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by k8jd
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Scanners
Replies: 3
Views: 130

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: 10
Views: 445

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: 3
Views: 187

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: 360

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: 3
Views: 187

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: 330

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: 722

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: 676

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: 722

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: 316

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.
by k8jd
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Fla dx king Sarasoia
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Fla dx king Sarasoia

I can hear ZNS in Nassau sometimes, right here in MI ! I can use my big SupreRadio portable with the big internal loopstick to null out KXEL in Iowa and can hear it thru the noise !
by k8jd
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WWJ signal problems? (+ WJR audio distortion)
Replies: 38
Views: 1811

Re: WWJ signal problems?

Weak in the South ? that's why they have all those phased towers, nearly all the RF is going North ! :D When WJBK had 12 towers you could not hear it west of Inkster Rd in Livonia, after sunset. BUT it was booming in the far northern suburbs ! When I was driving North on I75, and could just start se...
by k8jd
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WWJ signal problems? (+ WJR audio distortion)
Replies: 38
Views: 1811

Re: WWJ signal problems?

May be multipath in the early hours with mix of sky and ground wave ?
by k8jd
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WWJ signal problems? (+ WJR audio distortion)
Replies: 38
Views: 1811

Re: WWJ signal problems?

I will have to listen later, radios in the computer room have too narrow bandwidth to give a full audio reproduction.
Location of reporting users ?
by k8jd
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Fla dx king Sarasoia
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Fla dx king Sarasoia

I did some FM Dxing when I was in the FL Keys at Layton, few years ago. Heard miami stations every day. It was over 110 miles to the towers, one example was WXDJ , the antenna was up over 980 ft. AAT.
Using a little TekSun PL880 portable.