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This was on Sunday night (early Monday) UTC. I checked a kiwi SDR in New Zealand where it was a very nice SIO 454, and uTwente where it was 343. Various other places around the world weren't getting it. It was reportedly running on the full 500 kW and beamed toward Mexico. This was on again Monday night, where I observed a spur at 15730 - although when I tuned away from that for a moment then tuned back, it was gone. At this point I'll have to assume some kind of internal error with my SDR, even though I had LNA gain way down and attenuation way up.

The nice thing for me was that it was relaying its 5130 kHz programming. That's a frequency that simply doesn't exist for me, although 7490 has also been a tough copy lately, even at night. No idea how much power it's on. Ever since the former primary transmitter burned, I assume that they've been using a lower power backup. At the time Wiener said it was running 30 kW.

I was up for a bit around 0930-1030 UTC (3:30-4:30 MDT) and it was still on. But when I got up for good and checked at 1245, there was only a much weaker carrier with no discernible audio. It looked pretty centered, though, unlike the old 9330 signal which was at least +100 W. Different beam/reduced power, or something else entirely? Trans World Radio via Armenia is listed 1315-1535z, but also shows an end date of APR 1 on the eibi schedule, so who knows.

NHK in Spanish is supposed to sign on at 6195 from Cypress Creek at that time. Perhaps an engineer had the wrong frequency set for a moment?

0231 Weak copy but music clearly copyable at the noise floor, some peaks above it. (It's sunset here, hopefully this will gain strength shortly).

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 USB 0027 UTC 17 JUN 2019
« on: June 17, 2019, 0028 UTC »
0027 tuned in to the middle of a SSTV (sounds like Scottie DX mode). Using a kiwi SDR in Fort Collins CO due to some lighting at my QTH, although it looks like it's clearing up.
0041 tuned back to hear "Smash It Up" by The Damned, one of my all time favorite tunes. Thanks anonymous pirate!

Heard a couple around same time but was unable to get copy.  Off ~0032.
Not sure if same station but male voice At 0036 into music.  Heavy static, tough copy.

Seems likely that it's the same one.

As bad as 3840 LSB can get (and I have a particular interest in this one because one of the regulars, KAXE, is only about 28 miles from me as the crow flies - I wonder if I'll ever run into him at the local HRO or any ham gathering in town), I have to say that it amazes me that W6WBJ is still on the air with a license now 12 years expired, which the FCC won't renew, but which he can keep using because he's apparently a skilled enough attorney to keep the appeals going. His determination to jam the WARFA net on 3908 with some of the worst garbage you've heard on the ham bands is a measure of both determination and profound mental disturbances. Probably one and the same with this loon.

I've heard him live on 3840 a couple of times. He's with his kind of people there.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Unid 6925 usb, 0310 utc, 15 Jun 2019
« on: June 16, 2019, 0335 UTC »
0334 weakly audible in Denver. Thanks for the show!
0342 signal improved to fair quality. OM was on a few minutes ago, sounded possibly like a parody ad.
0402 signal stayed fair until QRT at 0402

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6935 AM 0113 UTC 16 Jun 2019
« on: June 16, 2019, 0118 UTC »
Just a het on my home QTH SDR, but good signal on Elida OH kiwi SDR with Beatles tunes. Thanks for the show!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 USB 0026 UTC 16 June 2017
« on: June 16, 2019, 0028 UTC »
0028 faint signal at noise floor. Thanks for the show.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 USB 0113 UTC 15 Jun 2019
« on: June 15, 2019, 0132 UTC »
0132 rock music, possibly a tad off frequency. Poor to fair reception at the moment.

0120 decent signal on Elida OH kiwi SDR. Trace signal out here.
0133 some modulation being copied now, just at/below the noise floor

Nada out west, decent signal on Elida OH kiwi SDR.
0056 Station ID
0107 ID and off

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Your favorite program
« on: June 12, 2019, 2257 UTC »
RNZ Saturday Night Requests on RNZI, currently 0700-1200 UTC Saturdays (the time changes because it's oriented to local NZ time, based on whether it's Standard or Summer for them). I have to record it overnight most of the time. Also enjoy Jazz From The Left on WRMI 7730 at 0000 UTC Wednesday, Shortwave Radiogram on various WRMI and WINB frequencies and times, Glenn Hauser when I can catch him, NHK in English, Arnie Coro and The Jazz Place on RHC, BBC depending on the programming, Voice of Korea just because they're such a throwback to the Cold War, various others.

Spy Numbers / Re: M01b log 10 June 2019
« on: June 11, 2019, 1656 UTC »
Definitely sounds like an error for sure, and nothing typical. If you're inclined you can get on the IRC chat at priyom.org and ask there too. I think that's still fairly active but I haven't been on in about a year.

Best way to share audio clips is to upload them to some sharing site and then linking here. If that's more than you want to bother with, no worries.

Spy Numbers / Re: M01b log 10 June 2019
« on: June 11, 2019, 1451 UTC »
Could be outdated info, and that they have recently changed systems. Is your recording online?

(Note: I'm no expert, either Token or AryB would be better able to answer your questions than me, but I'm curious about hearing your recording. Perhaps Strange Beacons as well. Hopefully one or more see this soon and jump into the discussion.)

What's your QTH? Did you copy this at your QTH or were you tuned into an online SDR? How does one tell if there's an error?

Thanks, MDK2

I'm in the PNW. Euro signals generally have to travel over the auroral zone to get here... And I think Turkey cut their hours to Europe. The signals I used to get were beamed to Europe (probably Germany), 5-6 hours worth a night. Those were the days.

Thanks for the info, though. Will give them a try on 31 meters.

I feel ya there. This beam is supposed to be for our benefit (i.e., this is the "Western North America" beam) but it's been a less than ideal copy since the solar cycle really started bottoming out. Although I did get a pretty good copy for an evening in May, making me wonder if there are any tx issues going on. Sometimes it comes in significantly off frequency, like 9515.7 kHz. One evening it was good, cut out for a few, came back weaker as if they had switched transmitters or else had reduced power. I'm pretty certain that they're not running 500 kW as advertised. Anyway, people further east can usually get this better than us, but it's been a while since I hopped on an online SDR on the coast to compare.  I should do that tonight.

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