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  1. Communications
    Chicago police joining national wave of encrypting radio communication, raising transparency concerns Chicago police joining national wave of encrypting radio communication, raising transparency concerns
  2. Communications
    Came across this 25-watt HT while shopping for a GMRS base station. It's outside GMRS specifications (and isn't a base station), so I'm not going to personally try it out, but I figured it might have some niche applications worth looking into. It has three power modes: 5, 10, and 25, and...
  3. Communications
    I've picked up a Tecsun PL-880 SW radio. Its good at pickup up FM signals, but not so good with AM and can't pick up any SW. Even with the generic antenna that came with it isn't helpful, even if I have it close to a window. Purchased this via Amazon, which is recommending the following...
  4. Communications
    I just built an easy little adapter to monitor a scanner on an unused phone line on my phone system. I have a multi-line telephone system with some extra phone line ports. I wanted to be able to select an unused telephone line and listen to a radio scanner on the speakerphone. That way I can...
  5. Events, Connections, and Get Togethers
    A close friend is helping a student with her dissertation for doctoral degree, and her subject is "Radio First Termer". She is trying to locate anyone who was there in 1971 and heard the radio station on the air. She's not looking for anyone who has heard of it, or heard a recording; but heard...
  6. Off Topic Lounge
    I didn't measure the time exactly, just an estimate. But talk radio, like Rush Limbaugh, has +/- 35 minutes out of every hour as commercials. It may vary for region, but that is what it is in the Rustbelt.
  7. Off Topic Lounge
    Some sellers on eBay say they have thousands of hours of radio broadcasts on CD. Are there radio archives where you can download for free? Some have old country from the 40's. Others rock and pop from the 70's. Here are 2 samples: https://www.ebay.com/itm/193199877919...
  8. Communications
    I passed my Technician and General Amateur Radio exams last weekend, so now I am shopping for my first gear. I want to start out with a simple man-portable walkabout/bicycle-friendly kit for urban or woodland recon, bugout/bugin, and get home. (Later, as I become more proficient, I will explore...
  9. Communications
    So I finally studied enough and took my Element 3 exam to upgrade to a General License. I'd been putting it off for far too long. I've done some looking around but not having a lot of hands on experience with HF I'd like some opinions about HF gear. I need a radio and antenna, probably an...
  10. Louisiana
    http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest/index.htm Looks like a nice event if you're interested in amateur/HAM radio or just communications in general. Hope to see ya there :) :thumb:
  11. Communications
    Didnt find much in search related to my questions, so here goes. As a kid (7 - 10 YO) I had one of those little battery powered CB radios with the cord mic that I had fun with, especially when on family trips. Well, that was 30 years ago or more and I'ld forgotten the little that i knew. I...
  12. Communications
    I couldn't find a place to post otherwise... So here it goes. This is a discussion on communications when all else fails. It occurred to me that most land line and cell phone coms will likely fail. So a few years ago I bought a Galaxy 939 CB radio (11 Meter) - only to discover there is no...
  13. Off Topic Lounge
    http://gizmodo.com/norway-will-be-the-first-country-to-turn-off-fm-radio-i-1698797593?mod=djemCIO_h DAB = digital audio broadcasting
  14. Communications
    Today I pulled the radios out of the safe and the get-home bags (GHB's) to test and charge them. The radio from one of the GHB's had a dead battery. I realized that the on/off button on the Baofeng radio had probably pressed against something, turned on the radio, and drained the battery. So...
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    I wanted to start this translation for a while now, and finally I think I got some time. The whole thing is based on the following thread (in russian), http://forum.guns.ru/forummessage/151/1504669.html and I want to thank you everyone who contributed there. I am changing the way the...
  16. Communications
    I have decided to study for the license and get me a HAM radio. I want something cheap for now. Being a beginner I don't see the need to invest a lot of money into something fancy. I don't have much money anyway. I know that a lot of times you get what you pay for though. I want this...
  17. Communications
    Has any had a problem with leaving their HTs in the car during winter (not talking about theft, more life of the device)? I guess it's a silly question since there are so many electronics in the car by default, but for some reason I'm nervous the cold will mess with the LCD screen somewhat...
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