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General Radio Discussion / New Artem's World Music
« on: August 08, 2011, 1506 UTC »
I received this e-mail from Artem, a regular pirate DXer & program producer in Russia:

Hi all again,

Here:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/k2xq08

You can find my program prepared for relay by any pirate or just for listening of all who is interested in. It is dedicated to World Music. Hope, you'll like it.

Yours,

Artem

1712
It's great to see the CODAR move out of 60m, but I didn't realize that some channels were available for ham use!
I wrote to Josh Kohut a few years ago to complain about CODAR interference to tropical band stations. Thought you might like to read his very nice and informative response:

Andrew,

     Thanks for your interest in the site.  We at Rutgers operate 4 systems
along the New Jersey coast, one site on Block Island, and another on
Nantucket Island.

A few years ago when we started operating these systems we had some
communication with several shortwave radio listeners who asked that we try
and avoid the 60-meter band.  At that time we had four sites all operating
at different frequencies between 4.4 and 5.2 MHz.  The shortwave listeners
that we spoke with had the same request as you, to stay below 4.8 MHz.  So
in our applications to the FCC we applied for frequencies below 4.8 MHz as
well as the 4.8 MHz band.  We kept the 4.8 MHz band in the license because
that is a frequency that the FCC has asked to use in the past.

Since that time CODAR Ocean Sensors (the manufacturer) has developed some
new hardware/software that allows us to operate many sites at the same
frequency, without any interference.  This is great for everyone because the
4 frequencies we were occupying for four sites reduced to one frequency.  It
uses GPS timing (pretty cool stuff).

Up until this past summer we were able to operate all of our four sites in
New Jersey at 4.55 MHz and the two sites in New England at 4.47 MHz (well
below 4.8), taking advantage of the GPS synchronization.  This changed when
the FCC instructed us to discontinue our use of the 4.47 band and switch to
another frequency.  Our only other choice in the license was the higher
frequencies (around 4.8 MHz).  So we had to move the sites in Block Island
and Nantucket to 4.8.

We are only one out of several groups around the US (including Gulf of
Maine, Gulf of Mexico, San Diego, Monterey Bay, and the Gulf of Alaska) who
are operating these systems.  I am not sure how many of these other sites
are operating with frequencies in the upper 4 MHz region.  The interference
in Texas could be from any of these stations (including us).

These stations are being used by a diverse user group including us (the
geeky scientists), the Coast Guard, NOAA Hazmat, local police, k-12
education.  Because of the large user base, these systems are beginning to
multiply along the coast.  With this large number of systems being deployed,
there is a need for us, as a community, to explore primary bands with the
FCC.  These bands would include frequencies that you suggest (4.4-4.7 MHz).
This way we can't be kicked off like we were last summer.  This is a long
process, we have to go beyond the FCC to the ICU for approval.

Our intention is certainly not to interfere with your transmissions.  We
have tried in the past and will continue to try to work with shortwave
listening community so that we can both operate without interference.  If
you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Regards,

     Josh

1713
General Radio Discussion / Re: SPY VS. SPY 20th CENTURY STYLE
« on: August 02, 2011, 1207 UTC »
But were their cupcakes tasty?

1714
Hi Flibustier,
Sorry to reply here, but I don't have your e-mail address and I didn't see it in your profile. Could you send any information about your station for the 2012 edition of the Pirate Radio Annual to ayoder at hobbybroadcasting dot com  ? or

Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214
USA

Sorry I missed your show last night. I went up to the radio room & heard Captain Morgan blasting in on 6950, but unfortunately I didn't tune in any earlier.

Thanks for broadcasting & have a great day!
Andrew

1715
Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925u
« on: June 25, 2011, 1305 UTC »
Hi Lance,
This was KARR. Very few IDs & those that were played were electronic & difficult to copy unless you had a great signal.

1716
Cabinet Communications or Andrew Yoder...either will work.

Thanks!

1717
Update: After a few weeks of printer delays, the boxes of books finally arrived last night at 6. I printed some labels & have just started assembling & packing up the books. It'll probably take me a few days to get them all ready and out the door, but I hope to have most done tomorrow.

So, if you ordered and you're from the Northeast, expect your copy early next week. My guess is mid-week or late next week elsewhere. If you didn't order and want to, there are plenty of copies available right now :o)

Thanks!

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNIDS Last Night
« on: May 31, 2011, 1801 UTC »
LHH is possible on 6945. I recorded it overnight a couple of weeks ago & had a few very brief bits of music come through. Not enough for a report, but it's possible on the East Coast

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: unid 6.9255am?
« on: May 29, 2011, 0238 UTC »
Hi Mystery,
Thanks for the info about your station. Interesting all around. Maybe I'll hear you sometime.

I have heard LHH directly, but that was several times about a decade ago. In fact, I think those times were back on 6220. The times that I've LHH recently were via web receiver in the UK.

Thanks & have a great evening!
Andrew

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: unid 6.9255am?
« on: May 28, 2011, 2024 UTC »
Not necessarily. It might have been a relay. I've heard Liquid Radio relayed on 6900 by the Bowling League Relay Service earlier this year.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Captain Morgan 6925a
« on: May 26, 2011, 0143 UTC »
Nice sig, peaking at S9 here. Some loud QRN, but still good overall

Thanks for the show!
Andrew

1722
General Radio Discussion / Re: Did someone say 'karma'?
« on: May 23, 2011, 1336 UTC »
Yes, FRN is based in Joplin, MO. I think whether or not the FRN server is running pales in comparison to the 89+ people killed there. John Cruzan, who set up the FRN, has never been involved in any of this infighting, and has done an awful lot for pirate radio over the years, lives in Joplin.

These people's lives are a lot more serious than a cheap joke about whose server is down. I know that trying to keep pirates from fighting is like trying to restore peace to the Middle East, but could you give it a break for a day or so?

1723
Distant sounding with echoey guitar music & now vocals. Lots of static here, with t-storms having passed an hour or so ago. Occasional pescadore SSB QRM. Heard a little bit of talk, requested reports to HFU, IDs buried in static crashes, but got help from JonM (thanks!).

Have a recording of the show, if you're interested.

Please QSL...& thanks for the show!
Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214


1724
Fascinating article! I'd love to have a few months & some recording equipment down there.

1725
International shipping update: $5 shipping to Canada, $10 shipping to Europe, Japan, & Australia

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