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timmer

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Summertime skip? There seemed to be alot of skip last night. I was picking up vhf hi band transmissions from 150 miles away, as well as vhf aircraft band atis transmisions from 50-75 miles away.
 

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What kind of antenna/radio are you using?

Which atis towers were you getting? Anytime I try and pickup the ATIS at BMI it is marginal and I am only a couple miles away.
 

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I'm using an AOR3000a with a Diamond d-130j discone mounted on a 45 foot tower. I'm near Springfield and was picking up Decatur airport atis on 126.35 and another I couldn't identify on 127.175, possibly Petersburg (about 25-30 miles to the nw. Decatur is about 35 miles to the east. Also was getting a couple of Kansas City center ground transmisions on 127.22 and 125.5. (I think 125.5 is remoted from St.Louis.) I was also getting quite a bit of State police and county departments in the 154-156 range from 100+ miles.
 

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Today the lower bands are opened up. cb and low band vhf are going crazy. I'm picking up Tennesee state police on 42.5. The cb band is wide open, also.
 

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Petersburg has an ATIS at their airport? Shoot, Petersburg HAS an airport? Could you have possibly gotten Jacksonville? (dunno, just a guess at the next biggest city to you aside from Springfield that might have an ATIS)

Great to see another central Illinoisan on here from that region of IL. I grew up about 25 minutes NW of Decatur and 30 minutes NE of Springfield.
 

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Yeah, I'm not sure on that 127.175 freq. Couldn't quite make out the voice. Believe it or not, Taylorville also has an "atis" of sorts. It is an identifier with a little (very little) info on it about runway conditions and cloud conditions. It transmits on 123.875. I'll give a listen again tonight to see if I can ID the 127.175 trans.
 
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