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Your points are also well taken. I don't know if it's 50/50, but it seems to me that the ham community that is interesting these days has a lot of action in QRP stuff and DIY. But I've certainly heard tons of the guys you're talking about. I heard a W2 turning his mega fantastic 20 over S9 beam around, just for kicks, to show how bad-arse the reverse beam was... 80 years old. He was very funny. More power to him, I say.

Also, with the long list of "Silent Keys" in each issue of QST, there's a lot of really good gear that's been fawned over, i.e., a Kenwood ts-820 I got for $0 that was barely used, and another person  just brought over coax and an antenna turner, and in these cases my friends thought I was doing _them_ a favor by taking stuff they'd never use. Also, a TenTech Century 21 thrown in... There are ridiculous deals out there if one is patient and ignores Ebay; a lot of the Kenwood stuff from 70's-80's was really well made (not to mention the classic American Swans/Hallicrafters and so forth that I missed out on, from same friend...)

Gotta add that anyone who takes the FCC exams is told that the antenna is the most crucial part of the rig. $1000 transceiver doesn't mean so much with crummy antenna. To really do what I want has meant DIY for me; I don't have an Elmer (yet).

I heard a lot of action on 10 meters during the "Cal QSO party", not so much since, would love to hear more on your home-made Yagi. A CB would be nice to monitor propagation as you and others have (I believe) suggested... As for 20 meters, I hear a lot of guys using 100 watts. The nightly saloons on 80 meters are usually using big amps and God knows what for antennas. YMMV.

73's and best to you!

the remaining hams are generally well-heeled

Gotta beg to differ; well, maybe half of them, the guys with 200 ft towers and $5K SDR's and the latest, always, from Icom/Yaesu/Kenwood...

The remaining hams are _cheap_... cheap, worn as a badge of honor. A truly great American tradition that represents the true hacker spirit. If you buy an antenna, to these guys you are a loser. If you think there are arguments here, you should see Eham and qrz.
In this tradition, I've been enjoying a 1974 copy of the ARRL antenna book, which cost me $3 (too much I'm sure), and the glories of copper wire in spools from HDepot.

Speaking of cheap, that Recent transceiver looks amazing, hell, Baofengs are amazing for the price -- Shenzhen attitude in action.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6965 AM 0133 UTC 6 Oct 2018
« on: October 06, 2018, 0205 UTC »
Excellent and clear signal here with great music. AM sig to die for, I synch-selected it w/joy until QRN or something clobbered it fifteen minutes ago. Thanks very much to whoever broadcast this.

Good S7 here with occasional fading.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Mix Radio 6885 USB 0147 22 July 2018
« on: July 22, 2018, 0206 UTC »
Lots of fading and noise here, SIO 323, but definitely legible. Thank you for the show!

Strong signal into southern AZ tonight, great music ("Our lips are sealed"), thank you so much Wolverine Radio!

Spy Numbers / Re: S06 "Pacific Weekdays Network" 15721 kHz 0400z
« on: July 17, 2018, 0422 UTC »
Heard here again 7/17 @400z, SIO 222, 480 into 5D groups. Speed of the recording was roughly twice that of the most recent clip on N&Oddities, although the tone of voice stayed the same (It took a little over 3 seconds for a 5D group). Off w/ nulls @411z.

Spy Numbers / Re: V07 again, excellent reception
« on: July 08, 2018, 0733 UTC »
Today's transmission must be the temporary end of the null messages (again, must be World Cup... as I write, this will be bdcst again in ten minutes...)

512 (x3) 1

7523 47

18002 85225 95828 40998 52459 55513 .... (lost track after that.... _you_ try going around town and checking in with various dubious music scene characters, and then trying to keep your head with the spanish numbers from Rus).... I have done my best.

The signal into AZ here, has, as always in this thread, been super-f-in excellent. SIO=454, always able to copy well... sometimes it isn't the sig strength but whether or not the guy listening is tired at all, that seals the fate... no, I did not copy this whole transmission, etc., etc.

As I type this, coming through loud and clear on 10263 kHz... Skol to all.

a sudden drop off in activity could be just as important of an indicator as an increase in activity.
Last Edit: June 20, 2018, 1226 UTC by R4002

Truer words have never been spoken, well done R4002.  ;D

Josh, your magnificent analysis has, until now, not been as widely lauded as it deserves. I particularly like this:

"EAM: Emerging Artist Message
This Flash Priority message type promulgates official information regarding new artists in a given recipients local music scene."

If only the EAM's were so interesting... Still, mega points to Josh for a new approach to the football field of traffic analysis, which will surely reach new points as the pundits fathom Germany's World Cup defeat. LOL and cheers!

Spy Numbers / Re: Continuing Mystery of S06s/E17z
« on: June 28, 2018, 0506 UTC »
Hi Ary! Thanks for your post, very very interesting...

I still wonder what the purpose of this station (S06s) is. We can say, oh yeah, this is just tests or trial runs, etc., etc.,  but in the end this whole endeavor costs mucho bucks and, given the state of the country that is supposedly transmitting this stuff, I continue to wonder what exactly is the purpose of this station.

For those who don't know, Ary B. is a true bad-@$$.... Ary knows way more than you and I have forgotten about numbers stations. Cheers and warm regards!

Spy Numbers / Continuing Mystery of S06s/E17z
« on: June 26, 2018, 1625 UTC »
I 've only heard S06s on the Twente SDR, so my interest in the station is recent, but given the Priyom pages and this very interesting article in Enigma 2000...


... this station still remains an oddity, for all the reasons mentioned by JkC in the article.

So last night via Twente I heard the following at 0730 and 0740:

427 806 5 46062 68672 97478 39685 30485 806 5 00000

which is very, very similar if not identical to the following pattern that JkC in Enigma monitored three plus years ago:

46062 68672 97478 39685 30485 96632 52537 53317 (p. 46 of the Enigma article from 2015)

Just found the pattern by happenstance, I don't usually monitor Twente or this station in general.

I've read the article several times and know the various theories about this station's raison d'etre, curious if Ary on any other monitor knows how common it is for S06/E17z to transmit the same message over a period of many years.

A very strange station, no doubt!

Thanks for another very useful schedule. I was curious about the Priyom info on these broadcasts, which states that some stations (the ones that keep the same sked all year) never broadcast null messages. Wondering if this log was anomalous in any way.

Following your info I've logged the following in SW AZ, adding to my numbers station catches here for the first time in a few decades! Gracias!

V07, S06, M12, M14

Spy Numbers / M12, strong signal, 12193 kHz, 122+null message
« on: June 26, 2018, 0713 UTC »
Heard SIO 333 here, repeating 122 X3 and 000 in CW for a few minutes, 6/26/18. Better conditions here than last night.

Spy Numbers / Re: S06 "Pacific Weekdays Network" 15721 kHz 0400z
« on: June 25, 2018, 0510 UTC »
Also just barely copying M14 one hour later, on 18042 kHz (SIO 211).


Spy Numbers / S06 "Pacific Weekdays Network" 15721 kHz 0400z
« on: June 25, 2018, 0432 UTC »
Caught S06 for first time tonight on 15721 kHz @0400. Copied "480" repeated over and over for a few minutes, then static crashes and QRN made it hard to copy preamble, I thought group count was "sem null" but could be wrong as I'm new at Rus. numbers. Copied the odd "chetyre" "odeen" and "tri" here and there, listened to rest on Kobe, Japan KiwiSDR.

Signal out here was SIO 322 with a lot of QRN, still, fun to hear a new station and this one (via Priyom info, "S06" and "Pacific Weekdays Network") seems to have a daily sked and would be audible much of the year. Interesting station totally different from V07 but seems to be coming from the same direction (in a vague "point the PL-880 kind of way").

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