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Changed freqs a couple times at start up. Currently on 6963.67 (approximately).
Listening on and off near the ocean in CA on a portable and a long wire. SINPO 33232 / S5 on peaks with a fair amount of flutter tonight. (The same thing was happening to Solar Federation Radio.)

0311 - Computer-generated male and female voices. Perhaps reading the email address in English and German.
0315 - Carrier off immediately after completion of national-anthem-type of song.

EDM. Best reception I have found so far is in Montana but still looking.

0250 - Appears to be off.

Someone playing various older popular music tunes. Best audible in New England. Frequent changes in modulation level and QRN made it difficult to tell if they were still transmitting at times.

0621 - The Guess Who, "These Eyes".
0633 - Assumed lost.

Amateur Radio / UNID 3725 AM 0810 UTC 22 JAN 2023
« on: January 22, 2024, 0821 UTC »
Religious preaching by male with Southern US accent. SINPO 43343 in SDRs in New England.

Recording: https://voca.ro/18l9ATooE0SS

Seems to be the same as this: https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,120966.0.html

Transmitter off some time between 0815 and 0822 UTC.

Not sure of the exact sign on time. Very loud, S9+20 / SINPO 55545 on an SDR in New England, USA.

~0007 - ID.
0010 - Billy Squire, In the Dark".
0013 -  Eric Burdon and The Animals, "When I Was Young".
0019 - "Clandestine calls you on the shortwave pirate broadcast band."
0025 - The Ramones, "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"
0028 - REM
0032 - Cheech And Chong skit, I believe.
0046 - Multiple IDs.
0059 - Signoff announcement


It's true that this is normally their frequency but that this transmitter is somewhat off frequency makes me think otherwise. At one time, licensed stations were required to be within a certain tolerance of where they are supposed to be.

OK, OK. " American Debauchery" intro at 0104 UTC, so this is WBCQ. I got excited for nothing. Please move this to "Shortwave Broadcast", where it belongs. I'm surprised that they are ~70 Hz off frequency.

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6950 USB 2223 UTC 02 Dec 2023
« on: December 02, 2023, 2225 UTC »
2224 - Sign on with electronic music. S8 / SINPO 45455 on an SDR in Pennsylvania.
2227 - Instrumental music
2233 - New piece.
2251 - Long pause or off the air. No ID.

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6960 AM 0358 UTC 11 Nov 2023
« on: November 11, 2023, 0405 UTC »
SINPO 45444 with some selective fading here at my house. Similar on KPH SDR in NorCal. I saw the transmitter came on a few seconds after Ballsmacker signed off.

0358 - Heaven 17, "Fascist Groove Thing"
0401 - "Questions, Questions" (forgot the group name)
0405 - Echo and the Bunnymen. Signal has faded down on KPH and KFS.
0413 - Tears For Fears, "Pale Shelter ".   This guy is hitting all the New Wave anthems tonight.
0421 - A Flock of Seagulls, "Wishing" (a.k.a. "If I had a photograph of you")
0426 - Signal is fading here at home. Crappy reception currently on a number of western states' SDRs.
0432- Thomas Dolby, "Europa and the Pirate Twins". Signal has recovered at home a little but the trend is negative. Band conditions are not great tonight.
0435 - The Motors, "Airport".
0440 - The Cars, "Shake It Up". Signal is fading rapidly then recovering but overall a bit better than 20 minutes ago.
0446 - Dead air, I think.
0450 - Blue Oyster Cult, "Transminacon MC"
0454 - Blue Oyster Cult, "Cities On Flame With Rock and Roll", Tougher reception at home again and pretty bad across the West as well. I'm about to hang it up.
0500 - This sucks. I'm out, y'all.

Utility / SHARES North Net 6765 USB 0053 UTC 10 November 2023
« on: November 10, 2023, 0128 UTC »
This is a FEMA network. Net control is NNA5HF.

I tuned in to casual conversation about property drainage before officially seeking check-ins, then having heard a few, then sent digital traffic. Some traffic or other digital transmissions followed. After the initial flurry of activity, there was a lot of dead air (several minutes at a time) between net control transmissions and I did not stay with it.

Recording, including digital traffic: https://voca.ro/146vc7jT8ims

More info on SHARES: https://www.cisa.gov/resources-tools/programs/shared-resources-shares-high-frequency-hf-radio-program

Heard on the K1VL SDR in Vermont, USA.

Caught the end of an AF MARS Special Bulletin. Forgot to record until the very end. Nothing significant. I suppose one thing to note is that this is a AF MARS frequency, FYI.


Peskies / Portugese Language Peskies 6976.8 USB 2310 UTC 03 Nov 2023
« on: November 03, 2023, 2324 UTC »
Back and forth, seemingly casual conversation between two males, one with strong diesel engine noise in the background. Initially seemed to be in Portuguese language but not completely sure on that. One guy is ~200 hertz off frequency from the other.


Heard on the K1VL SDR in Vermont, USA.

2300 - Strong carrier (S9+10) on the Vermont SDR but audio is incredibly weak. Just enough to perceive music but that that's about it.
2321 - I can tell they are playing "Eminence Front" at the moment but audio is still barely perceptible.
2348 - I had to step away for the last 25 minutes or so. Yes, modulation is a lot better, but seems to vary with time. Here's a spec plot from one of the moments of strong modulation, which shows a good level with sidebands ~ -25 to -30 dBc, which is perfect.

2349 - ID. I can hear some distortion and that tells me that the op has turned things up to about the point where you want to stop.  :D
2354 - Audio is weak again.
0003 - ID then into Motown ?
0011 - Rainbow, Stone Cold. Audio is still weak, probably comparable to 2321 UTC.
0023 - SSTV
0025 - TX off.

Huh? / Candy
« on: November 01, 2023, 0234 UTC »

That is all.

2113 - Open carrier at the moment. Might be a difficult place to be given the expected QRM on both sides, unless they are just "holding their spot" for future use.

2212 (approximately) - programming starts in earnest with some laughter, etc.
2233 - Wellsville address given, said to be broadcasting from Salem, MA. Announcer has a distinct Massachusetts accent, for authenticity.
2240 - An audio story about the The House of Usher.
2245 - TX off, after witch cackling.

Other / UNID 6945 USB 2257 UTC 17 Oct 2023
« on: October 17, 2023, 2300 UTC »
Amazingly, I'm in here before Danger Kitty.  ;D

S9+10 on the K1VL SDR in Vermont.

Sound effects with a lot of reverb or feedback and occasional audio cut outs. There is no "intelligence" being conveyed, no music or speech - other than that used as a base for the reverb.

No, I don't think it's a digital UTE.

Is someone is experimenting with their new sound effects box?
Is Zeke on the mushrooms again?
On the other hand - the cutting out is making me think that someone is trying to play music and turned all their knobs up to eleven. All of them at the same time. And playing themselves back from an SDR for reverb. Doing this by accident. (Or maybe intentionally.)

I used to listen to a lot of experimental music stuff with a lot of effects and no commercial potential. At least that stuff had some sort of rhythm.

Bottom line: I don't know.

Stopped at 0028 UTC but for how long? Back at 0029.

Recording: https://voca.ro/1lvPrAGLKAQT

Posting before Danger Kitty!

0002 - Open carrier starts.
0006 - Clock chimes at 0006. Heard what may be an ID but sound is quite muffled.
0007 - ID: "Midnight Radio", appropriately starting at near midnight UTC. "Midnight Radio would like to say hello to all the listeners". Planned discussion of sexual harassment.
0010 - The carrier itself is S9+10 on the K3FEF SDR. Introducing the announcers: Flan? Slam (corrected after they spelled it phonetically) and Draw?
0012 - Blue Ridge Summit address. Clearly a "vintage" recording.
0018 - Discussion of how to perform and get away with sexual harassment on a co-worker, referencing Justice Clarence Thomas.
0020 - ID. Fake advert for diarrhea med.
0023 - Discussion of labour unions.
0025 - I have played with the SDR bandwidth and my computer's graphic equalizer and the audio is almost tolerable.
0028 - A fake PSA whose content makes me think that it's good that the audio is quite muffled and difficult to understand.
0034 - Relay via NAPRS. "Good night and good DX" in a distinct New England accent. Carrier off.

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