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1531
10/11 meters / 11 meter DX Logs 7 January 2015 1900 UTC +
« on: January 07, 2016, 2050 UTC »
11 meters is waking up this afternoon.  Received with a Galaxy DX 959 (modified 26515-27855), Ranger Voyage VR 9000 (modified 25615-28305) and a dipole antenna tuned for the lower part of 26 MHz.  The VR 9000 has wider frequency range and FM but a noisier and less selective receiver compared to the Galaxy, which actually has excellent receive and AM audio quality. The Galaxy has had several modifications to the receive section done to improve SNR. I actually prefer using the channelized "export" equipment that's designed for use on this band compared to a "real" HF amateur radio or SWL setup.  

25625 AM - YL reading numbers in Spanish with roger beep.  S9 signal level at peaks
25635 AM - Music and other QRM (noise toys, etc)
25775 AM - YL taxicab dispatcher, just barely above noise level
25805 AM - Spanish language with echo/reverb
25875 AM - YL taxicab dispatcher with roger beep.  Can hear the taxis she's talking to as well
25970 FM - FM carrier on this frequency.  S3 signal level, no audio heard.  This is an FCC allocated STL freq
26005 AM - Spanish language, weak
26055 AM - YL and OM talking - Spanish language, weak signals, S4 at peaks
26105 AM - Spanish language.  This is a popular trucking frequency (Channel 4 down two bands from the legal CB band)
26375 AM - Roger beeps/noise toys and music heard, no actual voice traffic (???)
26465 AM - Spanish language, weak
26525 AM - Spanish language, with music in background and echo/reverb
26535 AM - Spanish language, possibly taxis
26540 LSB - Spanish language, similar to 26555 LSB w/QRM from 26535 AM
26555 LSB - Mexican freeband traffic, heavy QRM (this frequency is used as a "low band" SSB calling channel, see also 27455 USB)
26575 AM - Spanish language, likely from Mexico
26585 AM - Mexican AM "low channel" calling frequency, very busy, S9++ signal levels, music, etc
26595 AM - Spanish language with roger beep, bleedover from strong (overmodulated) signals on 26585 AM
26605 AM - Spanish language, weak but readable
26615 AM - "Hola! Hola! Hola!"
26625 AM - Spanish language, fading up to S9, crazy echo/reverb on OM voice with roger beeps
26665 AM - Music heard at noise floor, fading up to S3
26705 AM - Spanish language, weak
26725 AM - YL dispatcher with roger beep talking to OM (taxi) with different roger beeps
26765 AM - English language, handles "711", "Mr. 26 West Virginia" and "Bicycle" heard
26775 AM - "Unit 20 is 10-7"
26815 AM - English language, Atlanta, GA and other Southern US locations heard
26825 AM - YL Taxicab Dispatcher - Spanish language with roger beep
26885 AM - Station asking for a radio check, other voice traffic at noise level
26905 AM - YL Taxicab Dispatcher reading numbers.  Rapid fading up to S9 and down to S5.  Various roger beeps heard.
26915 AM - US AM CB DX calling frequency, busy, similar to 26815 AM
26955 AM - "Big Radio 549 Texas" working stations, hi-fi broadcast quality audio, S9+30db signal!
26985 AM - CB Ch. 3 - Several stations talking at once, English language heard.  
26995 AM - R/C Channel "3A" - voice traffic heard - Spanish language, with FM data burst QRM
27000 AM - Strong carrier right on 27000.0 kHz
27015 AM - CB Ch. 5 - English "Rush Hour Operator" and Spanish heard, S5 level noisy heterodyne, signals punching through are S9+++
27025 AM - CB Ch. 6 - The Superbowl.  "Georgia Drag queen" "Number 3" "125 in the mobile" "Doctor 45" dozens of other stations
27035 AM - CB Ch. 7 - Similar to 26585 and 27025.  Lots of high-power stations (Spanish language)
27045 AM - R/C Channel "7A" - Spanish language YL heard under bleedover from 27035
27065 AM - CB Ch. 9 - Latin American AM Calling Channel
27075 AM - CB Ch. 10 - "2068 in the Buckeye State"
27085 AM - CB Ch. 11 - Original AM Calling Channel, several stations heard at once.  "Rooster in Texas" "187 in the Carolinas"
27125 AM - CB Ch. 14 - "Hey Joe it's about time we head to the flea market" S9 signal levels, strong audio
27185 AM - CB Ch. 19 - Trucker Channel, several QSOs heard at the same time.  Noise level S4-S5
27195 AM - R/C Channel "19A" - Voice traffic heard down at noise level
27225 AM - CB Ch. 22 - Local stations working DX (or attempting to)
27265 AM - CB Ch. 26 - US AM DX Calling Channel, several stations heard - very strong signals
27285 AM - CB Ch. 28 - Supplementary to 27265.  "Ten-Roger Forrest Gump got a big wave coming your way"
27315 AM - CB Ch. 31 - Spanish language heard at noise level
27335 AM - CB Ch. 33 - Stations talking about locations in North Carolina
27345 AM - CB Ch. 34 - "Southwest Florida" - very strong signal S9+40db
27385 LSB -CB Ch. 38 - North American SSB DX Calling Channel, busy with AM carrier QRM
27405 AM - CB Ch. 40 - Spanish language heard with roger beeps at noise level (S3 on this freq)
27415 AM - Hearing YL reading numbers with roger beep at noise level, likely a taxicab dispatcher
27420 LSB - English language, Southern US accents
27430 USB - Spanish language, Mexican accents, talking about Veracruz and Chihuahua
27435 LSB - "Already have a good one buddy, hope the conditions stay with you, 73s", AM carrier het in the background
27445 LSB - English language, Southern US accents
27450 USB - Spanish language, mention of Guatemala - very strong signal
27455 USB - Latin American SSB DX Calling Frequency, busy with some sort of datamode underneath voice traffic
27465 LSB - English language, Midwestern US accents
27475 USB - Spanish language
27485 USB - Spanish language, with weak AM carrier het in the background, nothing heard in AM mode
27505 USB - Weak traffic heard at noise level with roger beeps
27515 AM - YL Taxicab Dispatcher - Spanish language with roger beep (the station usually heard on this freq during band openings)
27520 LSB - Spanish language, weak
27555 USB - International SSB DX Calling Frequency, hearing Spanish traffic language only
27625 AM - English voice QSO at noise level, presumed truckers due to frequency/mode
27655 AM - Spanish language, Mexican accents with elaborate roger beeps.  QRM from OTH Radar
27665 USB - Spanish language, excellent signal peaking at S9+30db
27685 LSB - Spanish language, OM talking about antennas
27695 USB - Spanish language, weak
27765 AM - Weak AM carrier heard in USB/LSB mode.  Unable to discern language/accent
27815 AM - YL Taxicab Dispatcher - Spanish language
27865 AM - Spanish language, OM talking with echo/reverb effects
27875 AM - Music, noise toys and roger beeps down in the noise
27905 AM - Truckers, English language



1532
North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925.1 AM 1700 UTC 01/06/2016
« on: January 06, 2016, 1710 UTC »
Have a carrier on the WebSDR and hearing it on my local RX setup as well.  Seems to be on 6925.09 kHz or thereabouts.  Liquid Radio perhaps?  going by closeness to 6925.1 kHz. S5 to S7 signal levels.  Solid AM carrier, very weak music heard down in the noise, there is something there.  

Carrier has been on since I checked at 1700 UTC.   Still on as of 1722.

1533
Other / UNID 6924.5 AM 0120 01/06/2016
« on: January 06, 2016, 0127 UTC »
Intermittent audio, mixing with the pescadores, but there is a carrier with this signal when its there.  Carrier on and off randomly.  When its working, hearing an OM talking with music in the background.  Now (0127 UTC) it sounds like two stations are there on AM (plus the pescadores on 6925.0 kHz
LSB)

Signal came back on for roughly 5 seconds at 0129:55, dropped off for around 30 seconds, and is now back at 0130:45.  There's either two stations going at once or somebody is feeding audio from two sources into the same transmitter.  Very strange.  

Back at 0132:25, with distorted audio.  Gone again right before 0133:00, then back up for a few seconds....then gone again?  I don't think this is a fading issue, maybe a transmitter problem?  Or somebody is messing around/testing/tuning up?  

Back at 0215, same distorted audio, and what sounds like two different stations at once (although it could just be the pescadores on 6925 LSB mixing in).  Difficult to tell since the signal strength is strong enough to actually understand what is said for only a few seconds at a time and then it
disappears again.

0217: "World War II started..." "the various..."
0221: Spanish language heard (in AM mode this time).  Lots of OTH radar QRM in addition to the LSB voice traffic.  
0222: Severe OTHR QRM
0223: Hearing an OM and a YL talking at the same time.  Distorted/overdriven audio. 
0224: Pescadores seem to have quieted down.  The distorted AM station is still there though, way down in the noise.
0225: Spanish language (in AM) - then getting blasted by OTHR again

Frequency is pretty messy right now.

1534
Other / UNID 6926.9 AM 0055 UTC 01/06/2016
« on: January 06, 2016, 0058 UTC »
Hearing bits and pieces of music on 6926.9 AM, signal will pop up for a few seconds and then disappear. This has happened a couple times in the past few minutes. Perhaps somebody is doing some testing? 

1535
Shortwave Broadcast / UNID 6870.1 AM 0000 UTC 01/06/2016
« on: January 06, 2016, 0001 UTC »
I'm seeing a carrier at 6870.1 kHz or thereabouts.  I can't hear any audio in AM mode but in USB mode I hear what sounds like it could be music at the noise floor.  There's lots of static crashes, hopefully somebody else can hear it better than I can (I'm listening on the K2SDR WebSDR remote).  There's another continuous signal on 6869.7 kHz that creates a heterodyne when tuning 6870.1 in AM mode.  Add the carrier on 6872 and its a mess.  There's something there though.

0003 - CW heard, another carrier pops up on 6872 kHz
0005 - 6872 carrier gone, there are several groups of pescadores around this frequency (namely 6868 kHz in LSB mode) and they're not helping either.  Maybe its just my imagination combined with the various signals mixing together  ???

1536
North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6926 USB 01/05/2016 0040 UTC
« on: January 05, 2016, 0043 UTC »
OMs and YLs talking, just above the noise level.  Seems to be right at 6926.0 kHz

1537
Utility / Pescadores Very Loud on 6900 - 6950 kHz 0030 UTC 01/08/2016
« on: January 05, 2016, 0035 UTC »
Normally I hear these guys at much lower signal levels than pirate stations.  But, for whatever reason, they're much louder tonight.  Hearing S9 level signals on 6900 kHz LSB and 6950 kHz LSB, with weaker signals on 6905 kHz LSB, 6925 kHz LSB, 6930 kHz LSB.

At least they're staying on LSB. 

1538
Hearing music right at noise level, now with some guitar.  Carrier seems to be at 6924.20 or 6924.21.  Some sort of pulsing noise QRM/QRN at points as well as some peskies on the LSB.

Fading up a bit now, can hear vocals and horns (I think).  Lots of noise coming in with the signal.  

0233 - ID heard.  Captain Morgan Shortwave!  Into more music.  Seeing a weak carrier right on 6925.0 as well come and go with the fading.  
0236 - Captain Morgan ID (with email address)
0237 - Signal has come up a bit more.  Can actually make out the music a bit better.  Carrier a LOT brighter on the waterfall.  S7 signal level, just barely touching S9 on the peaks.  
0241 - Fading has become more pronounced, but I can hear some great blues music on the peaks.  
0243 - Email address/ID, into more music.  Holding a S7 signal level with a bit less noise then there was ~10 minutes ago.  Nice audio on the peaks.  
0248 - OFF?

1539
10/11 meters / 11 meter DX Logs 2 January 2015 1500 UTC +
« on: January 02, 2016, 1534 UTC »
Plan on updating this throughout the day:


26465 AM - Spanish language QSOs, heavy fading
26555 LSB - Spanish language station calling CQ
26575 AM - Similar to 26585 AM
26585 AM - Loud signals from Mexico, with music (I hear the intro to "Better Off Alone") under this guy's voice
26705 AM - Spanish language, likely Puerto Rico/southern Florida
26725 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher - Spanish language with various roger beeps
26805 AM - Music, roger beeps (I've heard similar on this freq before)
26905 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher - Spanish language
27455 USB - Latin American DX Calling Frequency.  Stations from California, Venezuela and Mexico heard talking
27560 USB - Ops discussing working stations in Mexico and Europe, weak (English language, European accent...14SD141 callsign)
27815 AM - YL Taxicab dispatch - Spanish language with single roger beep

More logs:

26525 AM - S9+30 very strong signals, Mexican Spanish language
26575 AM - Spanish language
26635 AM - Spanish language, with roger beeps
26715 AM - This frequency is basically the same as Channel 6 - 27025 AM.  Operators yelling over each other, splattering several channels up and down
26915 AM - "King Crab waving a hand" - several other Southern US stations heard
26945 AM - Truckers, English language
27425 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher - Spanish language, on top of 27425 USB
27425 USB - Spanish language, getting obliterated by dispatcher on 27425 AM
27455 USB - Latin American DX Calling Frequency.  Very active
27460 USB - Spanish language
27465 LSB - English language, southern accents, with heavy QRM from 27460 USB
27470 LSB - English language
27480 USB - Spanish language QSO, very strong signals and quality audio.  Stations discussing working DX
27505 USB - Spanish language
27515 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher - Spanish language
27525 USB - Spanish language
27555 USB - Stations calling CQ, heard operator from Aruba calling
27625 USB - Weak
27665 USB - Usual activity on this frequency
27695 LSB - Spanish language, S9 to S9+30
27695 USB - Spanish language, with QRM from 27700
27700 USB - SSTV, various signals.

1540
10/11 meters / 11 meter DX Logs 30 December 2015 2000 UTC +
« on: December 30, 2015, 2043 UTC »
Band conditions seem to be all over the place, but I've been hearing some DX.  

Logs:

26715 AM - The usual busy, overmodulated signals.  I'm hearing one station from 26715 splattering nearly 1 MHz up and 1 MHz down the band.  
26735 AM - Somebody asking for a radio check
26875 AM - "How about it, 814?"
26885 AM - Truckers, English language, Midwestern US accents
26905 AM - Taxi dispatch, Spanish language, heavy fading w/bleedover from 26915 AM
26915 AM - Very busy, Southern US accents.  Stations in Georgia, Carolinas, "Channel Cat", "Running Bear" and various other handles heard
26955 AM - YL talking, Southern US accents.  Other stations down in the noise
27025 AM - CB Channel 6 - The Superbowl.  Very busy with strong overmodulated signals.
27085 AM - CB Channel 11 - Stations from Tennessee, Georgia, very busy, similar to 27025 AM
27125 AM - CB Channel 14 - Truckers
27185 AM - CB Channel 19 - S7 to S9 heterodyne QRM, hearing various stations on peaks but mostly just a mess
27195 AM - R/C Channel, a.k.a. "Channel 19A" - Several stations in Atlanta talking to each other, S9+30 signal strength
27205 AM - CB Channel 20 - Very busy, similar to 27025 and 27085
27225 AM - CB Channel 22 - "Panama City Florida" and other stations
27265 AM - CB Channel 26 - AM DX Calling Frequency, very busy
27285 AM - CB Channel 28 - AM DX Calling Frequency, not as busy as 27265
27325 AM - CB Channel 32 - "144 Tampa Bay Florida"
27385 LSB - CB Channel 38 - SSB DX Calling Frequency, lots of stations from Southern USA
27395 LSB - CB Channel 39 - Similar to 27385 LSB, common channel to QSY from 38
27405 AM - CB Channel 40 - "Big 51 they call me the Skullcracker" with a Spanish speaking YL down in the background
27430 USB - Spanish language
27455 USB - Spanish language
27475 LSB - "Yeah so I've got 'em pointed different directions, over" - stations discussing building antennas
27505 AM - Truckers, likely US based, talking about traffic conditions
27515 USB - Spanish language, very weak (not the usual taxicab dispatcher on 27515 AM)
27555 USB - International Calling Frequency

1541
North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 AM 2000* UTC + 12/28/2015
« on: December 28, 2015, 2101 UTC »
There's been a carrier on 6925 AM on the K2SDR WebSDR waterfall since I started listening to the UNID on 6925 USB that was playing Beavis & Butthead audio.  Per Dimbulb in that station's log thread, there's somebody re-transmitting an amateur radio net on 6925 kHz AM as well.  I saw the carrier stay the whole time there was activity on 6925 USB but was not able to hear any audio in LSB mode.  Carrier dropped off at 2030 UTC and then came back up, noticeably stronger, at 2032 UTC.  

After the Beavis and Butthead station on 6925 USB signed off at 2053 UTC, I'm still seeing the carrier on 6925 at 2100 UTC, much weaker than before but its still there.  No audio on AM or USB/LSB can be heard on the WebSDR or on my local RX setup, but I do hear the carrier on my local setup as well.  

Wanted to give this retransmission/rebroadcast its own thread...if there's already one floating around somewhere feel free to merge this with it admin
guys :D

MUCH stronger carrier popped up at 2102 UTC for roughly a minute and then disappeared.   ???

As of 2104 I'm hearing very weak music (I think) on 6925 AM.  Carrier is fading up and down, disappearing off the waterfall completely at points.

Beavis & Butthead on USB S6, off sometime before 2055z

 - and also -

Net on AM at S4, can only copy this if I listen on LSB to cut out Beavis & Butthead.
Must be live or recent recording since net control station is wishing folks "Happy New Year".
Signal is in/out of the noise and have not copied any net ID.
Hearing net control "Alpha Two Quebec?" working various ham callsigns (mostly from 7-land), just quick contacts.
Still going at 2055z, better copy with B&B signed off.
Net off at 2100z - Finally got the Net ID, "The Noontime Net"   http://www.noontimenet.org/
Music now...


1542
Seeing a carrier slightly below 6935 kHz.  Looks like 6934.75 kHz or thereabouts.  No audio but there's definitely a carrier there of some kind.  S5 signal level, just above the noise floor at this point.

Gone at 0309 UTC.  Anybody else see/hear this? 

1543
North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6900.3 AM 2200 UTC 12/20/2015
« on: December 20, 2015, 2200 UTC »
Have a strong carrier at roughly 6900.3 Showing 6900.34 maybe 6900.35 kHz on the K2SDR WebSDR.  No audio heard yet.

2200-2203 UTC - Carrier being switched on and off.  Maybe somebody tuning up?  Could be closer to 6900.4 kHz

1544
10/11 meters / 11 meter DX Logs 15 December 2015 1700 UTC +
« on: December 15, 2015, 1845 UTC »
Even though the band seems to have quieted down a bit these past few weeks, I'm hearing some Latin American DX this afternoon:

25000 AM - WWV - Fading up and down.  Peaking at S9 and down to S5.  Nice and loud.
25775 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher
25875 AM - Spanish language, weak.  Likely taxis going by the frequency
25950 FM - STL, very weak but I can tell there's a signal/carrier there..
25965 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher
26055 AM - Spanish language traffic, right at noise level but I can hear the telltale roger beeps
26105 AM - Spanish language, possibly truckers.  Heavy fading
26225 USB - Latin American Calling Freq, active
26240 USB - Likely stations QSYed from 26225 USB
26305 AM - Spanish language
26375 AM - Spanish language
26395 AM - Similar to 26375, heavy fading
26415 AM - OM talking, Spanish.  Roger beeps
26525 AM - Spanish language, with lots and echo/reverb and people keying up with roger beeps/music
26535 AM - Two OMs talking, Spanish language, Mexican accents with echo/reverb fx and elaborate roger beeps
26555 LSB - Spanish language
26585 AM - Spanish language, Mexican accents - this is one of the AM calling channels
26605 AM - Similar to 26585 AM, less QRM though
26625 AM - Similar to 26585 AM
26635 AM - Lots of stations, similar to 26585 AM
26645 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher, reading numbers.  Fading up to S9 and down to JBA levels
26695 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher
26705 AM - Very loud (and sometimes overmodulated) signals, likely from Puerto Rico
26715 AM - Same as 26705, with splatter from 26705 AM
26725 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher with roger beep - can hear the mobiles she's talking to.  With splatter/QRM from 26715 AM
26855 AM - English language, Southern US accents - likely hunters
26965 AM - "Barefoot Boy in Georgia" Nice S9 signal.  (CB channel 1)
27000 AM/CW - Some sort of carrier here right on 27000.0.  Could be local (???)
27005 AM - Spanish language (CB channel 4)
27015 AM - Spanish language, unreadable due to heavy heterodyne QRM (CB channel 5)
27025 AM - The usual S9++ "Super Bowl" Kilowatt QRM Splatter (CB channel 6)
27065 AM - Latin American AM DX Calling Frequency (see also, 26585 AM, 26705 AM, 26715 AM) - CB Channel 9
27095 AM - Spanish language QSO, OM and YL, possibly taxis.  Not a legal CB frequency, but known as Channel 11A
27125 AM - Southern US traffic, this is a channel used by locals in my area as well.  (CB channel 14)
27145 AM - Spanish language, likely taxicab dispatch with data (in FM mode) underneath.  Known as CB Channel 15A
27165 AM - Truckers (CB channel 17)
27185 AM - CB channel 19 - S5 to S7 level heterodyne, hearing several stations at once during peaks.
27265 AM - AM DX Traffic USA (CB Channel 26)
27285 AM - AM DX Traffic USA (CB Channel 28)
27375 AM - OM and YL talking, OM with echo/reverb Spanish language (CB channel 37)
27385 LSB - US SSB DX Calling Frequency, hearing stations from Southeastern US
27390 LSB - Stations in Florida having a QSO (likely QSYed from 27385)
27405 AM - Spanish language
27425 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher, other AM traffic underneath
27440 LSB - US Stations, common calling frequency (see also 27425 LSB and 27435 LSB)
27455 USB - The usual Spanish language traffic, with music and roger beeps.  
27515 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher
27625 AM - Very weak, but carrier heard in SSB mode.  Could be truckers
27665 USB - Spanish language, weak.  This frequency, along with 27695 USB/LSB, are usually active when the band is open
27680 AM/FM - Wideband "warble" QRM, likely over-the-horizon radar (OTHR).  20-30 kHz wide moving up and down the band.
27675 USB - Spanish language, weak
27690 LSB - Spanish language
27695 LSB - Spanish language, single OM station peaking at 30 over S9.  One of the more active freeband freqs
27815 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher
27925 AM - YL Taxicab dispatcher

1545
Utility / 6991 USB 12/11/2015 - 0000 UTC
« on: December 11, 2015, 0011 UTC »
Hearing data on 6991 USB (also hearing it on 6992...but I'm calling it 6991...).

Anybody know what this is? 

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