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Hearing some activity on the following frequencies

26715 AM 26.715 MHz AM - Spanish language very busy
26775 AM 26.775 MHz AM - Florida heard, English language
27005 AM 27.005 MHz AM - CB Channel 4 - possibly locals, regular CB chatter
27025 AM 27.025 MHz AM - CB Channel 6 The Superbowl - very busy with DX and QRM, central and south US heard
27145 AM 27.145 MHz AM - CB Channel 15A "hellloooooo" somebody doing radio checks on a R/C channel
27185 AM 27.185 MHz AM - CB Channel 19 truckers, the usual, with some DX coming in
27225 AM 27.225 MHz AM - CB Channel 22 - "Unit 3 roger I'll see ya" "Miami Florida"
27285 AM 27.285 MHz AM - CB Channel 28 central, midwestern and southern US stations heard
27305 AM 27.305 MHz AM - CB Channel 30 "roger on the New York City, y'all have a good, unit 420 Tampa Bay"
27385 LSB 27.385 MHz LSB - CB Channel 38 LSB - lots of stations working DX
27405 AM 27.405 MHz AM - CB Channel 40 Georgia-based station heard, heavy southern accents
27475 LSB 27.475 MHz LSB - "I got a President Washington here, its got a stock mic on it too"
27485 LSB 27.485 MHz LSB - Southern stations working SSB above channel 40

Other / 4045 USB UNID Marine HF-SSB Traffic 1040 UTC 27 Mar 2018
« on: March 27, 2018, 1049 UTC »
4045 kHz 4.045 MHz
USB mode

Hearing two maritime mobile stations talking about weather [doesn't sound like a weather broadcast, the voices are certainly not synthesized].  SIO 222 with some data QRM fading in and out at points.  No IDs or vessel names heard...

8989 kHz USB has been logged previously

8980 kHz 8.890 MHz
USB mode
Spanish language
UNID unknown source, no IDs heard

Hearing active Spanish language chatter on 8980 USB.  Sounds very much like the pescadores or freebanders heard on the 43 meter band and nearby frequencies...lots of rapid-fire chatter.  Noticed activity on this frequency while tuning around on an Internet KiwiSDR and listening to the HF-GCS traffic on 8992 kHz USB. 

Peskies / UNID Music/Talk/Jamming 6985 USB 2342 UTC 26 Mar 2018
« on: March 26, 2018, 2343 UTC »
6985 kHz 6.985 MHz
USB mode

Very weak music and sound fx heard here starting at 2342 UTC tune-in time.  Seems like there's at least one other station transmitting on top of the station broadcasting music/sound effects.  Lots of OTH radar QRM as well [centered on 6980 kHz].  Spanish language is the one heard (I think).  SIO 111. 

Freebanders, outbanders, etc. 
Frequencies: 6900 kHz 6.900 MHz and 6910 kHz 6.910 MHz
LSB mode

Hearing lively QSOs on two of the "usual suspect" frequencies, 6900 kHz and 6910 kHz.  Several stations doing radio checks and giving reception reports on 6910 LSB, with the usual rag-chew chatter on 6900 LSB.  At least a half dozen stations yakking away on 6900 LSB, with some impressive signals at points.  Going by my past experiences with 6900 LSB and nearby frequencies (think 5 kHz steps like the 11 meter band), there are US-based and Latin America-based stations talking to each other here.  Frequency went strangely quiet around 2340 UTC on 26 March 2018

Hearing very weak but tell-tale radiotelephone links (or patches?) on the following frequencies, all in USB mode and in Spanish language:

2330 UTC+
26 Mar 2018

6755 kHz 6.755 MHz, strongest of the four, but getting clobbered by QRM from CANFORCE weather on 6754 kHz USB
6760 kHz 6.760 MHz, very weak but can hear a YL talking
6765 kHz 6.765 MHz, slightly stronger than 6760 USB, OM and YL talking over each other
6780 kHz 6.780 MHz, see note below
6790 kHz 6.790 MHz, YL talking to OM about general mundane domestic topics, probably husband/wife telephone call

EDIT:  at 2345 UTC I tuned back through the 6600-6800 range (where most of these radiotelephone links seem to be found) and I came across another active conversation in progress on 6780 kHz USB...same general logging though, OM and YL talking about general household topics (in Spanish).  Weak signal, SIO 222 at very best.  At 2345, only 6780 kHz and 6790 kHz were active.  6755 kHz, 6760 kHz and 6765 kHz were all quiet at that point (or propagation had changed enough for me to be unable to hear them).  From previous logs, it seems like 6790 kHz is the more active of the frequencies discussed (sometimes the telephone patch is heard on 6789 kHz or 6791 kHz instead of 6790 kHz).

OTR Old Time Radio pirate
6770 kHz 6.770 MHz 6.77 MHz
AM mode
March 26th, 2018

Decent carrier on 6770 kHz this evening, hearing an OM reading a radio ad at 2328 UTC "First in recorded music, first in television...and by Chesterfield [cigarettes]"  Lots of fading, but I can hear music playing and an OM talking at 2329 UTC.  S2-S3 signal

Peskies / 6721 kHz LSB UNID Spanish Language Radiotelephone Link?
« on: March 26, 2018, 2327 UTC »
Date: 26 March 2018
Time: 2325 UTC
Frequency: 6721 kHz 6.721 MHz
Mode: SSB - LSB

Hearing weak Spanish chatter on 6721 LSB....unable to get a decent enough copy but I am hearing what sounds like an OM talking to a YL, which leads me to believe its a telephone patch, possibly from offshore radio sites or South America.  Lots of fading/QSB...

Peskies / 6900 LSB -> 6905 LSB -> 6920 LSB 2300+ UTC 22 Mar 2018
« on: March 22, 2018, 2337 UTC »
Very strong signals on 6900 LSB, then they moved to 6905 and then to 6920 LSB.  Several instances of jamming and stations yelling over each other.  First name identifiers.  The strongest station is easily 10 db over S9.  Mexican Spanish, at least one station identified 6900 as "the home channel of Mexico" - now (2334 UTC) talking about antenna tuners and antenna design.....very ham radio-like chatter.  Multiple references to "el canale de la casa" ("home channel" or "home frequency").  Very strong signals, some of the strongest signals I've heard from the 43 meter band freebanders - music heard at points, stations jamming each other.  Mention of Filipe - Homberto can't hear Filipe (radio checks - Miguel, Juan, Lupe and other names heard)......very informal chatter....sounds like the usual HF ham radio roundtable like chatter - one station IDed as being in "el norte de Virginia" (Northern Virginia), Florida, Mexico, Washington, D.C. and other locations

6900 kHz
6905 kHz
6920 kHz - still going strong

Still going

0008 UTC - ID as "Jose de Washington" and several other stations IDing, now at least 10 different stations talking, often on top of each other

Peskies / 6565 kHz USB UNID Japanese ?? 2240 UTC 22 Mar 2018
« on: March 22, 2018, 2242 UTC »
UNID Asiatic language, possibly Japanese fishing fleet radio communications
UNID fishery radio
6565 kHz 6.565 MHz
USB mode

Sounds like Japanese to me...its not a Latin-sourced language like Spanish or Portuguese or Italian.  Two stations having a QSO, both stations are SIO 333 with S3-S4 signals.  Interesting propagation from that part of the world this evening...

Heard very strong test tones, sometimes peaking above S9, unmodulated carriers with obvious power level variation (literally watching the S-meter move around) and other testing on 6400 kHz 6.400 MHz this evening.  I know Pyongyang Broadcasting Station (PBS Pyongyang, Pyongyang BS) in North Korea/DPRK uses this frequency for shortwave broadcasting and its unlikely another station was the one responsible for these tests. 

The other possibility was a jammer station doing tests, however no ID or voice modulation of any type was heard.  Each transmission was around 30 seconds long and for 10 minutes or so it was almost a constant 30 seconds on 30 seconds off type deal. 

Hearing an active QSO in-progress on 6527.5 kHz USB, although one of the two (at least) stations seems to be closer to 6527.4 kHz...South American accented Spanish talking about kilos (weight) and general chatter...likely fishing boats

Very strong signals on 6688 USB with somewhat weaker signals on 6690 USB, often both going at once causing pretty awful QRM.  At one point I think I heard traffic on 6890 LSB as well...making this little chunk of frequency space pretty messy.  While this is part of the 6525 kHz to 6765 kHz aeronautical HF band, I have a hard time believing these stations fall within that category.  Sounds much more like outbanders on the "45 meter band"

Hearing weak Portuguese chatter on 6845 kHz, 6850 kHz and 6866 kHz, all in USB mode between 2207 UTC and 2210 UTC March 22nd, 2018

UNID fishing fleet communications
6.935 MHz 6935 kHz
LSB mode

Hearing strong Portuguese language chatter, likely fishermen chatting away...at least 4-5 different stations in a relatively civil "roundtable" fashion, which is somewhat remarkable for this frequency and those like it (6919 kHz LSB, 6925 kHz LSB, etc.) which usually consists of lots of stations talking over each other.  Started at 2200 UTC, SIO 333 at best with several weaker stations

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