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by w9wi
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: EAS Antenna Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: EAS Antenna Issue

Good advice from "vacuum tube", about reorienting your antenna. If you can get your hands on a HD radio, they frequently have *amazing* selectivity. Are you sure you have to monitor 104.9? It is possible the Michigan EAS plan allows for an alternate monitoring assignment that's not subject to interf...
by w9wi
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: DXing
Topic: E-skip 7/27
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: E-skip 7/27

That you do!

Some things that aren't really 6-meter antennas may work surprisingly well on 6 meters. I've made trans-Atlantic QSOs using my HF tribander and an old 2m 5/8 mag-mount.
by w9wi
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: DXing
Topic: E-skip 7/27
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: E-skip 7/27

Yeah, there was extensive tropospheric propagation being reported around the Great Lakes for a few days as well.
by w9wi
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: DXing
Topic: E-skip 7/27
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: E-skip 7/27

Ham radio reports are showing widespread sporadic-E again this morning across North America on the 50MHz band. I'm not hearing of anything in the FM band yet but "yet" may be the important word. And I still can't remember the hostname for my SDR. (despite looking it up & writing it down before leavi...
by w9wi
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: DXing
Topic: E-skip 7/27
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: E-skip 7/27

Heard a few signals on the car radio while driving from work to the gym, about a half-hour ride through West Nashville & Bellevue. - 88.5 religious - 91.9 two stations, one rock - 92.3 KQRQ Rapid City, South Dakota (legal ID @ 6pm CT) - 92.7 - 93.1 country, probably KRCS Sturgis - 93.5 - 93.9 "93.9 ...
by w9wi
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?

When you're all done, you'll find the dryer's cord is 6 inches to short to reach the new outlet. Or as my wife would say, I tried to add an outlet, ended up replacing the roof. Please don't say that:( KPJL FM wrote: ↑ Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:28 am When you're all done, you'll find the dryer's cord is 6 ...
by w9wi
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?

When you're all done, you'll find the dryer's cord is 6 inches to short to reach the new outlet. Or as my wife would say, I tried to add an outlet, ended up replacing the roof. Please don't say that:( KPJL FM wrote: ↑ Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:28 am When you're all done, you'll find the dryer's cord is 6 ...
by w9wi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?

(It's not really mounted horizontally, the phone decided to rotate the photo & I'm too lazy to reformat it...)
by w9wi
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?

I have access to a hammer drill (and safety glasses!) at work. Will give it a shot Wednesday!
by w9wi
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?

OK, I'm going to freely admit mechanical work and construction are not my strong suit... I'm trying to install a dryer socket on a concrete block wall. I've got a masonry bit & trying to drill holes for plastic anchors. The problem I'm having.. is that the bit walks. If it hits resistance in the blo...
by w9wi
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: No sound onair after fading in Outside Broadcast feed
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: No sound onair after fading in Outside Broadcast feed

For what it's worth, "OB" is European for "remote".

(I think it stands for "Outside Broadcast")
by w9wi
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Static Dissipators?
Replies: 13
Views: 735

Re: Static Dissipators?

I've seen lightning strike the little green AT&T pedestal -- completely ignoring the 1,000-foot tower 150 feet away.

Lightning does whatever it darn well feels like doing.
by w9wi
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Small diameter balanced mic cable OK? Source?
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Small diameter balanced mic cable OK? Source?

If these are fixed cables I second TPT's suggestion. Belden 8451 or 9451. (the two cables are essentially identical -- 9451, the foil shield is bonded to the outer jacket & comes off with it. 8451, the foil stays with the wire.) These are single-pair cables.
by w9wi
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: LMS database & relationship between tables
Replies: 0
Views: 147

LMS database & relationship between tables

Has anyone been messing with the new LMS database? I'm having trouble figuring out a relationship path between the facility table and the various application tables. Facility seems to have the same purpose as in CDBS -- non-technical information like call letters & principal community. The technical...
by w9wi
Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Bad day for, uh, something...
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Bad day for, uh, something...

Not sure this is what I wanted to see at our tower.....
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