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by k8jd
Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Coming in fron London
Replies: 19
Views: 512

Re: Coming in fron London

since almost all Chicago's FM stations went to Sears tower antennas, Wonder if the fomula for high ant /Low ERP....low antenna / high ERP still gives the same distance for the same signal strength reading at a distance. Or has there been a recalculation for this .
by k8jd
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Coming in fron London
Replies: 19
Views: 512

Re: Coming in fron London

When there is a WX front passing thru, I can hear several NOAA VHF weather transmitters on several freqs. The other evening I heard Cleveland and Flint area signals.
by k8jd
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Catholic programming on 89.5 FM
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Catholic programming on 89.5 FM

Don't know Metalhed's location ...but 89.5 used to be WOVI. a High School station in Novi, MI, Near me ! I think they went dark some time ago.
by k8jd
Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Scanners
Replies: 82
Views: 10193

Re: Scanners

GettingJammed Up with Scanners Every time I updated my scanners to the latest schemes the industry skips ahead . I got a trunk tracking scanner and then the jump to digital came along. Now there are several different modes of digital so I will just listen to the aircraft, occasional Marine traffic ...
by k8jd
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Practical FM Antenna Seminar
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Practical FM Antenna Seminar

I had a nice 5 element "3 Meter Band" Yagi up for a while. Had 2 driven elements, one for the lower half and one for the upper half. a few inches different length. I used a 4:1 balun to use coax to the 300 Ohm feedpoint. My FM tuner input was converted to a 75 Ohm F connector I mounted on the back p...
by k8jd
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Got My GMRS License
Replies: 17
Views: 681

Re: Got My GMRS License

Maybe CB but on UHF, without the world wide DX capabilities of 11 Meters .
And with the possibility of using repeaters on tall towers and rooftops on office buildings and high points to extend range.
by k8jd
Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Dead Air today
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Dead Air today

HA, Don't listen for AM anymore on the ham bands. Not operating any SSB or FM for at least the last ten years, sticking to CW for now . Back to basics but a lot better at them than my high school novice days :D Also like working the Orphan bands like 12 and 17 and even 160 M, a triumph whenever I ma...
by k8jd
Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Dead Air today
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Dead Air today

Kennelley, I did some weekly measuring of field strength points late at night when I worked at WXYZ here. They had two towers trying to do what three usually did. NOW they have NINE TOWERS !!!!
by k8jd
Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Dead Air today
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Dead Air today

This happened again a few times this week when both WCXI and WPON were transmitting dead carrier. Still think the only common thing could be a T-1 phone line from studios to a common point on site. Anyone have an idea what's going on ? Anyone know someone working for that Birach place ?
by k8jd
Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Got My GMRS License
Replies: 17
Views: 681

Re: Got My GMRS License

Years ago I had a GMRS license since the guys I worked for had a couple of repeaters for hire. I was offered a spot on one. I think my callsign was KAE0106. I had a mobile in my car and a control station (base) sitting on top of the refrigerator at the house. I could be in touch with the wife and so...
by k8jd
Wed Aug 25, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: DX-er alert!!! SE Michigan, 6PM on 8-11
Replies: 29
Views: 1250

Re: DX-er alert!!! SE Michigan, 6PM on 8-11

The last few days , I have been hearing NOAA WX from Clio , here in Commerce :D.
by k8jd
Mon Aug 16, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Dead Air today
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Dead Air today

To All; FYI WPON, WNZK, and WCXI back on with normal programming.
by k8jd
Sat Aug 14, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Dead Air today
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Dead Air today

Two stations at shared site, probably T-1 Studio to transmitter line from phone co down !
I could always blame the phone co when a remote two way base went down. (most often, it WAS)
by k8jd
Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Dead Air today
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Dead Air today

Just tuned in my local stations, WCXI and WPON, heard NOTHING, just strong carriers and not even a background 60 Hz hum I could detect. Another one , WNZK from down near flat rock was transmitting a loud white noise hiss like an open Squelch on an FM receiver (STL ? ). This comes after a week of sto...
by k8jd
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Radio DX July 24
Replies: 1
Views: 359

Re: Radio DX July 24

The antenna is on a tower most of the way to the top of the mountain ridge that runs from the north into the city. TV trasmitters for ElPaso also on that ridge.