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Hearing what sounds like people laughing and highly distorted voice on 6923 kHz AM

1525 UTC - more distorted speech, sounds like its being played backwards
1525 UTC - laugh track
1526 UTC - signal dipped down to barely readable levels
1528 UTC - laughing and clapping
1530 UTC - off?

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6922 AM 2200 UTC 8 Mar 2018
« on: March 08, 2018, 2202 UTC »
2200 UTC - music heard 6922 kHz AM
2201 UTC - minor QRM from 6925 kHz LSB
2203 UTC - strong signal, solid S5-S6 with strong modulation, hearing sound fx (police sirens, police radio chatter, etc)
2204 UTC - sirens stop, "driver get out of the car!"
2206 UTC - "you're gonna stand there and tell me you weren't driving" "you're going to go to jail for possession of crack cocaine"
2209 UTC - theme from "Dragnet"
2210 UTC - more police sirens
2213 UTC - signal dropped a little bit, sounds like an episode of "COPS"
2215 UTC - off abruptly

Peskies / Portuguese and Spanish 6945 kHz LSB 2300 UTC 7 Mar 2018
« on: March 07, 2018, 2300 UTC »
UNID pescadores or freebanders fishing fleet radio communications HF
Frequency: 6945 kHz 6.945 MHz
Mode: SSB - LSB
Language: Primarily Portuguese, but some Spanish heard (likely underneath the Portuguese)

Hearing several Portuguese speaking stations talking over each other on 6945 kHz LSB, almost sounds like there's a QSO in Spanish underneath the Portuguese chatter...lots and lots of QRM at 2300 UTC March 7th, 2018

UNID log, likely telephone patch RRTS Rural RadioTelephone Service, HF-SSB radiotelephone link system used in remote areas and for offshore locations (oil rigs, fishing fleet communications, etc.)

Frequency: 6750 kHz 6.750 MHz 6.75 MHz - at the top of the 6525-6765 kHz aeronautical band
Language: Spanish
Location: Latin America, presumed South America and/or offshore waters

OM and YL having an informal conversation about various domestic matter (at one point they were talking about clothes).  At 2342 the OM is talking about his car and if its at the house...very informal chatter.  Likely a husband and wife having a QSO.  Good signal too with very little fading.  Doesn't sound like Mexican accented Spanish - I'm thinking South America here.  OM asking about the dog at 2343 UTC, then the frequency went quiet...

Strong Portuguese speaking stations heard on 6919 kHz.  This time in USB mode...usually they're heard in LSB, I'm not sure why they're using USB this time.  Checked 6919 LSB and nothing heard.  SIO 333 to SIO 444...one of the stations is very much off frequency, probably closer to 6919.2 kHz or 6919.3 kHz....

The Montreal Rose pirate radio station
6925.6v [started at 6925.7 kHz but slid down to 6925.6 by the end of the SSTV transmission...could see the carrier moving up and down as the SSTV transmission started, then again as the test tones were transmitted]

0007 UTC - SSTV, then several long sweep test tones.  Good signal but lots of QRM from 6925 LSB and 6930 LSB chatter
0014 UTC - carrier signal frequency now down to 6925.4 kHz
0015 UTC - off? - maybe not? - I see a wobbly signal around 6925.2 kHz or 6925.3 kHz, this could be splatter from the usual suspects on 6925 LSB
0016 UTC - no, not off, now seeing a carrier on 6925.35 kHz
0017 UTC - signal dropped out again
0021 UTC - carrier back on 6925.7 kHz
0022 UTC - slid down to 6925.6 kHz, this is presumably the same transmitter
0022 UTC - more test tones
0023 UTC - carrier "wiggling" on the waterfall display, then music
0024 UTC - Pink Floyd?  carrier is FMing like crazy...wish I could listen in SSB to notch out the 6925 LSB boys
0025 UTC - music dropped down, carrier seems to be closer to 6925.4 kHz now
0026 UTC - audio gone again :(
0028 UTC - tried listening in USB again, as listening in AM is just Portuguese QSO(s) - very little audio heard but the carrier is still there
0033 UTC - OFF

Peskies / Peskie Party Radio 6919 LSB 2345 UTC 4 Mar 2018
« on: March 04, 2018, 2346 UTC »
Hearing at least two stations playing music over each other, with the usual "peanut gallery" stations replying to each other and commenting on the music being played.  As expected, the stations are all off-frequency enough that the music sounds terrible, even for SSB standards....

Nice signals from a station IDing as being in Puerto Rico on 6900 LSB, long-winded ham radio or 11 meter freeband SSB operator-like ragchew (pretty common for this frequency) on-going at 2325 UTC.  SIO 333

Peskies / 6935 LSB Strong Signals Portuguese 2300 UTC + 2 Mar 2018
« on: March 02, 2018, 2310 UTC »
6930 kHz 6.930 MHz
LSB mode
Portuguese Language - presumed fishing fleet radio communications using modified HF SSB radios, or SSB marine equipment on out of band frequencies using LSB

Anyway, these guys are running some serious power, one of the two stations (maybe they QSYed from 6925 kHz?) is a solid S9 with SIO 555, the other is S5-S6, but still with good audio

Very strong signals heard here right now (2251-2252 UTC)...peaking at S7!  OM saying "HOLA! HOLA!" over and over again.  SIO 434.  The station must have moved his antenna or dropped his power down just before 2253 UTC...as I can still hear him but he's down in the noise considerably now...

Hearing Portuguese speaking stations chatting away on 6925 LSB and 6930 LSB, their usual watering holes.  Some impressive signals, especially on 6925 LSB.

6790 kHz 6.790 MHz
USB mode
Spanish language radiotelephone link, presumed Rural Radiotelephone Service (RRTS)

Hearing an OM and a YL talking over each other on 6790 USB...I have logged 6791 USB and several nearby frequencies, generally in the 6700 to 6850 kHz range, give or take...there seem to be a lot of these radiotelephone links in that range, mostly operating out of South America and Central America.  Considering the amount of Spanish and Portuguese voices heard in the 6-7 MHz region this afternoon, this would be no surprise.  Decent signal too.  Both sides of the conversation are coming from the same transmitter...think the old 49 MHz cordless phones - the base station would transmit both sides of the conversation and the headset would only transmit one.  This is likely set up in a similar fashion.

Peskies / UNID Spanish Language 6749 kHz LSB 2237 UTC 2 March 2018
« on: March 02, 2018, 2240 UTC »
Frequency: 6749 kHz 6.749 MHz
Mode: LSB
Language: Spanish
Origin: Latin America (presumed)

I'm hearing two stations (at least) having a QSO on 6749 LSB, one of the them (the stronger of the two) has considerable background noise in his audio...this could be a fishing fleet communications frequency.  I've heard activity on 6747 kHz in the past, but don't think I've logged 6749 kHz before.  With the storm in the Atlantic right now, the marine and aeronautical bands (as well as the 6765 to 7000 kHz band) have come alive with freebander and out of band marine HF-SSB communications.

Frequency: 6678 kHz USB 6.678 MHz USB

Hearing several stations transmitting over each other at 2234 UTC...music and other sound effects heard, reminds me of CB freeband frequencies when the band is open.  Several Spanish language terms heard between 2234 UTC and 2235 UTC

While scanning the 6200 kHz to 6525 kHz marine band and 6525 kHz to 6765 kHz aircraft band due to the serious Nor'Easter on the US East Coat right now, I stumbled upon a station doing radio checks in LSB mode.  Yep, its a station saying HELLO HELLO and whistling into his mic on 6655 LSB.  This is a common 45 meter pirate or freeband frequency.  SIO 333

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