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Friday, October 8, 2021

The Joy of Crimp-On Connectors

I had the pleasure of installing my first crimp-on coax connector today!

I purchased the crimp-on tools and connectors from Quicksilver at Hamvention, but had not needed to install any new connectors until today when I discovered a failing connector on the coax of my vertical antenna. (Funny thing about purchasing from Quicksilver – they are just a half hour down the road from here, but I have made all my purchases from them at Hamvention – just 12 hours down the road from here!)

Having never installed a crimp-on, I searched YouTube for a how-to video and found an excellent one, “How To Attach Crimped Coax Connectors” by Dave Casler, KE0OG. Dave had the same Quicksilver tools I had and he was installing connectors on RG8X coax, which was what I was trying to do, so the video was a perfect match for my task.

I watched the video one time, began to do it myself, fast-forwarding and rewinding the video as needed and I was amazed how easy it was to install the crimp-on! 

Welcome to the 21st Century!

Saturday, July 31, 2021


On Tuesday, I had robotic inguinal hernia repair surgery, so I have not been too wordy on the blog front lately. 

I did log a new station on 1650 kHz: CKZW (Radio Shalom) transmitting 1 kW from Montreal, 269 miles to the north.

I also had a few relogs. 

Radio Rebelde on 1620 kHz transmitting 5 kW from Guanabacca, Cuba, 1388 miles to the south-southwest.

WHRM on 90.9 MHz transmitting 81 kW from Wausau, Wisconsin, 871 miles to the west-northwest via E-skip.

WLFE on 909 MHz transmitting 100 kW from Cutler Bay, Florida, 1204 miles to the south-southwest via E-skip.

Various antennas were used with my ICOM IC-R8600 receiver.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Still More E Skip

On Wednesday, 90.9 MHz was open all morning and I logged four new stations.

1339 UTC: WOWB in Brewton, Alabama, transmitting 100,000 watts, 1057 miles to the southwest

1401 UTC: KLRC in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, transmitting 100,000 watts, 1224 miles to the west-southwest

1506 UTC: WKMD in Madisonville, Kentucky, transmitting 20,500 watts, 830 miles to the west-southwest

1611 UTC: WDCB in  Glen Ellyn, Illinois, transmitting 5,000 watts, 780 miles to the west-northwest

Also on Tuesday at 0000 UTC, I logged a new TIS station on 1630 kHz, WQKY728, a Rhode Island DOT station in Cranston, Rhode Island, transmitting 10 watts 75 miles to the east

Receiver: ICOM IC-R8600, Antennas: ICOM AH-7000 discone, HyGain 18 AVT/WB-A vertical

Friday, July 9, 2021

Pipeline to Missouri

I have been monitoring 90.9 MHz often the last few days. There was a brief signal burst Thursday at 1521 UTC that lasted about 5 seconds, but just long enough to identify the station as a new logging: WMAO in Greenwood, Mississippi, transmitting 100,000 watts, 1117 miles to the southwest.

90.9 seemed dead otherwise, then about an hour later KTBG in Warrensburg, Missouri, appeared and became stronger over the next half hour – so strong that it sounded like a local. I logged KTBG for the first time on June 28, heard it again on July 2 and once again yesterday. So what’s with this pipeline to KTBG?

As usual, the receiver is the ICOM IC-R8600 and the antenna is the ICOM AH-7000 discone. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

More E Skip

Around noon today, signals started popping up on normally quiet 90.9 MHz. And an hour later, I had three new entries in the log.

1600 Z, WJKV in Jacksonville, Florida, transmitting 41,000 watts, 920 miles to the south-southwest

1620 Z, KTBG in Warrensburg, Missouri, transmitting 100,000 watts, 1129 miles to the west

1646 Z, WAQV in Crystal River, Florida, transmitting 5,000 watts, 1021 miles to the south-southwest

I heard a few other stations, but could not identify them. One of the unidentified dubbed itself “Wild Radio,” but I have been unable to match that slogan with any 90.9 MHz radio stations. If anyone has a clue, please clue me in, too. 

All were received with my ICOM IC-R8600 receiver and ICOM AH-7000 discone antenna.