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Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Radio Havana 6950 AM 1235 UTC 21 Nov 2020
« on: November 21, 2020, 1421 UTC »
Been booming in here at S9 +20 since ~1300 or so...

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6950 USB 0001 UTC 21 Nov. 2020
« on: November 21, 2020, 0145 UTC »
0001.45 - SDR recording: at end of Lincolnsire Poacher OM with what sounds to be
                "What in the world are you doing on a Friday night?" followed by
                a little more talking that I can't make out, even after multiple replays.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio 48 6930 USB 2352 UTC 31 Oct 2020
« on: November 01, 2020, 0002 UTC »
2356 - Multiple IDs by YL
0002 - More IDs by OM over mx(?) :)

Mostly good sig ~58 with some QSB

General Radio Discussion / Re: Rock band Rush's homage to radio
« on: September 02, 2020, 0151 UTC »
Rizla, Check out "Radioactivity" CD by Kraftwerk - a very nice opening. :)

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID CW 6945 USB 2347 UTC 1 SEPT 2020
« on: September 02, 2020, 0031 UTC »
6943.500 kHz
0020 - 170 hz shift, 45 baud RTTY with repeating, and unusual,
             No ID

0038 - Now something that looks like MFSK. Maybe op is playing
            with different digital modes??? The LINK-11 starting up
            doesn't help. I'll have to play back my recording later and
            see if I can decode anything else...

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 USB 0138 UTC 2 Aug 2020
« on: August 02, 2020, 0200 UTC »
~0135 started hearing "In A Gada Divida" - Iron Butterfly signal was up and down
0155 - "Autobahn" - Kraftwerk and now a very solid S9+ sig
Thanks for the great mx selections!

Huh? / Re: Comet NEOWISE
« on: August 02, 2020, 0149 UTC »
Great photos guys, I'm envious! I got some OK views
but never a good chance at photos again; guess I
shoulda made another O dark-thirty expedition to the lake...

Uh, oh, someones playing "In A Gada Divida" on 6925
here come the flashbacks :)......................................

Huh? / Re: Comet NEOWISE
« on: July 12, 2020, 0328 UTC »
Gotta to apologize - I got up at 0300 today (Saturday), made a short drive over to the
Corps of Engineers Boat Launch area at Old Hickory Lake
and got some great views of Neowise. It was a very easy binocular object and
barely, to these old eyes, "nekked" eye object.

We had a weak cold front come through yesterday and the temp and dewpoint
dropped. The temp was 68 and dewpoint was 62 with a light breeze from the
lake - very comfortable for here in mid-July.

Tried for some photos but discovered a little shake in the tripod with the 300 mm
lens hanging on it so all the pics were no good.

Starting Monday, 13jul20, Neowise will become an early evening object.
spaceweather.com has some "how to find" sky maps. 

Huh? / Re: Comet NEOWISE
« on: June 19, 2020, 0237 UTC »
Amen! I ain't holding my breath - or even unpacking the telescope :)

Hope you hung in there because 6 is just now closing out for me (EM66)
(on SSB, FT8 is still busy) after a very good opening to New England
FN3x & FN4x grid squares. Nodzing on 144 or 432 :(

"Maybe tomorrow"!

SDR - Software Defined Radio / Re: HFU Members Online SDRs
« on: June 07, 2020, 1626 UTC »
I have a public Kiwi at: http://midtn.dynu.net:8073
It is in a noisy environment with a sub-optimal antenna, which puts it low on Chris' survey list.
However, it is there for anyone to use. After the Ken Burns series "Country Music" ran on PBS last fall,
I've seen an increase in connections, world-wide, to WSM 650 AM, which I can hear on a wet string from here. :)

In an effort to improve the antenna situation, yesterday I set up a MLA-30 from e-bay. I mounted it
on a 10' piece of 1" PVC water pipe, with 1/2" cross arms and found the perfect temporary mount - the
1" PVC fits nicely into the umbrella hole in the middle of the deck table! That also puts it ~the same height
above ground as the present "kinda 20 meter", "kinda dipole" that the Kiwi has been using.

First impressions, totally subjective comparisons from listening around, is: above ~10 mHz, the dipole is better;
below ~5 mHz, the MLA-30 is *mostly* better. Bottom line - the MLA-30 is going into the shed until such time as I
need / want an antenna dedicated to <10 mHz, or I run into someone who has NO antenna and needs something,
anything. In my *never humble* opinion, save your $$$  :(!

PS - I have read reviews that said the Bias-T system is noisy and I found that it was not bad - except -  ~10 kHz - 170 kHz
where it generates noise that is ~30 db above the noise floor. I also tried powering it from the Bias-T connection on my RSPDuo
and saw the same result so I think the noise is NOT due to the switching wall-wart I initially powered it with. At night,
I can copy WWVB @ 60 kHz using the dipole; NO WAY using the MLA-30.  --- Just my >2 cents worth!

Monitored during flyover today:
360.700 Coordination with BNA tower
289.800 Aerial refueling
237.800 Some a/c to a/c chatter
284.250 Primary pilot to pilot chatter and commands

Great show and I even got a few reasonable photos!

Amateur Radio / Re: A 6M rivival here locally? Maybe.
« on: April 27, 2020, 0148 UTC »
I'll start parking my beam in ~NE direction and
listen around some when I see activity pick up
on 50.313 FT8.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 AM 2341 UTC 21 Mar 2020
« on: March 22, 2020, 0120 UTC »
0057 - CYOT ID and e-mail address by YL
0100 - SSTV ID
Sig was up and down; almost in the noise when down but
59 and easy listening when up.
Thanks for the programme. I started an SDR recording
when the Grand Ol' Opry started, with no live audience,
on the local NBC affiliate (WSMV) and later replayed the recording.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio GaGa 6925 USB 0112 UTC 18 March 2020
« on: March 18, 2020, 0247 UTC »
"Do wacka..." by late, great, homeboy Roger Miller :)

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