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Music starting to fade in and heard a clear shoutout to me. Thanks!

Spy Numbers / EAM 6739U, 3/8, 2200
« on: March 08, 2013, 2215 UTC »
Message in phonetics by OM with echo. Good signal.

Shortwave Pirate / El Buen Pescador (tent): 8989U, 2/19, 2220+
« on: February 20, 2013, 1528 UTC »
I've read logs of El Buen Pescador (The Good Fisherman) here. He's apparently a regular on this freq in this general timeframe. He's reportedly a fisherman from Nicaragua, who broadcasts to other other fishermen.

I don't know the stations on this frequency well enough to know who operates here. Fair signal with man talking in Spanish and also a number of songs. Sounds more like a Latin American version of a pirate than a licensed broadcast station. The songs were mostly ballads & lasted from about 2221-2232 UTC. Without an ID or more knowledge of this group, I don't know if it was El Buen Pescador or another guy from the group doing some broadcasting. Occasional loud adjacent-channel QRM--not sure if this was from aircraft (didn't check them out) ?

General Radio Discussion / NASWA Winter SWL Fest
« on: February 18, 2013, 1434 UTC »
A lot of the people who report stations here are far from Philly, but just in case anyone is interested, this is the only shortwave conference in North America and run by the only shortwave club in North America that still publishes a hardcopy bulletin.

About the Fest
March 1–2, 2013, Doubletree Guest Suites, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes, from DC to daylight. Every year scores of hobbyists descend on the Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania suburbs for a weekend of camaraderie. The Fest is sponsored by NASWA, the North American Shortwave Association, but it covers much more than just shortwave; mediumwave (AM), scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are among the other topics that the Fest covers. Whether you’ve been to every Fest (all 26, starting with the first year at the fabled Pink & Purple Room of the Fiesta Motor Inn) or this year’s will be your first, you’re sure to find a welcome from your fellow hobbyists.

For 2013, the Winter SWL Fest will have two days of sessions where you can learn about the latest developments in the radio listening hobbies, but there’s so much more going on. There’s a silent auction that takes place, where you’re bound to find something of interest. There’s the Hospitality Suite, where attendees partake of tuning oil and other treats and engage in spirited conversations. There is the closing Banquet, with after-dinner remarks by a luminary from the field, often one of the many broadcasters who attend the Fest, followed by the raffle, where you could win one or more of the dozens of prizes, ranging from pens from stations up to top-notch communications receivers. And of course, the infamous midnight ride of Pancho Villa that closes things out every year.

Fest registration information:

If you wish to download and print the registration form and mail it in, you’ll find it here. Note the new mailing address for 2013!

If you wish to register online and pay with Paypal, you’ll find that page here.

Hotel reservation information:

You can reserve a room at the special $97 Fest rate using this link.  IMPORTANT — this steeply discounted rate is only available until February 12th — after that, the room rate may be much higher.

Your hosts, Richard Cuff and John Figliozzi, work throughout the year to ensure that attendees have a great time over the weekend, and by all accounts, they succeed stunningly. How else could this event have lasted for 26 years (egad) and draw people from around the world to southeastern Pennsylvania? Won’t you join us?

General Radio Discussion / Some news from pirates
« on: February 18, 2013, 1407 UTC »
I sent out a bunch of PRA entries yesterday & received an e-mail back from Graham Barclay of KIWI Radio almost immediately (an old KIWI show was relayed last year). He was *really* excited about it and asked me to send word around that he would like to have his programs relayed in North America again. KIWI was an AM/FM/SW pirate from New Zealand that was relayed here in the '80s & '90s. For those of you who weren't listening in the mid-'90s, he later got an SSB transmitter & was regularly audible across Europe and North America, relaying dozens of pirates. KIWI was probably heard by more people than any other SW pirate of the past 25 years. Very cool to see that he's alive & well (and still interested). His e-mail is  kiwiradio /at/ xtra.co.nz

I've also heard from two other stations who sent programs to me on cassette who would be interested in relays. I don't know if they want it publicized that they want relays, so I'm not mentioning their names here. Contact me if you're interested in relaying. I'll copy the cassettes to .MP3.

Finally, Bart Sambo of XEROX, Radio Duplicado, asked me to tell people that the station will be returning to the air again soon. It's been about 15 years since he's been on.

Hearing music & heard a few electronic IDs. Weak, but not fading & audio seems to be cutting through
Thanks for the show!

Others in NA are hearing this a lot better than I am, but I have the carrier, with occasional peaks of audio.
Maybe some other people can tune in & hear it, too.
Thanks for the show!

Pretty good sig, sometimes peaking as high as S7. Evidently, music by the Dutch band BZN. Could hear announcements, but not quite strong enough above background noise for me to copy without headphones. Evidently from Europe because the signal was 55545 in Ukraine!
Thanks for the show!

Shortwave Pirate / 6951, 2/10/13, 2235+
« on: February 10, 2013, 2237 UTC »
Really weak signal. Just as I was starting to check the WRTH to see if there is a Chinese regional on the frequency, the signal faded in a tiny bit better & I realized it was Ted Nugent "Stranglehold." So, I put the WRTH back.
Thanks for the show!

I've had audio coming through for about the past half hour, just a hair under being consistently intelligible. Programming is all recordings of conservative US preachers. I was hoping to catch an ID at 2200, but the program seems to be rolling through.

10/11 meters / KOA: 25950 FM, 2/9, 1700
« on: February 09, 2013, 1709 UTC »
KOA weather, traffic reports, ads, upcoming events at the Coliseum. I can not get the Drake to decode this in FM, so I've been trying to listen in distorted AM with the Sync detector on. Audio seemed to drop a couple of min ago, at about 1706.

Shortwave Pirate / WUBR (Ultimate Blizzard Radio): 6950, 2/9, 0057+
« on: February 09, 2013, 0105 UTC »
Nice signal here with Pink Floyd mx playing & restarting a few times. ID by man at 0105.

Op said a few min ago that he'll be QSLing reports through HFU & that he doesn't have an e-mail address or maildrop, but he'll be working on the details to get QSLs out to people. Also apologized for tech problems & said that the equipment hasn't been on the air in a long time.

Please QSL
Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214

Shortwave Pirate / Unid: 6925.2, 2/9, 0020+
« on: February 09, 2013, 0058 UTC »
I've been listening to this one for about 30 min or longer. Audio has faded in since the "Train in Vain" unid station came on & left. Just long instrumental songs of different genres. Right now, a techno-ish song, but a while ago it was a light jazz song with lots of sax solos. Haven't heard any IDs, but still listening...

Wait. I just lost it at 0056. I guess that was the sign off because I'm not finding a carrier.

Please ID...

Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214

Shortwave Pirate / Unid: 6925, 2/9, *0021-0024*
« on: February 09, 2013, 0024 UTC »
Signed on over top of unid station on 6925.2 with "Train in Vain" by The Clash. Very strong, but just played that one song & off.

General Radio Discussion / 2013 PRA prelim thanks
« on: January 27, 2013, 1929 UTC »
Hi all,
First of all, I thought I'd thank Pirate Radio Boston & Mysterious Mystic Radio for writing and sending programs so that I can do better entries and have studio-quality audio for the 2013 PRA CD. If any other stations want to do the same, that would be great. If not, I'll soon be e-mailing stations with entry info, etc. The station e-mails will probably start going out in the next week or two (but I've still got a lot of entries to finish, so it'll be a while until they're all out).

I've been writing a lot over the past month, getting audio files together, and trying to reduce my learning curves on InDesign & a newer edition of Photoshop. We'll see when I'm closer to having it ready for the printer...


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