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North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: 5890Khz
« on: September 18, 2010, 2310 UTC »
Finally, a station ID! It's Spanish and so I couldn't tell what the ID was, but not sure if they are pirates or not given that they gave an ID. Anyone familiar with this station / freq at this time?

North American Shortwave Pirate / 5890Khz
« on: September 18, 2010, 2307 UTC »
I don't have a UTC time conversion chart in front of me right now, but if you tune right now to 5890Khz AM, you'll hear an unid pirate station playing "I Like The Way You Lie". Sig in Chicago is 20 over S9. 

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Shortwave Broadcast / Frequency Changes?
« on: September 12, 2010, 0818 UTC »
HF.org (David Hood's Site) must need SWL reports for updates badly!

I'm not being critical, but I looked up broadcasts for right now and not hearing anything for Sunday on the freqs listed. BUT, I am hearing broadcasts in between the freqs listed! I didn't make any notes, but unless my radio is off kilter (which I doubt because it's been well taken care of), I am getting activity for which there are no listings available.

Think I may have caught a pirate without ID too! Around 5020Khz, was an old Helen Ready song playing and then a spanish station took over the freq before the song could finish!   

Sept. 18th 2010
Turns out my radio isn't off kilter, and that Dave's site is extremely accurate. My problem was operator error. However, I did make a discovery that we should send our reports to Dave because some of what I punched up at the frequency schedule finder was inaccurate, but for the most part it wasn't terribly off.

Spy Numbers / Re: V2 Cuban Voice Numbers Station
« on: September 12, 2010, 0813 UTC »
2:30AM Chicago Time, Chicago, IL

5880Khz AM Voice Mode

Lots of QRN tonight, signal fading in and out. Numbers copyable for a sec or two and then fade or QRN smashes her.

03225 Missed the rest

12844 11015 13648 13692 06285 3456 02261 missed the rest

18084 54846 4866330 missed the rest

3:05AM / 3:08AM Chicago, IL

Now she's on 5900Khz even. screaming in with S9+20 to 35 over! They must be watching our reports here, I mean it's just uncanny how we come on here talking about nois eon the signal and now they're up just a few and screaming in like they're next door!

00216 95501 45963 24968 69285 moving a bit faster than last time.

All I can copy.

Spy Numbers / Re: V2 Cuban Voice Numbers Station
« on: September 12, 2010, 0734 UTC »
2:30AM Chicago Time, Chicago, IL

5880Khz AM Voice Mode

Lots of QRN tonight, signal fading in and out. Numbers copyable for a sec or two and then fade or QRN smashes her.

03225 Missed the rest

12844 11015 13648 13692 06285 3456 02261 missed the rest

18084 54846 4866330 missed the rest

All I can copy.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: 6.164.00 AM
« on: September 12, 2010, 0721 UTC »
Yeah, I think you're right. I heard it a few times since then. I'm using a Kenwood TS570-D.
Radio Nederland it is!

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: finding firedrake transmitter(s)
« on: September 12, 2010, 0719 UTC »
This should make all of you happy: I wrote a piece on Firedrake on the blog and included a link to this discussion, links used in this thread, added two youtube links; one of them the interview with Keith Perron of the man responsible for separating the audio channels used by Firedrake & making the only known CD quality copy of the Firedrake music used in the jamming episodes.

At the bottom of the post is the second youtube link which is actually embedded video of the above said CD quality audio of Firedrake.

I think you guys will love this! http://shortwaveamerica.blogspot.com

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This link will strip the audio and give you an MP3 for free.


Shortwave Broadcast / Re: 6.164.00 AM
« on: August 27, 2010, 0228 UTC »
Yeah, tried that. It didn't show me anything. I noticed this freq isn't even listed as a SWBC freq, so maybe a pirate? Or were the SWBC freqs expanded? I haven't heard of any changes other than to the 40 meter Amateur Band when they got the SWBC off of the 7175 to 7200 portion.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: finding firedrake transmitter(s)
« on: August 27, 2010, 0225 UTC »
I'm not sure if ever I've heard the firedrake out here with all the other things I've heard, but am wondering when the best time is in the U.S. to listen for Firedrake would be if the signal even gets heard on this side of the world.

I've gotten interested in Firedrake ever since I've read about it and would love to catch this some time. I know the great people of China, Taipei / Taiwan hear it quite easily. Thanks for this post! If anyone ever gets closer to finding the TX site, please post it everywhere you can. We'd all love to hear about it!

Shortwave Broadcast / Running Log From Tonight
« on: August 26, 2010, 0456 UTC »
Chicago reception reports:

9.790.00Khz - China Radio International / Chinese Broadcast with a signal of 20 to 40 over S9. Heard at 11:30PM Central time.

7405Khz - Jammer throwing the kabosh on what sounds like possibly a Spanish station. Lots of loud, strong, hash with this signal at 15 over S9. 11:32Pm Central Time

7273Khz - Arabic station received w/ weak audio but just with the noise level at a floor of 15 over S9. 11:33PM Central Time.

6174Khz - China Radio International, Chinese Broadcast. 11:34PM Central Time. 20 to 40 over S9.

MW AM Receive:

1690Khz - Talk Show in regards to Dr. Laura's recent use of a derogatory racial term. Sig is 5 by 7 and some music from a station on the same freq trying to compete for the frequency.

1530Khz - Sports Show sig 5 by 9 exactly

1510Khz - ?

1430Khz - Weak music station possibly? sig was 5 by 9 exactly

1420Khz multiple stations competing for the frequency

All the rest of the freqs all the way down to 500 Khz were the usual local stations and usual stuff from surrounding states most of you also hear not worth noting.


Shortwave Broadcast / 6.164.00 AM
« on: August 26, 2010, 0427 UTC »
11:25PM Chicago, Il (Central Time)

6.164.00Khz German broadcast with ID being given in German, ended with organ music. Signal varied from 20 over S9 to 40 over S9. Anyone know what station this is? It went off the air at exactly 11:26PM Central Time.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: Barnyard Radio 6930 U
« on: June 15, 2010, 1812 UTC »
Does anyone have a schedule for Barnyard or some idea when / where they can be heard?

MW Loggings / Radio Disney Signal
« on: May 09, 2010, 2344 UTC »
Has anyone noticed that Radio Disney has a really weak signal? Just prior to Christmas of 2009 I spoke with some of their staff members at a local community event and told them that even with a commercial grade receiver and an outside antenna up high that their signal was really hard to pull out.

They said they thought there may be a transmitter in my area but they couldn't rightfully remember.

Anyone else notice this? TUne 1300Khz AM and give them a listen.

Been listening to these guys playing classic rock / 70's type material and think I heard them ID as "Radio Relevant Shortwave" Signal is 5 by 9 swinging down to 5 by about 8 1/2 with rough audio due to band conditions in Chicago, IL.

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