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Huh? / Re: I'm double old...
« on: October 31, 2017, 1126 UTC »
I had the same reaction Pigmeat when I heard first heard the Ramones in a TV commercial.  There have been quite a few others since then.  Until I can think of a few more examples, how about this toe-tapping ditty to help sell Dunlop tires?


I think that one is pretty hard to top.

Although this is a new licensed station, I am posting it here for now as it is more in the spirit of free radio than an international broadcaster.  Tuned in at 2100 to hear their test transmission announcement, talk by an English accented DJ, followed by music, and frequent test transmission announcements.  Coming in about an S7 in the clear in NY on my 48 meter half-wave dipole.

Progressive music program has been on since I tuned in; "The Baptism" by Exploring Birdsong at 2128 UTC.  Carrier went off at 2158 UTC.

ID at 2241 UTC, Captain Morgan Shortwave, followed by "AM Radio".  S7 in NY.

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6935 USB 2015 UTC 20 Oct 2017
« on: October 20, 2017, 2021 UTC »
Right after 6949.3 went off, I think this came on.  Played "Kitty", then went off.  Nice strong signal and audio in NY.

This kept me company for 3 hours this afternoon while working from home.  I really enjoyed hearing some of those alternative versions of songs, a very nice selection of music.  Thanks!  Gang of Four "At Home He's a Tourist" at 2028 UTC, nice to hear that on the shortwave!  Andy Gill's guitar sounds great!

It was great while it lasted; during The Stooges "1969" at 2108 the band went long  >:(

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6949.3 AM 1953 UTC 20 Oct 2017
« on: October 20, 2017, 1958 UTC »
Tuned around a bit after listening to 6880 for almost 3 hours, found this at 1953 UTC playing some Roy Orbison ("Fastest Guitar Alive"), and now as I'm typing this, "Ooby Dooby".  S7 in NY, nice clear audio.

Sounds like an Elvis medley in progress at 1608 UTC tune-in.  S7 in NY, nice audio.

Tuned in at 2312 UTC, blues song with harmonica.  S7 in NY.

Just tuned in at 2236 to hear one of my all time favorite Fleetwood Mac tunes, "Man of the World".  Excellent audio quality (especially for SSB).  S8 in New York.  Yes, "Roundabout" at 2239 UTC.

Just caught the end of "Baby Blue" and the ID and e-mail address, then the band went long  >:(  Hope I have better luck next time.

Not sure if this is the new station testing from Germany, or a pirate.  Heard a couple of songs by Blondie when I first tuned in.  This was followed by two instrumental surf guitar songs.  S6 in NY, relatively low noise on 49 meter band here in NY.  ID at 2250 UTC.

Equipment / Re: Long Wire or Dipole for HF/SW RX?
« on: September 21, 2017, 1457 UTC »
Over the past 20 years, Iíve built and used the following antennas: T2FD, K9AY, Flag, Ewe, random wires and horizontal dipoles.  For me, itís hard to beat the horizontal dipoleís performance and simplicity if youíre mainly interested in a particular band.  Presently the only antennas I have up are dipoles, cut for the bands I primarily DX.

If you donít have any antenna building experience, try the dipole or longwire first; better yet build them both, and try them out side-by-side and see which you will prefer.  Most likely you will find neither one superior to the other, and that they may even complement each other.  And thatís when the fun begins, as you keep experimenting, trying to find that one ďsuper antennaĒ.

For the longwire, I recommend you feed it with coax, through an impedance matching isolation transformer, as this will greatly reduce your noise pickup.  Bruce Conti has an excellent tutorial on the construction of these transformers.  Iíve built several for DXers using the Rubbermaid baby food container as the housing, and this has made the difference between hearing mostly noise to logging some real DX:


Another tip for reducing noise is to use RF chokes to sanitize your coax as described here by John Bryant:


North American Shortwave Pirate / RFW Relay 6925 AM 2356 UTC 2 Sep 2017
« on: September 02, 2017, 2358 UTC »
Tuned in to hear a spacey tune, then some announcements from DJ Dickweed.  He mentioned playing songs from the Foo Fighters and a new tune from Beck.  S8 in NY.

Tuned in at 2341 UTC, sounds like Randy Newman singing.  Hard to copy, lots of static crashes in NY.  Some announcements that I could not copy at 2351 UTC, then closed down at 2352 UTC.

Heard this while tuning around; country and western ballad at 2352 UTC.  Now some talk from JT at 2354 UTC.  S7-S8 in NY, with the usual summer static crashes.

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