My other half berating me for buying yet another bike I neither need or have the room for. as far as I'm concerned If I can get it in the workshop I have the room. Does this count?
If your not gonna thrash it leave it in the garage !! Toys include, 99 Honda Blackbird 03 Honda CBR600F 1980 Yamaha RD400F 81 250lc (in process of being restored, very slowly !!) 1980 Honda XL500S (finished!!) 1980 Yamaha RD250f (most recent purchase, light restoration)
After much head scratching and soul searching, I have destroyed my collection of devil music, mainly Motorhead, Hawkwind, Slayer, PIL, Napalm Death, Megadeath, and Cilla Black. But as I cannot survive without some form sound to listen to, I have found something that hopefully will not offend any of our multicultural friends.
Radio Caroline is doing their monthly live broadcast again this weekend from the Motor Vessel Ross Revenge in the River Blackwater estuary, live via Manx Radio on the Isle of Man on 1368 khz AM, and online.
..... I made a magnetic loop antenna to receive Radio Caroline via Manx Radio on 1368 Khz AM a bit better. I am over 100 miles from the Isle of Man, so struggle to pick up a decent signal during the daytime, but can pick it up ok at night. This loop antenna greatly increases day time reception at my location.
Here is a quick video of it working this afternoon.......my first EVER utube video. ! steven.
Thanks for the kind words, yes, magnetic loop antennas are quite ingenious, but im afraid they have nothing to do with me, I found out about them on the internet. The earliest use of a magnetic loop antenna I found was from 1906, but they have been very popular since the 1920,s. I beleive they were the norm for listeniing to the "wireless" for years, and lots of houses had them. Since the demise of LW and MW radio they have been dissapearing in favour of FM and now DAB and internet radios. The only thing I had to buy was the variable capacitor out of an old radio from ebay. The theory behind them seems quite complex, as they couple to your radio by inductance, I think it is some kind of voodoo as there are no wires or anything actually connected to your radio ! but they work great.
I used to have a long wire antenna about 170 feet long to listen to the live TT racing on Manx Radio on 1368 Khz AM/MW, but nowadays you can just listen live online in crystal clear digital audio, but I much prefer sitting out in the garden on a sunny day listening to it on MW, crackles and hisses and all !........no wonder everyone went to FM/DAB !
To keep it "on topic" I have enclosed a picture of a magnetic loop antenna on a motorbike. cheers, steven.
.... Radio Caroline again, doing their monthly Live broadcast on 1368 AM/MW from the MV Ross Revenge. I read that the MV Ross Revenge holds the world record for the biggest catch of fish, when in 1976 she landed 218 tonnes of Icelandic cod.
Is anyone else hearing Radio Caroline on 1368 AM/MW ? steven.
... I was listening to Radio Caroline live on 1368 AM/MW via Manx Radio on the Isle of Man again today. Like LC,s, I suppose its just another nostalgia thing.
Here is a utube video I made this afternoon of my 1964, Sailor 46T Marine Radio/Direction Finder, they used these on boats for navigation before the days of satellites.
Most of the navigation beacons that this used are gone now, but there are still a few about. It looked like it had been dragged out of a fishermans arse when I got it !... but it cleaned up ok and works great with my home made loop antennas. At over 50 years old it is still going strong and works great. I think Plastic Bertrand is the closest we are going to get to a "punky" song from Radio Caroline. ! steven.