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Tried one of the Brazilian web receivers (the SB Campo one). Tuned into AC/DC "Back in Black," some technical difficulties & a male announcer is now saying "Hello, hello" etc. Mic feedback with dog barking in the background. Went off, but not sure if it'll come back.

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6930 AM 1719 UTC 10 Feb 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 1722 UTC »
Rush "Spirit of Radio" off mid song, after a loud grounding sound. Pretty good signal on Jumonville, PA SDR

MW Free Radio / Unid: 1710 2215 UTC 26 January 2019
« on: January 26, 2019, 2222 UTC »
(Still!) laying out the Pirate Radio Annual & didn't hear anything on 43m, so I tuned 6200-6300 (nothing) & decided on a whim to check 1710. Have a station with older (maybe '50s or '60s?) country ballads coming in decently. Male DJ came up for a bit, but not quite strong enough to copy. I'm recording it now, but I might check the car to see if it's stronger there. When I came over to post the logging here, I saw the notice posted last night about the station to expect either last night or tonight. I guess this is it? Haven't heard of many country music MW band pirates.

Really faded & I'm just getting occasional bits. Around 2233, I got a few bits of a '50s pop song that I think I know, but need to hear a bit more of it to ID

2238: Sounds like some PSAs, but I'm not sure if these are the pirate or the Hudson Co. NJ TIS

2245: The Shirelles "Chapel of Love"

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 USB 0607 UTC 19 Jan 2019
« on: January 19, 2019, 0611 UTC »
"The Patriot Network" with conspiracy theories about the government shutdown. Into Pink Floyd "Money" VG signal. Off for about 30 seconds & then Pink Floyd "Us & Them." Pink Floyd "Time" at 0622. SSTV image about a minute into the song. I don't have MMSTV running, so I guess I'll check it out tomorrow. Back to "Time." Nice to hear such a good signal so late

Shortwave Pirate / OTR unid 6770 AM 1350 UTC 12 Jan 2019
« on: January 12, 2019, 1358 UTC »
Best signal I've heard from the OTR unid in probably 2 years. Clear copy. Sounds like a western right now

BTW, it was an episode of Dangerous Assignment. At the end were NBC chimes & promos for other shows, like Fibber McGee & Molly. The next show was a thriller with organ music

SDR - Software Defined Radio / Noisy WinRadio power supply
« on: January 04, 2019, 2258 UTC »
My WinRadio is much noisier than my R8 or R-5000. Just wondered what you guys do to reduce the noise floor. I haven't heard many people talk about computer/electrical noise with these, but it's fairly significant (typically around S6 or S7 on 43m)

MW Free Radio / Unid: 1710 2310 UTC 31 December 2018
« on: December 31, 2018, 2327 UTC »
Driving around & heard a couple of brief fade-ups of pop ballads with female vocals. First I've heard anything like that in hours of listening to 1710 kHz over the past two years or so

Shortwave Pirate / Unid: 6924.9 1238 UTC 17 December 2018
« on: December 17, 2018, 1241 UTC »
Carrier with bits of audio coming up. Sounds like a couple of voices at once. Haven't caught enough to really follow anything, but it reminds me of when I've heard spurs around 6275 in the past--except that I've never heard a spur on 6925. So, I assume it's a pirate

Off around 1245

Good carrier occasional weak music audible

General Radio Discussion / Global HF Weekend, November 2-4, 2018
« on: October 21, 2018, 1241 UTC »
Posted this on my blog a couple of days ago:
The Global HF Weekend is coming up November 2-4, 2018. The GHFW occurs the 1st weekend in April and the first weekend in November every year. The idea is that it's a set time for listeners and stations to try testing to different parts of the world. Over the past few years, the high frequencies have not been great for propagation between Europe and North America, but stations have still been able to reach other continents by operating at other times, etc.

An interesting twist this year is that some hardcore DXers will be listening over the weekend from Prince Edward Island. These guys primarily DX on medium wave and their logs are phenomenal. They literally logged at least 30 countries on medium wave. They also actually heard a number of pirates on the band, including Radio Calypso, Monte Carlo Radio, Bluebird Radio, Radio Doctor Einstein, Witte Tornado and the Lady, and Polkaman. I wonder how many pirates from Europe or North America will test anywhere from 1611 up to about 1720 or 1730 kHz for this DXpedition? Whoever does so has a great chance to be heard in PEI, Canada.

Of course, others will be listening on shortwave, and I'm looking forward to hearing who might turn up. I plan to be updating this blog with information about the weekend and also about Halloween coming up. If any stations send schedules to me, I'll post them here [on my blog] without station names for security reasons.

Shortwave Pirate / The Relay Station 6880 1600+ 11 October 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 1611 UTC »
Excellent signal w/a variety of rock music. I'll start recording when I get back home

Lots of static, but some audio making it through. Would be listenable if not for the constant static crashes. Lite music & crooners going back to the '30s for some songs

These types of stations tend to disappear quickly & no one logged it in the past two days, so I thought I missed it. I remembered to turn on the radio this morning before work & I let the recorder run. Just checked the recording. Around 1300, the Coolidge clips started to come through & lasted for about an hour before fading out. The mast of my inverted V got taken out in the first Nor'easter this month, so I'm sure it's not working optimally. Signal was fair at best. BTW, I'd never have figured out that this was Calvin Coolidge just from his voice.

Next Global HF Weekend: March 30, 31, and April 1, 2018
It's still a couple weeks away, so be sure to mark the next Global HF Pirate Weekend on your calendar.

The idea behind the Global HF Weekends are to promote friendship through radio around the world. The hope is that listeners will be able to hear different stations and for broadcasters to reach distant locations. Anyone may participate.

The last one, which occurred during the first weekend of November 2017, was very successful. A handful of North American stations were reported on Europe and vice versa. And South American stations were heard in the North. Other stations were active specifically for the weekend, but just for a local or regional audience.

We'll see how many stations show up during the next GHFW. It seems unlikely that stations will be using 13 meters this time and much more likely that stations will be trying the 6900-kHz range and possibly 31 and 25 meters.

March 30, 31, & April 1, 2018
Maybe 15010-15090 kHz, probably 6200-6400 kHz and 6800-6990 kHz

Of course, these were general frequency ranges used by pirates during prior Global HF Pirate weekends. Some stations will surely operate on frequencies and times outside of these ranges. In fact, the way conditions have been lately, frequencies at or below 15 MHz seem like they will be more effective for intercontinental broadcasting. These will be updated on the Hobby Broadcasting (http://hobbybroadcasting.blogspot.com/) blog as it happens and also check the loggings on HF Underground (https://www.hfunderground.com/).

Warbly sound on freq--the carrier? Music by Joe Walsh, CCR, & TRex so far

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