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Utility / Re: Mars Training Net on 6833.5 KHz USB
« on: June 02, 2023, 2309 UTC »
I heard a regular net then a training net on this frequency at 0000 UTC 02 June 2023.

Utility / MARS Net 6897.5 USB 2303 UTC 02 June 2023
« on: June 02, 2023, 2307 UTC »
Callsigns that begin with "AAR3.." Not sure if US Army or USAF.
Digital traffic.
Closed down at 2314 UTC.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Please avoid use of 6925 kHz
« on: May 31, 2023, 0445 UTC »
I have been "out of the loop" since last Thursday or so. I'm not hearing it on the east coast tonight. Has it been gone for a few days?

0433 UTC I have a solid carrier here with maybe some imaginary threshold audio...music?

Yeah. I noticed it on K3FEF SDR and went to check K1VL in Vermont and heard nothing. I assumed that it was just some weird internal spur but if you are hearing it too, maybe it's true.

0441 - Gone.

This is the same net that the (now former) W6WBJ* used to (still does?) jam.


I'm genuinely surprised to see the enforcement.

Things got so bad that the WARFA Net webpage had a link to the FCC complaint inquiry form: https://www.warfa.org/

* William Crowell, W6WBJ ("World's Best Jammer"), finally had his license denied renewal in 2020, after a long saga. Sidenote: Some wiseass thought it would be funny to get Crowell's old callsign as a vanity callsign. (I actually heard that guy using that callsign last year.) However, he was probably getting a lot of hell for it, since Crowell's infamous antics were despised throughout the west. It looks like it was terminated 12 days later: https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/licenseAdminSum.jsp?licKey=4676357 and that person reverted to his previous vanity callsign.

Listening while I sand furniture. I can only hear Josiah's words when I turn off power to the orbital sander. I think it was meant to be this way.
Summertime conditions mean plenty of QRN tonight. Undermodulated, as usual.

Days of Hard Life at 0404 UTC.
0411 - Still talking.
0413 - "I love you. Good night." (Heard while changing sanding pads.) Carrier off immediately.

S9+10 on an SDR in "the yoop" (Upper Pennisula of Michigan). Plenty of QRN tonight.

Some hum on the audio between songs but not in every case. Some RF feedback at times. Sounds like the op is trying to work out some audio issues. Good luck.

I have to split. Cheers.

Group W Bench / Re: Re: UNID 6950 USB 2324 UTC 22 MAY 2023
« on: May 25, 2023, 0007 UTC »
"New Wave" was a marketing term the recording industry came up with to describe pop-punk and post-punk music.

Of course it's a marketing term but so is every other term describing a specific genre of music, and we have to have those in order to have a common framework for discussion. Otherwise there would be no way of simply communicating the differences between Beethoven and Sham 69 without having to recite a long list of characteristics.

By your logic, "HF", "VHF" and "UHF" are just "marketing terms" with no real distinction between them. Feel free to use your 2m antenna on 80 meters.

Punk didn't get played on the radio except in markets where there was a listener base large and diverse enough to support or on college radio. A friend of mine got fired for playing a Ramones tune on the midnight to six shift in 1979 on a regional FM station, four years after the boys recorded their first album. You could play Blondie, you could play the Go-Go's, you could play Nick Lowe, but you couldn't play the Ramones, the Clash, or The Jam. Why? Those last three acts were "Punk" while the first three were pop enough to be labeled "New Wave". Nick Lowe and his band Rockpile were rooted in Pub Rock and Rockabilly. Acts like Blondie, firmly Punk early on, as were the Go-Go's. They slid into "New Wave", you can sell bands fronted by pretty women, all you've got to is get them to mainstream their sound, and that's what happened.

This is your long-winded way of saying "oh, it's just a label". Whatever, dude. Punk had an ethos of nihilism and DIY and anything post-punk generally does not, including New Wave. New Wave was a reaction to the nihilism of punk. They are quite distinct. To say that they were the same thing and just labels created by the music industry is just completely and utterly erroneous.

Depeche Mode and New Order? Proto-Goth.


You're lumping them together.

You weren't at the shows, you weren't part of the scene, you weren't on the staff of one of the most influential (legal) university stations at the time. Your source of knowledge is your friend who got scolded for playing a Ramones tune. Not a solid basis of knowledge.

You really don't belong discussing this if you can't distinguish between them. They are quite different and you know that but you're just trying to get a reaction, so I will stop. It's not worth my time discussing it further and it really doesn't belong in the loggings section anyway.

As a fellow Poacher, I staunchly maintain that this shadowy espionage organization is behind both the now-defunct transmissions as well as this telephone number:


I'd say that you only need the addition of a poached egg to complete the trifecta.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Please avoid use of 6925 kHz
« on: May 24, 2023, 0707 UTC »
Not contradicting what was written above but I want to point out that from my casual observations that STANAG signal does not seem to be much of an issue west of the Mississippi River and possibly not a huge problem even immediately west of the Ohio River.

Speaking of contradictions, I'm going to contradict even myself here. I can hear that damn STANAG all the way out here now, even on my not-so-great antennas, and I think it's coming from Europe.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The latest thing that I'm trying to point-out to GEN Y & Z'ers, those Radio Shack 1980's mixers are still great for Magnetic Turntable Preamps, with the MAG Phono IN, built-in. (I have several, here.) Also, great gear for Podcast start-ups, then graduate / upgrade with newer gear. And, being that most of the analog gear is through-hole tech, most of this gear is still repairable. Passing thoughts...

 I can guarantee that the old pots have become erratic and noisy by now. Make sure that you clean them very well.

Suspect a Zeppelin.

Huh? / Re: Re: 77LJS 6950 USB 0130 UTC 23 MAY 2023
« on: May 23, 2023, 2335 UTC »
I WOULD NEVER say 77LJS should stop broadcasting and I love all types of alternative broadcasting that's what makes pirate radio a special and precious medium.


Huh? / Re: Re: 77LJS 6950 USB 0130 UTC 23 MAY 2023
« on: May 23, 2023, 2326 UTC »
Really, that idea based on one comment? Poor choice of words maybe, but that seems like an overreaction. I very much enjoy B Side Radio programming and I will continue to listen as often as I can.

If you were of Asian heritage then you might just have a different opinion. The person that started publicly using that term widely and repeatedly on the public stage was not making a one-time "poor choice of words".

I see enough of this crap in my life. I don't need any more.

Huh? / Re: Re: 77LJS 6950 USB 0130 UTC 23 MAY 2023
« on: May 23, 2023, 2007 UTC »
Another cheerful reading by 77LJS. Highly fascinating if you're a paranoid survivalist, boring as hell for the rest of us. There's my one and only commentary on 77LJS. S6-S8 here in Central Wisconsin. Good copy.

I read this last night and was going to respond then but decided not to. Got to thinking about it today and changed my mind. Pretty narrow-minded response on your part. Just because you don't think much of the broadcast content certainly doesn't mean that it is "boring as hell for the rest of us". I'm not going to generalize but I (and I hope most HFU members) enjoy the different genres that are presented by the broadcasters and truly appreciate the time and effort that is put into their broadcast

I'm also not sure if you consider me a "paranoid survivalist" but I'm going to assume that you will. I thought that the broadcast was very fascinating and hope to hear more. I just hope that the op doesn't take to much offence at your petty narrow-minded comment and decide not to broadcast anymore. 

One other thought there is a place called ebay that sells radios that have knobs and/or software do-hickeys that have mice and keyboards that would allow you to change frequencies so you don't have to listen to something that is "boring as hell".

But if you are ever interested in selling that North Korean radio that only tunes in the one frequency and doesn't have an off button/switch I would be interested in buying it.

Dxbill made a signal report and a comment about the programming.
We don't know if he tuned out shortly afterwards or not.

Just an observation but this is similar to what many of us do for Zeekie these days, myself included, and I don't see anybody (including you) getting up in arms about it. Hmmm.

Another observation: B-Side Radio's op is a racist MF'er and I commented on that and pledged to never listen again. Not a peep was heard from anyone: https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,108112.msg338942.html#msg338942

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