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by SolarMax
Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Let's Break for Commercials
Topic: Most Annoying Commercials
Replies: 47
Views: 3585

Re: Most Annoying Commercials

"I LOVE IT!" The pre and post Christmas saturation buy of the GMC spot with the terminally cute couple with more money than brains. She buys him some trinket "One for you, one for me." He's bought them his-and-hers GMCs- a Pickup and an SUV. She claims "his" pickup shouting twice "I Love It." He now...
by SolarMax
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: FCC sets $35 fee for Amateur applications
Replies: 0
Views: 232

FCC sets $35 fee for Amateur applications

From ARRL: In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 [from original $50 proposal] the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All f...
by SolarMax
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Best setup for reliable radio communications over 30 or 60 miles?
Replies: 26
Views: 934

Re: Best setup for reliable radio communications over 30 or 60 miles?

My high school neighbor at WB8APT, "WB8 Another Powerful Transmitter, running 10 watts QRP", built a low power transmitter, and put a decent ground wave 8 blocks away on 40 meters with a Magnavox AM/SW Portable. Unless you're connected to a dummy load, ten watts on any HF or VHF band will get you o...
by SolarMax
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Best setup for reliable radio communications over 30 or 60 miles?
Replies: 26
Views: 934

Re: Best setup for reliable radio communications over 30 or 60 miles?

...I talked about police and fire in the hills and hollers of Appalachia being on VHF. Before they were there, they were all on the low bands. 38-42 MHz. Think of the big long whip on Andy and Barney's cruiser. And they would talk hundreds of miles. Many of the counties and the state was all on the...
by SolarMax
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WMYD will switchover to ATSC 3.0 today at 10AM EST, 12/07.
Replies: 31
Views: 2898

Re: WMYD will switchover to ATSC 3.0 today at 10AM EST, 12/07.

Apparently TV executives haven't heard of Verizon, AT&T nor T-Mobile. There is nothing that prevents them from implementing a multicast distribution over their cellular IP networks. These people are throwing anything at the wall to see what sticks before they end up having to give up more spectrum ...
by SolarMax
Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Best setup for reliable radio communications over 30 or 60 miles?
Replies: 26
Views: 934

Re: Best setup for reliable radio communications over 30 or 60 miles?

I also would not recommend the 60M band (5MHz). Its five channels are shared with US government and military users who at any time can declare primacy and run any users off. It's also a decent DX band at night, which could be a problem for doing short-range comms. As mentioned, the 40 and 75M ham ba...
by SolarMax
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Where's Art Bell When You Need Him?
Replies: 8
Views: 600

Re: Where's Art Bell When You Need Him?

There was prior damage to the mesh screen that made up the parabolic reflector, both from age and from recent years' hurricanes. There was already talk of decommissioning the site because of H*** repair costs. The supports and suspension cabling for the focal point antenna array were seen to be dete...
by SolarMax
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WTVS Channel 56.5
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: WTVS Channel 56.5

Already showing some programming right now. It’s a kids channel, so it got whacked just like 56.2 and that god awful TBD on 50.4 and that country crap channel on 50.5. If you take a look at the website and view the (short) video there, you will discover that It's not a "kids channel." MLC is set up...
by SolarMax
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WTVS Channel 56.5
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: WTVS Channel 56.5

Michigan Learning Channel, 56.5 On-air launch Monday, January 4.
by SolarMax
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WJR "Kaleidoscope" Host Mike Whorf Dies
Replies: 10
Views: 1854

Re: WJR "Kaleidoscope" Host Mike Whorf Dies

From WRCJ 90.9: KALEIDOSCOPE: A CHRISTMAS MASTERPIECE Listen Sunday 12/20 at noon when WRCJ remembers the late Mike Whorf, longtime Detroit radio host of the award-winning series “Kaleidoscope”. This holiday edition from 1997 explores the life of George Frederick Handel and the writing of “Messiah”....
by SolarMax
Thu Dec 17, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Questions for MW / Board Announcements
Topic: Hiding threads
Replies: 14
Views: 2805

Re: Hiding threads

I would love to permanently hide the persistent "Ron Cameron" thread, which seems to be forever pinned to the top of the Metro Detroit/SE Mich Forum. It's a discussion over a person not about local broadcasting. If I can't hide it, make it its own forum or move it to to a more appropriate place. Tha...
by SolarMax
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: FAVE TV
Replies: 12
Views: 5518

Re: FAVE TV

FAVE TV has launched as of December 14 across the CBS Owned and Operated stations group. It is only available over the air (ch. 62.4), with a collection of ViacomCBS content like Paramount movies and off-cable programming. BTW, the name is similar to that of a religious broadcaster/website, but not ...
by SolarMax
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Let's Break for Commercials
Topic: Filling the Void
Replies: 7
Views: 587

Filling the Void

The saturation spot buys from the soon-to-be-legal online betting apps have filled the void left by the welcome departure of political ads from the local TV outlets, both broadcast and cable. I cringe upon seeing and hearing the clone spokesblondes Jessie Cauffield (Draft Kings) and Courtney Perna (...
by SolarMax
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Getting Connected (or Cutting the Cord!)
Topic: Comcast Outages
Replies: 9
Views: 1313

Re: Comcast Outages

G G wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:43 pm
My remote isn't working.
Batteries need replacing?

They’ll replace the remote clicker (or the box) for free if it’s actually bad.
by SolarMax
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Let's Break for Commercials
Topic: Baby I got your Laundry
Replies: 1
Views: 583

Baby I got your Laundry

Aughhh. I have a new "earworm."
"Baby I got your Laundry" track for LG WashTower spot.
Derived from ODB's "Got Your Money."
https://www.okayplayer.com/music/odb-go ... rcial.html
full :30:
https://www.ispot.tv/ad/tqsq/lg-washtow ... ur-laundry