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This is from a blogger I've followed on the Internet and the HAM bands - I think his conclusions and opinions are spot on regarding this.

The Decline of Shortwave Radio Means the Spread of World Conflict

Yes, government funded radio projects like; Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, BBC International, and even Radio Australia...are succumbing to budget cutbacks and reliance on the Internet...

...and truth be told...(and shamefully so) I've actually heard more truth, especially regarding the reporting of US politics and the effects of economic policies - listening to overseas broadcasts from the likes of Russia Today, than anything I've seen or heard stateside.

For now. Making sure the propaganda always works is paramount for our leaders - I'm not sure if some group is working to destroy any shred of credibility that the people of the USA have for their domestic news outlets - or if those folks are seeking to build up our regard for foreign correspondence on global events....or some combination of both? I just don't think anything is happening by chance anymore.

...but back to the topic - individuals seeking an FCC license just broke a record in 2012 (per the ARRL). While I don't know how this year will shake out - my guess is the trend will hold, and the trend is way up since 2008, right along with long-term storage food, guns, and ammunition sales...over that exact time frame...right along with prices for those same things.

How comfortable are you with the idea that the increase in FCC license holders - may just be radio preppers...

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Technical Corner / Great SSTV Article in QST this month
« on: June 16, 2013, 12:20:39 PM »
Long ago - Luck, WA4STO hooked me with an idea of setting up a low power, off-grid, HF security monitoring system utilizing a camera and a radio for a means of maintaining OPSEC at the BOL when you are away (and vice-versa)...but it was one of many very investing topics that Luck is well versed in...and my ADD kicked in and we moved on to another more pressing target (Luck's pretty good at sorting through the noise of conversations to find out what you really need to prioritize first)...and although it's been niggling at the back of my brain - I figured it was waaayy past my skill level...

...until yesterday, when I pulled my latest QST magazine from the 'ol mailbox and low-and-behold, there is an article entitled: Using a PIC to Control a Miniature Slow Scan TV Camera..." ...pictures of the board, the components, electrical diagram, etc.,!

You know, this may just be the first radio thing I build...

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Holy crimenitely....

No one has any expectation if privacy.

 http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-06-08/we-call-top-nsa-whistleblower-and-get-real-scoop-spying

Shocking - maybe not for Luck/WA4STO - wow is this crap must be rolling up fast.

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Just bought a 3 panel "kit" that includes a charge controller, a frame to link all of it together, and an assortment of plugs - all for $154 from Northern Tool (had a 30% off coupon)!!

I know it's a low-end model, I know it's inefficient, but it was so darn cheap...that it finally pushed me off the fence!

I haven't put it together yet - I wanted a power supply system before the start of the new hurricane season (which starts tomorrow). I have a funny feeling it's going to be an interesting season this year!

I'll update as soon as I put it together!

Here's a picture:

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Technical Corner / O.K., how much loss can I expect...
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:50:49 AM »
I just received my 150' of RG213u to replace the 100' of the same coax. The problem was that I needed a few more feet in the shack, but mostly I needed to get my antenna up about 10' higher.

 Am running a fan dipole covering 80, 40, 20, & 15m. I plan to set up 80m in an NVIS configuration for local traffic, while running the 40m-15m in an inverted V configuration to get further than a few hundred miles (near/far news and communication capability).

Currently my antenna is not high enough and it is contributing to some cancelation issues on 80m that I was thinking would be corrected by getting it a bit higher...but have I compromised by also adding more "loss" with the additional 50' of coax?

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General Discussion / Interesting: aluminum can solar heater
« on: January 24, 2013, 12:56:57 AM »
This probably won't help anyone living in an area below 30 degrees...but it does offer some interesting and cheap/free options to improve heating (somewhat) in any condition.

http://www.permies.com/t/6580/solar/Aluminum-pop-beer-solar-heater

Here's another site with someone who employed this "technology" - with a better step-by-step format.

http://solar.freeonplate.com/diy-how-to/DIY-solar-panels.htm

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General Discussion / Latest winter storm - everyone ok?
« on: January 21, 2013, 05:00:17 PM »
Just had a thought to see if everyone had made preparations for the latest winter storm? Have a friend in Minnesota who advised that the temp + windchill would be hovering around -45 below tonight - this is serious!

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General Discussion / It was my honor to JUST work the USS Oklahoma today!
« on: December 07, 2012, 06:01:32 PM »
On the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor I happened upon a Memorial Station working from the War Memorial Museum commemorating the USS Oklahoma: WW2OK...(14.2771)...

Give it a try!

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Tactical Corner / Your Very Own Surveillance Drone...?
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:17:24 PM »
Ok...was noodling around the interwebs and found this:

http://ardrone2.parrot.com/ardrone-2/arfreeflight-20/

Have we discussed this yet?

I'm thinking this would be perfect for the ol' BOL...(waddaya think WA4STO)?

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General Discussion / Interesting website suggested by SurvivalPodcast
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:10:06 AM »
Interesting website dedicated to lists, of lists, of preparedness...

http://13skills.com/

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General Discussion / Looky who got his antenna up!
« on: November 29, 2012, 12:49:39 AM »
Yep...got 'em up in the ol' palm tree...the YL actually suggested it!

Started with a Dr Dipole 20m dipole, and after a fuzzy, but absolutely fantastic FIRST QSO with Luck, WA4STO...who challenged me afterwards to get the fan dipole back up!

So, after losing 20m just after dusk...I thought it a good time to get the 80m - 15m fan dipole up - because I was pretty jacked-up to have made a couple of QSO's  (Luck in, Nebraska - and Richard in Delaware)....I started unwinding the 80m legs [???%#] at around 6:00...and by 7:00 I finished just as I heard my son pull in.

...WOW, did I have FUN afterwards! Check out where I have "been" tonight:




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Technical Corner / Anybody know how to "fine-tune" a Baofeng UV-3R HT?
« on: November 20, 2012, 03:29:08 AM »
 This is a super-cheap, full-function HT - but it has one vey frustrating traight - It has graduated tuning by .25khz at a time...I could get to 145.425, but could NOT figure out how to get it to 145.43?

I'm sure it's operator error, I've read the manual, to no avail!

Any ideas out there?

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General Discussion / Does it seem like everyone is still in shock?
« on: November 17, 2012, 02:23:04 AM »
I know this is a site for radio related issues - but we also cater to the prepper mentality - and it is to that aim that I address this post.

It's been over a week and everyone I encounter seems to say the same thing...they just can't believe what has happened - not that anything has happened - but the feeling that SO much changed that we weren't aware of...the rallying of common sense, didn't overcome the forces of chaos.

...or did it?

Either way, I am glad I started my preparations two years ago, because of this, Ive been able to acquire a new skill, and some necessary equipment. I am, however, very concerned for those who JUST woke up. This is not meant to be a political bash - more of a - I can't seem to put my finger on - a door has been opened, and not to a familiar place.

I think we would have had our problems even if the other party had gained power - but now we seem to be running headlong into oblivion with our fingers firmly plugging our ears to keep us from heeding sane advice to STOP!

I don't mind saying, while it fits my world view...I'm definitely in shock. The sense of foreboding has changed...into..something...else...?

How about you?

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Technical Corner / Tech Special: ICOM IC-271A with frequency drift
« on: November 03, 2012, 01:00:59 AM »
Anyone have one of these with a similar problem? I bought this rig and the one problem the seller mentioned was frequency drift...

I checked the Interwebs and found that one reason for this was due to ICOM using plastic trimmer capacitors in the PLL/VCO & RF/YGR circuits - the fix is to swap out the plastic trimmer caps with ceramic ones (6pf, 10pf and 20pf's). I just can't seem to find out if this is something a novice like me can do...or if I need to take it to a real radio repairman (which means I no longer got such a "deal" on the unit).

Anyone have any information/experience with this fix?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Antennas / White Tiger's Antenna Raising (part deux)
« on: October 13, 2012, 08:53:18 PM »
Well, it's been a busy day around the homestead...what with passing my General class exam (when should I stop bragging?) - and I decided to make a second attempt at setting up my fan dipole...Thankfully my son helped me, couldn't have done it without him!

Must stress that this was a test run to see if my vision for placement - would be where I - or rather, the Frau would let me - keep it!

It's only up about 32' for the test - after this dry run I believe aI should have guyed it one more 4' section up - in order to get to 40' I would need to guy it twice.

(Sorry for the multiple posts - for some reason the mobile app wouldn't let me put all 3 pictures in a single post?)

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