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Shortwave broadcasting using 8 Watt tube transmitters

If you're tired of the hype around the highly questionable, so-called 'grenade' shortwave transmitter that's been spoophing the interwebs since the USENET days, then surf on over to www.stationqrp.com to see shortwave as God intended - with big, beautiful, warm, glowing tube transmitters.
     Need a little more pop in your techno-pop?  www.stationqrp.com has plans and schematics for 8 Watt tube transmitters, 35 Watt tube transmitters, 50 Watt tube transmitters, 70 Watt tube transmitter and even 200 Watt tube transmitters.
     And there's more! Along with great info on tube transmitters, you'll find plans for the Inverted V Shortwave antenna.
     Whether you're using one of these magnificent tube units or you're working 13.xx MHz in the unlicensed band, the Inverted V just might get you our farther.
     Why? I'm glad you asked! According to the site owner, "The Inverted-V will give up to 3 dB at high take-off angles and due to the relatively low height above ground the antenna 'shoot' straight up for a perfect skip."
     Much to learn and explore in the world of tube transmitters and shortwave radio - go there!

Part15LAB is ON FIRE!

I've mentioned this terrific Part 15 broadcasting blog several times in the past but Mr. Part15LAB is burning up the web in 2018 with a whole series of hellacious posts on our favorite hobby.
     First, and latest, are a series of articles on my very favorite subject - practical uses of low power radio.
     Part15LAB crushes this topic with illustrated news and editorial on low power radio's many applications in the real, actual world.
     Get your eyeballs on http://part15lab.blogspot.com/2018/01/making-waves-with-low-power-am-radio.html for some great high energy low power readings.
     Next, feast your eyes on some terrific trivia as Part15LAB looks at the history of our hobby with http://part15lab.blogspot.com/2017/07/part-15-in-1960.html and http://part15lab.blogspot.com/2017/03/thanks-philco-for-part-15-broadcasting.html.
     Finally, check out everyone's least liked but most favorite topic of FCC enforcement, with an insightful review of recent FCC NOUOs at http://part15lab.blogspot.com/2014/04/nouo-notices-of-unlicensed-operation.html.
     Nobody likes to have to turn off their transmitter but sometimes experiments go awry and the plug must be pulled.
     Fortunately, as is the case with the FCC enforcement reviews on http://DIYmedia.net and even this humble blog, the real message is that you need put some serious fire in the wire before you draw heat from old greybeard, AKA the Feds.
     Especially useful as an antidote to the haters, baiters and trolls who love to scream "That's EEE-LEE-GULL" when the topic of low power radio comes up.
     Lots more kewl posts to be enjoyed over at Part15LAB so click on over and please to be enjoying some great Part 15 Local Area Broadcasting news at http://part15lab.blogspot.com!

22 Meter Band Part 15 CW Beacon Kit

Image Credit: Black Cat Systems
Black Cat Systems strikes again with this innovative 13.5 MHz Morse code beacon kit.
     This handy, inexpensive project will get you in the 22 meter band, per Part 15 of the FCC regulations allowing for unlicensed operation in the 13553-13567 kHz band.
     The kit includes the PCB and components, including a custom programmed micro-controller that will continuously transmit the ID / call sign of your choice, up to 8 characters, at about 13 wpm.
     The complete assembly instructions are available on the kit page and it looks like an intermediate difficulty build, three evening effort.
     What call sign would you choose? Warm up the soldering iron and put your Part 15 beacon in the air!

Your very own Cart machine

Black Cat Systems

 If you're of a certain age or if you've studied radio history, you've heard of the vaunted cart machine, an anachronistic and legendary way to instantly play jingles, sound effects and other audio in a rapid fire manner that the digital world has always struggled with.
Image Credit: www.pauldenton.co.uk
     Modern radio stations use software costing hundreds of dollars to replicate the trusty old carts, but now you can get similar performance from an app.
     Black Cat Systems presents Sound Byte, software that takes the old cart machine and puts it on your PC.
     Why is this a big deal?
     It seems the one attribute the digital world struggles with is the 'instant on' capability the old mechanical systems could deliver, so useful for live performances and making recordings without the need for extensive post-production.
     While there have been instant on technologies in use in the audio chain of broadcast and production facilities for decades, the cost of these solutions have been beyond the means of casual users like recreational broadcasters.
     Interesting application from Black Cat Systems!
Image Credit: Black Cat Systems

Get on the Air with One Click, Buy a Transmitter Bundle from Amazon.com

Many hobbyists agree that the F-S variable power 0.1 to 0.5 W FM Transmitter is one of the best transmitters for the price.  Add the convenience of a selection of premium quality accessories and you can literally be on the air with a single click.
     No need to search the web for FM broadcast antenna, FM transmitter antenna plans or FM broadcast antenna diy, this great combo includes an F-S Electronics RangeBooster 2.0 Ground Plane Antenna. 
     Connect your antenna to the transmitter with your included ultra low-loss  (55.4 db/100m), 8 mm diameter,  rugged class 8D broadcasting cable and add your programming with the included 6 foot heavy duty stereo audio cable. 
     Necessary adapters are included, too - a simple and cost-effective solution to increase your range, minimize signal loss and maximize your broadcasting enjoyment.
     Peace of mind with the lifetime warranty.

Check out these reviews from real users:

• "All components of the bundle are high quality."
• "The Rangebooster antenna definitely extends the range"
• "Signal goes through brick-metal buildings and embankments as if they were not there"
• "The transmitter unit defaults to .1 watts which is how I've been using it."
• "I am able to get more range with the external antenna"
• "Set up was so easy. The sound quality was awesome. I love this transmitter!"
• "The transmitter works well given I am out in the 'bush' away from town"
• "Worked great right out of the box. Very pleased!!"
• "It is a very compact and easy to use transmitter with impressive stereo fidelity"

So quit wishing and waiting, quit struggling with inferior approaches and “Git er dun!”
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