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Pirate Radio History / Re: Vintage reception report MEGA THREAD!
« on: October 22, 2021, 1428 UTC »
Hey All,

A REAL blast from the past ! Lots of memories in this post.

FWIW, I used to use Johnny Arthur's Box 452 Wellsville ,NY  as the drop for my old station WBZA (see my "Confessions" post ). I also built  "BLR" and ran it on 1700 Kc .I had a Hotmail address  for that operation.

I   logged a LOT (A LOT !) of pirates back in the day (vast majority on  HF , some  on  MW  and  a few on FM ). A ham once asked my how I did SO well.  It was  simply location , gear   and   standing     "radio watch " on the known  shortwave frequencies for 6 or 8 hours at a  time (!) , especially Friday and Saturday nights. Otherwise put, perseverance.

Some recollections ( "off the top of my head") of stations copied  : Wee Guy R., Lad / Baby Pirate, R. Beaver, Down East R., Dunloaghaire Local R., EBO ( Ellen Bloomfield Ostracized   ) R. ( "Ellen , send me a picture of yourself and I'll stop "), He Man R., Hit Parade R., WSKY /Whiskey R. (  I met him  at a ham flea),WKND /Weekend Music R. , R. Harmony, et al.

 FWIW, I still have  some old  QSL's and  my programming tapes.

Keep up the good work !

de N1NQC

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MW Loggings / Dxpedition Boylston , MA + Sunday Night Log
« on: October 19, 2021, 1421 UTC »
 Hey All,

Quick Dx from Tower Hill, Boylston , MA  10/16/21 1900 UTC / Full, high Sun. Using car radio

570 WMCA NYC  fair
710 WOR NYC V. Good
770 WABC NYC BIG
880 WCBS NYC BIG
1010 WINS NYC  fair , up / dn in  slow QSB, mixing  w/ another (WCNL NH ?). Even at a spot  where NYC  rolls in  very good 'INS doesn't cut it like the other 50 Kw stations do. Hmmm.

GREAT view  of  mountains  West through North.

10/18/21 0300 UTC Noisy Home QTH , Super Radio I / Select-A-Tenna .

"Null Night" : Co Channel dx-

640 CMLA Cuba. Weak to occasionally fair in slow QSB. Local hash /device whine made things tough, no audio processing used. No sign of WWZN MA.
650 WSM TN. Extremely weak. Tough against regional WSRO in almost the same direction.
740 CFZM ONT. Up at times to good or better. Best copy in a while . I could position  local WJIB almost into zero signal .FWIW, I am in Zoomer's antenna  pattern null.
750 WSB GA fair, noisy. Up  against WJIB 740, WJR 760
1510 very weak  unid in null of local nighttime  flea WMEX. I then spun MEX into full good copy  and parked for oldies for 2 hrs. I  didn't mind the bits of noise and occasional slight fades.

10/21/21 0400 UTC
1710 bits and pieces of WQFG 689 NJ on Panasonic 840 and Select-A -Tenna. A pretty good catch.




K

 

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MW Loggings / Re: 1710 am WQFG689 Hudson County 0150 utc 5 Sep 2021
« on: October 15, 2021, 1405 UTC »
Hey Chris.

I tend to agree.
 
The FCC is now essentially “ broken “.

I doubt they’d care about a licensed jammer.

K

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MW Loggings / Re: 1710 am WQFG689 Hudson County 0150 utc 5 Sep 2021
« on: October 13, 2021, 1300 UTC »
Hey All,

While certainly not a NIGHTLY occurrence, '689 became almost "ho hum" here as well.

I have heard rumors of other  TIS/Info stations (lower down in the band) that were supposed to be "temporary", yet are left to drone on and QRM a frequency LONG after they were supposed to QRT. As Pinto said,  it's  been a loooooong 90 days.

It's kind of like the WWW, folks are quick to put stuff up , but almost never bother to pull it down after it expires.

Perhaps we should send a petition to the FCC stating that '689 has "run  WAAAY long  past it's supposed 90 day permit" and that it is interfering with other "services" ("legitimate" pirates like CHIM , etc :P).

K

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Hey All,

Thanks  for the replies.

I figured it was PROBABLY an "unauthorized" use of 1710, but wasn't quite sure.

The real sticking point  was they seemed to be the only ones "allowed" to use 1710 for broadcast, an unlikely reality. But I kept an "open mind" (until now :))).

I appreciate the info.

K

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Hey Chris,

Interesting.

It looks like CHIM is an "anomaly"-either the ONLY licensed "non info" station  in North America  on 1710  ::)-OR- simply an unauthorized repeat of  their licensed FM operations .
 

I would THINK that a good FM operation would get a larger audience than a lonely / low power outpost would  way up on 1710 but who knows.

ANY engineer worth his field strength  meter would know that there  would be  a "near zero" response off of skywave at "64" watts. So pretty much scratch coverage into the boonies.

Not really getting it.

If I had a "chain" of FM  stations like they do, I am not sure I would "push things" by having a non licensed operation on a frequency that is probably NOT going to be such a HUGE addition to their  numbers.

"Different".

K

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Hey Chris,

Do you think 1710 is TRULY legit for them (special permit ? )or did they just "show up" because it was clear and  available on all modern radios ?

IF (IF) they are squatting on frequency , they are pretty bold  since 1710 is published openly  on their web site.

Hmmmm.

Your thoughts  ?
 
FWIW, I have done a good bit of MW reading lately    re who gets what and  who can operate where : ie  in depth  TIS/ Info station regs  , the Pt 15 regs and  also info re  the regular broadcast stations.This how CHIM came to my  attention.
 
I can see  the CRTC maybe granting INFO station license ( like WQFG 689), but a full BROADCAST privilege ??

de N1NQC

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Hey All,

Anyone know anything about  1710 CHIM ,ONT, Canada ?

Supposedly 84 watts. Yet the Canadian spectrum assignments list the TOP frequency as 1705 Kc ( 1700 centered), just the same as the USA .

The only known  North American  exception above 1705 Kc  I know of is  WQFG 689     centered on 1710 Kc in NJ.

Special permit ? Pirate  outlet  carrying  their licensed FM operations ?

Hmmmm,

K

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Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Things Picking Up a Bit ?
« on: October 08, 2021, 1429 UTC »
Hey All,

Thanks  for the replies. 

I am keeping my ears  open.


K

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Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Things Picking Up a Bit ?
« on: October 07, 2021, 1627 UTC »
Hey '36,

I used to run a lot of 10/12 M . Nice to hear those bands were open !

de N1NQC

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MW Loggings / Improving Conditions / Casual Log
« on: October 06, 2021, 1414 UTC »
Hey All,

Things getting better here.

Recents on the Super Radio I / Select-A -Tenna :

CMLA  Cuba 640 hit and miss  a few nights  , but  all super weak. Mix w / co channel  weak/super weak regional WNNZ ,MA

WSM 650  TN fair at times during fair or better regional Co channel WSRO's MA silent  periods. Nice to hear "The Legend " from Nashville.
 
CFZM 740 ONT.  Fair or better ( at times) in deep QSB when local line of sight Co channel WJIB is nulled out. FWIW, Zoomer is in full pattern null in my direction.

WSB  750 GA good  (!). This one  can be  a  "fringe" distance  toughie at times and is often my max Dx for a particular night.

WCRN  830 MA regional,  I sometimes park here for good music. Some selective fade/ QSB at times but overall good /very good at night.

KDKA 1020 PA good. KDKA usually  delivers  an ""OK to decent" signal  here , but the real issues are blow torch local WBZ on 1030 and "wanna be  band bully" WINS on 1010. Not a problem now.

WMEX 1510 MA local. Often park here for good music, their new format is VASTLY better than before.Some QRM from1500 Kc WFED DC at times, MEX is only 100 W / single omni  antenna at around 
                                   10 mi. Some other issues noted  on their night time  signal , but  usually not a big deal. During 10 Kw daytime it honks in here ! 1960's format /style of radio LIVES  here!!!
 
CHHA 1610 ONT. Usually  weakling in the past , but fair at times recently.

A number of other stations logged, just the "highlights" here.
 
Two  MW antennas and other projects (BIG crystal set , etc) "on the bench" , building as time allows.

de N1NQC


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Shortwave Broadcast / Things Picking Up a Bit ?
« on: October 06, 2021, 1337 UTC »
Hey All,

Not so much specific loggings, but a general comment  I have had some People's Rep of China  regionals  on  morning Gray line the last few days , especially in 31 M. One or two actually fair or better.

Supposedly gray line isn't cycle related , but it's SOMETHING  in what used to be  pretty quiet band. Other "non gray"  bits  and pieces rolling in as well. Things SEEM to be picking up , at least a BIT. Things were flat, dead buried here until  very recently.

Right now, I am just running a Trans Oceanic on the built in telescopic antenna  in a noisy apt.

So if I (!) am starting to copy stuff, I imagine those who actually have REAL antennas may also being hearing that much more now  (I would think).

How is everyone else doing on HF ?

de K

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MW Loggings / Re: FSL Antennas/Ultralights/Alaska In Spectrum Monitor
« on: October 06, 2021, 1321 UTC »
Hey Paul,

Unfortunately, I do not subscribe to "Spectrum Monitor".

But I have gone  with the Ultra light "spirit" at times  by using pocket MW radios ( maybe "approved" types, maybe not) and something small , like a Select -A Tenna (or other air  coil) or an outboard   big single bar ferrite  antenna, etc .

I had read some years ago about FSL antennas. Some folks absolutely swear by them , others feel the cost / hassle ( even if they DO work well ) isn't worth it and that other approaches are "better".

 I have never built one ,so I can't comment one way or another.

The closest thing I  built  was a small sized "novelty" crystal radio  constructed on  a mouse  trap. #20 cotton was wound over the trap, but it just couldn't QUITE make the inductance needed.So a single ferrite rod was slipped in to make up the difference. Coil ended up sort of like a right triangle.

BUT- the all  mouse trap windings only encounter  the rod for maybe 1/4  turn or less.The FSL is similar because  each winding lays  "on" the rod for just a bit  ( nothing is wound  AROUND a rod).

The  RF / EM physics of a 360 degree  wound rod vs one that is just laid on a bit would be fascinating to hear about.

Alaska must be an awesome place to Dx when polar  conditions allow.


K

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MW Loggings / Re: CMLA
« on: October 06, 2021, 1256 UTC »
Hey Don,

This one has always been a puzzle .

Supposedly "10" Kw and "at" Las Tunas. I have gone back to this Cuban frequency  for years, it is the most "dependable" (which still doesn't mean COMMON).

 I have heard of supposed "sweet" ionospheric distances where a certain region is within a dependable coverage due to a "correct" geometry of transmitter vs receiver. "Maybe". But at only TEN Kw ?

Hmmmmm.

I am not sure if the published info about ANY of the Cuban nets (Progesso, Rebelde, Reloj ) is 1000% accurate.  640  in Cuba is certainly a Progresso network station. I have heard ID's a zillion times. The location to me is somewhat irrelevant and it "MAY" not actually be in Las Tunas. Whatev.

I have more of problem with the alleged power  level. Is 10 Kw really going to do SO "well" year after year, even with a good salt water  path and  possibly  being at a    "sweet" distance ? Again , Hmmmm.

All other Caribbean MW Dx  here seemed to "require" a LOT more horse power than 10 Kw.

Just going with it though,


K

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MW Loggings / CMLA
« on: September 09, 2021, 0233 UTC »
Hey All,

8 Sep 21 0210 UTC 640 KC:

CMLA /Radio Progresso Cuba -poor to fair in QSB/ slight Co channel QRM, slight  beat note,  QRN lightning at 100 mi.


One of my favorite Dx targets.

Played Guantanamera and other vocal songs.

Straight audio ( no processing) from recently acquired Trans Oceanic / Select-A-Tenna.

First audible copy of the season.

Dust off the headphones boys, AM season seems to be on the way.

K

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