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Mark Fosella

Ellenton 34222
United States, Florida

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Call data

Last update:2018-01-14 13:09:50
QTH:Ellenton, FL USA
Main prefix:K
Federal state:Florida
US county:Manatee
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5…

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2018-01-14 02:30:51
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES


Thank you for visiting my page!

I am returning back to SWLing after a long hiatus . I was an SWL in high school in the 1970s and continued into the early 1980s. One of my high school friends was a ham radio operator and so was his father (WA2OMH, W2GOW respectively). I listened mostly to the Numbers Stations broadcasts (E5 Counting Stations) and also numbers stations in other languages. I was interested in other strange utility signal transmissions that I would come across along the bands. I also listened to HF ham radio (AM/SSB) transmissions and many of the the shortwave broadcasting hourly interval signals at the time. (Radio RSA was my favorite). My favorite ham bands are 160 and 80 Meters.

I am amazed at how much computer technology has changed things, especially what you can now do on the internet in regards to radio. Basically to be able to use someone else's receiver and antenna AND to share the same receiver with others simultaneously.

Going forward, I am looking forward to working with WebSDR.


Previous receivers (never owned any two at the same time):

1st) An ancient Grundig table-top radio (this must have came over from Germany on the Mayflower) with push-buttons for band switching and and a green "magic-eye" tuning indicator. I took all of the electronics and speaker out of it and remounted it on a flat plywood base. It was much more interesting to look at and was really cool! My uncle who gave it too me said that maybe it just needed some more "air" around it to breath better! ;-) I had a lot of fun with this radio as it was the first radio to really introduce me to the world of shortwave listening. (Sort of like a "first love".)

2nd) Allied Radio's Knight Kit Star Roamer receiver. I received this kit for the holidays and put it together. It did not work at first until my ham radio friend came over and looked at it. I really liked that the tuning dial had the types of meter bands silkscreened on it like "Amateur", "Broadcast", "WWV", "Aviation" etc. I think that it inspired a lot of imagination for a young person in thinking about the world and radio.

3rd) Hallicrafters S-40B. I think this was given to me from some type of trade. This was a fun receiver to operate and it worked really well. It had this cool military look to it.

4th) Realistic DX-200. This really looked nice, however I was not too happy with it's stability, especially when using the Microlog SWL Morse/RTTY interface cartridge for the Commodore 64. But it was still a fun rig to use.

5th) JRC NRD-525 with an indoor active/amplified vertical antenna (Dressler ARA 40). Now into the world of digital tuning. It made me realize that I really liked and missed the analog way. With analog tuning, how effortlessly it was to breeze through a band and find the numbers stations. Now I had to rely more on schedules and "make appointments". It just wasn't the same. It was like zooming in so close to the frequency that now it would take light years to tune from one end of the band to the other. (I made note of one Cynthia E5 Counting Station and just kept monitoring that every day. I found that on that particular station that the messages would change every month. Maybe that spy was a slow learner?) Anyway I had sold the NRD in the early 1980s to concentrate more on learning the computer at that time.

Since then I have not own any receivers or antennas but recently started using the WebSDR. (I also live in a condo community with no antennas allowed anyway.)

I am experimenting with a preliminary logbook in Mac Notes but may change this as time goes by.

Thank you for visiting!

Mark F

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