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North American Shortwave Pirate / NRS, 6930.23 kHz AM
« on: December 15, 2011, 0222 UTC »
Playing Woody Guthrie singing "This Land is Your Land" right now. Barely above the urban noise floor.

Just ID'd as "Northern Relay Service" in voice.

Update: Now either off air or so far down in the crud I can't hear a thing at all.

Update (0312 UTC): back again.

Update (0330 UTC): off, apparently for good, at 0322. Built up to a real strong signal before it ended.

North American Shortwave Pirate / NRS, 6930.3 kHz AM
« on: December 01, 2011, 0246 UTC »
My guess, based on the frequency and that I'm the first to note it here, would be Northern Relay Service, though I haven't caught an ID yet.

Just noticed it a few minutes ago. Was not there the last time I checked that frequency. Carrier is drifting a little as is normal for NRS.

Update: S-7 to S-9 signal tonight. Still fighting with the urban RF crud, but noise floor seems lower tonight than it was yesterday night.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Unid, 6924.9 AM
« on: November 20, 2011, 0107 UTC »
Another one barely audible above the noise floor for me here in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully someone to my east can ID it for me.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Unid, 6924.6 AM
« on: November 19, 2011, 0042 UTC »
It's pretty much at the noise floor here, but I can make out some voice at the moment (and some music a minute ago).

North American Shortwave Pirate / Northern Relay Service, 6930.3 AM
« on: November 18, 2011, 0229 UTC »
Just ran across it, coming in at S-8 to S-9 with no preamps engaged, but struggling against a high noise floor. Seems to be airing some program on the so-called "War on Terror".

Sounds like it's about 50 baud, but so far I've been unable to make sense of it. I've tried 45.45, 50, 56, and 75 bauds in both normal and inverted mark/space senses and get nothing but gobbledygook.

I'm beginning to suspect it's something military from somewhere, and thus encrypted. Maybe I'll give ASCII an whirl (been trying to parse it as Baudot). Would be neat to find a RTTY pirate!

North American Shortwave Pirate / Unid, 6925 kHz AM
« on: November 11, 2011, 0430 UTC »
Could copy Gordon Ligthfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" at 0426 UTC, just barely above the noise floor. EF tribute station? (It *is* the anniversary of the day that ship sank. Well, yesterday is, if you're talking UTC.)

North American Shortwave Pirate / Northern Relay Service, 6930.48 AM
« on: November 10, 2011, 0232 UTC »
Unid only because I just came across it and they haven't ID'ed yet. Coming in S-8 to S-9 right now. Carrier frequency seems to be drifting a bit.

Update: ID'ed as Northern Relay Service, 0237 UTC.

Update 2 (0356 UTC): Just finished playing the Dr. Who theme music about a minute ago. ID in Morse code.

North American Shortwave Pirate / XFM, 6915 USB
« on: November 01, 2011, 0231 UTC »
Just happened across "Welcome to Radio Free America" at 0229 (sign on?), then into music at 0230.

Update: It's XFM. ID at 0234 UTC. Much better signal here in Seattle than on the previous time I heard them.

Update 2: S-5 signal. Will have some audio clips later. Thanks for the shout out and for the show!

North American Shortwave Pirate / Very weak AM signal at 6928.4
« on: October 28, 2011, 0200 UTC »
I can discern a carrier and an occasional trace of music here in Seattle, but otherwise it's completely buried under the noise floor. Anyone else hear anything on that frequency?

Just signed on at 0300 UTC. Very nice strong clean signal here in Seattle.

Lowe HF-150 with a crappy random wire antenna.

Update at 0306 UTC: They seem to be having technical issues; the signal just disappeared.

North American Shortwave Pirate / QSL Received from V. of Captain Ron
« on: September 28, 2011, 0025 UTC »

Thanks for the show and the QSL, Voice of Captain Ron!

S-9 signal but was having problems competing with static crashes. Copied the last 15 minutes before the signal vanished around 0430 UTC. Receiver was an Icom R75 with tuned random wire antenna. Location was the Cascade Mountains east of Granite Falls, WA.

I'll upload a link to the audio I recorded shortly.

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