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Yeah, Josh, I remember the IC-502 but never had one. That's the fun thing about six - when
the band is open (like it is now, into New England) you can get out using a wet shoestring. Six
was the first band I operated after I got my Tech ticket, using a homebrew rig with
"Advanced Modulation" :)  A 6146 modulated with a pair of 6L6s, as I recall.

FYI: Six meters has been open here at least part of every day for the past week.
I hope it holds up through this weekend. :) Only problem is everyone seems to
hang out on 50.313 FT8. When I go down to ~50,125 or even 52.525 nobody's
at home there! If I'm seeing lots of strong FT8 sigs then the other freqs should
also be active - if anyone would give them a try.

I did work my first Cuban last weekend. First on USB then later saw and worked
him on FT8. Personally, I don't get much thrill out of the automated FT8 exchanges
but it should be a good indicator of the band being open.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6950 USB 2258 UTC 26 April 2019
« on: April 27, 2019, 0035 UTC »

Can't even begin to read the small print.
And the 2318z image.

Hey MyT, and maybe others,
You got my curiosity fired up and I saved my copy of the SSTV image,
tweaked on it a bit and was able to make out most of the bottom line.
I did a Google search on what I had and found the original image.
Now you can read the fine print.
Enjoy :)



Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio Gaga 6925 USB 2120 UTC 20 Apr 2019
« on: April 20, 2019, 2354 UTC »
Today, 4/20, is observed as National Pot Day, so it might be
reasonable to expect a high level of pirate activity...  :)

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6950 USB 0154 UTC 20 Apr 2019
« on: April 20, 2019, 0208 UTC »
0205 - SSTV - looks like "The real unid radio"
Previous "Sounds of Silence" & "When a Man Loves a Woman"
0207 - "Paint It Black"

Very good S9+ sig and great audio! Thanks for the program.

Utility / Re: UNID 6900 AM 0255 27mar2019 UTC
« on: March 28, 2019, 0429 UTC »
Thanks for the info TW. I just now saw the announcement by
The Relay Station about this. I'm going to set up the SDR to
record the Friday UTC xmission. I had the pleasure to meet
Ms. Christie and take in her presentation at the 2018
Winter SWLfest.

Utility / Ghosts in the Air Glow 6900 AM 0255 27mar2019 UTC
« on: March 27, 2019, 0327 UTC »
~0255 I walked in just in time to see an AM sig on 6900
            I clicked on it and caught a few words by a YL
            then SSTV, which did not decode, then it was gone.
            The sig was a good S9+ but not full modulation.

            Did anyone else hear this one? Chris, got it recorded???

0430 28mar19 UTC - edited transmission ID

Utility / Re: 6903 and 6807 USB
« on: March 14, 2019, 2245 UTC »
I also heard these comms, a little earlier, and had the presence of mind (? :)) to click the record button for later playback.
Here's my synopsis of a playback of the recording:

3 operators: 6903 kHz OM, pronounces 3 almost as “tree”, S9+ sig, ~2kHz pilot tone, call C3Q and 2HF
                     6988 kHz OM, S9+ sig, no pilot tone, call unkn
                     6988 kHz YL, vy poor copy and QSB, no pilot tone, slower cadence, call C4K
2 different messages, main one was 30 char, other one was 36 char, all were similar format
                     and sounded to be continuous chars, not in groups, first 6 char seemed to be
                     “To:” field,  msg repeated 2X

005620: 6903 kHz, OM, call C3Q, 30 char msg Almost at same time: 6988 kHz OM, 30 char msg
012200: 6988 kHz, YL, 30 char msg
015120: 6988 kHz, YL, 30 char msg
022120: 6988 kHz, YL, 30 char msg
024335: 6903 kHz, OM, call 2HF, 30 char msg
024555: 6903 kHz, OM, call 2HF, 36 char msg
024845: 6903 kHz, OM, call 2HF, 30 char msg
025205: 6988 kHz, YL, 30 char msg
032140: 6988 kHz, YL, 30 char msg
--- Recording ended at 0330 ---
US Mil training exercise?


Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6948 USB 0020 UTC 5 March 2019
« on: March 05, 2019, 0027 UTC »
0022 - "Long, Long Time", very weak, just above the noise and
            there could be another sig under this one...
0026 - another song by YL but can't make it out.
0029 - sig is up and down but caught a little of "Have You Seen Her?"

Thanks for the mx

Equipment / Re: Loop on Ground - Can I bury the loop?
« on: February 26, 2019, 0507 UTC »
 A little early in the season, but this might help illuminate the subject:


Scroll down to:
A Compact All-Band Antenna
QST April 1957

The whole article may be useful, especially the section "The Image Principle", p. 136 & 138.

Good luck! ;)

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 USB 1610 UTC 12 Jan 2019
« on: January 12, 2019, 1625 UTC »
1621 - Also heard here,  in and out of noise, but definitely Native American flute and drums.
           Overall, ~S3

Shortwave Pirate / Re: The Whistler 6935 USB 2056 UTC 15 Dec 2018
« on: December 15, 2018, 2118 UTC »
2115 - Radio drama about someone named Pumpkin, that's Perkins! SIO 453
2124 - "16 Men on a Dead Man's Chest" No wonder he died - with 16 men standing on his chest! :)
2126 - Parody of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

Thanks for the entertainment :)

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6926? USB 1900 UTC 15 Dec 2018
« on: December 15, 2018, 1915 UTC »
This is same as Chris' post, so I'll add to his post and try to delete mine.
1845 - Drama about Big Foot? Mention of large footprint found 08nov1951
1852 - SSTV? No decode here
1857 - shift to 6926 and talk about Zion National Park w/background mx. Sig stronger now
1859 - Talk about Crater Lake N.P.
1908 - SSTV. At least partial decode. Yeti R.? (Yes, looks like it was Yeti. Thanks for much better SSTV pic, myteaquinn).

Overall weak sig (but it is daytime now), poor audio, and downward drift in freq. I did think to hit the record button for SDR record.

Thanks for interesting sig :)

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6929 LSB 1705 UTC 13 Dec 2018
« on: December 14, 2018, 0348 UTC »
1705 - Caught just the end of a Christmas jingle, then it was gone.
            Not a bad signal but nothing to write home about. Sorry
            I didn't hear more. Thanks, whoever you were. :)

Ooops, corrected date

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6927 CW ~0100 - 0300 09dec18 UTC
« on: December 10, 2018, 0038 UTC »
Thanks Skippy. I think you are correct. Interesting, and now I wonder who sent it, and in CW no less...

BTW: I guess I'm going to have to post a pic of my cat, Christmas, on here. :)

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