Monday, October 31, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Saturday, October 22, 2005
So finally case modding has come to CB Radio.....just remember - It may look great on the outside, but it still has the cheap guts from China on the inside.
Friday, October 21, 2005
By John C. Dvorak
The most overlooked participants in Katrina relief were the ham radio folks. Bush should give them all medals.
Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, it was reported that over 100 Internet networks were still down in Louisiana, as well as another dozen elsewhere that had been in the path of the hurricane. So much for the notion that the Web is impossible to kill. Hard to have an Internet with no power! WiMAX and other solutions are useless, too, though I suppose a generator would be useful for WiMAX. Whatever the case, the most overlooked participants in the Katrina relief effort were the ham radio folks, who were doing whatever they could as ad hoc emergency dispatchers, creating their own network within the system. These dedicated persons pride themselves on their ability to do worldwide communications under adverse conditions, and the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) and its members, as well as others, were a big part of the aid effort. Of course, since amateur radio is anything but trendy in today's Xbox, gene-splicing world, there was zero coverage of its contribution in the mainstream press, and these people are not the world's greatest self-promoters. At least some of us are paying attention. Good work, guys! Bush should be giving medals to you all.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
E.F. Johnson Messenger 351
SBE Sidebander II
Ah yes, twins separated at birth are now re-united at the CB Gazette, and our staff has tears in their eyes.....
Other than that, I don't have much to say except I'm on a vacation day and the radio is quiet -
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
The package arrived fairly fast, and inside I found 2 CD's. I popped in one and looked around, then the second, and indeed, everything they advertised was there. Also, from what I viewed, the scan of the manuals were pretty decent and easy to read. The only problem I really saw was a lack of an easy index, perhaps setup in an HTML format. For example, if I wanted to see what info the Secret CB's had on a Hygain "Hy-range V", it would be nice to have an index listing every mention of that rig, and the Secret CB it was in, along with a hyperlink to get there. Instead, you have to click on a PDF file that is numbered (like the Secret CB's) and spend time poking around it, then moving on to the next PDF file.
On the other CD there are files that have no meaning (at least to me) and you click on it and it opens up and tells you what schematic it is. A bit frustrating, but given the cost of buying the manuals and other schematics and information, ten bucks is a pretty good deal (it could have been done better). 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
I skipped lunches, I pass on the latest STYX album, I saved my money so I could fork out the $400 this rig commanded. And I clearly remember the advertising/reviews stating "E.F. Johnson re-enters the SSB market". Later of course, when the 40 channel rigs came out, E.F.J. offered 2 other models, strangely enough - mobiles as well (Why they didn't market a base station with SSB is beyond me).
So, for all of these years I thought EFJ only produced 2 SSB mobiles in those early years....until just recently. A few weeks ago I was perusing the newest listings on EBAY when I saw an auction for a Johnson 351 SSB mobile. "This had to be a typo" I thought, but when I saw the picture I realized the 351 was truly another 23ch SSB mobile.
Naturally, I had to buy it, and maybe I've had my head in the sand, but I would classify this rig as a rare one. If you've seen these around drop me an e-mail and I'll re-classify it, but I don't think too many of these were manufactured.