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Shortwave Broadcast / Re: LRA 36 test
« on: July 11, 2020, 2045 UTC »
I tried to find a good remote to hear the test broadcast since there wasn't a peep directly but since I was trying at 14:10z, after the start time the few South American kiwis that pick up LRA36 were maxed out. At 14:30 I got on the Atlantic Ocean Island SDR near Rio De Janiero and found a weak S1 signal. About 1 minute before the end of the test a slot on the Brasilia SDR opened and I found a huge signal with music and talk with people phoning in to Antarctica (?). They apparently decided to extend it by an hour then 2 hours and ultimately by 4 hours until 19:00 ut. Another surprise was that the signal wasn't USB but their regular reduced carrier+USB. Not sure what the test was about except maybe the slightly earlier time. Whatever they were doing it was the best signal I've seen from them in months. Also the frequency was a little bit higher than normal. Today it was 15475.98. I think it's usually closer to 15475.96 or thereabouts.

Shortwave Broadcast / Radio Belarus English Service
« on: July 10, 2020, 2009 UTC »
Heard via Hamburg remote on 3985 khz via Kall, Germany (Shortwaveservice  http://www.shortwaveservice.com/index.php/de/). New schedule is:

 18:00-19:00 utc on 6005 (which was not on the last couple of days. I checked at 18:55 today and found music with no ID until 19:00 when Radio Taiwan International French service via Bulgaria came on).

19:30-20:30 on 3985 khz. 1 kw ND

tip via Alan Roe, Teddington, UK via WOR

Shortwave Broadcast / LRA 36 test
« on: July 10, 2020, 1834 UTC »
LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel in Argentine Antarctica is testing on Saturday July 11 from 14:00-15:00 utc on their regular frequency 15476 khz in USB. They usually broadcast in reduced carrier+ USB so I guess they will drop the carrier. The carrier is the only way I have ever been able to tell when they are on the air so it'll be interesting to see how this works.
via Horacio A. Nigro via WOR

Spy Numbers / XingXing guangbo diantai 1 (V13)
« on: July 10, 2020, 1819 UTC »
I've been spending alot of time lately on various Japanese remotes trying to copy JJY (I've always wanted to copy the English language news fax and have never been able to even come close from my QTH in Missouri)  while waiting I've stumbled across V13 a few times
I'm my local mornings:
July 9. 9276 KHz 12:01-12:26 under strong FEBC on 9275. Also on at:

12:30 - 12:55, actually starts a minute late and goes a minute long 12:31 - 12:56

13:00 - 13:26. I missed the start but the sign off was at 13:26 so sign on was likely 13:01

13:31 - 13:56

All on 9276 KHz H3E. With very strong FEBC all but obliterating the signal. During the occasional lulls in FEBC I could see some modulation on LSB. Not enough to be considered full AM but not fully suppressed either. Sometimes the carrier is dropped in the 5 minutes between broadcasts. This happened at 12:26 but didn't happen at 12:56. Carrier was dropped at 13:26 also. Not heard on usual parallel 7502 KHz.

Local evenings
UTC July 10.
  00-30-01:00 18040 KHz (H3E) // 11430 KHz AM I missed the actual start (with the flutes) and the sign off so I'm not sure about the minute late start thing although that seems to be the pattern.
Rechecked at 01:11 and both frequencies were on again in the same modes.
2020-07-11 , 01:31z 13974kHz until 01:56z carrier off at 01:57z
2020-07-11 , 02:03z 9276kHz carrier but no modulation. carrier off at 02:56z
2020-07-11 , 03:01z 7502kHz until 3:26z carrier stays on
2020-07-11 , 03:31z 7502kHz until 3:56z carrier off at 03:57z

Clandestine Stations / Re: New potential Clandestine
« on: July 04, 2020, 1732 UTC »
Checked various remote receivers today and found them audible all over Europe as would be expected if tx site is Bulgaria. Heard as far east as Izhevsk, Russia. They were inbooming near the  target area as monitored via 9K2RA Kuwait Amateur Radio Society kiwi. Nothing more than visible carrier with wishful thinking level audio in North America. Much animated talk with occasional English  words "why"  and "self determination'. Signed off at 17:29

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Zambia NBC Radio 1 on 5915 kHz
« on: July 04, 2020, 0023 UTC »
Congrats, alpard. Great catch. Looking at your Twitter feed you seem to do well with your XHDATA D-808. I've always been partial to inexpensive portables myself. You can get surprising results with a cheap handheld receiver and a wire antenna/ atu setup. I've always thought of dx'ing with a cheap barefoot portable as the SWL equivalent of working QRP.

Amateur Radio / 13 colonies special event
« on: July 03, 2020, 0030 UTC »
I've been spending time on a kiwi in Sardinia lately , it has very low noise  and I've caught alot of Latin American DX around 1 to 3 utc. I was copying a strong cw signal on 20 meters and couldn't catch the ID properly (I thought) it seemed to be K2K. It turns out that is:

Audible but weak on San Diego kiwi. S4-S5

 Intuned on KA9Q sdr in San Diego after seeing huge signal on N3JLY kiwi to see how well Wolverine reaches west coast. Nice solid S6-7 in Southern CA. I expected no less from Wolverine. Slightly noisy band adds to the big band sound imo.

Listening via N3JLY kiwi (the t2fd one). Intuned at 00:30 to ID into country mx with SS talk qrm from adjacent channel. Good signal though. Not my type of music, but thanx for the show.

weak but audible (barely) on Twente sdr. Discussed in chat there.

Fairly inbooming on N3JLY kiwi (the 500ft beverage one). sio 434 w/ occasional  uteRM just below and sometimes on top of.  off at 2:52...back at 2:53. appears a tiny bit higher freq at 2:53, was 6959.94 now 6959.95. no ID , all spacey type music as per Al.

These are the four frequencies that BBC used on the June 14'th test. All four frequencies were registered for the 14'th with HFCC...on the 16'th.

Listening on Smolinskis kiwiSDR while I'm out and about. Great show. I was explaining the Dx/pirate hobby to friends I'm with and showed them how I can listen to other peoples radios around the world as KVPH started. I wish my phone battery wasn't about to expire. Thanks KVPH for the great show.

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