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Hi Scott,
This one was to the best of our knowledge an unid that was called the "Dear Leader" or "Great Leader" station by DXers. It was all about the change in leadership in the DPRK & included a few SSTV images of propaganda posters:


Have a great day!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Dr Who 6925 USB
« on: April 23, 2012, 1649 UTC »
I recorded it from start to finish last night, just after Undercover Radio

Topics: FAA allowed unmanned drone aircraft in US airspace and talking about rights of building tall towers or , "yeah, I have flown planes, too. You've gotta do a lot of things, being Dr. Who...you've got to be a very able-minded, able-bodied, capable person." Said a listener from overseas was tuning in.
      * Sponsers for pirate broadcasting...and fake ads on "King of the Hill"
      * Not using gmail because the messages there are mined for advertising topics. They might get one overseas sometime
      * Software encryption for privacy
      * Broadcasting messages into space...and the UN could close someone down for doing it. talktoaliens.com, a 10-mW way to "talk" to aliens
      * Greenbelt, WV, and someone who was closed down for having wireless speakers in that area
      * Mensa & a 5-year-old who was admitted. Also, an unemployed smart guy he knows who doesn't do anything
      * Coney 2012
      * Religious broadcasting and the money in it
      * Awful stuff on YouTube and how there are fewer broadcast engineers and mechanics and they're getting older
      * Child support and how it works with health insurance
      * L. Ron Hubbard & Scientology
      * Radioactivity of cobalt & stories
      * Facebook
      * Things not to do to avoid being a terrorist suspect
      * and more

ID: "Dr. Who and Friends Pirate Broadcasting from the Tardis. We're not broadcasting from the middle of nowhere. We're always somewhere...we might be one second into the future, you know...or 20 years in the past"

Nice sig here. Not huge, but solid, and no fading. I have a recording if the op (or friends) are interested. Dr. Who was strong, but his friends (two, I think) were much weaker and difficult to copy. My one request is to raise the levels on their mics next time.

Receiver: Drake R8
Antenna: Inverted V cut for 6300 kHz

Thanks for the show!

Please QSL:
Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214


Equipment / Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter 80-10m FS
« on: April 18, 2012, 2355 UTC »
I posted this ad on the FRN & FRC for sale areas, but I'm not sure if anyone is checking them on a regular basis. My apologies if this is the wrong place to post a classified ad. I'll delete it if everyone would rather it be removed. Otherwise, just contact me with questions, etc.

1960s Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter $40 + shipping. This is one of a few different crystal-controlled AM/CW novice transmitters from the ‘60s that pirates collectively called “shoebox transmitters” in the ‘80s & early ‘90s.

Condition: Missing the case & original knobs have been replaced. How could someone lose the case? I ran it into a dummy load and it fires up fine. Not sure exactly how much power it’s putting out, but I think it was about 30-40 watts peak on 43m & maybe about 10-20 watts on 15m (21 MHz)

The audio to this transmitter is input through an obsolete microphone connector on the back. I alligator-clipped an audio cable to the transmitter (bypassing the connector) and played music. The modulation sounded OK…screen modulation, restricted for voice use, and using the carrier-controlled scheme.

Application: I could see someone really enjoying using this as either a first transmitter or for use on the higher-frequency bands. It’s a great price for all of the frequencies in which this could be used. Because it’s missing the case, it’s not exactly a good transmitter to either let sit where anyone could touch it while it’s operating or for mobile operation. I could imagine it being kept at someone’s cabin or powered shed…it uses 110 VAC, but only draws about 90 watts in, so it could be run on a battery & most inverters as well.

Reliability: Didn’t hear any hum from the electrolytic caps, so my thought is that they’ll last for years. But if you want to be safe, replace them. I didn’t test the tubes, but the crystal oscillated, audio sounded decent, and the power output seemed pretty good, so I didn’t feel like there was a reason to test them.

Media: Photos available upon request. I might be able to do a video, too. Still experimenting with that…

Shipping/packing: I’m planning to double box it. These don’t weigh much for “boat anchors,” I’ve seen them listed at about 19 lbs. online, apparently mostly the power & modulation transformers.

I'll include a copy of the manual & a couple of FT-243 crystals

Here, too, with an excellent signal. Audio seemed to be breaking up in at least one spot. Have a recording if the op's interested.
Thanks for the show & please QSL...

Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214

Shortwave Pirate / Re: CQD TITANIC 6955 AM
« on: April 15, 2012, 0045 UTC »
HUGE steady S9+20 signal here, possibly the strongest AM pirate sig that I've heard here in this house with the R8. No fading, no static. I recorded it, but I don't have a CW decoder and I never learned to copy CW, so if I don't have any program details, but if Dit Dah Radio would like to have a recording to verify the report, I can e-mail it.

Please QSL...
Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214

Thanks for the cool & novel transmission!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: 6925 USB Red Mercury Labs
« on: April 14, 2012, 0323 UTC »
Just tuned in to "Light My Fire" & shout outs to different people. Said 150 watts. e-mail address, nice to hear again. Now "Love Me Two Times"

Thanks for the show!

Just letting you know that the 2012 Pirate Radio Annual is *finally* going to the printer and is available for advance sales. This year’s edition contains an interview with Harri Kujala, a comparison of Channel Z transmitters by Chris Smolinski, an in-depth look at the shortwave activities of The Minority Association (Resurrect Dead) in the early ‘80s, and more bits. Of course, it also contains the beginner’s shortwave listening information and biographical entries on 154 shortwave and (in one case) AM pirates heard in North America in 2011 and also on 20 of the most widely heard (in North America) European pirates. It contains 94 images from 92 different stations.

This year’s edition is 186 pages, but because I reduced the point size slightly, it contains much more information that the previous years’ books.

Of course, the book also contains an audio CD, with 71 minutes of audio from 79 different pirates. Almost all of the audio was either created or broadcast in 2011.

The advance price (until May 10) of the 2012 PRA is $15 + $3 shipping in the US ($4 shipping to Canada, $10 to Europe, Australia, Japan, etc.). After May 10, the price will be $16 + shipping.

The money can be sent via PayPal to: info /at/ hobbybroadcasting.com and checks or money orders can be sent to:

Cabinet Communications
POB 109
Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214

Thanks to all for your patience and assistance!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6955 AM 0007 UTC
« on: April 09, 2012, 0042 UTC »
Sounds like the WDCD Amway show, from reading the logs

European Pirate / Re: 6290 2230 UTC Spaceman Radio
« on: April 09, 2012, 0026 UTC »
Just tuned in about 0025. Haven't heard an ID yet, but assume it's still Spaceman. Really nice signal here, probably up around S7-S8 or so.

European Pirate / Re: Cupid Radio 21460 1435 UTC
« on: March 31, 2012, 1506 UTC »
Sig here is all over the place with dance music. Really long, slow fades, but it's had some moments where it was up around SIO:354. Also playing SSTV pics, but I can't synch any of them.

Thanks for the show!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 3223 kHz ~0320z
« on: March 31, 2012, 0148 UTC »
Joe: Awesome catch & great detective work. I've never heard of a true Part 15 station being heard so far away (whether via a harmonic or the fundamental). It's what, about 150 miles away from you?

European Pirate / Re: Fox Radio 6308 USB 0010 UTC
« on: March 31, 2012, 0021 UTC »
Yeah, there are enough peaks that I can definitely hear that a station is there, but not enough continuous audio to identify anything. The noise is really rough tonight! Thanks for the tip (CS) and the broadcast (Fox)!

European Pirate / Re: Mike Radio 21455 AM 1356 UTC
« on: March 30, 2012, 1424 UTC »
I have no idea if it's audible at my house, but I turned on the recorder before I left for work this morning...

Shortwave Pirate / Re: 30's music 6925 am mode 00:58 UTC
« on: March 30, 2012, 0119 UTC »
Big sig here, up over S9, but a lot of T-storm noise. Recording...and listening while finally doing a little shack cleaning.

Thanks for the show!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio Ronin 6850 AM 0010 UTC
« on: March 28, 2012, 0052 UTC »
Excellent here. Listening on the SX-96 while installing curtains. Seems like more mainstream '60s/'70s pop/funk/soul/etc. than the typical RRS rock fare

Thanks for the show!

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