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Messages - Swede P

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North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: KBLK 6925 AM
« on: November 15, 2011, 1614 UTC »
Just another Lindbergh (in "black face").   We need more Roosevelts.

Your metaphor is lost on me.  ???

I listened to the recording of the numbers broadcast. I don't think I have heard this before, but beyond that, why is it presumed to be a parody? Perhaps if you could decode a funny message out of the numbers, that would be a give away, but as far as I could hear it seemed rather representative of real broadcasts.

I can't quite make out the accent. Perhaps it is from Venezuela - not sure really.

Of course, if someone on this forum has direct knowledge of this station, he is probably laughing his head off at me right now  :-[

FM Free Radio / Re: Isn't it rather easy to get caught?
« on: November 14, 2011, 0206 UTC »
Thanks for that link, diymedia.

As for:

Then again, the FCC can use all the help it can get regarding pirate enforcement, because the "problem" is way, way larger than the agency can deal with.

I actually find that to be a bit encouraging.

FM Free Radio / Re: Isn't it rather easy to get caught?
« on: November 13, 2011, 2015 UTC »
It all seems pretty frustrating.

The logical jump from FM microbroadcasting and jurisdiction to racism is quite a feat of mental acrobatics.
I think, however, the charge of "racism" has been so overused and diluted that it will no longer have the same emotive force it once had. It will be interesting to see what the next bugaboo will be once "racism" has cried its last "wolf".

Besides, don't racists (even literal ones) have freedom of speech as well? And even if an appellant is truly a racist, how does that address the question of jurisdiction?

Still, I might be going off on a tangent. I think it is neat to have an insider on the forum. Basically, at least when it comes to broadcasting, the rule is not to mess with the feds.

FM Free Radio / Re: Isn't it rather easy to get caught?
« on: November 13, 2011, 1821 UTC »
Isn't it a rather obvious conflict of interests for an agency to be given the power to interpret the law that pertains to their operations?

Anyway, back the question of being caught. I would still be interested in your (or someone else's opinion) on the practicality of having a weather-balloon-mounted platform. Of course, each broadcast, the balloon, recording device and transmitter would be lost - but beyond that, I think it would be a fairly fool-proof way of getting away with it.

FM Free Radio / Re: Isn't it rather easy to get caught?
« on: November 13, 2011, 1719 UTC »

Many pirates have tried to use that same claim - that the FCC has no right to regulate intrastate radio. They get about as far as the people who claim the Federal income tax is unconstitutional.

I was afraid of that. It is not enough to be right, technically. If the feds want you, they'll get you.

Equipment / Re: Using the Earth as an Antenna
« on: November 13, 2011, 1659 UTC »
From what I understand,talking to hams from that era,the range was very limited,a half-mile to a mile at best,depending on the soil and water table.

You are quite correct that the idea of passing radio signals through the earth can be done. I have experimented with electronics kits and have done that very thing in the garden, where both TX and RX were connected to separate copper pipes driven a few inches into the soil. However, whether that substantiates the claim that one can connect his receiver to the earth as a way of picking up signals off the air (literally) from shortwave stations around the world and that it works better than an aerial is very much in question.

FM Free Radio / Re: Isn't it rather easy to get caught?
« on: November 13, 2011, 1654 UTC »
Just listened to an old William Cooper episode this weekend. He said something interesting that is relevant to this discussion. Apparently, as well as hiring airtime on WBCQ and other shortwave outlets, he had a small FM microtransmitter as well. According to him, as long as his signal did not cross state lines (or international borders into Canada or Mexico), that the FCC, being a federal body, had no jurisdiction - and as such since his home state (Arizona) did not regulate broadcasting at all, he was free to transmit all he liked completely unregulated and it would be completely legal.

Do you think he understood that right?

Of course, for me, it is just a curiosity. In Sweden, you almost need a permit to take a pee. I doubt I could even get away with microbroadcasting for very long. On the other hand, given my remote location, unless I was interfering with another FM signal (all of which come from stations in other larger towns), perhaps the authorities would place me low on the list of priorities.

R. Skyline is on 3905.2 right now.  I've got a carrier even w/my meager idoor antenna setup, so you might try for it now.

I am picking up something right now via Global Tuners (Breda). Will try to ID it.

Equipment / Re: Using the Earth as an Antenna
« on: November 04, 2011, 2302 UTC »
"The problem (well, one of them) that I see with this idea is that your radio's front end (antenna input) is looking at the signal across two terminals: the antenna input, and ground."

Would it make any difference, in this regard anyway, just to connect the ground wire directly to the telescoping antenna?

Equipment / Using the Earth as an Antenna
« on: November 04, 2011, 2004 UTC »
Perhaps many have heard of this concept and already know it to be bunk, but I have run into a suggestion that instead of putting an antenna in the air, that one should use the earth itself as an antenna. The claim is that using the earth itself works better as the earth is more conductive. So instead of connect the earth to the GND terminal, it should be connected directly to the ANT terminal.

I can't help but to think that if this would really work then I would see it everywhere, but I don't see it anywhere. Still curiosity will get the better of me and I will experiment unless one of you fellows has tried it already or otherwise knows about it and can tell me if there is any truth to this theory.

Seeing that I live in a block of flats, I really want this to be true. Still, I have to face the reality.

General Radio Discussion / Re: “11-11-11 Gateway Event”
« on: November 04, 2011, 1953 UTC »
Right. And we just got finished calling Harald Camping kooky.

Here we go again.

Yes, Camping has finally retired. Can we please retire the exaggerated claims made about him. It is not that I want to defend him and his fool's errand of putting exact dates on every major event in the Bible. It is just that none of the mainstream descriptions of his undertakings accurately describes him.

Mainstream media has been ignoring the shortwave scene forever. It is a little too late to start pretending to be blowing the lid off a story from within the SW world now that they find something titillating. Even then, they don't quite get it right.

Great. Thanks

Spy Numbers / Re: Golf 4 Hotel, March 4, 6903usb
« on: November 01, 2011, 1613 UTC »
Perhaps "Beck" was supposed to be "Quebec"

It does sound a bit bogus to me, as well.

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