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FM Free Radio / Re: FM Pirates in Seattle, WA
« on: April 26, 2019, 1535 UTC »
Heard another FM pirate last night here in Seattle, again from my car while out tooling around. The frequency was situated in an area of the FM band where (IMO) it was least likely to cause any interference. Signal was fairly strong for what I roughly determined to be about a two to three mile radius.

The content was actually a bit of a mind-blower, as it was geared toward the hoax/rumor/whatever-you-want-to-call-it about Paul McCartney being dead. Select Beatles songs were played (from the Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and Abbey Road albums), interspersed with some of the backwards clips that allegedly contain "clues" to Paul's untimely death. (The Number Nine/Turn Me On, Dead Man, Cranberry Sauce/I Buried Paul).  :) I was able to listen for close to an hour, then had to head for home.

Spy Numbers / Re: V07 new sched April 2019
« on: April 21, 2019, 1528 UTC »
I also tuned to the 12218 broadcast yesterday via my own KiwiSDR here in Seattle. The signal was too weak to bother recording.

Thanks for providing the newest details.

« on: April 19, 2019, 1808 UTC »
Solar minimum is why there are cobwebs on my IC-7300, and why I've purchased a lot of new gear for my U/VHF radio setup.

HF Beacons / Re: 30 meter "One Second Dasher" at 10121.50 kHz
« on: April 14, 2019, 1616 UTC »
Thanks for your reply and for attempting to monitor the signal. I just checked it again, and it is still active. (I tuned into it using Token's Mojave desert KiwiSDR).

The signal is transmitting in the 30 meter amateur band. My experience with pirate beacons is minimal, but I've seen that most of them tend to avoid frequencies that are inside the amateur band.

Other / Re: 6990 LSB chanting, Febrarury 14, 2019 - 2300UTC
« on: April 07, 2019, 1408 UTC »
As copied for a couple of minutes on 07 APR, 0200 UTC, at my QTH: https://youtu.be/S7rNdn3nDW0

That is one very clear recording. Nice.

Software / Re: FLDIGI question re automatic, timed transmissions
« on: April 06, 2019, 2044 UTC »
OK, I finally figured out how to do this! To set up a timed transmission, do the following:

In FLDIGI, right click on a macro button, then paste the text you see below. Note that the "60" is the amount of time in seconds between transmissions and you can set it to any value that you want:



(Insert your transmission text here)


Once you click on the finished macro, the transmission will automatically transmit every 60 seconds, hands-free.

Software / Re: Black Cat ACARS version 1.0.0
« on: April 05, 2019, 1849 UTC »
I downloaded a copy of this program for my Windows 10 machine, using it in conjunction with my Yaesu FT-7900R and Signalink. I live near the flight path for planes entering and leaving SEATAC airport in Seattle. Your program works great. I'll get around to buying a copy soon. Thanks for posting the link to this. I'm not really an airplane signals hobbyist, but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys decoding signals of the airwaves.

Thanks for recording and uploading these videos, Token. I really enjoyed these recent HAARP experiments and thought that mixing in art with science was a particularly nice touch. I hope that more of these are planned for the future.

I tuned in earlier (and I'm listening to it right now). I heard "Ghost Town" by The Specials. Right now, "Is There Something I Should Know" by Duran Duran.

But, the signal is fairly muddy and fading in and out.

What equipment are you using?  You will need a decent antenna for Low Wave to have any chance of capturing Drift Net Beacons and not to mention a half decent CW receiver... ;)

I'm using my KiwiSDR with W6LVP magnetic loop antenna, or various other KiwiSDRs located around the planet. I also use my ICOM 7300 with Alpha Loop antenna. You'll note the use of only mag loops by me, as I live in a condominium that has zero tolerance/allowance for external antennas and those are the only types that seem to allow good sending and receiving in my indoor situation. But I have managed to do well with most signals, so far.

Sad news, indeed. I'm a huge fan of The English Beat, and all ska music, in general.

Requiescat In Pace.

HF Beacons / 30 meter "One Second Dasher" at 10121.50 kHz
« on: March 27, 2019, 2034 UTC »
I made a recording of a 30 meter "One Second Dasher" today, 03/27/19 at 1700 UTC.

Has this signal ever been logged here?

I've been monitoring in the evenings and early mornings before sunrise. So far, I've still not heard or seen anything. I've mainly been using my own KiwiSDR for this. It is pretty sensitive for the lower frequencies and I've copied known signals out of Russia from my Seattle, Washington QTH. But, I'm a patient person who feels that the hunt is 90% of the fun.

And yes, I'll certainly post any results here.

Today, I recorded a strange whistling sound on "The Pip" frequency at 3756 kHz.

I've been monitoring the 80 meter band after reading a post on Reddit from a user who claims to have heard the old Lincolnshire Poacher signal being transmitted there. While listening and studying the waterfall, I noticed an unusual signal on top of the Russian frequency holder signal "The Pip" at 3756 kHz. It stopped just shortly after I tuned to that frequency and started up my screen recorder. To my ear, the "whistling" sounds like it might be actually coming from the lips of a human being. Couple this with the fact that the "Poacher" has been heard on that band, it suggests to me that there are pranksters aplenty afoot on that band (and in the past, I have heard from others this section of the amateur band is notorious for a lot of weird activity from European amateurs).

Utility / Re: Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019
« on: March 26, 2019, 0045 UTC »
Great catch! Was it "bring your kids to work day"?  :)

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