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1030 UTC / 1430 local

Even more ISM hooks all over the 26-28 MHz region on the waterfall today.  A couple of them are actually within the 26957-27283 ISM region. The 26.945 MHz and 26.960 MHz paging systems are, as to be expected, super busy.  26945 especially so.  The 27200 FM guys were really strong.  27135 AM (channel 15 AM) is apparently used like 27185 AM is here in the USA.

26945 kHz FM - 26.945 MHz FM - FSK data bursts - likely paging systems (numerous signals on frequency)
26960 kHz FM - 26.960 MHz FM - FSK data bursts - likely paging systems (numerous signals on frequency)
27125 kHz FM - 27.125 MHz FM - Weak FM signal, including several seconds of unmodulated carrier
27130 kHz FM - 27.130 MHz FM - Sounds like taxi cab dispatch
27135 kHz AM - 27.135 MHz AM - Two OM CBers chatting, fair signals - busy nearly constantly
27195 kHz FM - 27.195 MHz FM - Weak FM signals on frequency, some QRM from the 27.200 MHz guys
27200 kHz FM - 27.200 MHz FM - Two OM CBers chatting, very strong signals, SIO 555 nice FM audio
27255 kHz FM - 27.255 MHz FM - Caught tail end of a FM voice transmission in Russia
27585 kHz FM - 27.585 MHz FM - Weak YL voice heard, presumed taxi dispatcher/ taxi controller 27.585 FM

LO66ou grid, Izhevsk Russia

Band pretty quiet this evening (2300 local time likely explains why) - but the 26.945 MHz and 26.960 MHz paging systems were very busy.  26.960 MHz had signals on it nearly nonstop.  Lots of "hooks" (ISM signals) both within and above and below the 26957 - 27283 ISM band. 

26945 kHz FM - 26.945 MHz FM - FSK data bursts - likely paging systems (numerous signals on frequency)
26960 kHz FM - 26.960 MHz FM - FSK data bursts - likely paging systems (numerous signals on frequency)
27130 kHz FM - 27.130 MHz FM - YL taxi dispatcher (I think) - taxi cab controller
27135 KHz FM - 27.135 MHz FM - CBer, Russian (obviously) - much stronger than the 27130 signal
27225 kHz AM - 27.225 MHz AM - OM CB operator heard, weak signal
27645 kHz FM - 27.645 MHz FM - Taxi cab dispatch, YL dispatcher (weak)

Hearing two Spanish-speaking OMs on 27.065 MHz AM - 27065 AM - CB channel 9.  Strangely, 26585 AM, 26705 AM, 26715 AM are all quiet...but 27065 AM is busy.

The rest of the band is basically dead at the moment..

Morning activity - not sure if the band is starting to wake up or if this is just sporadic-E

25695 AM - YL taxi cab dispatcher with roger BLEEP
25745 AM - Spanish language, presumed taxi cab dispatch
26175 AM - OM and YL chatting, Spanish language, possibly also a taxi dispatcher (weak)
26205 AM - YL taxi dispatcher - Spanish language
26365 AM - Spanish language, weak, OMs chatting...possibly truckers, does not sound like taxi cab dispatch lady
26455 AM - Spanish language chatter with roger beeps, possibly a taxi dispatcher
26515 AM - Spanish language, very weak
26565 AM - Spanish speaking OM heard
26585 AM - Spanish language, multiple stations at points, Mexican trucker and taxi common channel
26665 AM - Spanish language, weak
26705 AM - Spanish language, heard mention of Puerto Rico (the usual suspects here - expect 26715 AM and others)
26935 AM - UNID, AM voice activity, weak
27015 AM - Spanish language - CB channel 5


Heard several stations chatting on 26815 AM 26.815 MHz AM before I started the video recording.  I actually was able to speak to two of the stations (after I stopped recording) using the CRE 8900 radio in the video...and the antenna I used was less than ideal for sure.  Transmitter power output is around 8-10 watts AM carrier power, good band conditions recently on 11 meters. 



Recorded during a big band opening on 11 meters back on 06/14/20. 

49.83 MHz, pretty wide signal (sounded good on 49.825 MHz and 49.835 MHz in addition to 49.830 MHz).  I was using a VHF high band 1/4 wave antenna, which is certainly not the best antenna.  Noted at least part of the signal on 49.840 MHz too. 


It sounds like somebody has a room monitor just on, you can hear a TV or radio in the background...at 0:59 or 1:00 in you can hear somebody say "oh you ready?".  More chatter around 1:30 and 1:40.  Interestingly enough, my scanner actually decoded too different CTCSS tones - 192.8 Hz and 196.6 Hz, on frequency. 

Virginia House Radio coming in very nicely this morning on 107.7 MHz FM in downtown Richmond.  Music - faded into a relay of the local NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards station WXK65 (162.475 MHz). 

Receiver is a factory stock Toyota AM/FM car radio with factory FM whip antenna (a real 1/4 wave steel FM whip antenna).

I managed to get two videos of the activity on 107.7 MHz:

Part 1 - https://youtu.be/Y5c3H7YibM8

Part 2 - https://youtu.be/CiOycvrTz7o

Tuned in to hear "I'll Fly Away" into "City On A Hill" at 0945 local time (1345 UTC).  SIO 444 in uptown, SIO 555 sounding really nice downtown Richmond, VA this morning. 

Live (recorded) banjo music at 0751 local time - SIO 555 in downtown Richmond, VA on 107.7 MHz FM.

Virginia House Radio Richmond Virginia still coming in nicely this afternoon (1400 local time).  Richmond VA - SIO 555 to SIO 444 in Richmond City proper.

More live recorded old time country music, mention of Floyd County, VA. 
  107.7 FM.  Virginia House Radio station in Richmond, VA 107.7 MHz pirate station.

They’re back on the air!  0930 local time tune in - DJ talking about self-isolation, followed by several minutes of dead air / unmodulated carrier...now rebroadcasting the local NOAA Weather Radio station WXK65 162.475 MHz (SIO 555 in uptown Richmond at 0936 local

Virginia House Radio 107.7 MHz FM 107.7 FM Richmond VA

Virginia House Radio 107.7 FM in Richmond

1142 UTC / 0642 UTC hearing “Turn Turn Turn” by The Byrds with distorted audio underneath it that seems to be saying “6:42 A.M.” over and over.  At 1143 the background noise disappeared.  SIO 555 with nice sounding audio in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia House Radio 107.7 FM 107.7 MHz FM Richmond VA FM pirate heard on factory GM stock Chevrolet AM/FM car radio with factory antenna.

Virginia House Radio continuing their usual programming on 107.7 FM in downtown Richmond Virginia.  Small bursts of QRM from 107.5 FM and 107.9 FM. 

WBQK on 107.9 MHz coming out of West Point, VA is doing 4 kW 328 feet HAAT / 305 feet AGL only 35 miles from downtown Richmond.   When the band is open, even marginally, I can hear another station or two mixing in on 107.9 MHz.   107.5 MHz has WNNT-FM (47 miles from Richmond at 6 kW, same height as WBQK) and WCHV-FM (65 miles away from the presumed Virginia House Radio transmitter site - only doing 210 watts ERP but their antenna is on top of a mountain, 259 feet above the mountain / AGL, 1109 feet (!!) AGL).

When it comes to 107.7 MHz itself, there are, unfortunately, three legal stations to contend with.  WWWT-FM (WTOP's 107.7 FM powerhouse, although their 44 kW transmitter on 103.5 FM out of Washington, D.C. also kills it....it's still a shame they got rid of the 1500 kHz facility and 1500 AM is now WFED - still, I can hear WFED on 1500 on a regular basis with factory Chevrolet and Toyota car radios into the sunrise hours during the winter without an issue.   

WETA on 90.9 FM gives WTOP on 103.5 FM / 107.7 FM a run for their money.  WETA 90.9 MHz FM is grandfathered in and does 75 kW from 456 feet AGL / 610 feet HAAT.  With my old sedan's "proper" FM antenna (a real 1/4 wave whip mounted on the fender - connected to a Pioneer receiver) I could hear WETA a solid 70 miles south of the transmitter location driving down I-95 towards Richmond. 

Anyway, WWWT-FM on 103.5 FM is doing 29 kW 80 miles almost due north, WMOV-FM out of Norfolk, VA doing 15 kW also 80 miles away, and WWDW-FM out of Alberta, VA, only 2.2 kW but around 55 miles to the south-south-west.  When the band is rolling, I can usually hear WTOP's audio mixing with WMOV and WWDW along with Virginia House Radio on 107.7 FM. 

Virginia House Radio's signal is excellent in the central business district (downtown downtown) area of downtown Richmond, I won't speculate as to their transmitter location but they must have at least some elevation.

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