Looking for a pair of external speakers that will provide a wider range of response, look good, and not break the bank? Checkout the offerings Blackweb. Found mine at Walmart, but are available on-line as well.
I was looking for a pair of desktop computer speakers to use with my SDRplay receiver, and needed to meet a few requirements. Had to have a volume plus treble/bass control on the front, headphone/earbud output jack on the front as well, and be internally amplified. Did a little research and most consumers seemed to be please with the Blackweb. Took a chance a purchased a pair at my local Walmart, knowing I could easily return if they did not meet my needs.
Connected them up, and was very pleased with the sound reproduction. However the BIG TEST was going to be internal shielding. Would a full legal limit signal from my station cause them to go berserk? The answer was no, they did not go berserk. Can’t give all the credit to the speaker shielding though, because I did take extra steps to insure good station RF grounding when I moved my radio equipment to a newly remodeled room in my homes basement.
I have been so pleased with these inexpensive speakers, I returned to Walmart and purchased a 2nd pair, to supplement the current Yaesu SP-2000 connected to my FTDX5000MP. So far, no regrets.
Edward C. Borghi, KB2E, of Farmington, New York, has submitted a Petition, now designated as RM-11834,
that would prohibit applicants from requesting a vanity call sign
outside their call sign district. Exceptions would be made for call
signs applied for under rules governing call signs previously held by
“In some more populous areas, there are few of the most desirable vanity calls signs available — the 2 and 6 regions for example,” Borghi said. “I see no reason for a licensee to have to compete with out-of-area people for the few 1 × 2 or 2 × 1 or catchy 2 × 3 call signs available in their area of residence,” Borghi told the FCC.
In a similar petition, Jeffrey Bail, NT1K, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, has submitted a very similar Petition, now designated as RM-11835, asking that the FCC give residential preference in competing applications to applicants whose listed FCC address is within the same district/region as the applied call sign. He cites limited availability and increased demand for 1 × 2 and 2 × 1 call signs.
“There are many times a call sign has been awarded to an individual/club who resides outside of the call sign district when there are other people who applied for the same call sign that reside within the district,” he said in his brief petition.
Personally I like these petitions. Amateurs who apply and receive receive a vanity call outside their call district circumvent the purpose of the call area. This usually occurs when the amateur is seeking a call sign that has their name initials as part of the call.
program is slated to begin next month. This program is to take the place of the expiring Official Observer program. The ARRL and the FCC have been working on this program for the past 2 years in preparation for this transition. The VM program administrator will be K4ZDH Riley Hollingsworth, former special counsel for amateur radio enforcement with the FCC.
Hopefully the problems on 7.200mHz (and a few other frequencies) will begin to be dealt with in a decisive meaningful manner. It is my opinion, and the opinion of others I have spoken with, Ms Laura Smith has failed to serve the amateur community dealing with the handful of misfits that occupy several frequencies in the amateur radio spectrum.
My amateur radios and reloading equipment share the same room in my home. Can get rather noisy here at times. The solution was the Behringer Shark FBQ100 noise gate. Once adjusted per the manual instructions, this device eliminates the sounds generated by the reloading gear, allowing flawless VOX operation.
items included with all new amateur radio products is the owners manual. You would be surprised on how many amateurs have never even read the manual, cover to cover. However you can quickly discover who these amateurs are, when they are on air operating their equipment.