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Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6933 AM 1640 UTC 19 May 2019
« on: May 19, 2019, 1643 UTC »
Hearing NOAA Weather Radio rebroadcast on 6933 kHz AM on the COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border.  Good signal and strong modulation.

Retro Top 40 on shortwave proudly coming to you on shortwave, WTWW

ZZ Top's "La Grange" Coming in nice and loud on the Tecsun PL-880 this morning 1210 UTC (0810 local/0710 central time) - listening via the Westminster, MD KiwiSDR (SIO 555 on both receivers).  Can hear them with the stock telescopic whip no problem.  60 meters daytime woo

Noted some fading on 5085 kHz around 1220 UTC, checked 19 meter frequency 15810 kHz with SDR receiver while listening on the Tecsun and 15810 is beginning to come in via Westminster, MD (the Smolinski SDR) but 5085 sounds better at 1225 UTC.  Sounds like the DJs are at the Dayton Hamvention?

10/11 meters / 11 meters is active 1130 UTC 19 May 2019
« on: May 19, 2019, 1137 UTC »
Hearing activity below CB channel 1 on 26.885 MHz / 26885 kHz (AM mode).  Several OM stations talking about the all-star break.  Heard a weaker station break into the QSO.  Maybe locals not realizing they're making it out into "DX land".  Lots of activity on the legal 40 CB channels, especially the usual suspects (channels 6, 11, 26 and 28).    Weak AM voice on 26.855 MHz and 26.835 MHz as well at 1135 UTC (0735 local time/eastern US time).    Strong signals on channel 31 as well (27.315 MHz AM) - talking about "The Buckeye State and wearing a mustache, among other topics.  FSK data signals noted on CB channel 23 (27.255 MHz) in addition to AM voice. 

Received via COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border.  Still listening to the chatter on 27315 AM...

Checked the radios on the lunch break - hearing some activity on 27.025 MHz (CB channel 6), 27.085 MHz (CB channel 11) and the usual 26/28 crowd (27.265 and 27.285 MHz).  Locals yakking away on 38 LSB (27.385 LSB), seem to be talking to each other vs. working DX (although they tend to do that even when the band is open...

Basically all AM activity out of the eastern half of the US, but rapid signal fading would indicate sporadic-E propagation.  Receiver is a Galaxy DX 959 (heavily modified) and a PROCOMM PBC1500 (aka JBC1500) base-loaded CB whip on the trunk lip of my car (roughly 66" long with the loading coil and the spring).  Most activity on channels 6 and 11. 

10/11 meters / 11 meters is active 2100 UTC 10 May 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 2213 UTC »
Heard tons of stations in-band and lots of AM activity below channel 1, including 26.105 MHz, 26.575 MHz, 26.735 MHz, 26.775 MHz, 26.835 MHz, 26.885 MHz and 26.915 MHz (all popular low channels for AM CB DX or 11 meter AM DX).  Channel 38 LSB was also rolling in like crazy.

10/11 meters / 11 meters is active 2130 UTC 7 May 2019
« on: May 07, 2019, 2140 UTC »
Mostly in-band AM and SSB activity with some South and Central American SSB DX heard on 27.520 MHz USB, 27.540 MHz USB, 27.555 MHz USB and 27.570 MHz USB.  27.385 LSB (channel 38 LSB) is also very busy.  Noted activity on 25.935 MHz AM, 26.035 MHz AM and several other low band (below CB channel 1) frequencies.  So far 26.915 MHz is quiet. 

The usual suspects AM big radio channels (6, 11, 15, 26, 28) are all wall-to-wall with big signals.  Heard Puerto Rico on 27.065 MHz AM (channel 9) as well. 

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6933 AM 2050 AM 7 May 2019
« on: May 07, 2019, 2050 UTC »
UNID pirate station 6933 kHz 6.933 MHz May 7th, 2019 - NOAA weather radio broadcast. 

NOAA Weather Radio rebroadcast at 2050 UTC tune-in.  SIO 555, very strong signal on the COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border.  S8 signal

Worchester, MA and Western Massachusetts weather forecast at 2053 UTC.  Strong 60 Hz (and harmonics) hum noted on signal.  Strong modulation.

QRM from swooshing VFO and UNID voice on/near the frequency around 2100-2105 UTC

At 2107 UTC the audio dropped out but the carrier stayed...audio back up at 2108 UTC (QRM appears to have disappeared)

Off some point between 2109 and 2110 UTC...

shadypro made an interesting point regarding Venezuelan CBers on 27455 USB over in the 11 meter forum so I thought I would make a thread over here.  I know the Venezuelan Navy has been logged on here previously (on 6 MHz I believe?). 

With the Cuban military there as well I bet there's a spike in HF military and VHF/UHF comms, especially if access to the Internet/social media and cellular networks are being restricted by the current Maduro government.  Does anyone have any Venezuelan or Cuban military HF frequency lists? 

Via COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border.  Weak Spanish language chatter on 6522 kHz LSB getting obliterated by very strong French speaking OMs on 6520 kHz USB.  SIO 444 at tune-in, but fading noticeably even over the past 4-5 minutes.  The Spanish speakers on 6522 are getting stronger.  Presumed freebanders or maybe fishing boats.  Hard to tell.  No boat motor or other background noise heard with the French speakers. 

Peskies / 6745.5 or 6745.6 kHz USB UNID Net 2112 UTC 18 Mar 2019
« on: March 18, 2019, 2114 UTC »
Both of these frequencies would make sense.  Via COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR located on the CT/MA border.  Langauge: Spanish.  Source: unknown.  No IDs heard, but several OMs chatting away, presumed freebanders, outbanders, fishing fleets, drug traffickers or something similar.  Just below the edge of the 6765 to 7000 kHz fixed mobile band, technically still within the 6 MHz aeronautical allocation. 

You know, because freebanders and narco traffickers care about ITU frequency allocations.

Shortwave Pirate / Old Time Radio OTR 6770 AM 2105 UTC 18 Mar 2019
« on: March 18, 2019, 2108 UTC »
Via COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border.

 Lots of fading but the carrier is there with a S5 signal, S6 on peaks. 

"Is there anything I can do?" "just keep it under your hat" "what under my hat" - young man and YL talking about "the story in the papers this morning"

Fading getting worse as the minutes tick by.  Now basically unreadable (at 2107 UTC)....nope, as I type this, I am hearing bits and pieces of a YL talking and some background laughter then "that's what I said" at 2108 UTC.  OM and YL continue to talk with heavy fading.  Now closer to S4 signal. 

2109 UTC - noted a FSK signal on 6770 kHz USB or 6769.5 kHz USB.  Only slightly weaker than OTR at the moment (now 2110 UTC).  Can still hear OM and YL talking but the FSK ute signal is getting stronger.

Peskies / 7400 kHz USB Spanish YL and OM 2150 UTC 8 March 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 2152 UTC »
7400 kHz USB 7.400 MHz USB, hiding in between big broadcast signals, hearing weak SS Spanish speaking chatter, a YL and an OM, the YL is the stronger of the two but still only a SIO 222 or so

Too many active frequencies to even begin listing them all

2200 UTC to 2215 UTC - receiver is the COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border

7500 kHz USB - Spanish language, presumed freebander out of bander net, sporadic signals
7585.5 kHz USB - Spanish language, OMs using rather obscene language, possibly pescadores or freebanders, good signals
7589 kHz USB - Portuguese language, I think
7600 kHz USB - Spanish language, OMs
7603 kHz LSB - Spanish language, causing severe QRM to 7600 USB
7607 kHz LSB - Unknown language, very busy
7633 kHz USB - OM and YL chatting - almost sounds like Italian
7664 kHz USB - Spanish language chatter
7743.7 kHz LSB - Spanish language chatter, good signal, talking about Donald Trump's lawyer lol
7766 kHz USB - Spanish language, weak with splashover from WRMI's blowtorch signal on 7780 kHz
7931 kHz LSB - more of the same, Spanish speaking outbanders, gambio!
7947 kHz USB - Spanish language chatter
7964 kHz USB - Spanish language chatter with OTHR QRM bursts
7970.7 kHz LSB - Spanish speaking chatter
7977.7 kHz LSB - Spanish language chatter, similar to all the other logs

The 6 MHz band is almost wall-to-wall with a half dozen different languages heard in a simple band scan over the past 10-15 minutes...so I decided to check above 40 meter amateur and 41 meter broadcast.  Several active SSB QSOs noted around 2200 UTC, mostly in USB mode. 

Spanish language chatter, two OMs on 7822 kHz, with minor QRM from data on 7820 kHz
Spanish language chatter, weaker but there on 7826 kHz (also USB mode)

6880 kHz LSB - Portuguese chatter on frequency, with some QRM from Spanish speakers on 6875 kHz USB.  OMs whistling into mics on top of each other, laughing, typical freebander activity.  Maybe two QSOs going on at once on 6880 LSB.

Received via COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border

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