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Amateur Radio / Re: ARRL VHF Contest on, now!
« on: February 11, 2021, 2058 UTC »
I was active as a Single-Op QRP Portable from EN50 in east central Illinois. (I must be a masochist!)  :)  I haven't been in this contest since 2017. I made three QSO's each on 144, 222 and 432, and one QSO each on 1296, 2304, 3456 and 10368 MHz. Temperature hovered around 28 degrees all day at the hill where I was, and it was snowing heavily during my last hour of operating and during tear-down of antennas. I'm just happy I got in on it again. And made it home. I thought I was going to turn into an icicle for a while.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Getting A Radio Operators License
« on: February 11, 2021, 2052 UTC »
Amateur radio is a wonderful hobby. You can find study guides for the exams on-line. There should be groups in your area that have Volunteer Examiners who offer the testing right there.

General Radio Discussion / Re: HF Underground and Facebook?
« on: February 11, 2021, 2049 UTC »
So I disagreed with their findings and I get a message that they have reviewed their decision and found that hfunderground.com does NOT violate their community standards, and allowed the post to be posted.
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

General Radio Discussion / Re: HF Underground and Facebook?
« on: February 11, 2021, 2045 UTC »
Well, I looked more into this and Facebook said the link to hfunderground.com violates their community rules about sexual content and nudity. WHAT? Where's the sexual content and nudity here? I want to see it.  ;)

General Radio Discussion / Re: Getting A Radio Operators License
« on: February 08, 2021, 1927 UTC »
Do you mean an amateur radio license? Where are you located?

General Radio Discussion / HF Underground and Facebook?
« on: February 07, 2021, 0435 UTC »
Yesterday I posted a link to www.hfunderground.com in response to a question about shortwave pirate stations in a discussion on Facebook. Facebook immediately removed my post because it "goes against community standards." What? What is there about this website that goes against their standards? I don't get it.

Other / TP4C 4717 kHz
« on: February 02, 2021, 1550 UTC »
Several radio amateurs have reported hearing a station using the call TP4C on 4717 USB calling BSA5 at 0929Z. Any idea what this station is?

HF Beacons / Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« on: January 28, 2021, 1548 UTC »
Listening on Mojave desert KiwiSDR right now (Jan 28 1545Z) I hear it quite well but it is only sending either an "S" or an "H" every minute or so. Nothing else being sent.

Spy Numbers / XSL
« on: January 28, 2021, 1539 UTC »
I have been wondering about the current state of XSL Slot Machine lately. I have been getting up early in the morning (central Illinois) and listening for it on known frequencies. I have a rather poor antenna at the moment and heard nothing. I listened on 4291, 6250, 6417, 6445, 8313, 8588 and 8703.5 kHz.

So I listened this morning on a few KiwiSDR stations.  I heard it on a more local one to me only on 8313 kHz. I tried a couple west coast USA KiwiSDR's. I heard XSL on all the above frequencies listed with very good signals. So it's still there, propagation is just not making it to central USA at this time.

HF Beacons / Re: Teotwaki's Morning Beacon Log
« on: February 04, 2019, 2227 UTC »
I haven't been following these beacons for a couple years, since I moved to a new location. I cannot yet find a way to put up an antenna here that will receive well in the 4000 kHz range.

Meanwhile, I finally started playing around with KiwiSDR stations on line. Selecting the Mojave Desert station, I can hear the various beacons close by wherever the receiver is. Also the W beacon on 4102.7 kHz.

At my old location a few years ago I could hear the TMP beacon around 4079.6 kHz. Apparently that one is defunct now? Also the beacon on 6668 kHz no longer seems to be there.

Gotta do more playing around with the Web SDR for now ...


HF Beacons / Re: Morning log
« on: January 02, 2015, 1824 UTC »
I haven't tried to hear the "A" beacon on 2097 yet but have not been able to hear any of the 4 MHz beacons in central Illinois yet this winter. I'll keep listening, though. Best times in the past have been a couple hours before sunrise during the winter. I've heard most of them in past years.

Is the "CO" beacon on 3449 kHz defunct? I haven't heard it in a long time and see it's not on the list of current active beacons.

General Radio Discussion / Re: I have found my calling
« on: October 06, 2014, 2139 UTC »
Not to mention Internet. "Why should I listen to it on a radio when I can hear it on the Internet?" (NOT my opinion.)  :-\

I keep hoping more people will discover shortwave radio and the adventures it holds.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Recordings
« on: October 06, 2014, 2137 UTC »
Several years ago I sent a reception report to Dr. Benway of Undercoverradio and he sent me a CD with the entire program plus a part that didn't get to be aired. I think he was transmitting from Jamaica at the time. I could make a copy of it, if that's OK with Dr. Benway.  8)

General Radio Discussion / Re: Long-Range direction finding
« on: September 16, 2014, 1541 UTC »
My Master's degree work was in using HFDF to locate transmitters using a single receiving site. By using the angle of arrival of signals from known transmitters with known exact locations, the unknown transmitter location could be determined within a few miles. That was in 1975. This is 2014. I have not followed up on technology advances in this area recently, but I imagine equipment has advanced considerably. Also, the FCC has multiple receiving sites, which would increase the accuracy. They would either have to guess the transmitting station's identity from their license records beyond that, or send a mobile unit to verify if they wanted to pursue the violation.

As was discussed in another thread here, the FCC doesn't seem to be too interested in going after SW pirates unless someone complains, and I am guessing that doesn't happen too often.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Avoiding the FCC
« on: September 16, 2014, 1530 UTC »
I agree with John Poet. It appears from my observations that the FCC, lacking manpower, doesn't go after the shortwave pirates unless someone complains about them. The SW pirates are generally not interfering with anyone else and not disrupting anything. They are not encroaching on anyone else's turf (except maybe another pirate occasionally, but mostly everyone seems to get along well).

Not so on FM. The licensed FM stations get pretty up in arms about pirates drawing listeners and they are quick to complain to the FCC. There is money involved there, so the FCC will possibly act on the complaint.

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