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Shortwave Pirate / Re: X-FM 6285 AM 0200 UTC 18 MAY 2019
« on: May 18, 2019, 0242 UTC »
All gear is down here due to a recent lightning strike, but have been sampling Kiwis across the USA and CAN with generally good signals.

Also checked in at a cupla my fave overseas NDB Kiwis:

Bjargtangar, Iceland with a surprisingly nice signal at times.
Carlow, Ireland with JBA audio from time to time.
Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay noting a carrier from time to time.

Thanks for the show!

FWIW; there's also a bit of lightning QRN up in ISL tonite...



0330 "...I come from the land of ice and snow..."   still able to listen in AM mode via this remote; very impressed with how you're getting out tonite.

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Longwave Loggings / Re: Spring 2019 NDB Logs
« on: May 02, 2019, 1953 UTC »
yes...PT 283 is gawn

On the plus side:  I believe that YQ 305 (Churchill MB) is sked to go off in October which will allow a shot at LT 305 in Alert NU.

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Longwave Loggings / Re: Spring 2019 NDB Logs
« on: May 01, 2019, 1224 UTC »
TY LG!

The Canadians are all the usual suspects; there were a few in this freq range which are difficult at this time of the year in the USA, and were not logged.

The toughest logs were actually the NDBs in the SE USA (NC, SC, VA, and GA).  These are all low power and are tough to hear through the storms which are are generally active at this time of the year.  I lucked out and stumbled on a great short opening to the area.

I have lately been DXing via many of the Kiwi remotes around the world to satisfy my NDB Jones, and have made many visits to Kiwis in NZ and AUS.  Very interesting down there!

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Longwave Loggings / Spring 2019 NDB Logs
« on: April 30, 2019, 1417 UTC »
Logs acquired from Downers Grove, Illinois during last weekend's Coordinated Listening Event spanning the range of 270 to 320 kHz.  Loud spring storm QRN and iffy props prevailed.

2019-04-28  0524  270.0  PYG           +1025     Pageland, SC, USA  1031 Km
2019-04-28  0523  271.0  HXO  -1021    +1021     Huntsboro, NC, USA  1015 Km
2019-04-28  0517  272.0  GP            +1044     Grand Rapids, MN, USA  737 Km
2019-04-26  1701  272.0  IK   -1037    +1032     Kankakee, IL, USA  85 Km
2019-04-28  0516  272.0  LS            +1018     La Crosse, WI, USA  365 Km
2019-04-26  1701  272.0  OLY  -1022    +1016     Olney-Noble, IL, USA  339 Km
2019-04-26  1701  272.0  YQA           +405      Muskoka, ON, CAN  794 Km
2019-04-27  0433  272.0  ZMR           +388      Montreal, QC, CAN  1197 Km
2019-04-26  1703  273.0  FK   -1042    +1034     Fort Campbell (Hopkinsville), KY, USA  564 Km
2019-04-28  0531  274.0  AKQ           +1018     Wakefield, VA, USA  1086 Km
2019-04-27  0438  274.0  RG   -1028    +1027     Red Wing, MN, USA  488 Km
2019-04-27  0416  274.0  YPM           +367      Pikangikum, ON, CAN  1204 Km
2019-04-28  0515  275.0  AV            +378      St Andrews (Winnipeg), MB, CAN  1155 Km
2019-04-26  1704  275.0  DE   -1020    +1021     Decatur, IL, USA  236 Km
2019-04-27  0514  275.0  GEY  -1044    +1055     Greybull, WY, USA  1649 Km
2019-04-28  0526  275.0  RU   -1016              Salisbury, NC, USA  941 Km
2019-04-27  0107  276.0  YEL           +406      Elliot Lake, ON, CAN  669 Km
2019-04-28  0534  276.0  ZTH           +376      Thompson, MB, CAN  1715 Km
2019-04-27  0517  277.0  OT   -1050    +1042     Worthington, MN, USA  640 Km
2019-04-28  0538  277.0  VIT           +1020     Vinton, VA, USA  867 Km
2019-04-26  1706  278.0  ADG  -1020    +1026     Adrian, MI, USA  332 Km
2019-04-27  0442  278.0  AUR  -1039              Sulphur, LA, USA  1378 Km
2019-04-28  0542  278.0  CEP  -1050              Ruidoso, NM, USA  1781 Km
2019-04-28  0543  278.0  GPQ           +1017     Carrollton, GA, USA  949 Km
2019-04-28  0542  278.0  HFF  -1057              Camp Mackall, NC, USA  1060 Km
2019-04-27  0132  278.0  NM            +405      Matagami, QC, CAN  1193 Km
2019-04-27  0521  280.0  GYZ  -1036    +1031     Guernsey, WY, USA  1378 Km
2019-04-28  0530  280.0  QX            +406      Gander, NL, CAN  2703 Km
2019-04-28  0549  281.0  CA            +407      Cartwright, NL, CAN  2645 Km
2019-04-26  1707  281.0  DMO           +979      Sedalia, MO, USA  557 Km
2019-04-27  0443  282.0  ROS  -1041    +1042     Rush City, MN, USA  589 Km
2019-04-28  0519  284.0  BT   -1014    +1035     Baton Rouge, LA, USA  1279 Km
2019-04-27  0442  284.0  QD            +402      The Pas, MB, CAN  1665 Km
2019-04-28  0552  284.0  RQY  -1020    +1021     Elkins, WV, USA  763 Km
2019-04-27  0507  287.0  ZWG           +368      Medicine Rock (Winnipeg), MB, CAN  1156 Km
2019-04-27  0108  289.0  YLQ           +408      La Tuque, QC, CAN  1359 Km
2019-04-27  0429  290.0  QR            +363      Regina, SK, CAN  1587 Km
2019-04-27  0448  290.0  TYV           +1045     Jacksonville, AR, USA  837 Km
2019-04-27  0431  291.0  9Q            +376      Amos, QC, CAN  1079 Km
2019-04-26  1711  293.0  FBY           +1005     Fairbury, NE, USA  783 Km
2019-04-27  0523  293.0  TOR           +1036     Torrington, WY, USA  1331 Km
2019-04-26  1710  293.0  UI   -1028    +1022     Quincy, IL, USA  344 Km
2019-04-26  1712  299.0  HW   -1054    +1056     Wilmington, OH, USA  443 Km
2019-04-27  0526  299.0  TV            +412      Turner Valley, AB, CAN  2245 Km
2019-04-28  0601  300.0  SCR  -1020              San Cristobal, , GAL  4752 Km
2019-04-27  0419  300.0  YIV           +403      Island Lake, MB, CAN  1431 Km
2019-04-28  0603  302.0  HO            +1031     Huron, SD, USA  890 Km
2019-04-27  0533  302.0  QW            +400      North Battleford, SK, CAN  1955 Km
2019-04-29  0953  305.0  RO            +1020     Roswell, NM, USA  1721 Km
2019-04-27  0423  305.0  YQ            +408      Churchill / Eastern Creek, MB, CAN  1937 Km
2019-04-27  0440  309.0  GPI  -410     +404      Guapi, , CLM  4481 Km
2019-04-27  0451  311.0  GK   -1033              Fort Smith, AR, USA  910 Km
2019-04-27  0453  314.0  CVY           +1027     Fort Riley, KS, USA  802 Km
2019-04-27  0453  314.0  VTN           +1022     Valentine, NE, USA  1035 Km
2019-04-26  1714  315.0  AT   -1020    +1022     Dayton, OH, USA  375 Km
2019-04-27  0511  315.0  UBR           +1080     Cayo Las Brujas, , CUB  2290 Km
2019-04-28  0521  316.0  FFC           +1028     Peachtree City, GA, USA  993 Km
2019-04-27  0437  317.0  VC            +390      La Ronge, SK, CAN  1946 Km
2019-04-27  0436  317.0  ZMX           +379      Janvier / Mirabel (Montreal), QC, CAN  1213 Km
2019-04-27  0110  317.0  ZZR  -1034              Severn, ON, CAN  886 Km

NDBs this report 60  New NDBs 0

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QSLs Received / Re: Rave On Radio eQSLs
« on: April 30, 2019, 1414 UTC »
Also received one for the 7Nov16 "The Band" show.  Thanks ROR!

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Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2018 NDB Logs
« on: April 19, 2019, 1839 UTC »
Recent Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois

With the decommissioning of MN NDBs due to begin in earnest in 2019, I did an inventory of what seems to be on the air for comparison to what's left in the coming fall.  I bear no ill will against MN NDBs, but there are a couple of pests which block valuable offsets, and these really should volunteer to go first.

Even tho there is still a trace of DX from SA - and also GRL - the Winter DX season is officially over here.

2019-04-17  0811  204.0  YFY           +397     Forbay - Iqaluit, NU, CAN  2750 Km
2019-04-17  0811  215.0  ESM  -1020             Esmeraldas, , EQA  4619 Km
2019-04-17  0811  225.0  YIK           +413     Ivujivik, QC, CAN  2391 Km
2019-04-16  0725  239.0  BBB           +1026    Benson, MN, USA  728 Km
2019-04-16  0725  251.0  BR            +1026    Brainerd, MN, USA  707 Km
2019-04-16  0725  257.0  SAZ           +1034    Staples, MN, USA  746 Km
2019-04-17  0811  269.0  GN   -1038             Gainesville, FL, USA  1444 Km
2019-04-16  0725  269.0  PK            +1045    Park Rapids, MN, USA  789 Km
2019-04-16  0725  272.0  GP   -1047             Grand Rapids, MN, USA  737 Km
2019-04-16  0725  274.0  RG            +1028    Red Wing, MN, USA  488 Km
2019-04-16  0725  277.0  OT            +1044    Worthington, MN, USA  640 Km
2019-04-16  0725  282.0  ROS           +1043    Rush City, MN, USA  589 Km
2019-04-16  0725  326.0  UOT           +405     Union, SC, USA  967 Km  last RNA 2018-11-30
2019-04-16  0725  327.0  JMR           +1041    Mora, MN, USA  623 Km
2019-04-16  0725  330.0  PWC           +1021    Pine River, MN, USA  748 Km
2019-04-16  0725  332.0  PH   -1034             Port Huron, MI, USA  462 Km  back on the air TY pv!
2019-04-16  0725  332.0  VVV  -1015             Ortonville, MN, USA  785 Km
2019-04-16  0725  335.0  COQ           +1030    Cloquet, MN, USA  654 Km
2019-04-16  0725  337.0  FF            +1040    Fergus Falls, MN, USA  810 Km
2019-04-16  0725  341.0  ORB           +1028    Orr, MN, USA  793 Km
2019-04-16  0725  342.0  PFT           +1025    Pinecreek, MN, USA  1012 Km
2019-04-16  0725  342.0  ST            +1035    St Cloud, MN, USA  630 Km
2019-04-16  0725  346.0  GHW  -1010             Glenwood, MN, USA  725 Km
2019-04-16  0725  350.0  CBG           +1030    Cambridge, MN, USA  597 Km
2019-04-16  0725  353.0  IN            +1026    International Falls, MN, USA  853 Km
2019-04-16  0725  355.0  SNO           +1034    Santo Domingo, , CHL  8562 Km
2019-04-16  0725  356.0  AQP           +1002    Appleton, MN, USA  752 Km
2019-04-16  0725  359.0  LXL           +1035    Little Falls, MN, USA  688 Km
2019-04-16  0725  360.0  SW            +1032    Warroad, MN, USA  967 Km
2019-04-16  0725  362.0  GND  -1034             Port Salines' Grand Anse, , GRD  4179 Km
2019-04-16  0725  362.0  MZH           +1034    Moose Lake, MN, USA  640 Km
2019-04-16  0725  365.0  AA            +1026    Fargo, MN, USA  908 Km
2019-04-16  0725  365.0  PAL           +1021    Palma, , EQA  4946 Km
2019-04-16  0725  368.0  PNM           +1043    Princeton, MN, USA  617 Km
2019-04-16  0725  371.0  MD            +1018    Bemidji, MN, USA  831 Km
2019-04-16  0725  379.0  OW            +1031    Owatonna, MN, USA  487 Km
2019-04-16  0725  392.0  XVG  -1042             Longville, MN, USA  759 Km
2019-04-16  0725  397.0  AIT           +1041    Aitkin, MN, USA  699 Km
2019-04-16  0725  399.0  UP            +326     Upernavik (Kitaa), , GRL  3848 Km
2019-04-16  0725  400.0  CKN  -1010             Crookston, MN, USA  957 Km
2019-04-16  1205  400.0  PPI  -1052             St Paul, MN, USA  526 Km
2019-04-16  0725  404.0  XCR           +1034    Little Falls, MN, USA  697 Km
2019-04-16  0725  415.0  SLS           +1018    Salinas (Guayas), , EQA  4945 Km
2019-04-16  0838  418.0  CW            +1012    Lake Charles, LA, USA  1357 Km   back on the air
2019-04-16  0725  420.0  FQ            +1031    Fairmont, MN, USA  559 Km

NDBs this report 45  New NDBs 0



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Getting some audio here at 1722
YL ID 1727

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Huh? / Re: Trump Cuts U.S. Aid to 3 Mexican Countries
« on: April 03, 2019, 1832 UTC »
3 Mexicos?  No doubt the NASWA Countries List Committee had a hand in this.

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Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2018 NDB Logs
« on: April 03, 2019, 1713 UTC »
Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois

Still a bit of life in the season.

2019-04-03  0517  240.0  LE            +1031     Auburn (Lewiston), ME, USA  1460 Km
2019-04-03  0646  326.0  BVP  -1018              Houston, TX, USA  1462 Km   supposedly had been decommed
2019-04-03  0517  330.0  SJ            +1030     Patty, PR, PTR  3330 Km
2019-04-03  0646  332.0  POA  -1018              Pahoa, HI, HWA  6691 Km
2019-04-03  0646  338.0  YN   -1054    +1020     Youngstown / Warren, OH, USA  622 Km
2019-04-03  0646  353.0  LLD  -402               Lanai, HI, HWA  6775 Km
2019-04-03  0517  355.0  SNO  -1032    +1034     Santo Domingo, , CHL  8562 Km
2019-04-03  0517  365.0  PAL  -1020              Palma, , EQA  4946 Km
2019-04-03  0517  366.0  AU            +1008     Augusta, ME, USA  1503 Km
2019-04-03  0646  371.0  YK            +1034     Yakima, WA, USA  2618 Km
2019-04-03  0517  393.0  EVG           +1111     El Vigia, , VEN  4029 Km  keying EVO
2019-04-03  0517  396.0  UV            +1025     Martinsville, VA, USA  903 Km  back on the air - last log Feb 2018
2019-04-03  0155  410.0  SLO  -420     +411      UNID, , XUN  NEW   new mystery beacon


NDBs this report 13  New NDBs 1


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DGPS / Re: DGPS Logs 30-31 Mar 2019
« on: March 31, 2019, 1933 UTC »

Bjargtangar Lt Iceland. At this time of the morning? Seems implausible.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 11:08:23
Sunday, March 31, 2019 11:11:31


I did a few sessions on the Bjargtangar ISL Kiwi SDR for a CLE last weekend, and I learned a cupla things:

1)  This is a fine SDR with an interesting look at the world.
2)  My spellchecker wants to correct "Bjargtangar " to "Kangaroo"

I didn't recall seeing a DGPS blasting in last weekend, and there was nothing there on 300 when I just checked.

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General Radio Discussion / Re: Board Spring Cleanup
« on: March 31, 2019, 1252 UTC »
Over at Longwave Loggings, we welcome DGPS with open arms. 

Perhaps we should send them a fruit basket?

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Equipment / Re: Info-tec M-605
« on: March 24, 2019, 1537 UTC »
 Barb?

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Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2018 NDB Logs
« on: March 15, 2019, 1647 UTC »
@Looking-Glass  TY for the kind words.  This was a night of exceptional props.  The middle portion of the 14 hour long file had an astounding opening to the South.  This is the only part of the recording I have processed so far.  The early portion of the file has a great opening to the NE, and the tail end has an opening to the NW.

Okay, so here are some representative partial screen caps of some NDB captures.  Of interest are the top bar, in which the freq and timing info are noted.  The top panel gives some info on where in the 22 minute long file the best correlation occurs.  The middle panel is called the Convolution Sonogram by the author, and gives a rendering of the raw algorithmic results.  The bottom panel is the Aggregate Convolution Sonogram and is a massaged rendering of the panel above it. 

These logs were all acquired using an SDR-IQ and 96" amplified whip, recorded in SDR Console V 2.3

Below is a capture of MOG 404, Montague CA, 25W at 2840 kM.  The current version of the code does not always accurately determine the beginning of the sampling interval, but it correctly puts the interval at 8.03 seconds.  This is an example of strong signal capture, and the ID is definite.



Below is a capture of FXC 327, Cayenne, French Guiana, ~300W at 5425 kM.  FXC has lost its LSB, and is currently chugging away with negative keying in its carrier as the only way to ID it.  The code gives a very positive ID, and accurate timing.



On an excellent night for Brazilians, the following was also capped.  It showed up for only a minute.  This remains a tentative log pending further investigation, but it sure looks like YUB 250 (Itaituba, BRA, ? kW at 6060 kM) miskeying as YUTS.  The timing and offset seem OK, but I am not at the point where I can claim this yet.



The code, Pskov, is the product of a couple of Russian NDB DXers, and is available for free download to members of the Groups.IO NDB List.  It continues to be upgraded as DXers offer input and looks to be a powerful addition to one's toolbox.  Users are VERY strongly advised to use a solid state drive for all file operations, and even so, processing requires a fair amount of time and dedication, but at this point appears to be a great way to go after high value targets. 

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Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2018 NDB Logs
« on: March 15, 2019, 0050 UTC »
Oldies from Downers Grove, IL

A couple of weeks ago, a new NDB detection code - Pskov - was released to members of the Groups.IO NDB List for evaluation.  This consists of two main programs.  The first is used to process an IQ file in a chain recorded via an SDR, creating a series of series of spectrum files via an auto-correlation algorithm.  The second program is used to display the spectrum files and enhance the detection and visibility of NDBs in a number of views via a number of controls.

This code excels in pulling out high confidence logs which would be at the limit of visibility in a .wav file browser.

This is one powerful code and highly addictive once you start digging into a file chain.  There are some neat tricks which it can do, and it functions as a great complement to normal .wav file browsing.   The ability of
Pskov to expose negative keying in a carrier seems useless on the surface, but this ability made it relatively easy to log FXC 327 (which currently has no sidebands, but keys negatively in its carrier) in the presence of a strong adjacent JMR 327 (Mora, MN) carrier. 

I took another look at an older file recorded in SDR Console, and was able to pull a lot out including the following logs:

2018-12-23  0841  246.0  IBL  -1019    +1021    Isabela, , GAL  4763 Km
2018-12-23  0554  248.0  YLA           +372     Aupaluk, QC, CAN  2330 Km
2018-12-23  0540  280.0  RCL           +1027    Rio Claro (SP), , BRA  8276 Km  NEW
2018-12-23  0841  280.0  SOL  -400     +400     Guayaquil (Guayas), , EQA  4964 Km
2018-12-23  0610  285.0  DOU  -1022             Dourados (MS), , BRA  7894 Km
2018-12-23  0554  320.0  JPS           +1031    Joao Pessoa (PB), , BRA  7659 Km  NEW
2018-12-23  0351  323.0  TAB  -411     +402     Crown Point, , TRD  4315 Km
2018-12-23  0458  325.0  SKB           +1021    Bradshaw, , SCN  3637 Km
2018-12-23  0743  327.0  FXC                    Cayenne, , GUF  5425 Km  NEW
2018-12-23  0351  329.0  FOF  -398              Fort De France, , MRT  3986 Km
2018-12-23  0925  330.0  SIS           +1030    Puerto Asis, , CLM  4735 Km  Sending E prefix
2018-12-23  0520  330.0  SJ            +1030    Patty, PR, PTR  3330 Km
2018-12-23  0436  339.0  UAM           +1149    Santiago De Cuba, , CUB  2687 Km
2018-12-23  0436  340.0  OIA  -1021             Oiapoque (AP), , BRA  5549 Km
2018-12-23  0547  340.0  PTP  -1021             Ponta Pora (MS), , BRA  7899 Km
2018-12-23  0819  340.0  PTZ  -1021             Pastaza, , EQA  4924 Km
2018-12-23  0520  344.0  SL   -1019             Salina, KS, USA  883 Km
2018-12-23  0413  345.0  CLM           +1016    Unknown, , XUU  NEW
2018-12-23  0756  360.0  JAC  -1027             Jacare-a-Canga (PA), , BRA  6165 Km
2018-12-23  0436  360.0  OAS           +1012    Andoas, , PRU  5099 Km
2018-12-23  0520  362.0  GND  -1034             Grand Anse, , GRD  4179 Km
2018-12-23  0458  370.0  AYA  -1047             Ayacucho, , PRU  6276 Km
2018-12-23  0436  375.0  CUB           +988     Corumba (MS), , BRA  7457 Km
2018-12-23  0841  393.0  EVG           +1113    El Vigia, , VEN  4029 Km
2018-12-23  0332  403.0  SV   -1037             , , VCT  4109 Km
2018-12-23  0841  405.0  MAS           +1020    Macas, , EQA  5009 Km  NEW
2018-12-23  0351  410.0  PEL           +1002    Ponta Pelada / Manaus (AM), , BRA  5750 Km
2018-12-23  0436  418.0  TLC           +1021    Tulcan (Carchi), , EQA  4676 Km

 
I will put together a cupla partial screen caps and post them shortly.

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