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Musopen Telford April 14, 2017 Update.

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Bits and pieces: I drove up Rt. 309 to see the doctor again yesterday. That gave me a chance to check on that new station on 1620 KHz. It's still a loop, but, they have a call sign now, and, are stating that they are a joint operation of Quakertown Boro, and, it's school district. They are also starting to carry local event info, and, promising further development of the station. They seem to have upped the power a bit, now rendering part 15 operator WNAR unlistenable all the way from Mile marker 25, on North to Quakertown.

Musopen Telford March 12, 2017 Update

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I'm receiving reports that what was once the gold standard for custom crystals, International Crystal Manufacturing in Oklahome City, OK, will close it's doors very soon, probably no later than May. At this moment they are still accepting orders if and where remaining materials and pending facility sale allow it. They will be missed by many radio hobbyists. I am trying to play some games with my personal budget, attempting to fund the purchase of a couple more crystals before the end comes. After this, it will be Chinese DDOs and DDSs unfortunately! ...

Musopen Telford 02/12/17 update.

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The inevitable has happened! Someone else has begun test transmissions on 106.5. It's a mostly unmodulated carrier detected for about an hour around 11:30 am, and again at 4:30 pm. They are particularly strong out on RT 113, south of Franconia, and north of Harleysville. And I can receive the carrier all the way to where County Line Road crosses Perkiomen Creek, a couple of miles northwest of Telford. That's a good 7 miles or so!

Musopen Telford Feb 04 2017 Update

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I've been able to spend a little time reading and downloading Part 15 related music and info these past few weeks, as well as upgrading the audio and file management. I finally have figured out that despite the presence of what looks like an external antenna jack on the Sainsonic, it was meant only for the stock whip! I'd previously thought the reverse threads were some oversight on my part. It had been easy to get the adapter to fit despite it, by using a file on the threads.

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