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General Radio Discussion / Discord update!
« on: September 20, 2021, 1611 UTC »
If you are one of our Discord chat users, please read the sticky post at the top of this forum for important updates or click here:


Spy Numbers / HM01 11530 kHz AM 1740 UTC 8/23/21
« on: August 23, 2021, 1742 UTC »
HM01 is up on 11530 kHz AM at 1740 UTC 8/23/21 with data bursts and another station on the same frequency, presumably TRT Radio Recep Erdogan.

Spy Numbers / HM01 11435 kHz AM 1627 UTC 8/23/21
« on: August 23, 2021, 1628 UTC »
Noted while monitoring 11175 USB for HFCGS traffic. HM01 11435 kHz AM 1627 UTC 8/23/21. Modulation seems low.

Utility / US Coast Guard 8985 kHz *AM MODE* 1455 UTC 09 AUGUST 2021
« on: August 09, 2021, 1501 UTC »
Happened upon the tail end of a conversation between a (presumed) USCG air asset and CAMSLANT on 8985 KHz. The really interesting thing about this was the air asset was using AM mode while CAMSLANT was using USB. I'll try to grab a recording if it rolls around again.

General Radio Discussion / Discord Chat Link & FAQs
« on: July 23, 2021, 1945 UTC »
Hey guys. As you know, our AWESOME and action-packed chat is now on Discord. In coming days I will post information that may be helpful to you. But generally getting on Discord is really easy!

You can use Discord in a browser, or download the desktop app. There are also mobile apps for iPhone and Android, and they were awesome. I prefer the desktop app on my PC because I think it offers a slightly richer experience. But the browser site is almost exactly the same. I also use the iPhone app, since that's the phone I have. The official Discord download site is here:


September 2021 update: In order to join our server you need an invite link. Because invite links are being abused, we have temporarily disabled public access to the server. You must obtain an invite link from myself or Chris Smolinski. Send us a direct message here on the HFU introducing yourself, and explain your interest in radio. It's that easy. We will then send you a link to join the server.

If you are an existing user on our Discord server, AND you bookmarked an invite link to get into the server and it's not working, FIRST go to the main discord.gg site and try logging into your Discord account. You should see the server. If that does not work then DM me or Chris!

The RF Workbench / Chinese electronics products tested
« on: April 12, 2021, 1244 UTC »
This is a really interesting site authored by a Dutch electronics engineer. In it he extensively tests, you guessed it: Chinese electronics products. I posted this here in the RF workbench forum because a lot of his reviews are focused on inexpensive equipment you may find on an RF workbench: scopes, function generators, multimeters, power supplies and so on, as well as parts like caps and resistors.

The reviews are extremely detailed and and most conclude with a go/no-go opinion. Check out the site here:


Shortwave Pirate / Foxy AM 6925 AM 1755 UTC 26 Nov 2020
« on: November 26, 2020, 1756 UTC »
Foxy AM signed on at approx 1754 UTC with a super huge signal in the Boston burbs. Announcer is live and said "standby for CW" then into CW.

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6970 AM 1957 UTC 11 Nov 2020
« on: November 22, 2020, 1959 UTC »
I have a weak-ish, S2 maybe, AM signal on 6970 AM for the last 20 minutes or so. Can't listen with wide bandwidth due to data just above it. Playing cinematic/operatic style music, for lack of a better word. Evidently no ID or announcer activity.

General Radio Discussion / RIP Universal Radio
« on: November 21, 2020, 2321 UTC »
Universal Radio is closing shop. This one hurts. The Ostermans were really dedicated to SWL.


Shortwave Pirate / Foxy AM 6925
« on: October 05, 2020, 2253 UTC »
Foxy AM was on 6925 AM up until 2250 UTC with a good signal, played some bluesy rock for a bit, then the announcer complained peskies were on his freq and then he suddenly dropped.

General Radio Discussion / Hello Solar Cycle 25
« on: September 15, 2020, 2316 UTC »
September 15, 2020

For the past eight months, activity on the sun has steadily increased, indicating we transitioned to Solar Cycle 25. Solar Cycle 25 is forecast to be a fairly weak cycle, the same strength as cycle 24. Solar maximum is expected in July 2025, with a peak of 115 sunspots.


General Radio Discussion / Radio Six Pops Up Again on Shortwave
« on: July 22, 2020, 1618 UTC »
Radio Six International has not been a full-time shortwave broadcaster for some time. But after two recent live broadcasts on 6070 kHz prompted by the pandemic, it says it will continue monthly broadcasts at least for now.


From one of the internet's preeminent nautical shipping sites (who would have thought?)...

During times of peace and prosperity, the death of traditional radio isn’t a problem on anyone’s radar but, COVID-19 has reminded us that we need to be prepared for the unexpected, especially considering the fact that modern systems like satellite radio are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The good news is that HAM radio has seen a resurgence during the past few months. Around the world, thousands of new amateur radio operators have used their time in quarantine to study for a radio license and many standby on HF stations like 14.300 MhZ to provide free information and services to ships.


Might we see a new shortwave station in Illinois? Chris will be thrilled to learn it plans to broadcast in DRM!


Pirate Radio History / Vintage reception report MEGA THREAD!
« on: February 05, 2020, 0134 UTC »
I'm starting this thread to post pictures/scans of written reception reports to pirate radio stations. We've all seen QSL cards, but few have seen what the pirate radio operators saw before email: written reception reports from listeners in the age of "maildrops".

I grew up with a friend whose air name was "Doctor Lobotomy". He operated numerous shortwave pirate radio stations in the early 1990's. We lived across town from each other, attended high school together but didn't really know each other until we became acquainted by CB radio in our town. Over time, he revealed he was a shortwave enthusiast, a ham radio operator, and eventually, he revealed he operated pirate radio stations. He was instrumental in my introduction to the hobby that has followed me to this day.. HF pirate listening, utilities, oddities, etc.

I'm starting to scan his absolutely huge collection of reception reports. He's long out of the radio scene but I've been bugging him about putting these out there for a while, since I think they are so cool. Maybe you'll find them interesting? If so, please let me know. If you SEE one of your reception reports, feel free to comment! In the interest of privacy, I'll blur out last names and street addresses but keep town/city names. Unfortunately many of these DXers may have passed, some may have no interest in the hobby anymore, and some may still be here. If I happen to post something YOU wrote and you don't want here, feel free to let me know and I'll gladly remove it.

The reception reports are presented in no particular order. Stations I've identified so far operated by Dr. Lobotomy: Radio Free New England, WGNK, KMRZ, WARI, Alternative Radio International, Lobotomy Radio Network, East Coast Music Radio. Operations were primarily from mid-1991 until late 1993, and sporadically from there until about 1995. Almost all of the broadcasts originated from this bedroom studio in the Boston suburbs. I took this picture of Dr. Lobotomy sometime in probably 1992:

I'll continue to update this thread during 2020 as I have time to scan in a huge collection of reports. Keep checking back! Also, if anyone else has reception reports they'd like to add, feel free!

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