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Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by unverferth, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    The BAQ our unit was billeted in at Hickam still had the bullet indentations from the 1941 attack as well. And that was in 1983! They had been painted over numerous times but the pock marks were still visible.
     
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  2. 06PTElectricBlue

    06PTElectricBlue Active Member

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    The perfect things for "social distancing" bring back drive in restaurants with car hops ;)

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    And drive in theaters :)

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    freshforged Well-Known Member

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    dont’ya mean “make out theaters?”
     
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  4. 06PTElectricBlue

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    That would be a bonus to being in your own car o_O:rolleyes::oops::eek::D:p:cool::confused::(;):)
     
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  5. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Sonic!
     
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  6. Tony K

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    That wouldn't surprise me. Some AM stations have 24 hour service and boost power after 10 PM because other stations in their frequency bleed-over are not on at night. I used to pick up AM stations cross country at night with a device I got from C Crane that would cancel out the interference from other distant stations by some sort of tuning mechanism that worked through inductive coupling, like the Terk AM Advantage, but in a cheaper, less aesthetically pleasing case. Terk AM Advantage (at https://www.ccrane.com/item/ant_am_tr1/101105/terk_am_advantage )
     
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  7. 06PTElectricBlue

    06PTElectricBlue Active Member

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    There is Sonic today ;)

    We had an A & W in the small town in Iowa that I grew up in.

    This isn't it, but they sure did have good root beer :)

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  8. 77 Monaco Brougham

    77 Monaco Brougham Active Member

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    You Naughty Naughty Boys!. That would violate social distancing!:p:D
     
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    And...Why did you enter the field of Healthcare?
    Why...the answer is obvious...FOR DUTY AND HUMANITY!!;)


    And now...we interrupt our regularly scheduled program for a very important Public Service Message from Dr. Moe Howard::p:D

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2FTwNbaK7I
     
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    77 Monaco Brougham Active Member

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    Car Hop Service?? There's just one little problem with that:

    It would be very hot and uncomfortable for the poor waitress to be wearing a HAZMAT suit while she brings you your cheeseburgers, onion rings, and Diet Rite Cola!:p:D
     
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  11. 06PTElectricBlue

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    Car Hops are normally a hearty breed, they can adapt :)

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    But it might look a little daunting to see someone bring you your food, dressed in HAZMAT gear :eek:

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    Makes me wonder if the food is safe :p
     
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  12. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Indeed. When I was attending community college I had a few night classes. My car, a '79 Monza, had only a AM radio. I could pickup a radio station broadcasting from Buffalo, NY which was 600 miles away on my way home after class. Often it was a stronger signal than the local AM stations.
     
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  13. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    When I went to UVa, there were two or three radio stations, but one microphone in the concert hall got a far more distant station...

    Okay, that's irrelevant. But the FM and AM thing conforms to my experience, all right.
     
  14. Ernesto

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    WWKB AM 1520 is a Class A 50,000 watt radio station broadcasting from Buffalo. KOMA AM in Oklahoma City broadcasts on 1520 omni-directional daytime with 50,000 watts and directional night time with a main lobe to Seattle. The three Western Electric transmitters for night time broadcast generate about 100,000 watts to Seattle. Night time directional pattern is to protect WWKB.

    The 2015 Moore tornado knocked down both outside KOMA antennas and severely damaged the middle. Today KOMA broadcasts with a sub tower and 10,000 watts omni-directional day and night. The high power antennas for night time broadcast have never been replaced. The middle was day time only. All three for night.
     
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  15. 77 Monaco Brougham

    77 Monaco Brougham Active Member

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    If you were determined to use a pun......at least you could have used one that was in better taste.
     
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  16. Ernesto

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    Wife and I visited daughter's near empty steakhouse yesterday at 2 PM. We were issued face masks to wear till we were seated. Salt and pepper were served from packets. No shakers allowed. Son-in-law said lunch crowd was much better than expected. They can accept 109 customers and may up the number May 18. Son-in-law said some smaller local restaurants will not reopen.

    Skeleton crew. Many servers wish not to return till state unemployment benefits run out. Now Hiring signs hung on the entrance double door.

    I sprung for the high margin tea. I usually get free water. We tipped at the normal 20%.

    I talked to a buddy house builder last night in Colleyville. He told me he dined at his favorite Dallas restaurant beginning at 7 PM. Server told him they had done almost nothing all day.
     
  17. 77 Monaco Brougham

    77 Monaco Brougham Active Member

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    Actually, it's not a matter of stations increasing power at night (they don't), but rather a function of many other stations sharing those frequencies having to "get out of the way" by one means or another.

    At night, AM radio signals, (as well as shortwave signals)...do an excellent job of bouncing off the Earth's Ionosphere, and bounce back to ground level hundreds, and sometimes thousands of miles from where they began.

    Also, as you mentioned...many AM radio stations are forced at local sunset to do the following: reduce power...change directional pattern of the signal...both...or...go off the air at night altogether.

    This leaves the AM spectrum a lot less crowded at night, so the higher-powered stations are able to "do their thing":

    List of 50 kW AM radio stations in the United States - Wikipedia (at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_50_kW_AM_radio_stations_in_the_United_States )

    There's a good chance a lot of you are able to pick-up our own examples here in New England:
    WTIC (AM) - Wikipedia (at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTIC_(AM) )
    WBZ (AM) - Wikipedia (at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBZ_(AM) )
     
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  18. Tony K

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    I personally haven't listened to AM much since I found Allpar (and some other cool websites). I did take a SW with me to Afghanistan, and have a QSL card from Vatican Radio. I have a long-wire kit, but have never installed it, and only recently stumbled across the SW radio. The internet is killing those old, cool hobbies...for now, anyway.

    I have done more physical book reading this week for a change. For my Germanophile fellows, a Britisher by the name of Neil MacGregor wrote Germany: Memories of a Nation. It's a thick book, but the chapters are not intertwined, so you can pick it up and read a chapter, and do whatever later, then come back, and you aren't lost. Talks about the complexities of Germany and how in many aspects, European history since Charlemagne in some ways depends on Germany and how it's power structures operated or didn't. It covers politics, art, industry, commerce, philosphy, religion, National Socialism, Communism, wars, reunification, the "allgemeinde." Really keeps my attention, which is good.

    Here's an interesting tidbit some of you may know. Nobody outside of China knew how to make fine porcelain (aka "china") before 1700. The House of Orange (Netherlands) had the market locked up, since they were the preeminent continental seafaring nation north of the Alps up to that point. They had been doing this since before 1500, the Dutch East India Company. The House of Orange and later Orange-Nassau were tight with the House of Brandenburg, which became Prussia under the Hohenzollerns (who were from Swabia, in SW Germany). When the Saxon elector Augustus the Strong went to visit Fredrick William I, King of Prussia, in 1717, he brought 600 Dragoons (Dragoner in German, mounted troops), and came back with 151 pieces of fine Chinese porcelain, including 18 blue and white vases, which are now refered to as the Dragoon Vases. Eleven years later, Augustus gave Fredrick William I, in keeping with protocol, gave him gifts, including one specifically made set of porcelain that was made in Meissen, which is near Dresden, the Saxon capitol. What's more interesting is how this came about. An alchemist named Johann Boettiger had fled Berlin in fear of his freedom from none other than King Fredrick William I, and took refuge with the Saxon King, who subsequently detained him, told him to make him gold. Fortunately for him, Augustus, and Dresden, a companion of his named Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus suggested taking over from him with the porcelain experiments. In two years, Boettiger determined the precise clay properties the Chinese were using by trial and error, taking precise notes of his recipes. Some historic Meissen art pieces on the market are high dollar. This is a moderately priced example.

    MeissenTureen.jpg

    ETA: I've also been baking bread. I reengaged the sourdough thing from 3 years ago, and it's paying off.
     
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  19. dodgeismycar

    dodgeismycar Well-Known Member

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    Back in the day(60's),I lived in Binghamton, NYa when I could not fall asleep, I would DX with my clock radio.
    I found WKBW,WLS and listened to those and some others at night.
    WLS is where I first heard about Mr.Norms Grand Spaulding Dodge.
     
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  20. jerseyjoe

    jerseyjoe Plymouth Makes It

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    Get a good large radio with a big ferrite antenna. I still do AM DX listening at night, 99% of the stations are political news. Thank goodness for Canada, 740 Zoomer radio rock music 50-90s some old time serials and 900 AM CHML news and sports and late old time serials even in the daytime here in New Jersey, takes me back to the Cruiseing days of my youth.
     
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