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Friday, July 14, 2017

UFOs and 1070 kHz

On Monday, I started reading a book that I could not put down, Mark O'Connell's The Close Encounters Man. It is a biography of J. Allen Hynek and it is one of the best books, if not the best book I have ever read about UFOs (and I have read a lot of books about UFOs).

The book cleared up some of the controversies surrounding Hynek (remember "swamp gas") and it gave me a better understanding about the man. It also revealed that Hynek was a ham radio operator. (Anybody know his call sign?)

I finished the book last night, but before I went to bed, I wanted to give my new radio the "1070 test." So I took my Eton Grundig Executive Traveler outdoors and tuned to 1070.

I heard nothing initially, but turning the radio 360° horizontally and vertically, I found a spot where I could hear a very weak station playing music. The station was too weak to identify, but I imagine that some nights, conditions will be better and an ID would be possible.

Anyway, the new radio passed the "1070 test."

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