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North American Shortwave Pirate / Radio Ga Ga 6925 at 0021Z Feb 26
« on: February 26, 2012, 0022 UTC »
Just signed on. S5 or S7 here with QSB.

0022 What's Going On - 4 Non-Blondes

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: EZI Station 6925 USB 2309 UTC
« on: February 26, 2012, 0021 UTC »
I've been hearing a "gurgling" sound right in the vicinity of 6925 for several days. It's not coming from anything in my home - I turned off all the power and ran the radio off batteries and it was still there. Tried another SW radio, too, and it was also receiving it. It goes away when I disconnect the antenna. It slowly drifts up and down around 6925 about a kHz either way. Any signals at all are hard to hear if they're weak. The EZI station I heard last night was pretty weak.

Several false starts with first few seconds of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones.

Finally started broadcasting. Great signal here, 40 over 9.

0124Z Games People Play, Alan Parsons Project
0128Z The Joker, Steve Miller
0132Z Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
0138Z ID
0138Z Don't recognize the song
0144Z Living On The Edge, Aerosmith
0148 The Pusher, Steppenwolf
0154 ID
0154 She's Got The Jack, AC/DC
0200 Can't You Say You Believe In Me , Boston
0204 Start of song I couldn't recognize, signal suddenly took a huge dive
0208 Can tell there's a carrier there now but cannot hear audio at all.

Thanks for the show!

North American Shortwave Pirate / Phonetics on 6925 USB 0635Z
« on: February 25, 2012, 0038 UTC »
I can only get about every third phonetic being spoken. They may spell out something but I can't tell. Lots of QRM from something "gurgling" on frequency.

I think it was supposed to be a parody of the Mossad "EZI" station.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio Ga Ga 6935 USB 2350 UTC
« on: February 25, 2012, 0026 UTC »
QRT at 0023Z. Thanks Radio Ga Ga!

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio Ga Ga 6935 USB 2350 UTC
« on: February 25, 2012, 0000 UTC »
Good signal here, S9 or better. Playing "The Mighty Quinn," I think the original by Bob Dylan.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: 6925.2AM
« on: February 24, 2012, 2355 UTC »
Definitely WBOG. I just heard the ID. Decent signal here tonight.

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 kHz Feb 23 2345Z
« on: February 23, 2012, 2353 UTC »
Very very weak here, I can tell there is a station in there playing music but can't hear it above the noise ...

Addendum - whatever it was was gone at 0000Z.

HF Beacons / Re: 4079khz TMP beacon
« on: February 22, 2012, 0028 UTC »
I got to listen this past weekend at a ham radio contest superstation in central Illinois. I had a 3 element 80 meter beam at my disposal and Elecraft K3's. Since ~5 am is in the contest doldrums, I listened around for the 3450 kHz "CO" beacon and various things around 4075-4096. I didn't hear anything. If I can't hear them on that station, I'm assuming conditions must really be bad for my area. Either that or some or most are off the air.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: WBNY 2/21/12 6.275am 23:10+ UTC
« on: February 22, 2012, 0022 UTC »
You must be closer to them than I am. QRM from 6270 completely drowning them out here.

I get the idea it's a spoof. I think E10 has gone the route of the Lincolnshire Poacher.

HF Beacons / Re: 4079khz TMP beacon
« on: February 14, 2012, 0447 UTC »
Curious ... do most of these run 24/7 or do some of them (like CO on 3450+-) get turned off sometimes? Nothing heard tonight again in this part of the spectrum. I've been hearing the Russian MX beacons around 7038-9 fairly consistently.

Equipment / Re: What Radio Did you start your listening hobby with?
« on: February 14, 2012, 0036 UTC »
My first SWL radio was a large portable transistor radio sold with the name "Passport" on it. I think my dad bought it and I quickly adopted it.

When I got my ham license in 1967 I picked up a Heathkit Mohawk receiver which only tuned the ham bands but I built a converter so I could tune the spectrum from 2 to 30 MHz. I've heard some interesting things on it and on other radios over the years.

One thing that surprises me - my very first numbers station was what we refer to as "V02" from Cuba on 4028 kHz. That must've been in the late 70's. V02 STILL uses that frequency!

Other / HAARP transmissions
« on: February 14, 2012, 0026 UTC »
I've been monitoring the HAARP transmissions from Alaska for quite a while. You can usually get a feel for what frequencies they are transmitting on by looking at the HAARP HF spectrum monitor waterfall at:


Look for the bright yellow bands such as those for the chart on Feb. 12, 2012. I can't get the exact frequency from the chart but I can usually guess within 100 kHz from it. On this chart, at about 0650Z it showed a band near 4500 kHz. That's where I found the signal - 4500 kHz. They changed the frequency at 0700Z and I found the new signal at 3250 kHz.

In this case the signal consisted of one continuous steady carrier with another carrier sweeping slowly up through the other carrier repeatedly every 10 seconds or so. That particular signal is fairly easy to find. In the past, they have also transmitted a series of carriers that would last 10 seconds and then move up in frequency 5.25 kHz over and over repeatedly in the range of 2.7 to 2.9 MHz.

Of course, there were the famous 7 MHz EME experiments a few years ago. I heard the moon echoes about 70% of the time.

HF Beacons / Re: 4079khz TMP beacon
« on: February 14, 2012, 0013 UTC »
I have been trying to hear this beacon and others in the vicinity of 4 MHz this winter with no luck. I believe central Illinois is on the fringe area of some of them but I have heard the TMP beacon, MO on 4077.4, Kelsie, Hexie and others in past years. This year nothing. I've been listening at least a few nights a week at several times during the night. Not a peep from any of them here.

Earlier in the winter I was hearing CO on 3449.8 or thereabouts. It would show up an hour or so after the sun set in the western USA and be copyable through the night. I haven't heard it in about a month now.

I'm still using the same antenna and radio (80m dipole and TS-850S). Must just be really poor conditions.

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