, I did hear from 23:25UTC - 01:30UTC stations from N. MI, NJ, then the swamps of LA. Scanned 11M CB, and sure enough, that was hopping mad with E skip. So, still some E's this late.

Equipment / Re: AcuRite 02020 Portable Lightning Detector
« on: August 01, 2019, 1838 UTC »
HEY!!!! I've used something like this for decades. it's called a portable AM radio receiver. And, it can detect daytime lightning from +50 miles, or more. plus, it hears 100% of lightning strikes. At night, at full sensitivity, it can detect lightning from 1/2 the country. And also at night, I switch over to the optical lightning detector, my own two eyes. They can even more accurately detect what precise direction the lightning is coming from over 80 miles away! Wow...... Just sayin'...   Hmmmmmmmm, can ya fool that Lightning device by flipping ON a switch of something high current? Does it go off near bug zappers, electric fences, and noisy spark plug cables? Yeah, I don't believe that I need to buy this.

Amateur Radio / Re: Radio repair technician?
« on: July 31, 2019, 1845 UTC »
Try this reviewed listing,   https://www.eham.net/reviews/products/26    It's what I went through for Kenwood repairs, especially SMT repairs. Good luck.

10/11 meters / Re: Good 11 meters portable antenna
« on: July 21, 2019, 0621 UTC »
Well, just today, I worked a dude on 10M from TN whom had a double 10M Hamsticks in the dipole-like pattern. Not a great signal my way, but he gave me at the most an S5 with his 100W, while my original late 80's RCI-2950 was only pushing out 18W back to him. I'm using a rebuilt 10M Ringo AR-10. I believe that he heard me better than I heard him, but still a nice contact. I'm sure those 10M Hamsticks could be MAX'ed out for 11M. I still have a 6M Hamstick to a 5" MAG mount. 10W on 6M SSB had me working "7" land back in the mid-1990's.

Amateur Radio / Re: 2M SSB, made it to "E's"!!!!
« on: July 21, 2019, 0608 UTC »
WOW!!!! Sporadic "E" was so intense, that a friend of mine DX'ed a 93.7FM from North Dakota! So, I checked 10M, 6M, and then 144.200MHz USB. Heard a bunch of super quick, partial "0" calls from 19:00 - 19:40UTC. Almost like meteor scatter quick. 6M and 10M stayed open into the evening, when I had to shut down for work.

I've recently brought back from the dead a 1967 Arvin #87R59 Leather Cased Radio, then repaired the DC jack and and replenished missing hardware. FM and the MB (Marine Band), sucks on it, as I remembered that they did, even in their hey days. However, AM is a different story. On 1270kHz it was pulling in a pretty progressive classic rock station with much flutter fades. Getting an ID was about damned near impossible, and no other radio that I had here seemed to really get this. Not even the C-Crane Plus radio. Best direction was North / South. Boomer went onto an on-line SDR, with great AM receive, and finally caught the ID as WQTT,   Marysville, OH,   https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?sr=Y&s=C&call=wqtt&nav=
That night pattern is pointed right at me, but it's short skip, which would enplane the rapid fluttering fading. Hmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder what else I'll catch with that portable?

Equipment / Re: Directivity of HF dipoles
« on: July 15, 2019, 0409 UTC »
Kind of related here, but you can also implement NVIS Antenna pattern,   http://www.w0ipl.net/ECom/NVIS/nvis.htm
HAM's are finding that the newer 60M, (5MHz), band is great for this. Great from regional coverage.

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