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Just found a very old shortwave radio

 
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Just found a very old shortwave radio
Last night I mostly got religious stuff and a crazy guy "broadcasting from his barn in SC" talking about the end of the world lol. Lots of spanish and french stations as well. Are there any of interest I could pick up from where I live (Metro Detroit?)

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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Oh! How cool! I love shortwave, I hope to get a really good set up soon. Have fun.
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Oh! How cool! I love shortwave, I hope to get a really good set up soon. Have fun.
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I have a feeling it will really come in handy when SHTF
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Last night I mostly got religious stuff and a crazy guy "broadcasting from his barn in SC" talking about the end of the world lol. Lots of spanish and french stations as well. Are there any of interest I could pick up from where I live (Metro Detroit?)
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you have to know when stations come in like am or pm, you can hear allover the world with it, just gotta find the right station at the right time.
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
That crazy guy is Brother Stair....Overcomerministry.org
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Oh! How cool! I love shortwave, I hope to get a really good set up soon. Have fun.


I have a feeling it will really come in handy when SHTF
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indeed it would!
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
I suspect that this thread is data mining to identify people who own SW radios, but in case it's not:

[link to www.shortwave.be]
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
i bet its a halicrafters
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Tons of stuff...you should also be able to get Alex Jones around midnight. Try between 5 and 7 MC
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
cool I have a 1947 Philco shortwave that still works great
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is that your ARP Oddessy in your avitar?
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i bet its a halicrafters
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Tons were made years ago...Zenith Transoceanic...Philco etc. etc.
I use an inexpensive Grundig. I like the analog tuning and hate digital.
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I wish I had one..nice find!
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Tons of stuff...you should also be able to get Alex Jones around midnight. Try between 5 and 7 MC
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The trouble with old radios...the capacitors go bad and you have tubes to contend with.
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
i bet its a halicrafters
Tons were made years ago...Zenith Transoceanic...Philco etc. etc.
I use an inexpensive Grundig. I like the analog tuning and hate digital.
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had one once, and a grundig. great stuff, lucky you dude!
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You can buy a decent one today for less than 50 bucks.
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after the emp you'll be the last one standing!

you rock muggles

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You can buy a decent one today for less than 50 bucks.
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Grundig FR200. If you have an extra small one put it in a Faraday Cage....shielded...example...an old pressure cooker and ground the pressure cooker to copper plumbing.
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Last night I mostly got religious stuff and a crazy guy "broadcasting from his barn in SC" talking about the end of the world lol. Lots of spanish and french stations as well. Are there any of interest I could pick up from where I live (Metro Detroit?)
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Is it picking up broadcasts from the past?
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Keep it in a faraday box when not using it. You can thank me for that advice later.

Better yet, get two and keep one in the faraday box always.

A cookie tin should work fine as a faraday cage.
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Keep it in a faraday box when not using it. You can thank me for that advice later.

Better yet, get two and keep one in the faraday box always.

A cookie tin should work fine as a faraday cage.
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what good is that if all the transmitters are fried?
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Keep it in a faraday box when not using it. You can thank me for that advice later.

Better yet, get two and keep one in the faraday box always.

A cookie tin should work fine as a faraday cage.


what good is that if all the transmitters are fried?
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If the EMP hit the US It's possible you could still pick up news etc. from foreign countries.
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Last night I mostly got religious stuff and a crazy guy "broadcasting from his barn in SC" talking about the end of the world lol. Lots of spanish and french stations as well. Are there any of interest I could pick up from where I live (Metro Detroit?)

you have to know when stations come in like am or pm, you can hear allover the world with it, just gotta find the right station at the right time.
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I think I got a Japanese station in the other night. and in response to some other comments, no I'm not data mining lol. I did get Alex Jones in too, I was a little surprised by that. Thanks for the info from the rest of you!

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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
a few days after....


bzzt fzz..."hello hello... is there anyone out there.... HELLO!"...


pop... "this is muggles, i read you over"...

"oh for the love of God, there is someone out there"...

(muggles) ... bzow... " this is muggles, over"..

"WE NEED MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND FOOD. WE NEED SANITARY ITEMS.
WE NEED FUEL AND LINEMANT FOR OUR PLOW HORSES..." beepop..."
WE NEED SEED AND PETROCHEMICAL HERBICIDES, AND 15K WATT GENERATORS AND 10,OOO GALLON WATER PURIFICATION SYTEMS....

(muggles) ... "this is muggles, i'm losing yo...." out.

(muggles) "whew!"
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Last night I mostly got religious stuff and a crazy guy "broadcasting from his barn in SC" talking about the end of the world lol. Lots of spanish and french stations as well. Are there any of interest I could pick up from where I live (Metro Detroit?)

you have to know when stations come in like am or pm, you can hear allover the world with it, just gotta find the right station at the right time.




I think I got a Japanese station in the other night. and in response to some other comments, no I'm not data mining lol. I did get Alex Jones in too, I was a little surprised by that. Thanks for the info from the rest of you!

Not my synth or cat in my avatar (I do own a microkorg though!) It's the notorious cat on a keyboard in space:

[link to whatyouseewhenyoudie.ytmnd.com]

[link to wiki.ytmnd.com]
 Quoting: Mr. Muggles
China Radio Intl. comes in good after midnight....English broadcast. Somewhere between 6-7 MC Fun to listen to their news. And I hate to say it but it seems highly accurate.
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You can buy a decent one today for less than 50 bucks.
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Where?
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
great find!

take care of it and have fun!
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Tons of stuff...you should also be able to get Alex Jones around midnight. Try between 5 and 7 MC
The trouble with old radios...the capacitors go bad and you have tubes to contend with.
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Both capacitors can easily be replaced on older radios.

A tube radio would be best because it would be immune to an EMP burst.

They can be found on ebay.
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Tons of stuff...you should also be able to get Alex Jones around midnight. Try between 5 and 7 MC
The trouble with old radios...the capacitors go bad and you have tubes to contend with.


Both capacitors can easily be replaced on older radios.

A tube radio would be best because it would be immune to an EMP burst.

They can be found on ebay.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1088950


Correction: I meant to type "both capacitors and tubes".

Sorry.
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Tons of stuff...you should also be able to get Alex Jones around midnight. Try between 5 and 7 MC
The trouble with old radios...the capacitors go bad and you have tubes to contend with.


Both capacitors can easily be replaced on older radios.

A tube radio would be best because it would be immune to an EMP burst.

They can be found on ebay.


Correction: I meant to type "both capacitors and tubes".

Sorry.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1088950


just to add, the big caps are 'electrolytics' the paste in them dries out over time.

when you get new ones muggles, if you need em, make sure you observe the 'polarity'(+ - sign on the caps) or 'kapow', there goes muggles!

capiche?

now have fun twiddlin those dials.
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Re: Just found a very old shortwave radio
Tons of stuff...you should also be able to get Alex Jones around midnight. Try between 5 and 7 MC
The trouble with old radios...the capacitors go bad and you have tubes to contend with.


Both capacitors can easily be replaced on older radios.

A tube radio would be best because it would be immune to an EMP burst.

They can be found on ebay.


Correction: I meant to type "both capacitors and tubes".

Sorry.


just to add, the big caps are 'electrolytics' the paste in them dries out over time.

when you get new ones muggles, if you need em, make sure you observe the 'polarity'(+ - sign on the caps) or 'kapow', there goes muggles!

capiche?

now have fun twiddlin those dials.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1121903



Almost capiche. Here is the one I have:

[link to www.universal-radio.com]

It definitely needs a new antenna but it serves it purpose for now. I'm still new to shortwave. Is there anything else I should replace besides the capacitors and antenna?
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