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Which Commander Bunny?

Whoa, I wasn't aware that there was more than one Commander Bunny. But cool that there is. Kind of like the Dread Pirate Roberts or "No, I am Spartacus."

The only one that I know about is whomever appears in this video

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That reminds me....we haven't heard Orbital Mind Control Satellite in quite some time! It would be nice to see if they are still around! Hopefully they haven't been captured by the Plutonium Underground  :-\

Orbital Mind Control Satellite was/is one of the best pirate stations, ever, with Commander Bunny following at a close second.

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Spy Numbers / Re: Buzzer recording July 3
« on: July 08, 2019, 2029 UTC »
Nice catches, all. Thanks for sharing them.

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HF Beacons / Re: 4089 kHz dasher, 7/2/19 1647Z
« on: July 06, 2019, 2118 UTC »
Thanks. I'll use that info to check on that frequency from time to time using the Pahrump KiwiSDR. If I catch the signal, I'll make a recording.

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Spy Numbers / Re: Recording of the Pip, this morning
« on: July 06, 2019, 0323 UTC »
Nice catch. Can anyone translate?

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HF Beacons / Re: 4089 kHz dasher, 7/2/19 1647Z
« on: July 05, 2019, 1336 UTC »
Found a new one (to me): a dasher on 4089, 30 dashes per second, each dash about 0.4 seconds long. Anyone else log this one?

Can you give us a bit more information? Such as, approximate UTC time, approximate area from which the signal was heard, and mode used (CW, AM, USB). Also, was "30 dashes per second" a typo? Did you mean 30 dashes per minute?

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If we can ever get a weekend break in T-storms, there's the VHF, on up, Contests this weekend,   http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf
          Even if you don't have CW / SSB capabilities, check the following simplex FM FREQ's of 52.525MHz, 52.540MHz, 146.550MHz, 146.580MHz, the 147MHz simplex FREQ's, 223.500MHz, 446.000MHz, 446.050MHz, and 446.100MHz. The exchange here is mainly for the grid square and if you have other bands to work points from. And, any licensed amateur worked is a point to any serious contester. Good practice for Field Day. Now, wish these T-storms away!

Cool, thanks for posting about this (I hadn't heard anything about it). OK, I'm off to fire up my 2 meter rig and Signalink.

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FM Free Radio / Re: FM Pirates in Seattle, WA
« on: June 05, 2019, 1544 UTC »

That's a great playlist! I wish I could hear that one up here in Lake Stevens!

Have you run into any Lynnwood-Everett-Snohomish County pirates on FM? I haven't myself, but I also haven't spent much time looking.

No, I haven't. But while you are out driving around, keep your car radio tuned to any of the known FM frequencies used by FM pirates and you may get lucky.

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FM Free Radio / Re: FM Pirates in Seattle, WA
« on: April 28, 2019, 0502 UTC »
Heard the same station again tonight (Saturday). Fairly good signal at my QTH, with only a bit of fading every now and then.

Songs I heard:

Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Beatles: Lovely Rita
Grace Jones: Strange
Pulp: Common People
Wall of Voodoo: Mexican Radio
The Clash: This Is Radio clash

In between songs, there were some funny clips of weird sounds, old radio adverts, etc.

Edit: Forgot to mention that this station identifies as Underground FM and typically announces an email address during transmissions.

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Propagation / Re: EXPERTS PREDICT A LONG, DEEP SOLAR MINIMUM:
« on: April 26, 2019, 1832 UTC »
When I was in my teens my cousin Dave built a low-power MW tx so we could reach the large park and new mall across the river from his house.

I love stories like these! Thanks for sharing it.

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Propagation / Re: EXPERTS PREDICT A LONG, DEEP SOLAR MINIMUM:
« on: April 26, 2019, 1831 UTC »
Time to get familiar with the extreme low power modes like wspr and so on and so forth.

Absolutely. In fact, WSPR is about the only mode that gives me any kind of result on HF these days. (I'm one of those heretics who, while loving digital modes, doesn't care for JT65 and FT8).

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HF Beacons / Re: "D" 13527.7 kHz
« on: April 26, 2019, 1614 UTC »
I caught that same beacon last week using the KiwiSDR located in Mala, Sweden.

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FM Free Radio / Re: FM Pirates in Seattle, WA
« on: April 26, 2019, 1535 UTC »
Heard another FM pirate last night here in Seattle, again from my car while out tooling around. The frequency was situated in an area of the FM band where (IMO) it was least likely to cause any interference. Signal was fairly strong for what I roughly determined to be about a two to three mile radius.

The content was actually a bit of a mind-blower, as it was geared toward the hoax/rumor/whatever-you-want-to-call-it about Paul McCartney being dead. Select Beatles songs were played (from the Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and Abbey Road albums), interspersed with some of the backwards clips that allegedly contain "clues" to Paul's untimely death. (The Number Nine/Turn Me On, Dead Man, Cranberry Sauce/I Buried Paul).  :) I was able to listen for close to an hour, then had to head for home.

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Spy Numbers / Re: V07 new sched April 2019
« on: April 21, 2019, 1528 UTC »
I also tuned to the 12218 broadcast yesterday via my own KiwiSDR here in Seattle. The signal was too weak to bother recording.

Thanks for providing the newest details.

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Propagation / Re: EXPERTS PREDICT A LONG, DEEP SOLAR MINIMUM:
« on: April 19, 2019, 1808 UTC »
Solar minimum is why there are cobwebs on my IC-7300, and why I've purchased a lot of new gear for my U/VHF radio setup.

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