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This morning when Stumpy came online the pause between dits and the dit length is changed.  I do not try to catch it every day, but the last time I did (a few days ago) it was still about 22 seconds from dit to dit, and dit length about 0.17 sec.  But this morning I caught the turn on at about 1429 UTC, and it was 19.37 seconds dit to dit, and dit length is only 0.15 sec.

I thought at first it may be a "just turned on" thing, but an hour later it is still on the same spacing and length.  Also, the freq is slightly higher than it has been.


Utility / USCG DRM, 5200 kHz, DRM mode, 0110 UTC, 06 November, 2016
« on: November 06, 2016, 1340 UTC »
An unknown (to me) DRM signal on 5200 kHz, noticed at 0110 UTC no 6 November 2016, however looking at the waterfall it has been there for some time.

So why aren't I putting this in the Shortwave Broadcast section?  This freq does not appear on any DRM broadcast list I can find, and while the signal has never been strong enough for me to get audio decode, when the station has gotten strong on short peaks the ID/Tag under DRM keeps reading "USCG Journaline".

When I checked this morning, starting about 1300z, the DRM was still present, signal is a bit stronger, however Chinese OTHR is killing the SNR, so still no decode beyond the occasional ID/Tag as above.


So far unided spooky sound FX on 6955 kHz USB, 0128 UTC, October 29, 2016.  S7 or S8 here in the desert.

Into bells with beeps like heart monitor at 0131z.

(edit) closer to 6954.9 kHz, USB.

(edit 2)  Never got a verbal ID, but SSTV at 0154 had Pee Wee on the chest.


UNIDed station 6935 kHz USB, with music, 0055 UTC, October 29, 2016.  Very weak here, can tell it is music, but little else.  Seems to be lots of high tones in it, maybe pipes or something?

(edit) And off 2 minutes after I posted this.  It had been up quite a while, multiple songs, before that.


Another possible new ditter heard from.  7000 kHz, Oct 27, 2016, 1020 UTC, but I am pretty sure I have heard this at other times also, about 0.21 sec dit sent about every 1.39 second.  Periodically I see it send an extended dash, sometimes several seconds, as if it is hanging up.  There may even be some kind of modulation on it when it does this hang, but it is too far in the noise for me to be sure.


HF Beacons / New ditter maybe, 7000.68 kHz, Oct 22, 2016, 1700 UTC
« on: October 22, 2016, 1913 UTC »
There appears to be a ditter on about 7000.65 kHz.  I am pretty sure I have seen this ditter before, but it is such a long period and so weak I always thought it was noise / RFI / something else.  But today it is strong enough to be clear, this is not local noise.

It is a dit, about 0.17 sec long, sent every 22 seconds.  There is a very slight chirp on the dit.  The frequency at 1700 UTC was 7000.68, and at 1900 UTC it was 7000.63, so there is a little drift to it.

(edit) This signal has definitely been here for a while.  I have a recording from 2 weeks ago with it clearly present, and one from several months ago with what is probably the same signal in it.  I'll have to look back at older spectrum recordings, if I have any for that freq range, and see if I have any older that include it.

(edit2)  It turns out the 6990 to 7010 kHz range is not one I record often.  I have a recording from early October 2016 that clearly shows this ditter there.  I have a recording from July 2016 that clearly shows it present.  I have a recording from Feb 2016 that may show it, there is a lot of interference and I am not 100% sure.  And I have a recording from early Dec 2015 that does not show the ditter there at all.  So, at a guess this ditter showed up after early Dec 2016 and before July 2016, with a reasonable possibility of between early Dec 2015 and Feb 2016.

(edit3) This ditter can be heard on other remotes in California, and was also reported as heard in Washington state.


Other / Pips network up, multiple frequencies, 1403 UTC, 09 Oct, 2016
« on: October 09, 2016, 1429 UTC »
The oddity Pips network is up today, as it was yesterday.  Noticed it at 1403 UTC, 09 Oct, 2016, not sure how long it has been up today.  0.125 second long dit every 6.0 seconds.

(edit) This set off air at 1513 UTC.

20050 ?  Related to 20400?
20400 ?  May be unrelated to Pips
20950 ?  Related to 20400?

Freqs noted so far, will probably find more and add to the list as found.


Spy Numbers / MOVED: unknown CW numbers station 5693kHz
« on: October 08, 2016, 1523 UTC »

Spy Numbers / MOVED: 4380 USB Russian Air Force
« on: October 08, 2016, 1439 UTC »

North American Shortwave Pirate / Radio Zed 6925 USB 0400 UTC 9/24/2016
« on: September 24, 2016, 0413 UTC »
So far UNIDed station 6925 USB, 0400 UTC, 24 September, 2016.  Sounded like history talk, maybe WW II stuff, not sure, then into the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at 0409 UTC.  Sounds off at 0412 UTC, no ID heard.

Signal was weak but copiable here.


North American Shortwave Pirate / XLR8 6930 USB 0210 UTC 19 Sep 2016
« on: September 19, 2016, 0215 UTC »
So far unided station, 6930 kHz, USB.  Not very strong, having trouble IDing the music.

(edit) reported by others as XLR8, this is not even close to XLR8's normal signal for me.


North American Shortwave Pirate / KMUD 6929.8 AM 0135 UTC 17 Sep 2016
« on: September 17, 2016, 0144 UTC »
6929.6 AM, S9, CW ID of KMUD at 0140 and then again at 0142.

(edit) Voice ID 0146, "the muddy sounds of KMUD, Kilo Mike, Uniform, Delta", followed by CW ID


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