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Not all that strong tonight, still S6 or a tad better though, and plenty good audio into the house sound system.

A theme of music my wife really likes, she predicted Rocket 88 one song before it came on ;)


Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 USB 0340 UTC 10 August 2019
« on: August 10, 2019, 0402 UTC »
Weak but readable here in the Mojave Desert of California.  Even as torn up as the SSTV decode was here I recognized that rock.

I am pretty sure I have seen that panel of petroglyphs first hand, but I can't remember where.  I might have a picture of that panel myself.


Shortwave Pirate / Re: Unid 6925 USB 245 UTC 6 Aug 2019
« on: August 06, 2019, 0250 UTC »
Signal was good in the Mojave Desert of California until off at 0248z.  Last couple artist (partials) were Blink 182 and Boston, a bit eclectic.

Good stuff


HF Mystery Signals / Re: 8956khz Aug 4 02:37utc
« on: August 04, 2019, 1739 UTC »
A screen shot and a recording would help ID the signal.


Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6940 > 6937 > 6935 USB 0137 4 Aug 2019
« on: August 04, 2019, 0144 UTC »
S7 or so here in the Mojave Desert of California.  Loop of the same announcer and music 3 or 4 times in a row, then change up.

At 0145z someone spun the VFO and took the signal up to 6945 kHz, USB, for a few seconds, then back down to 6940 kHz.

The Link-11 signal on 6942 kHz is eating up the music and announcer on 6940 kHz.

(edit)  Frequency shifted down to 6937, and then 6935 kHz.  Clear of the Link-11.


S7 or S8 here in to the Mojave Desert of California tonight.

Sounds good!


Shortwave Pirate / Puzzle Radio 6933 CW 2107 UTC 4 July 2019
« on: July 04, 2019, 2130 UTC »
Apparently Puzzle Radio with Morse on 6933 kHz CW, at 2109 UTC, 4 July, 2019.

Signal is up and down, so not catching much of the Morse, but caught some clear text in plain language that mentioned THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL MANKIND and latter the signal came up nice and clean but was clearly not plain text, it appeared as random letters, I assume a puzzle.  Then caught part of an ID, PUZZLE RADIO.

Signal still there but not strong 2130 UTC.


Spy Numbers / Re: V24 logs, May, 2019
« on: May 19, 2019, 1503 UTC »
And those two transmissions on the 18th were the first V24 transmissions this month, it has been missing since last month.  It has missed over a dozen time slots.

However, as I type this it is on 5715 kHz, so it may be back to normal.

5715 kHz, 19-05-2019, 1500 UTC, V24, AM
K-pop followed by message in Korean.


The SDR’s I am looking at are the following:

Win radio pci card
RTL-SDR v2 or v3

Just wondering which one is the most fair one to get. I just need good performance just like my analog radio does.

Of these, and looking at HF performance specifically, the WinRadio will have the best performance.  The G31DDC is the best HF performer in its price category, but the G33DDC is among the best receivers, of any kind, I have ever used.  The G35DDC is better yet, but at several times the already expensive G33 cost it better be.  Stepping back to the hybrid WinRadio offerings, the WR-313 is very good, excellent, however it has a very limited IBW and so the "SDR" features (waterfall display, wide band record, etc) are less useful or lacking.  The WR-315 is also very good, but also has the limited instantaneous bandwidth issues of the WR series.  The WR-305 is more of an entry level receiver, although still quite good.

The Kiwi SDR is at a good price / performance point, but really its forte is its ease of setup for online use.  Not a bad receiver at all, but outside the quick and simple online setup not really a stand out rig.  If you want to place a rig at a location you are not physically at and access it, or you want to make your SDR available for others to use, the Kiwi is king.

If I had to cut down to or pick just one HF centered SDR today for me it would probably be the G33DDC, although I use my RFSpace NetSDR more, I still think the G33 is the better of the two.

RTL-SDRs are so far down my list as to be off the bottom.  They are a tremendous bang for buck, and excellent entry to the field, but frankly, compared to the others you (and other people) have listed they don't belong in the conversation.

But really, you have to decide if you want HF or if you want wider coverage.  Because that will narrow some of the field for you.  If you only want HF, and want peak performance in that region, that becomes a different list than a list that would include VHF/UHF.


13 May 2019, 0250 UTC - 10226 confirmed. Got it with a fair signal here in Denver, sounds much better on KPH kiwi SDR in California (the 3-30 MHz one). I had it weakly for a bit on 12126 at 0230z but it faded. I have no chance at copying such fast CW.

I never updated my post, but yes, I confirmed the 0250z 10226 kHz slot on the 10th.

The Asiatic M12 Monday/Friday message on the 13th was:

412  412  412  1
7823  3T  7823  3T
61211 15684 453T3 46784 42441 91847 77533 83261 86191 T3753
14741 11923 T1423 86113 61T89 T7787 T64T9 TT117 42566 79964
68181 1647T 32172 49277 4T476 51T22 25T96 T5636 67739 91748

The schedule for this TX is on my web site here:

Keep in mind there is also an Asiatic M12 on Tuesday / Thursday, the schedule for that is here:


Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6955 USB 0235 UTC 13 May 2019
« on: May 13, 2019, 0238 UTC »
Right down at the noise floor here, I can tell something is in there, but not what.  For the first minute or so the station was on air it was S4 and nice, but faded rapidly.


Skippy Radio is S5 to S7 here in the Mojave Desert of California.

SSTV images here  http://www.tokenradio.net/Radio/SSTV/SSTV.htm   (only shows the 12 latest images though, so these images will rotate out as others are received).


When Wolverine first started he was only S5 or so here, now he is up to S9 or a tad better.  Got the Light theme playing on the house sound system for Mrs Token to enjoy also.


Let me preface with, I am not sure, but I suspect:

This looks like it may be STANAG 4539 out of UK DHFCS.  This should be sequencing, frequency hopping, through 20 channels.  In sequence: 2082, 2088, 2097, 2501, 2688, 3312, 3318, 3327, 4022, 4028, 4037, 4782, 4788, 4797, 5742, 5748, 5757, 7807, 7813, and 7822 kHz.


For May of 2019 this station has shifted time 2 hours later, starting now at 0210 z on Mondays and Fridays.  This change fits the operating habits of other Asiatic Russian signals, like V07 (Sundays) and M12 (Tuesdays and Thursdays).  This station also tunes up the transmitter with BC station audio present, as does other Asiatic Russian numbers stations.  This supports all of the currently active / reported Asiatic Russian stations being from the same source, in Kharbarovsk, Russia.

May 2019 Monday / Friday Asiatic M12 schedule:
0210z    13426 kHz
0230z    12126 kHz
0250z    10226 kHz*

* Note, I have not yet observed the 0250z transmission occur, so far in May all transmissions have been nulls, and so no third time slot activity.  However, 10226 kHz fits the operating habits of this station, and is a "best guess" projection until an actual transmission occurs.  Other possibilities for this time slot are 11226 and 9226 kHz, however 10226 is the most likely.


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