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I just tuned in mid-program. Playing music. Not a great signal here but not bad. SINPO 34333.

Various voice clips being played over top of music. Signal is taking some deep fades so revised signal report. Averaging S5 here.

0327Z ID Radio ? International

0339 Voices talking about repairing electronic equipment. A phone number was given.

0340 Heard WBCQ, WABC mentioned. Sounded like a studio interview or a phone call.

0342 sounded like ID Radio Calendar International

0351 ID Radio Jamba International heard quite clearly this time

0405 Another Radio Jamba International ID. Guitar music in background with voices over top.

0450 Still at it. Some deep fades. Various rock and blues jams being played. I did hear "They call me Kracker."

0452 Gone now.
Thanks for the show Radio Jamba!

HF Beacons / 4 MHz beacons
« on: March 24, 2012, 1527 UTC »
This morning was a fairly good morning for the CW beacons. Strange, because I haven't heard any of them all winter.

I woke up at 0930Z to tune around. Over the next half hour I heard these with the assistance of Spectrum Lab:

4079.65 TMP beacon - often copied partial characters, copied a "MP" once and the full number 0 once.

4096.00 - dits?
4096.05 - dits?
4096.26 - dashes
4096.46 - dashes?
4096.52 - dits?
4096.59 - dashes - by far the strongest signal of all of these
4096.70 - dashes

So they weren't as strong as they were a couple years ago but still in there this morning in Urbana, Illinois.

Shortwave Pirate / Turtlehead Radio 6925 LSB 0450Z March 24
« on: March 24, 2012, 0454 UTC »
Tuned in after start; good signal here S7-S9

0458 Space music
0508 Difficult to make out; audio really distorted
0513 Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners
0516 Cars, Gary Numan
0520 Don't You Want Me, Human League
0524 ID Turtlehead Radio
0525 Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol
0530 Need You Tonight, INXS
0536 I Want Candy
0538 First 15 sec of Come On Eileen ID Turtlehead Radio
0540 "Come On I'm Gonna Hit You"
0540 ID by Colonel Turtlehead, Goodnight, shoutout to Zackers, Catherwood and Token!

Voice says "Thank You Turtlehead!"

0543 One more shoutout to Catherwood and the rest of us, conversation between another station (The Eccentric One from Eccentric Shortwave) and Turtlehead! Hopes to have another show this weekend.

Thanks for the show Turtlehead! 73 and Good Night

Sounds like repeat of what was on 6925 kHz 20 minutes ago. Strong signal here, S9, 45344

0200 Heard It In A Love Song, Marshall Tucker Band
0205 ID, Midnight Rider, Allman Brothers Band
0209 Ventura Highway, America
0212 ID, It Never Rains In Southern California, Albert Hammond
0216 TZ ID, Alfred Hitchcock theme, "Gather around me little buccaneers ..."
0217 Song I don't recognize
0219 ID, e-mail captainmorganshortwave -at- gmail.com,
continuation of last song, RTTY interference?
0221 Showdown, Odia Coates/ELO?
0225 Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum
0229 TZ ID, Alfred Hitchcock theme, etc.
0230 sign-off

Thanks for the complete show on another frequency, Captain!

Shortwave Pirate / Captain Morgan Shortwave 6925 AM 0137Z March 24
« on: March 24, 2012, 0140 UTC »
Came on with TZ IS, "Gather around me little buccaneers," great signal here tonight S9.

0140 "Heard It In A Love Song," Marshall Tucker Band
0144 ID, "Midnight Rider," Allman Brothers
0148 "Ventura Highway," America
0150 ID, signal disappeared

Captain Morgan was so strong here that I never heard the interfering station. It's very weak in the background now and I can't make it out at all.

Thanks Captain!

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925.36 kHz AM 0300Z March 23
« on: March 23, 2012, 0303 UTC »
Came on with music. Still difficult for me to copy, T-storm QRN really bad.

I'm still hearing mention of "Alex Vranes" and "Hilltopper" but this is not the canned loop that was playing before, there's more to it including some music.

0321 I don't know what is going on here. There may be two stations on top of one another. The "Alex Vranes" seems to be the same loop but I hear another station at the same time. Just heard "Tony T-O-N-Y Straka S-T-R-A-K-A" and some talk about $60? Maybe another station is attempting to jam the Alex station?

0339 A station pops up in strength once in a while. I heard "How you guys doing today?" and a female voice "This is Radio ...", sound like a foghorn, then either a horse neighing or a sheep bleating.

0346 Again female voice "This is Radio ...", more foghorns, horse, sheep and cow sounds.

I heard the "Oscar Lima ..." in there. Now only hear a repetitive electronic foghorn sound. I believe it is an attempt to jam the Alex station, which is gone now as far as I can tell.

0430 Frequency is clear except for the repetitive "foghorn" sound that has been going all along. I wonder what it is?

Here we go again ...

Well, it wasn't on for long tonight. QRT around 0250Z.

I typed too soon. Back on again 0258Z. But only for a couple minutes.

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6924.13 kHz AM 0215Z March 23
« on: March 23, 2012, 0219 UTC »
Hard to make out anything except the fact it's music. Thunderstorm QRN is S9 or greater here tonight.

German sounding song at 0227.
Heard "This is Radio Blah Blah Blah" at 0234.
Sound effects/cuckoo clocks at 0237

Shortwave Pirate / UNID USB 6925 kHz 2255Z March 19
« on: March 19, 2012, 2301 UTC »
Noise here is horrendous. I hear a male voice on USB in amongst the static crashes. Very weak, S0-S1.

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 0417Z Mar 19 6926 kHz AM
« on: March 19, 2012, 0421 UTC »
Signing on with "Jammin'" Bob Marley. Not strong, maybe S3 or so, lot of QSB.

Shortwave Pirate / UNID on 6925 AM at 0340Z March 19
« on: March 19, 2012, 0345 UTC »
Just tuned in. Weak signal, S2, seems to be in progress. From the voice pitch maybe WBNY? I'm not sure, it's higher pitched than the typical male voice. I hear just talk, no music. Talking about FRN, "Alex Brains(?) is a piece of shit," "Alex Brains(?) is an asshole" etc.

Whatever it is, I don't find it funny.

Another signal (voice) in the background. Much weaker.

I just realized this transmission is most likely about Alex_In_West_Virginia. Dude, I feel for you. If this is what you have to contend with, I can understand your wanting to give up.

Someone making an attempt to jam transmission at 0356Z. Station disappeared at 0400Z. I have a partial recording.

Missed ID at first.

Signing on with a mix of "Who Are You" and some other song. Signal stronger than most tonight, S5 to S7 on peaks. Now going into "I Need A Love" by Rolling Stones.

Copied the ID second time!

Lots of mashes of various songs as listed by others below (Thanks!) plus a couple of hiccups of jumping backwards in a song.

Abruptly disappeared at 0143Z.

Thanks for great show, Captain!

I've been hearing various weak voices on the frequency but no music. Heard a fairly strong "Testing 1-2-3" but that is all of what it said.

Now (0045Z) I'm hearing what sounds like the tail-end of Rave On Radio that suddenly came up out of nowhere giving e-mail address and ID. Very weak and I wasn't hearing any of the program earlier.

Still hearing voices and what sounds like whistles at 0055Z. Signals really weak. Conditions have been terrible today. EVERYTHING on shortwave has been much weaker than it should be.

HF Beacons / Dashes on 13559.8 kHz
« on: March 18, 2012, 1759 UTC »
I've been sitting here at 1745-1750Z on March 18 and listening to two dashers on about 13559.8 kHz. Both dashes are about a second long. They are on slightly different frequencies. They do not seem to be from the same source, as the spacing between the dashes is not the same for the two and at times they even overlap. I think they repeat approximately every 20 seconds. They disappear for lengths of time altogether due to QSB.

According to Spectrum Lab, they are about 100 Hz apart.

I have no idea of the source of these. Listening with a dipole.

Update at 1800Z: Yet another dasher has appeared another 120 Hz or so above the higher of the other two. This seems to be a busy frequency!

Updated/corrected posting again at 1824Z with more accurate info. The two lower dashers are consistently coming in quite well at the moment, maybe S3 or S3.

Other / Radio Mushroom QSL
« on: March 17, 2012, 1611 UTC »
I just got a Radio Mushroom e-QSL, less than 24 hours from the broadcast. It was actually sent only 11 hours after my reception report e-mail.

The e-mail had this text with it:

"Hello Zack;

Sorry for creating such as mess again,  but whenever we power our transmitter with pure nuclear energy we always seem to create a mushroom cloud.

We were directly tapped into the core of a nuclear reactor last night which powered the broadcast you heard last night.  Thank you for listening and letting us know Radio Mushroom was heard.

Attached is our newest QSL confirmation card.  Handle it with care as it is probably a bit radioactive.

Radio Mushroom"

If I can figure out how to post a picture, I'll post the QSL too.

Thanks again Radio Mushroom!

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