Vox Clamantis in Deserto

ham radio

Radio in the High Desert #hamradio #swl #interzone

“In the desert you can remember your name”
“Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain”

– America, Horse With No Name

Went into the desert with a fellow LMI Monday night to do a little field radio work.  Let’s just say it was somewhere in DN52.  Six meters was pretty quiet, as was Ten.  We did hear an ATSC pilot carrier for Channel 2, just a little above the noise floor, about an S2 max when we swung the beam North.  FCC records show a station on CH2 up in Montana, so that makes sense.  Also heard a fair amount of local/regional 11m AM & SSB activity from 26-28 Mhz.  Of course the high-power CH6 guys were coming in loud and clear.

Only got about about an hour and a half worth of radio time in, but it was still a good exercise.  Next time I’m gonna bring a sleeping bag and breakfast. 

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Parts

Acquired a few old TVs to strip down for parts:

Best of the bunch so far was a 1970s GE S-F Chassis B&W portable.

The two local Radio Shack stores are actually franchises.  With their current organizational woes, these may have been the last RS bulk parts packs in Wyoming:

We used to have an NTE distributor in Casper, but they closed up shop recently. There is always mail order, but that lacks something, and might be considered cheating by some. At least that’s what Abbey tells me.