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Did you get any indication of when he is on again? (by chance). I will try to catch him from my location.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: CKZN 6160
« on: October 30, 2011, 1151 UTC »
Nunavut's not a province, it is a territory. Still, to talk about Newfoundland as the newst province is a bit odd since it goes back to 1949. It would be like talking about the Bablyonian's "latest" invention, the wheel.

More seriously though, why is that channel such a hard catch? Are they underpowered? Is it intended only to serve Labrador, perhaps?

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: WBCQ moving from 7415 to 7490 on Monday
« on: October 29, 2011, 1724 UTC »
So this high-pitched hissing (like a tape machine playing while fast-forwarding, perhaps) I'm hearing on 7416 ssb (28 Oct 2011, 0600 UTC) is what displaced WBCQ? What mode is this?

Alan Weiner himself explained that it is some kind of civil aviation frequency on 7416, which is why he had to vacate 7415.

FM Free Radio / Isn't it rather easy to get caught?
« on: October 27, 2011, 1920 UTC »
Given the way FM in the 88-108 Mhz band propagates, wouldn't it be very easy for the radio authorities to zero in on an FM pirate?
At least a SW pirate's signal has bounced off the ionosphere in a number of directions and takes time to find.

If I were to go FM, I would pre-record my programme and save it on a sort of mp3 player connected to a tiny FM transmitter. Given that line of sight is a vital part of FM broadcasting, I would then attach the transmitter-mp3 player set up onto a weather balloon.

Of course, I can defer to those of you more expert in the field to comment on how practical that would be.

There's "mathematics" in the Bible!? More like arithmetic & at very simple, ancient level.   ::)

Yep, the level that Camping applied in his analysis. Not much beyond a four-function calculator.

Thanks Lex. You sure don't miss anything  :)

A shame in a way. Of course, the mainstream media was only interested in all the end-of-the-world stuff last May. Anyone into shortwave understands that Camping has been a presence on the radio scene for half a century.

Yes, he was in over his head thinking he had the one and only intepretation of the hidden mathematics of the Bible (assuming there is any) and calculating the end of the world to the day. What is not widely known was that as far as the text of the Bible itself is concerned, there are few men alive who are more familiar with that text and he was most commonly known for answering call-in questions about scripture itself and was able to give callers an insight into the historical context and symbolism behind the versus. Both believers and non-believers alike had a rare opportunity to get some deep reflection on this fascinating and timeless book.

I hesistate to come to Camping's defense generally, since the end-of-the-world stuff really served to sabotage everything else he was doing and  truly was an embarrassment (even before 21 May). While I didn't share his religious beliefs, I enjoyed listening to his show and was very impressed with his vast knowledge of his topic.

Now that he is 90, and after being disgraced in the eyes of many (not me: I always thought he was wrong about the end of the world, so no loss), I don't think he is much longer for this world. Retirement is essentially a death sentence for people who have devoted their entire lives to something well past the age of 65 so passionately and then suddenly find themselves with nothing to do.

History will only remember what people did last, so Camping will leave this world in ridicule. While Camping himself insisted that he was not a prophet, but rather deduced the timeline of history he believed the Bible contained using simple arithmetic, sure enough, the mainstream media made a mockery of him calling him a "doomsday prophet" and completely ignored his entire history and life as a radio personality and Bible scholar. I suppose I should not be too upset, since mainstream media is just titillation for the vulgar masses.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: Captain Morgan 6925 AM 0050z
« on: October 25, 2011, 0143 UTC »
ID "Bad Moon On The Rise" by CCR. Mostly S9 signal with lots of fading. Very rough conditions tonight.

What is your location? Is this a European pirate?

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: WBCQ moving from 7415 to 7490 on Monday
« on: October 23, 2011, 0025 UTC »
I was actually looking forward to this as a positive development as far as my listening to WBCQ.
I am a now bit apprehensive both that it will not be at full power at first, and that 7490 kHz is simulatenously engaged by a transmitter in Kazakhstan at 301 degrees.

We'll see.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Hilltop and a telescoping antenna
« on: October 23, 2011, 0018 UTC »
US SW broadcasters other than WBCQ? Really? :D

Forgive me my blasphemy  :-X WBCQ is certainly the best.

Through the late 90's there was interesting stuff on WWCR. I admit I purposely looked for spooky things, like "Hour of the Time" and "Overcomer Ministry". WWCR lately has just been a bunch of frantic save-me-Jesus orgies so I haven't listened in a while, but in the past there were more scholarly religious discussions dealing with history and doctrine etc.

I was interested when WTWW started up about 18 months ago or so, but it seemed to be monopolised by that bigoted fool Pastor Peters so I am not so interested. Still, it is worth mentioning that their 9480 signal comes in very clear from the hilltop at my location whenever there is a line of darkness, using only the telescoping antenna.

Before it gets too cold, I might camp out on the hilltop some night and do a proper survey of the kind of signals I can get from North America.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Hilltop and a telescoping antenna
« on: October 23, 2011, 0007 UTC »
...DXing in itself is fascinating, but when listening for content, European radio and other state-run broadcasters heard in Sweden leave a lot to be desired...

Heh... one of my favorite QSLs was from Radio Sweden, for a low power test back in the late 1990s or early 2000s.  I always thought Sweden's programming was pretty interesting, even after they used Sackville relays and it wasn't really DX any longer.

I think DXers suffer from "grass is greener and radio listening is more exotic on the other side of the fence/ocean" syndrome.

Well, Radio Sweden certainly was more interesting than SR (Sveriges Radio) which is intended for domestic consumption. Interestingly enough, while you could hear Radio Sweden from Sackville, Radio Canada broadcast from Hörby. I wonder if it was simply a case of switching sattelite feeds. Hörby no longer carries Radio Canada in either English or French anymore, so I am afraid I have missed out for the past year or so.

I certainly suffer from the grass is greener syndrome. That is not by any means limited to radio; however, as far as radio is concerned there is simply not the same amount of personality, variety or quality on this side - except of course for the pirates  ;)

Jolly Roger: You are quite correct that it is sad that one needs to use a proxy server, and the story you told us just reinforces the point. Still, just as in an ideal world we shouldn't have to lock our doors, or hide our PIN numbers (or even have them), we have become used to them by now nevertheless. If we get all moralistic about idiots who do us wrong we wil become old fast. I think of such people as mosquitoes: Really annoying, but I don't get personally offended by their behaviour. You just take the necessary steps to protect yourself. I am simply wondering is a proxy server would be enough of a propellant.

Wouldn't using a proxy server solve nip this problem in the bud?

Would I be correct in concluding that SW types tend also to be do-it-yourselfers and rather handy people generally?

Serious shortwave listening entails quite a bit of tinkering and experimentation on the part of the listeners already. This in turn feeds a curiosity in trying to get even fainter signals, which then leads to more experimentation and tinkering with antennas and circuits, which requires an interest in science and quest to learn etc, etc, etc. It is not the same as tuning on the local FM station to hear the hit parade.

Of course, those of us on this forum understand this already. It is heartbreaking to hear non-SW types ask me things like "Who the hell listens to AM any more. It is 2011!" - clearly some people just don't get it. The only question in my mind is: Is that the majority opinion or the minority?

General Radio Discussion / Re: What does [non] mean?
« on: October 20, 2011, 1958 UTC »

And remember to raise your broomstick in salute next time you hear Arnie Coro on RHC.   ;D

Hehe, cute.

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