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Well ... what did it say?

General Radio Discussion / Re: LiLo
« on: December 07, 2012, 0138 UTC »
I thought it was going to be about Lilo and Stitch.  ;D

General Radio Discussion / Re: Above Sea Level
« on: December 07, 2012, 0136 UTC »
740 feet ASL here. Average for this area is about 650. My favorite hill for amateur radio VHF/UHF/microwave hilltopping, about 45 miles from home, is at 987 feet ASL.

Utility / Re: 4655 khz 2250Z 13Nov12 -Italian?
« on: December 07, 2012, 0128 UTC »
The E10 Mossad transmissions ceased around March 1, 2011. None have been heard since. None of us mere mortals knows what happened to them or why.  :)

Utility / Re: 4885 khz USB bizarre Spanish voice scramble
« on: December 07, 2012, 0124 UTC »
That's not in a ham band. Very likely a spy numbers or utility station.

The ham bands (in the USA) are:
1800-2000 kHz
3500-4000 kHz
5332, 5348, 5358.5, 5373, 5405 kHz (five frequencies in the 60-meter band)
7000-7300 kHz
10100-10150 kHz
14000-14350 kHz
18068-18168 kHz
21000-21450 kHz
24890-24990 kHz
28000-29700 kHz

Sometimes you will hear anomalies in the ham bands that are not amateur signals. There are also segments of the ham bands used for various digital modes, so if you hear strange signals around e.g. 14070 you're probably hearing PSK31, Hellschreiber, MFSK16, Olivia, etc.

Outside the ham bands there are always strange and curious things to hear!

HF Beacons / Re: Dashers / Ditters 5 December
« on: December 07, 2012, 0113 UTC »
I just happened to stumble on one of these last night (Dec. 6 ~0400Z) while playing with my fairly new Softrock Ensemble II SDR receiver. It was on 4575 kHz. It may be a part of this network of ditters, too. I don't hear it right now (Dec 7 ~ 0100Z). I'll listan again later.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6930 USB 0123Z 12-01-12
« on: December 01, 2012, 0457 UTC »
It almost seemed like it was the same station I logged earlier on 6925. That station also was in USB mode, had long pauses between the songs and didn't ID. I can't say for sure they were the same station but there were similarities.

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6930 USB 0123Z 12-01-12
« on: December 01, 2012, 0128 UTC »
Just tuned in to station transmitting USB. Signal S5 to 20 over 9, QSB, some deep fades. Signal 35434.

Was playing female singer I couldn't identify when I tuned in, now playing "We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions" by Queen.
0135Z "Freeze Frame" J. Geils Band
0140Z "Lucille" Kenny Rogers, no ID yet. Either faded out or cut out mid-song.
0146Z "The Unknown Soldier" The Doors
0149Z "Hello I Love You" The Doors
0151Z "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" / "Five Hundred Miles" / medley by male vocalists. Signal fading down to nothing here. No ID I've heard yet.

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 USB 0100Z Dec 1
« on: December 01, 2012, 0116 UTC »
Great signals into Illinois, ranging from S7 to 20 over 9, some QSB. Playing Crosby, Stills and Nash songs. Will probably ID shortly. Signal 45444,

Seems to be either QRT or completely faded out at 0118Z. Never heard an ID.

I just repaired my 40m loop antenna, which came down over the summer, and also put up an 80m dipole. Now to work on the LowFER loop and E-probe antennas. I'm hoping we do have another good lowband winter!

Other / Re: "Chicken" on 6938.4 kHz USB 2355Z Nov 13
« on: November 14, 2012, 1934 UTC »
I suspected it was Link-11. I've been hearing it for decades. It does sound like a chicken to me.  :D

HF Beacons / Re: "L" beacon this morning 6668 KHz
« on: November 14, 2012, 1932 UTC »
Interesting. What I have been hearing the past few evenings was definitely an L with the little fraction of a dit just before the L sometimes. Sounded like a keying error. I don't know how the CW is being generated but there may be a small glitch in the generator.

I'll listen at other times for the other characters. Wish I had a 40 meter beam!

HF Beacons / Re: "L" beacon this morning 6668 KHz
« on: November 14, 2012, 0030 UTC »
Does anyone have an idea where this is located? Good signal here again this evening, 0030Z on Nov. 14. It was a little better last night but still S4-S5 tonight.

Other / "Chicken" on 6938.4 kHz USB 2355Z Nov 13
« on: November 14, 2012, 0016 UTC »
Not sure what the official name of this digital mode is; I've been calling it the "Chicken" for decades because of its "bwuk-bwuk-bwuk-bwaaaak" sound. Quite strong here tonight.

HF Beacons / Re: WM
« on: November 13, 2012, 0010 UTC »
I'm copying "L" quite clearly now (0000Z, Nov. 13). It is about S7 or S8 on 6668.0 kHz. Nice signal.

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