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Garry NicholsPosted - 28 April 2013 13:48  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I get the following error for every post:

Server object error 'ASP 0177 : 800401f3'

Server.CreateObject Failed

/rapntap/post_info.asp, line 92

800401f3

The way around this is not to go "back" in any way, but to go into the Rap N Tap site from the beginning and click through to this thread.

Posts are being made OK despite the message. Or at least for me so far everything is posting the first time and I just go the long way around back in to here.

Garry

gsparksPosted - 3 May 2013 10:40  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
don' check boxes to use profile or remember
gsparksPosted - 3 May 2013 10:57  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Sorry for the typing, and not much participating. The chemo is kicking my bottom. have trouble typing, and not allowed to use any power tools, Since my rigs are mechanical in design, not much going on. Lots of time to listen. I found a couple of old telephone handsets for a buck at a garage sale. I hate being led around, but get to catch up on old times. The receivers from those make the best earphones I have, even better than Baldwin C's . I could add chapters about why autocorrect is NOT your friend. I will keep you posted, My oncologist called me personally to ask how I was feeling today.

Sparky

golfguruPosted - 4 May 2013 18:27  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  
All the best Sparky.

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razorradioPosted - 5 May 2013 20:51  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I hope you feel better Sparky. I'll pray for you
krystalloPosted - 7 May 2013 12:15  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hey All,

I'd like to chime in on the "reduction of traffic" of Rap n Tap.

When I first started exchanging crystal set ( and other) info on the internet(around ten years ago) , both R n T and TRB were VERY busy. You'd get ALL sorts of responses to your posts and there were tons of posts to respond to.

But interest in crystal sets in particular seems to have CRASHED over the ensuing years.Perhaps the guys that built "high end" sets kind of "hit the wall " as to what they could accomplish and maybe got bored or wanted to move on to other things. Perhaps the economy also played in, hobbies get cut first.Folks have to work more hours now(IF they are working !) and leisure time seems less common now, IMHO.These issues have hit me as well.

The folks building "mid" or "entry" level sets may have just simply "proved the concept" and also moved on.Dunno.

Even on TRB, we now seem to get a fair amount of folks that come on board for short periods of time , make a few posts and the seem to vanish or turn lurker.

The issue here on R n T is, in additional to all the speculative points I've made above,is that R n T is a primarily a CRYSTAL SET website. The field of those interested seems to have narrowed dramatically .

Over the last year or so I was posting over here and got few to no responses. Then I'd just lurk and the same posts would remain unchanged for weeks.

It just simply seems that the reduced amount of web traffic both in crystal set and "other" radio specialties is, for the most part, only enough to primarily support one web site that I know of (TRB). Things just kind of "congregated" there. Even on TRB, I make posts that often go unanswered, for ex. my NH /9 ft Loop Post. Other than Josh, no one cared to reply.Some folks LOOKED, but no one else seemed too interested.

A more "MAINSTREAM" site , the Antique Radio Forum (ARF), is still VERY busy.

Don't get me wrong. I cut my teeth here and was on R n T BEFORE I was on TRB . Phil did a fantastic job with this web site and the XSS in general. When I met him and his wife at the Xtalfests( I flew from Boston to MO and AR several times to attend). They were both an absolute pleasure to speak with.

I certainly DON'T want to be one the one to say R n T is no longer "useful". I'm just trying to shed some light from MY point of view. And maybe I'm wrong on some or most of it, but this is my perspective.

K

golfguruPosted - 7 May 2013 17:29  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  
I always felt (and still do) that the "ADVANCED" forum here, at R&T, had "THE" best information available on xtal set technology.

A quick look at the list of posts on that forum for the last 12 months show me responsible for 10 of 21 threads.

I have tried to breathe extra life into this site for the past 2 or 3 years but to less and less avail.

Biggest killer was my last post which contained PDF data for my xtal set showing loaded Q of 1000 @ 1700kHz (which has been the thrust of the forum for all the years I have been participating) and not one of the high Q specialists could be bothered to respond (even in the negative).

(Post has since been deleted.)

I "dunno" either.

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Edited by - golfguru on 5/7/2013 8:06:30 PM

krystalloPosted - 7 May 2013 20:0  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hey Golf,

I KNOW that you have posted a lot of good info over the years.

My grasp of theory is admittedly "polarized" (pun intended). In CERTAIN ares I "excel", in others I fall flat . I have had ONE (8th grade ) elecTRONICS course and several basic elecTRICAL courses. I do not do electronics as a career .

So I don't know how much I am really in a position to "critique" or analyze "high end" theory.

I did this "well" by aping what TRUE gurus did , picking a LOT of brains and dumping a LOT of money onto it.

90% + of the "Guru cadre" seems to have vanished. I easily could name 6 or 10 (or more) names off the top of my head of folks who REALLY knew their stuff but have faded away.

K

Garry NicholsPosted - 8 May 2013 10:33  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Seems like a lot of ground was covered in the discussions. A lot of it was deeper than I cared to go. Perhaps enough was covered so that the heavies have exhausted there supply of queries and tried out most ideas.

We've all aged a bit too!

Speaking for myself, crystal radio seems suited to and centered around the BCB. I like the sound and propagation of the BCB as a segment of the spectrum. But the political extremism and non-stop sports is not pleasing to my ears. And there is a lot of it out there. IDing can be a chore, because call letters, location or local info are often few and far between in the type of programming offered.

During the period in question, I also branched into regens. This allowed me to get into last winter's Nontest listening event monitoring only the X Band, where there is much, much less politics and sports (at least from my location). I had a tough time hearing much in the X Band with crystal radios.

Using a regen has also allowed me to copy morse code up in the ham bands. I have often done that for the Radioboard summer event. Not much difficulty in getting ham IDs! They happen fairly frequently. And, I get morse code copying practice while listening as a bonus.

I wonder if the proliferation of mobile devices (an entertaining distraction) has further reduced interest in building simple radios. Their use has been rising during the same time period. We don't see newcomers around here much.

Garry

krystalloPosted - 8 May 2013 12:46  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hey Gary,

If it was I that "went too deep" and bummed a few folks out, I apologize.

This trend has had a HUGE effect on me. I grew up on AM radio, we only got a SINGLE FM radio(in the kitchen) fairly "late in the game", perhaps when I was 10 or 11 years old. It remained our sole FM receiver for quite a while.I never really messed with it too much.

There was SO much nice music on AM and on a good radio it sounded just FINE to me.

When I got my first "big " set up ( Hallicrafters S-120a w/ a N-S AND E-W long wire, around the same time as we got the FM'er) I spent a good amount MORE time Dxing AM than I did SW.

Maybe two years later I got a RS DX-150 upgrade from the Halli (and "eventually" got an Icom R-70).

So as a fairly young kid I was a pretty experienced dx'er, especially on AM.Copied from Norwood, MA a Boston suburb : unid Bakersfield,CA, KSL UT, WBAP TX, WCCO MN, WHO IA, WSB GA, WSM TN and tons of "closer in" stations . "Parallel" efforts during the Halli and Dx 150 era were a number of crystal sets.

I too love the audio, propagation and simple MAGIC of it all, be it on a crystal set or factory built rig.

I also have a HUGE problem with AM's often vitriolic political content, sports TALK (OK,BROADCAST a game,but don't TALK about it for a week or yak about whiny overpaid players problems). I guess stations went were the money is. There are SO much digital music formats, pocket sized and otherwise. It seems everyone has a pair of cheap head phones epoxied to their ears , shutting themselves off from everyone else.

The lack of AM id's and other license violation shenanigans are annoying and unprofessional.Stations seemed to have a "code" they operated by, which is LONG gone.The FCC is also long gone.

So I agree , the lack of things to listen on AM may also be a factor in the web participation or building of AM rigs. Many folks on ARF have taken to piping in their own old music on mini transmitters(I have two -one very small, one "bigger" but so far they aren't in permanent use) or they are still blessed w/ good local stations .

I have one (maybe two) stations that still play good music. I enjoy "some " ethnic" stuff (at times) but can tire of it after a fairly short time.

So the downhill slide of AM has hit me VERY hard.

Folks are also working longer for less now. Even I have "time" issues now that I never used to.

I too have a couple regens on the bench but also some xtal set stuff in the works as well.I pick away at them (and ham stuff) as I time allows.


I DO have enough parts in stock to last me for years though.

Re mobile devices : the web WAS (in the "early" days) a a HUGE boost to my being able to exchange radio info.

But I am not sure whether web mobile devices play into this or not. What I DO see is folks on the train or walking across the streets mesmerized by tiny flat screens , picking away at microscopic keyboards oblivious to the world around them.Maybe they're playing solitaire or video games.Not sure how many of these folks ever built ANYTHING anyways.

The web is all well and good, but at least SO FAR, I don't want or need to carry it around with me.If I NEEDED for my job, I'd do it( but I don't). However if others want to,I suppose they should go for it.I prefer a small pocket police scanner for MY info.

At the ham flea market I got laughed at for carrying a old flip phone , but didn't care.It makes phone call and takes messages, which is what a PHONE is supposed to do.I don't want to be hooked on silly "walk around" internet stuff. I'd rather keep my head out of my .....

K

W0XIPosted - 13 May 2013 16:24  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I have backed up the rapntap files. However, in inheriting the site from my daughter, I do not have any information on the operating system/program for it. In light of that and little time for it, it may be time to close the rapntap board. Traffic has been really low, even on other boards.

Crystal Set interest, however, has been steady and good for science fair and student activities. Hi end users, as with activity of hams, may be diminishing, although I still like CW and use is regularly.

Phil Anderson


I suspect

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