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I can tell that there's music playing on 6925 USB but that's it.  Can't make out any specifics.  Unfortunately the peskies on 6930 LSB are much louder at my location (and, at least at the moment, on the K2SDR WebSDR in New Jersey).

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? 

"New Year's Day" (one of my favorite U2 tracks) just at the noise level at 2247 UTC.  Hearing a carrier whine at 6925.00 as well.

MW Loggings / Re: 1710 "CHIM-FM 92.7", nightly
« on: December 10, 2015, 2234 UTC »
Their website - http://www.chimfm.com/index.html - lists "1710 AM" as the "on air" frequency.  Callsign is still "CHIM FM" as per the website...

Also via the K2SDR WebSDR in NJ - S5 with with S4-S5 noise levels.  Hearing "Hold On Loosely"

CCC, you're right next to a wideband ute signal that spans roughly 6970 to 6980 kHz.  Assuming that's why you're on 6969 kHz LSB and not 6969 kHz USB?  ;)

ID at 1928 UTC - "Cold Country Canada 6969 Shortwave" into "Born To Be Wild"

Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Heaven's Door at tune-in (0114 UTC).  Nice solid signal, no noise.  Solid S9, no fading.  Probably the best I've heard Burn It Down Radio!   ;D

0116 - signal DROPPED.  Then, came right back up to armchair levels with CCR - Lookin' Out My Back Door.

0118 - "BID Radio - BURN. IT. DOWN.  Thanks for the test run.  OM DJ talk.  Remember, discover the world one frequency at a time.  Goodnight, once again.".  Then off, it appears, at 0119. 

Returned to the listening post at about 1720 UTC.  Now I'm seeing a carrier on the waterfall display but the music is way down in the noise.  I can hear SOMETHING but I can't determine what it is or even what genre of music I'm hearing.

Pretty good considering 25 watts and how noisy the band has been this morning/this afternoon.  

Came back up enough around 1730 UTC for me to hear "Jessie's Girl" but still heavy QSB

At 1626 listening to THX 1138 on the K2SDR WebSDR in NJ.  Heavy noise conditions prevent me from listening at my home QTH.  Nice signal on the peaks but there's a lot of noise fading in and out on the WebSDR.  UNID music at the moment.

Carrier seems to be just below 6925.00 kHz.  Somewhere closer to 6924.97 or 6924.94 kHz.  Still a nice wide AM signal so parking the tuner on 6925.00 yields the same audio (which is good on the peaks).  

1630 UTC - Little River Band - Lonesome Loser

Hearing 'Don't Stop Believing' on 6950 AM with heavy noise conditions 1611 UTC.  On the peaks the audio is excellent.  Nice modulation.

Getting obliterated by local QRN at 1612 UTC

1614 UTC "Undercover Radio" ID "don't know if anybody's still listening"  then email address given.

1614 UTC - start of Journey's "Wheel In The Sky" - excellent track! 

Started listening at roughly 0100 UTC, signal was a solid S9 to S9+10, nice copy with the usual strong, but nicely modulated signal.  Wolverine always has awesome audio, especially for SSB..  Signal then dipped down into the (very intense) noise.

As of 0126 UTC I'm hearing SRV's "Pride and Joy" coming out of the noise, just strong enough to copy.  I bet Wolverine is skipping over me!

Utility / Re: WWV 25000KHZ very loud at this time 1810UTC
« on: November 21, 2015, 1233 UTC »
Whenever WWV on 25.000 (or 25000.0 since HFU is standardized for listing frequencies in kHz :)), always try tuning the 25000 to 30000 (or at least 25000 to 28000 range).  Most "export radios" (sold as "10-meter" radios but easily modified to cover more frequencies, almost always with a set of 40 "CB-like" channels plus a bandswitch and a +10 kHz switch to reach the R/C channels - 26995, 27045, 27095, 27145 and 27195.  Don't be surprised if you hear voice on these frequencies during a band opening) operate on one of several frequency "plans":

The most common one is the 6-band "plan" of 25615-28305 in 6 bands of 40 channels, bands labelled A through F which band D being the legal US FCC CB band.  Other frequency plans include the basic 3-band "uppers and lowers" which is simply 26515-26955 (lowers, or band C), 26965-27405 (CB, mid, or band D), and 27415-27855 (high/uppers, or band E).  You'll notice that the band designation actually carries over from radio to radio.  More modern exports designed for the European market are being sold with "RU mode" - RU for "Russia" with coverage from 25615-30115.  The RCI-29xx series of radios cover 26000-32995.  A variation of the 6-band export is the 12-band one, which can be 24265-29655 or 25165-30555. 

The 11-meter forum here at HFU - http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/board,15.0.html is the place the start with.  Check out some of my log threads over there.  :D

If propagation favors North/South, you'll likely hear activity from Latin America.  The taxi dispatchers will usually start at 25615 AM and go up in 10 kHz steps.  Mexico, Brazil and the Caribbean are usually extremely active.  Start with 26225 USB, then work your way through 26555 LSB to 26565 AM, 26575 AM, 26585 AM, 26705 AM, 26715 AM, 26915 AM and 26955 AM before you hit CB channel 1 (26965).  CB channel 38 LSB (27385 LSB) is another great indicator of band conditions.  Once you get above 40 (27405) and into the "uppers", try 27425 AM/LSB, 27455 USB, 27515 AM/LSB and of course, the International Freeband Calling Frequency - 27555 USB.  Latin America operates its own calling freqs, 26555 LSB, 26705/26715 AM, 27065 AM (CB channel 9), 27455 USB, 27665 USB and 27695 USB/LSB +/- 5 kHz for QRM, especially if 27700 is active with SSTV.

Things can get really interesting if propagation from Europe is open at the same time as Latin America.  There have been several instances where I heard UK FM CB channel 19 - 27781.25 FM clashing with Brazilian stations having a QSO on 27785 LSB.   :o

There's everything from the usual CB operators and freebanders in AM/SSB to Latin American taxicab dispatchers in AM mode (all over the place, sometimes inside 10 meters) to UK FM "27/81" CB (27601.25 to 27991.25 in 10 kHz steps) to SSTV on 27700 USB to Irish and UK Churches (legally, 26965 to 27405 in 10 kHz steps, AM/FM, 27601.25 to 27991.25 in 10 kHz steps, same as the UK FM CB allocation, and 27605 to 27995 AM/FM in the 10 kHz steps - Ireland only).  Most churches use FM mode, although some have been reported using AM mode and some have been reported outside the 26965-27405 and 27600-27995 ranges listed above.

The 25-30 chunk of HF is pretty fascinating stuff - and of course if 10 and 11 meters are active, then that means VHF low band (30 to 50 MHz) could also be open.  I've heard everything from fire departments in the 33020-33980 range to Fort Hood, TX range control on 30450 to Spanish language taxicabs every 10 kHz from 29750 to 35000 and sometimes even higher, all in FM mode.  Apparently there are some taxi companies in Brazil who operate in the 30000 to 33000 region in AM mode using modified CB/11-meter "export" equipment.  

10/11 meters / SSTV 27700 USB 11/20/2015
« on: November 20, 2015, 2138 UTC »
Started hearing several SSTV signals starting at roughly 2120 UTC (still hearing one now at 2139 UTC)

10/11 meters / Re: Church Logs Nov.16
« on: November 16, 2015, 2123 UTC »
You very well could consider that an 11m church broadcast QSL!

Did he mention what sort of equipment his church uses?  I imagine a lot of these churches are running "street legal" 4 watt radios (and some are probably running a lot more than that) but they're using high performance antennas mounted on top of the church.

10/11 meters / 11 meter DX Logs 15 November 2015 1600 UTC +
« on: November 15, 2015, 1633 UTC »
SS - Spanish language.  EE - English language.  Other languages noted.

25000 AM - WWV - S8-S9 signal
25750 AM/FM (???) - carrier heard
25805 AM - SS
25835 AM - EE, possibly truckers (this is Channel 19 "down 3 bands")
25970 FM - Carrier, no audio heard
26225 USB - SS, Dominican Republic and Mexico heard
26485 AM - SS
26555 LSB - SS
26575 AM - SS
26585 AM - SS, OM and YL operators heard
26605 AM - SS, heavy fading, music and roger beeps
26705 AM - SS - Puerto Rico (the usual strong signals for this frequency and 26715
26715 AM - SS, similar to 26705 AM
26855 AM - EE, mobile stations, possibly truckers or hunters
26905 AM - SS, OM and YL dispatcher - likely taxi dispatch (has been heard on this freq before)
26915 AM - EE, Southern USA
26955 AM - EE - "Big Radio 549 Texas" discussing audio quality with another station in South Texas
27025 AM - The Superbowl, usual strong overmodulated signals [CB channel 6]
27065 AM - SS, Puerto Rico.  Latin American AM Calling Frequency [CB channel 9]
27085 AM - EE - US AM Calling Frequency [CB channel 11]
27145 FM - Data Bursts.  Sounds better in FM.  Not a legal CB channel, but referred to as "CB channel 15A"
27185 AM - EE truckers, S5-S9 noise level, several conversations going at once [CB channel 19]
27305 AM - SS, with beeps and other weird sound effects [CB channel 30]
27355 AM - SS [CB channel 35]
27385 LSB - North American SSB Calling Frequency [CB channel 38], with AM carrier QRM in the background
27405 AM - SS, YL - possibly taxi (if it is - this is a terrible frequency choice) [CB channel 40]
27425 LSB - EE, US stations working DX
27435 USB - SS, very strong signals
27455 USB - Latin American 11 Meter Calling Frequency.  Several stations heard, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic
27510 USB - SS
27515 AM - SS Taxicab Dispatcher
27545 USB - French langauge
27555 USB - International 11 Meter Calling Frequency, hearing France, UK, Ireland, Germany, others calling
27640 USB - UK station working unknown station
27675 USB - SS
27690 LSB - SS
27700 USB - SSTV (weak, but there)
27705 LSB - SS
27705 USB - SS
27705 AM - SS, possibly taxi dispatch (QRMing, and being QRMed by, 27700 USB and 27705 USB/LSB)
27725 USB - SS "Hola! Hola! Hola!" with roger beep and OTH Radar QRM

Starting at 2100 UTC:

26135 AM - SS
26385 AM - SS, strong signals.  Mexican accents.  California mentioned
26555 LSB - SS
26570 LSB - SS
26575 AM - SS
26585 AM - SS, not nearly as busy as it was earlier today
26615 AM - SS, with roger beeps/noise toys
26825 AM - SS, YL speaking roger beeps heard.  Likely a taxicab dispatcher
27475 USB - SS
27485 USB - SS, very strong signals
27490 LSB - EE
27495 USB - SS
27605 USB - SS
27665 USB - SS
27745 LSB - SS
27775 AM - SS, weak
27845 AM - SS Taxi Dispatch (presumed)
27875 AM - SS

Hearing "Daddy Won't Sell The Farm" among other country tunes at tune in (1530 UTC).

S8-S9 (with high local QRN noise levels) on my local RX setup.  Bouncing between S7-S9 on the K2SDR NJ WebSDR

YL synth voice "Radio Random International WRRI" repeated 3 times at 1539.

Dead air (or signoff?) following ID. 

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