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Messages - Sparx McGee

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Wolverine Radio 6930 USB 2358 UTC 02 OCT 2021
« on: October 03, 2021, 0051 UTC »
Sounding great here tonight!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio Free Whatever 6965 USB 2207 UTC 6 SEP 2021
« on: September 07, 2021, 0007 UTC »
0005:  Nice signal here this evening.   Enjoying the show!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: XFM 6285 from 6925 AM 0118 UTC 5 Sep 2021
« on: September 05, 2021, 0136 UTC »
0132 - Big signal here tonight on 6285!   Glad to catch RH live for once.   Thanks for the show.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: XFM 6285 AM 0220 UTC 8 August 2021
« on: August 10, 2021, 2112 UTC »
Thanks much for posting the aircheck.   I missed this broadcast, so I'm glad to be able to enjoy it.

Booming in tonight!   Thanks for the show.

Yeah, I think that's the most likely scenario.   I usually need to use a MW band stop filter or a high pass filter to attenuate the broadcast band to avoid images at lower frequencies.  My IF radiation and transmitter spur theories are highly unlikely in comparison.

Long shot theory:  radiated IF from a very nearby receiver tuned to Bloomberg.   More likely to be at 455kHz, though, and extremely weak.    Another long shot:  a spur from the Bloomberg transmitter.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: X-FM 6285 AM 0238 UTC 11 JUL 2021
« on: July 11, 2021, 1957 UTC »
Thanks for posting the aircheck.   I wasn't around to listen over the air, but your shows are great to enjoy even after the fact.

PMR446 is a license-free service in Europe.

HF Beacons / Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« on: June 03, 2021, 2121 UTC »
Summer in MN is glorious but brief.  Nights are short and the sun never gets all that far below the horizon.  Compared to long winter nights, this isn't favorable for receiving 4MHz beacons like Windy and DW.   Propagation predictions show this and my own experience is consistent with them.   The last two nights have had very quiet conditions in terms of geomagnetic conditions, lightning, and local noise.  But the beacons are weak here in the 0900-1100Z predawn hours, rising above the low noise floor only briefly.    I get clear IDs from Windy, but not full frames of telemetry.  DW is mostly just a ghost of an image on the waterfall.   Oh well, it is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors instead!

Excellent signal here tonight.   Enjoying the show!

The RF Workbench / Re: Boxes for HF beacon
« on: May 24, 2021, 1838 UTC »
I've used army surplus ammo boxes.   They come in various sizes and are rugged, inexpensive, usually gasketed, and often painted in a camo color.

Very nice signal tonight.   Thanks DDJ!

HF Beacons / Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« on: April 12, 2021, 1910 UTC »
1122 UTC 12 APR 2021:  TMP 65 B 114 with slow wind.   Signal peaked around this time, about 10 minutes before my sunrise.

HF Beacons / Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« on: April 08, 2021, 2009 UTC »
Thanks for the greeting!  The desert beacons tend to be at the very limit of what I can receive here, so they're an interesting test of my setup and propagation (and weak signal CW practice).

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