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Author Topic: Back on SWL atfer 15 years !!  (Read 6607 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


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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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« 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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