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  1. KB2GOM

    More experimentation with the horizontal room loop

    Somewhere here on RR, I read that somebody had really good luck with a 45-foot long wire with a 9:1 balun for shortwave listening. So why not a 9:1s balun on the horizontal room loop (a 50-foot wire running around near the ceiling of my radio shack and feeding my Grundig Satellit 800) and feed...
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    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    It's fascinating to learn about people doing their jobs. I spent nearly 50 years writing about science, tech, and medicine from a layman's point of view. I also wrote for Passport, PopComm, MT, and QST (as a kind of side gig). Soooo . . . somebody doing their job using radio? Well, you got me...
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    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    I'm 2/3 through the first episode . . . great stuff! Already learned things I had not even considered. Thanks for posting this.
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    Telling on myself . . .

    While waiting to start the Commuter Assistance Net on 2 meters this am, it seemed like a good time to see what happening on the HF broadcast bands. So I grab the CCrane Skywave SSB, extend the whip antenna, and press and hold the DOWN button to start it scanning from 10 MHz downward. (the...
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    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    That aerosavvy article was terrific! Thanks for posting the link. Now I'm starting to have a glimmer of a clue.
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    Horizontal room loop . . . add another loop?

    At this point, listening only.
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    Possible outdoor antenna idea . . . folded long wire?

    That might be just the thing I need!
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    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    It does show where most of the activity is (Shannon), if that is any help.
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    Possible outdoor antenna idea . . . folded long wire?

    An outdoor antenna is better than an indoor antenna. Thinking about my options, the one place that I could hang an antenna would be under the roof eaves on the west side of the house. But the eave on the west side of our small cottage is only about 30 feet long. That's a fairly short "long"...
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    Horizontal room loop . . . add another loop?

    Mike, Elsewhere on RR, I posted an inquiry about transmitting using small loop antennas, and a couple of people responded that "Tuning was super touchy with a narrow range, making it OK for something like FT8 or ops where you park on a freq, but less than ideal for tuning around. " and "...
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    Horizontal room loop . . . add another loop?

    I have already posted here about my desire to improve HF reception without resorting to an outside antenna, and I came up with this: https://swling.com/blog/2021/06/jock-designs-a-horizontal-room-loop-to-cope-with-reception-issues/ The results are markedly better than the whip antenna on my...
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    Has anybody used one of those magnetic loop antennas (approx 3 ft) for transmitting?

    Wow, I wondered if anyone had experience with one of those. Thanks for the info.
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    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    Not quite two hours after you posted that, I saw your message, fired up the radio, and copied Gander taking care of business. Thanks for the tip!
  14. KB2GOM

    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    That is, exactly, awesome information . . . very helpful. (And here I thought you HF Aero experts did it by detecting "a disturbance in the force").:D
  15. KB2GOM

    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    Thanks. I printed it and stuck it in my "radio notebook."
  16. KB2GOM

    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    As always, Mike, your comments are helpful.
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    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    Thanks, Mike. This -- This just made me grin . . . -- happened to me the other day, and I just thought I would try to intercept as much SSB aero frequencies as I can. Are there any propagation tools that you can recommend for getting closer to the right frequencies? I've been checking WWV at 5...
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    What strategy do you use for monitoring North Atlantic HF aero frequencies?

    There appears to be NAT-A through NAT-F, and a handful of frequencies for each . . . how do you decide which frequencies to monitor when?
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