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TV DX Loggings / Re: I miss analog TV!
« on: January 05, 2013, 0824 UTC »
I used to get three LA TV stations in the 1980s, but that was only 200+ miles away. I miss Tom Hatten running Popeye cartoons on Saturday mornings and some Hollywood flick at 1pm on KTLA, much as I miss the sleazy charm of Bill Balence's AM radio call in show.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Voice of Korea 9335 khz 13:30z 1/3/2102
« on: January 05, 2013, 0800 UTC »
I like the male announcer who pronounces Korea "Koreer."

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: North Korea? 6400 2241 01/01/2013
« on: January 05, 2013, 0757 UTC »
good catch. This is Voice of Korea in Korean , I've also seen it listed as Pyongyang Broadcasting Service. its 50 kw from Kanggye,  North Korea. It's non directional so I guess it targets the south or maybe this is what North Koreans hear on their untuneable radios that only recieve one station. I've read about North korean police shutting off power to buildings in Pyongyang & going door to door checking to see if people have contraband video tapes or cd's in their players or have tuned the built in radios illegally.

No, the shortwave stuff is for the South Koreans (which Seoul tries to jam)....there is a large black market in S. Korean DVDs in China; North Koreans sneak across the shambolic Chinese/DPRK border for work/food and they buy the stuff and el cheapo DVD players. The one-station radios work for AM only. Actually they have FM too, so it must be an issue where the radios are channelized and you only get two AM, one FM, and one SW station.

Other / Re: CW 6933 2115+ 01/03/2013
« on: January 04, 2013, 0219 UTC »
So was it somebody doing CW tests, or some sort of intelligence exercise?

Foolin' around on New Year's Eve....

It was very strong here. BTW, the Vietnam-era Radio First Termer tape has been circulating through the SW pirate scene for at least 30 years. I've heard it relayed a number of times over the past 20 years.

It's a tragedy we only have a copy of one of Dave Rabbit's shows; he did at least a month of shows in 1971, running his signal through the Armed Forces Vietnam Radio Network after they shut down for the night (but left the transmitters running.) Soviet teenagers used to do similar tricks on the internal Soviet shortwave network in the 1970s; playing pirated rock music and jazz for a few hours after midnight. Very few were caught.

SIO433 w/ something underneath in usb; "Nobody likes a fruitcake..." song @2234; Strong and wide lol; swallowed by noise here @2252

Somebody jamming/keying over, or just atmospheric weirdness?


The moral: always use a filter.

10/11 meters / Re: Spanish Chanting
« on: December 27, 2012, 0023 UTC »
Ever get a recording of it?

I don't know Morse; is the station actually called "Dit Dah Radio"?

I'd like to thank everyone who responded....I brought up Radio Morania because I read a blurb somewhere in which they claimed the station frustrated people because there is no way to get a QSL (thanks to the fake static crashes) and I wanted to find out if that was true. Caveat lector holds true, I guess...

Merry Christmas.

. . . . .when you thought it was a real pirate?

The guy on Reddit who mentioned it lives in England and it was running on 5430. It's very hard to catch the Workshop because it appears so rarely.

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