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North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio Ronin Shortwave 6950.6 AM
« on: November 14, 2010, 1910 UTC »
Copied a bit of this this morning while out at the park with the pet bird ...

North American Shortwave Pirate / 6925u Capt Ron(?), 1850z 11-14-2010
« on: November 14, 2010, 1905 UTC »
Have not caught an ID yet, signal level stronger last few minutes tho ...

1905z - sounds like Capt. Ron.

1906z "NWO" oriented pgm; varied in content, sig lvls weak 'til the last few min.

Other / Re: WHAT IS IT ?? !!
« on: October 09, 2010, 2301 UTC »
October 8 2010 @ 05:30 utc  6.837 usb
me and Weak both heard this    What is it ???

Looks like sixteen different 'tones' or frequency 'slots' at any one time (in the recorded BW anyway) viewing an audio spectrogram that's updated in real-time as the audio is being played, and the tones slowly all 'drift' down (linearly seem to shift) in frequency (as Seamus observed using high-speed playback) ...

The fading may be due, at least in part, to fading/selective fading. The actual signal may be 16 tones.

I'd say propagation experiment, or a new analysis tool for evaluating a 'path' ... can't say that much data is being moved this way, but it is possible it's a comms taking place, although I have never seen a 'standard' that used drifting tones like these ...

Here's what Spectran shows:

North American Shortwave Pirate / 6925am UNID 0308z 10-03-2010
« on: October 03, 2010, 0310 UTC »
0308 Just heard: "This is the Dawning of the age of Aquarius ... " before fade into noise ...

0310z Carrier still present (6924.8 or so), just too weak now to copy much audio ...

0314z Carrier faded to nearly inaudible using narrow CW filter even ... the band is not cooperating tonight ...

0317z Carrier up, some pgm audio coming thru; just heard op giving ID maybe ... and signal fades again ...

0319z High-energy techno-trance crossed with rap tune ..

0329z Carrier present; too weak for pgm audio though!

Been active for awhile on 6924.95 kHz ...

A pair of ops and a variety of music! Signal just returned from a deep fade - showed S5 at the peak.

0246z ID (sort of): "The ___ radio show presents ..." and another fade ...

0248z Kind of a Blues tune playing now, with some mild guitar picking ...

0250z Signal just coming up and missed the ID ... now playing: "Don't have time for a fast train ... My Baby Wrote me a letter" sung Motown-style ... and signal weaker again ...

0254z Op live voice-over music: "... Wolverine Radio (Wolverine mentioned, not necessarily ident'd as such) ... Sigma seven ... journey into the ionosphere tonight ..." and fade ..

0258z Op over music "being relayed by 1610 up in Ohio () ... and FM ... and 6925 ... "

0259z "... Rocking radio dot com ... "  - prolly Rockin Radio dot com (no 'g' in ing)

0300z Saying thanks and all (possible sign off) now playing Batman theme - Thanks guys, interesting program!

0304z Still hearing some light acoustical guitar music on frequency ...

0306z Still same station, frequency was 6924.95 kHz (I say was, they appear to have gone off as I type this) ...

0308z Now have a carrier on 6924.8 or so, with pgm ...

North American Shortwave Pirate / 6934u FireDrake 1927z 9-26-2010
« on: October 01, 2010, 1635 UTC »
Kinda used this technique to determine the angle of the incoming signal of the FD jammer:


With a hand-held loop when has to tip the loop back to 'raise' the angle ...

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: WEAK 6940U
« on: October 01, 2010, 0402 UTC »
BTW, you can still edit that post above - just click the "Modify" button!  Smiley Smiley

Do as I say, not as I do?

Can we vote on that ?

MW Loggings / Re: Radio Disney Signal
« on: October 01, 2010, 0337 UTC »
It used to be on 1650.. anyone know what happened to that? (out of VA)

Have you checked the AM station database at the FCC?


For 1650 in VA we have:

WHKT       AM 1650 kHz ND   Daytime         B B LIC  PORTSMOUTH               VA US      BL-19981102KC      10.0   kW   87170      CHESAPEAKE-PORTSMOUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION                           

WHKT       AM 1650 kHz ND1  Nighttime       B B LIC  PORTSMOUTH               VA US      BL-19981102KC       1.0   kW   87170      CHESAPEAKE-PORTSMOUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION                   

Click here for specfic station info:

North American Shortwave Pirate / WEAK 6940u 10-01-2010
« on: October 01, 2010, 0226 UTC »
0225z Can still hear a pgm in there; not sure if it's WEAK or not though ...

0234z Signal back up to S6 ATTM (was considerably weaker)

0235z Strange human-voice "da da da da-da testing testing ..." repeated four or five times ...

0236z S8 signal!

0239z ID: "WEAK Radio" S4 signal now, little to no QRN - good sound WEAK.

0320z Repeated ID: "WVWR" ... part of pgm material since the WEAK ID is still appearing ...

0334z ID: "WEAK Radio" ... could have been an echo in there as well ...

0346z ID: "WEAK Radio" - announcement was cutoff at the end ...

0359z "Spirit in the Sky" ... used to love to hear this on an old tube-type Zenith Transoceanic ... the low-voltage tubes ...

0419z "Clowns to the left of me ... Jokers to the right - Here I am, back in the middle with you" ... love it!

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: WEAK 6940U
« on: October 01, 2010, 0113 UTC »
0112z Great sound; S6 signal with no QRN in Texas!

I made the assumption that it was within the US, due to the video's mention of OSHA regulations, which wouldn't apply elsewhere. 

Incorrect ;)



The site you might should be citing is:

  http://osha.europa.eu/en/about  (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work - )

How the Agency and its partners operate:


European Safety and Health Legislation -

  "Based on Article 153 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union"





On the funny bands it works just like Tube Shortwave said, in fact I have not been able
to hear anything above 5 megs on it aside from local CW :-\.

So ... numerical result data wasn't convincing?

  (copied from the first response - data from chart on W8JI website at the link found in the first post)

  http://www.w8ji.com/receiving.htm  )

Antenna Type        RDF  (dB)      20-degree forward gain (dBi)   
---------------    -----------     ----------------------------     
1/2wl Beverage           4.52                 -20.28           

Vertical Omni, 60
   1/4wl radials           5.05                     1.9

Gee, willya look at the "forward gain" at the 20 degree incoming angle ... much signal at 20 dB down *?  :) :) :)

Prior to seeing W8JI's chart I had not realized such a big difference existed (btw a beverage and 'sensitivity' related to elevation angle), and tend to be 'skeptical' of off-handed claims unless I can see some numerical data since there are so many old-wives -er- ham tales out there ...

Nice to see some confirmation of what W8JI saw too  :) :)

* Relative to a 0 or 1 degree elevation angle

Well, the 'controversy' is from all the arm-chair OSHA-enforcer wannabe's citing government chapter and verse and that have likely _never_ been a foot off the ground and onto a commercial structure ... one commenter on the linked blog put it correctly: "The country is being run by armchair warriors…"  ...

BTW, my hands _and_ feet were sweating during that vid; mildly acrophobic here ...

North American Shortwave Pirate / WBCQ? (prolly a relay)
« on: September 28, 2010, 0050 UTC »

Pgm sounds a little better using a 'window' frequency of about 6925.15 kHz on the Icom here ...

0124z ID: "WBCQ Monticello Maine" (if this is the same station?) ... freq appears to be abt 6925.65 kHz now ...

Utility / 6903.50u TX Army MARS Training Net 0004z 9-28-2010
« on: September 28, 2010, 0007 UTC »
Net starting up, taking check-ins, also IDing as to with or without sound card/PAKTOR/Telnet/WINMOR

The usual AAR6xx callsign group.

0023z Net continues; a disc on solar cells.

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