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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TAPR PSR Now Available


The Spring 2015 issue of PSR, TAPR's quarterly newsletter is now available here. (Yours truly is the editor of PSR.)

Table of Contents:

  • Hamvention with TAPR
  • 2015 Hamvention TAPR Forum Schedule
  • TAPR Calendar
  • DCC in Chicago
  • Penelope to PennyLane
  • Near Space Flights as a Tool for STEM Education
  • Build a Better Demodulator for APRS / AX.25 Packet
  • Amateur Radio Lectures in India
  • Write Here!
  • On the Net
  • The Fine Print
  • Our Membership App

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Since my last post, I added two new stations to the AM radio log, both broadcasting from the City of Brotherly Love:

  • WHAT on 1340 kc heard on April 3 at 2300 UTC transmitting 1 kW 164 miles to my southwest
  • WKDN on 950 kc heard on April 4 at 0300 UTC transmitting 21 kW 163 miles to my southwest

Both were heard using my CC Radio 2E barefoot.

I have heard plenty on the car radio during my morning commute, but nothing new to report.

Looking forward to the Dayton Hamvention next month. I will be staffing the TAPR booths (451-454 in the Ballarena). Stop by and say, "Hello!"

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thank you, C.Crane!

WFLR Three weeks ago, I mentioned that C.Crane updated their CCRadio 2E Enhanced so that the default display is now user-programmable, i.e., you can configure it to display the time of day or the radio frequency.

Originally, you had no choice; it displayed the time of day. The radio frequency only showed up when you changed frequency or momentarily when you pushed the Freq button. I prefer to see the frequency displayed rather than the time, so I complained, C.Crane listened and now the display functions the way I like it.

And there’s more!

My 2E Enhanced completed a roundtrip to C.Crane last week where its firmware was updated. So now my radio’s display functions the way I like it, too!

And there’s still more!

I logged a new one with the 2E Enhanced last evening: WFLR on 1570 kc in Dundee, New York, transmitting 5 kW, 217 miles to my west-northwest.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Groundhog Day 2015

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As far as I am concerned, March 31, 2015 was my Groundhog Day because I saw my first groundhog of the year yesterday (and I saw three more today).

The property around my workplace is an old apple orchard and groundhogs have the run of the place during the warm weather, but until yesterday, they were out of sight. That is understandable considering that snow covered most of the grounds until last week.

And although it snowed last night, spring is in the air and the Red Sox play on Monday!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Twofer

WJJL I suspected conditions were good this morning when the first thing I heard was a French language station (I assume Canadian station CJWI) interfering with local WPOP on 1410 kc. So I slid up the band, parked on 1440 kc for the ride to work, and logged two new ones: WCDL and WJJL.

Sports talk station WCDL is located in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, transmitting 37 watts, 134 miles to my west.

Oldies station WJJL is in Niagara Falls, New York, transmitting 55 watts, 334 to my north-northwest.

During my 35-minute commute, the two stations took turns dominating 1440 on the stock AM-FM radio in my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport.