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Author Topic: Back on SWL atfer 15 years !!  (Read 13566 times)
N4MJG
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« on: May 02, 2016, 04:54:21 PM »

HI everyone !

Back in winter storms of 97 i got Yaesu FRG-100 for xmas atfer the Hallicrafter S38-D died !!
I been listen short wave for 4 years then i left it unplug atfer 15 years !

I just plug back in since last monday week ago from today, The receiver is 19 years old since it was new back 1997 brand new one cost $600.00

So glad that i got back into SWL i use it everyday and night and late night weekend !

This got me into ham radio on HF by listen since 97 i took my test back 2001 , I still have the FRG-100 still works !!  Grin


73
Jackie
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K1FPV
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2016, 03:00:48 PM »

Congrats Jackie,

Well, it was being an SWL back in the late 50's and early 60's listening on a Knight Kit Span Master I built myself with money from my newspaper route that got me into Ham Radio! I still have the Span Master and listen to it, mostly on the AM BC band. I've had to fix it a number of times over the years, but it plays well!

By the way, I have an FRG-100, I used to use to receive WEFAX. I don't know if they still broadcast it on HF still or not.

Good Luck
Bill
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WA8ZTZ
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2016, 03:38:00 PM »

Welcome back.  Smiley

Was away from radio myself for over 25 yrs (kids, work) but have gotten back into it.
Some things are the same but there have been some changes too.  Most notably, not as many international SW broadcasters nowadays.  But, still lots to listen on SW besides broadcast... utility stations, areo, marine.  Also, have gotten into chasing LW beacons (NDBs) as well as AM BCB DX, then there's scanning... ships, planes, trains.  Tons of stuff to monitor.

Have fun!   
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2016, 03:14:31 AM »

HI everyone !

Back in winter storms of 97 i got Yaesu FRG-100 for xmas atfer the Hallicrafter S38-D died !!
I been listen short wave for 4 years then i left it unplug atfer 15 years !

I just plug back in since last monday week ago from today, The receiver is 19 years old since it was new back 1997 brand new one cost $600.00

So glad that i got back into SWL i use it everyday and night and late night weekend !

This got me into ham radio on HF by listen since 97 i took my test back 2001 , I still have the FRG-100 still works !!  Grin


73
Jackie
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  As a young SWL I heard my first ham and CB QSOs.  Motivated me to become a CBer, and then a ham!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2016, 04:44:05 PM »

 I don't miss the woodpecker.
I do miss the BBC world service.
There is much worth listening to if you can find it.
Like fishing, you never know what you will pull in next.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2016, 04:53:15 PM »

I don't miss the woodpecker.
I do miss the BBC world service.
There is much worth listening to if you can find it.
Like fishing, you never know what you will pull in next.  Grin
  Radio Moscow was a big one for me, and I remember listening to "Radio Habanna Cuba, transmitiendos de Cuba, territory libre de America!!!" Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2016, 11:18:35 AM »

Yaesus are tough beasts. My FRG-7 worked well after an equally long break, just needed a bit of dusting inside with a few puffs of canned air....

A lot has obviously changed since the 1990's. Maybe one tenth as many SW broadcasters, and English is rare. During the 90's I could hear Turkey wall to wall in the evenings, in Turkish, of course, but the music was cool. Now they're mostly gone, and their internet stream is spotty. :-( Singapore's gone from SW, too -- they used to be in every morning here in the NW US. Sometimes an FM station's SW relay from Malaysia still makes it over the Pacific, which makes up for it I guess.

Nowadays on SW you have to be a foreign language sleuth. I try to get the foreign language broadcasts China sends from Kashgar, and some of the stations aimed at Africa, including a few religious broadcasters beamed into Central and Eastern Africa from Swaziland and Meyerton.

If I can hear India or the Middle East, that's always a plus. The way conditions have been lately, even moreso.

The ham bands are still active, even the CW portion, and there seems to be more slow CW work on the higher edges of the CW 'bands' then years ago (at least it seems that way to me), making it easier to try to copy if you're into that.
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N6XJP
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2016, 04:49:16 PM »

Welcome back Jackie!   So many of us started with the most incredible radios, some quite rudimentary.  My first was, of course, a crystal set...whose coil I modified greatly....with a random wire that seemed to be hundreds of feet long, strung all over the yard.  I think I was 11-12 years old...1955 or so.  Listening late at night when everyone else was asleep, on 2k Ohm earphones salvaged from WW II.  Endless mysteries and strange accents.  A wonderful intro to radio.  Took a break from 1961-1990 and then became a ham. 

The crystal set, so simple now with diodes and many available kits, is a great way to get kids interested in radio...and maybe set the iPhone and texting aside.  Imagine...no batteries, no screen...just take what you get on an evening.  Mysterious. 

Oh.  Yes.  I still have three crystal sets in my shack.  Miss the old cat's whisker, but still listen once in a while.  And now familiar with four languages, not quite as mysterious. 

73
Dave
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2016, 07:01:36 AM »

Wow!!!
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N1NQC
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2016, 07:07:56 AM »

Hey XJP and All,

FWIW I've built LOTS of xtal sets- some VERY high end  Competition /Dx grade big litz sets for AMBCB and also  SW stuff.

When I was in the Army in Germany I slapped together a fairly crappy SW Xtal set and STILL got VOA/ NC nearly every night. The troops were simply dumbfounded on how this could happen w/o batteries or  house current.

K
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2016, 09:16:49 AM »

Hey...Does anyone have a link for crystal set plans that don't have any real degree of sophistication but still provide us with fascination?...You know like those good old germanium diode and gum eraser jobs.
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N6XJP
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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2016, 05:05:14 PM »

Peter...KC2QYM...

Please  excuse the tardiness of this reply, but life got in the way.  There are several places to get materials, schematics, advice and meet others when it comes to crystal sets.  I would start with Dave Schmarder, from whom I have ordered parts and used schematics.  Btw, my Radio Shack closed...closest one now is about 60 miles each way. 

Dave Schmarder:  www.makearadio.com.   Dynamite site, tons of schematics...last one I built was the old Quaker Oats box radio. 

And:  www.xtalman.com
And:  www.midnightscience.net

You may find some coil wire in hobby shops.  Fahnstock clips come in handy.  The old transistor radio hi impedance earphones can be hard to find.  You may have a local ham who has a parts drawer you can raid....like for diodes.  Or try eBay, Amazon and the like.  I use some old....and I mean old...speaker wire - probably 20-22 gauge strung all over the place.  If you use speaker wire you can strip it in the middle and use the other half for a ground.  The "counterpoise/ground" is critical....used to tell the kids that with the use of all those electrons coming in from the atmosphere, there would also be a lot of trash...and ya gotta take the trash out to get the modulation. 

It's so cool to experiment with different coils ya never know what band/freq you might end up with.  Actually you can design and wind your coils to be taped for specific freqs. 

Do it!  You'll love it.

73
Dave
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WA2ONH
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2016, 10:59:55 AM »

...Does anyone have a link for crystal set plans that don't have any real degree of sophistication but still provide us with fascination?...You know like those good old germanium diode and gum eraser jobs.

Has all types "Easy-Medium-Advanced" to check out ....
Dave's Homemade Crystal Radios
http://www.makearadio.com/crystal/index.php

as well as...
Crystal Radio Schematic Selector Page
http://www.makearadio.com/crystal/crystal-schematics.php
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73 de WA2ONH   ... Charlie
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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2016, 01:03:22 PM »

   Jackie, welcome back to the SWL bands, but a lot has changed
in the past 15 years and not for the better. I occasionally listen
to the SWL bands with my Radio Shack DX-160 receiver that I'd
bought new in 1980. My three favorite stations were always HCJB
in Ecuador, Radio Moscow in the olde' USSR, and BBC in London.


    73,
         Bob

 
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