|What the original product looks like ... times two.
|Some of the center module details. behind the front panel are the Power and Master Gain controls along with the A & B indicators. Behind that is an 8-Watt (TDA-type) power amp.
At the very rear is the RF antenna splitter/coupler.
There are no Signal Strength meters, although there is the provision for them. It is possible to take the relative differential voltage from the "sense" and "DF" antenna amplifiers and
use that for a relative signal strength indication. I can do that without too much trouble - on another panel - but I think I've probably 'gilded this lily' way too much already.
I have a long history of doing late-night DXing of the AM b'cast band and some NDB (non-directional beacon) hunting -- it's very relaxing. I suppose that none of that sounds
particularly exciting on the surface, but I'll warn you, if you've never been involved in either, be forewarned. It's captivating and compelling.
If you have a decent low band receiver (LF and MF), and an adequate antenna system, then try these exercises:
1. Try to identify an AM broadcaster every 10 KHz (in North America -- 9 KHz in other areas) throughout the band. You may find that it's easier to list the
channels that you don't hear anything, because that's a pretty active place after dark.
2. Slowly scan the LF band looking for NDBs. Decode the CW (Morse) markers and see how many you can log.
Warning: Select a time after the grayline has passed and allow more time that you planned -- it's kind of infectious.
There are many station ID resources available for free on the Internet. I like "Radio locator", "AM Logbook", and "Where's That Station".
Or, you may like to try my CD which can be previewed here. I charge a nominal fee for the CD to help keep this Web site active and to cover the many hours of
FCC file sorting, tabulation, formatting, and composition. If you printed the entire CD, it would take several hundred sheets of paper - there's listings by
frequency, call sign, and state/city. I have also included TIS/HAR (traffic Info Service/Highway Advisory Reporting) stations, NDBs, 50 KW stations, Clear channel
listings, and some other things. It has been updated for mid-2010.