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by k8jd
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Tecsun PL880 Tuning Tips
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: Tecsun PL880 Tuning Tips

I get some pretty good FM DX when I plug my roof mounted, 30 ft dipole into the unmodified PL880. One Bay City station and WCMU from Mt Pleasant , almost any time of day
by k8jd
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Tecsun PL880 Tuning Tips
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: Tecsun PL880 Tuning Tips

It's not the FM that can't use the ext ant connector, it's the AMBC and Longwave that needs a mod . You have to wind a few inches of wire around the main AM/LW loopstick and solder one end to ground and the other end to the connection for the ring part of the ext ant conector using a stereo plug. FM...
by k8jd
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: FCC to allow All-Digital on AM Band
Replies: 14
Views: 473

Re: FCC to allow All-Digital on AM Band

Don't kill the AM band with pure digital. Analog AM that can travel hundreds of miles at night when it all hits the fan needs to be kept. IF, and IF, they feel that they MUST have an all-digital AM signa, then limit it to one small section of the band: the X-band from 1610-1710 only. PERIOD. It ain...
by k8jd
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: FCC to allow All-Digital on AM Band
Replies: 14
Views: 473

Re: FCC to allow All-Digital on AM Band

I wonder if there will be any compatability with existing AM HD/FM HD receivers like in most automobiles and trucks built in the last 9 or 10 years ? Maybe this will wander from mode to mode of un compatble trasnmission types like AM stereo did ? Sounds like the swamp water is getting deep again ! A...
by k8jd
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Scanners
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Scanners

I have had a portable, handheld analog scanner for decades, like to take it on vacations and search for VHF and UHF traffic,. I had it programmed for the Marine freqs and in Hawaii and the FL Keys, I heard very little. On a short cruise I noticed a CB and a Marine VHF radio and asked the pilot how t...
by k8jd
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Scanners
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Scanners

With an analog receiver you can hear mostly the aircraft traffic , Railroads, and some fire departments and small business users that have not migrated to digi systems. If you live near water with commercial and serious amateur mariners and fisher men, you can hear some traffic on the marine channel...
by k8jd
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WWV Time To Turn The Clocks Back
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: WWV Time To Turn The Clocks Back

I have some of the digital clocks that pick up WWVB but they have the Michigan DST/EST change over date off somehow. Switch a week later then they should. My radio room has an old "Nixie tube" clock that I never have to change, it's on UT . I can hear WWV on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25.000 MHz dependi...
by k8jd
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Realistic DX 160
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Realistic DX 160

Now that we are at a solar activity minimum the higher HF bands are not producing many long distance signals, the lower frequencies really shine. Ten ft of antenna is a V E R Y small fraction of the wavelengths that are active. You could do SO MUCH better with a longer antenna wire ! Wire length in ...
by k8jd
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Heathkit Mohican
Replies: 10
Views: 436

Re: Heathkit Mohican

My Best Heathkit was the SB110, that got me nearly 100 W out on 6 Meters. Blacked out TV ch 2 for blocks around me !
by k8jd
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Realistic DX 160
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Realistic DX 160

Yep that was a neat looking receiver ! I was really lucky to have a great Uncle, who was a diemaker and had no Kids, so he had more $$$ than my Father. He was good enough to gift me a new Hallicrafters S38D for Xmas in 1957. I was out in the snow the morning after Xmas climbing a tree with a 50 Ft. ...
by k8jd
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Mini DXpedition 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: Mini DXpedition 2019

I spent many hours in campgrounds, on trails or at a campfire listening to an inexpensive portable, multiband BC and SW band radio. Maybe in the 1980s and would hear the broadcasts from Europe, Japan, S.America, S.Korea and Australia. coming thru loud and clear. One of my favorites (usually at home ...
by k8jd
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Lake Michigan FM Bandscans
Replies: 19
Views: 887

Re: Lake Michigan FM Bandscans

Sure , but I only listen for callsigns or other identifying info in local commercials or PSAs, and watch the S-meter :D
by k8jd
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WJR-WWJ Daytime Groundwave vs. Distance Comparison
Replies: 20
Views: 796

Re: WJR-WWJ Daytime Groundwave vs. Distance Comparison

Really, reading this thread makes me wonder. Why would you even think of comparing a omni single tower signal to a multi tower, nearly unidirectional signal. That multi tower will have greatly different signal levels in different directions and . the single tower will have the same signal level in a...
by k8jd
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Lake Michigan FM Bandscans
Replies: 19
Views: 887

Re: Lake Michigan FM Bandscans

Don't you have an AM radio ??? :cry:
by k8jd
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WWJ in Kentucky
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: WWJ in Kentucky

You never know, exactly, what the AM band will do at any given time! I remember coming home from TX late at night, in 1966, and hearing WKNR 1310 off the back of their antenna down near Cinci also.