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Messages - Beerus Maximus

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VHF/UHF Logs, including satellites and radiosondes / Re: UHF mil air
« on: February 04, 2020, 1450 UTC »
Last night on my piaware receiver I picked up hex code AE0414 off the coast of Massachusetts, an E-6B Mercury (reg 164387) using callsign "PIGGY13". They did an unusual clockwise circuit over the mid-Atlantic before heading out into the gulf of Maine towards Bangor, then turned around and backtracked until turning out to sea south of Cape Cod where trackers lost them.



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so are these Boeing test flight loggings helpful? i'm just wondering if i should keep posting them.

Yes, absolutely, these are really interesting. Keep them coming! It'd be extra fantastic if Matt has pictures of the stuff you catch (I think he gets pictures of everything). If you have not seen his blog you should check it out: http://kpae.blogspot.com/

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That was the first flight for VH051. Photo:

http://www.paineairport.com/images/kpae18087g.png

Wow, hey Matt, glad you joined us! I have been following you and your pictures for YEARS on airliners.net and your blog, and pretty sure I briefly chatted with you while I was hanging out in the Future of Flight parking lot about 10 years ago, watching 787 tests. My one and only visit to KPAE but I'd like to bring my little kids back when they're older.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 5125 USB 1805 UTC 02 February 2020
« on: February 02, 2020, 1814 UTC »
Insanely huge signal in the Boston burbs. S9+bazillion. Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan at 1814 UTC and then a computer voice "thank you for your signal report". Very wide 10 KHz signal with awesome audio.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Doc Detroit 5160 AM/6870 AM 1751 02 Feb 2020
« on: February 02, 2020, 1811 UTC »
Really nice S8+ signal here in the Boston burbs! "Opening Up" by CRUISR at 1810 UTC.

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Equipment / Re: 120 ft T2FD Antenna Build
« on: February 02, 2020, 1806 UTC »
Chris, two questions -

- What resistor specifically did you use (wattage, etc).
- Any articles or hints on potting that you find informative? I've never done it and know nothing about how to do it.

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General Radio Discussion / Re: What are they thinking?
« on: February 02, 2020, 1437 UTC »
I bought an ACOM amplifier from DX Engineering a few years ago and they were great to deal with. I had no idea they were in the back of a Summit racing store though! Are they somehow related?

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Nice catch, this was a newly built USAF KC-46A tanker flight test. According to a spreadsheet on Airliners.net, specifically it's:

L/N 1188 C/N 41868 B767-2LKC 18-46051 USAF KC-46A (VH051) Lot 4, #11/18, tail 86051

So new I can't actually find any pictures of it and I also can't find the N number it's flying under. Usually the plane spotters around PAE capture everything.

Here's the flight track: https://www.radarbox24.com/data/flights/BOE051


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If you are intently curious, this was tail number N370UP, a new-build 767 freighter for UPS. Ironically a photographer happened to catch this exact plane taxiing out for the flight you heard on HF:

https://flightaware.com/photos/view/1095011-0912858b996fad760202063f20f279b4cdd47a9a

This was a short 17 minute test flight, I'd say it's very likely that the transmission you heard was from testing while it was on the ground. For a 17 minute flight the cockpit would probably be pretty busy with other things.

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Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: January 31, 2020, 1609 UTC »
11175 // 8992 has been busy this morning with PAID OFF broadcasting multiple EAMs, and then calling TELL TALE (no response) at 1607 UTC. During the EAM, RTTY data appeared right along side the voice audio on both frequencies.. sounds a lot like it is mixed in with the EAM audio itself from the same transmitter.

Another EAM from PAID off began at 1616 UTC, much stronger on both frequencies, and without the RTTY.

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FM Free Radio / Re: FM pirates in the Boston area.
« on: January 30, 2020, 1525 UTC »
ID'd my 88.5 this morning, it's Big City FM which has been on other frequencies in the past and has also been the subject of at least one bust. See: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/radio-equipment-seized-two-illegal-radio-stations-boston

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Equipment / Re: Dual band vertical Vs Discone
« on: January 29, 2020, 1526 UTC »
Honestly if it were me, and I could only have one antenna to share between 2m/440 TX and general coverage VHF/UHF receive then I would pick a solid 2m/440 vertical like the Diamond Antenna X50A.

For a pre-amp, if money is no object, a Stridsberg PRE-20.

http://www.stridsbergeng.com/preamp.html

Their multicouplers are also fantastic so if you are looking to share a single antenna with multiple receivers they have a great solution. I have the MCA204M and it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Just make sure you never put RF through it - RX only!

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I like this shameless rip off of Sony radios, right down to the packaging and the "ICF" nomenclature: http://www.winningmart.com/goods-54083.html

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Mine rattles.  The speaker is loose.  And there is a crack in the case.  You canít get a quality $9.59 radio anymore <G>.

The solution is obvious, you buy glue from the "Department of Life" section: http://www.winningmart.com/category-362-b0.html

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Why order just one at $9.59, when you can get a pallet of 60 for $264.6 - that's only $4.41 per unit. You could use a new one every day for 2 months and just throw it out when you change your underwear (may not apply to Fansome):

http://www.winningmart.com/goods-43557.html

More intriguing garbage here:

http://www.winningmart.com/category-281-b0.html

This stuff is really designed to feed the pipeline of absolutely rock bottom dollar trash on Amazon. Amazon used to be good but now it's the Dollar Tree of the internet.

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