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You know, now that I think about it, I find it kinda ironic that they would have such an advanced piece of antenna technology, but at the same time Allan is adamant about running only old transmitters after what happened to that MW-50. I imagine that array takes some hefty electric motors or something to rotate it, ought to be interesting up there seeing how the only power available onsite is single phase.  :o

Yea the story Allan told was that due to where they are and other factors no insurance company wants to even think about touching them. He also said that transmitter had just had a bunch of work done to it a few weeks prior to it deciding to have a complete meltdown to get it back up to good working condition (I think a lot of things up there are getting run down by the sounds of it). 7490 was the only frequency they have that was a full carrier AM, the others are reduced carrier SSB so they only need to make 50 kw PEP by fcc rules, not 50 kw of carrier for full AM SW stations. As far as I can tell from various websites with pictures of the transmitter site, they had the Gates MW-50 for 7490, then there was an old Collins of some sort in that same building with the Gates and also a TMC GPT-40, then in another building was another transmitter that appeared to be a hybrid of a TMC exciter with a Collins amp, then I believe I've heard on Allan's show that there was a third building that has the new Harris MW-50 for 3265 in it (this is a newer version of the transmitter that burned up). From some old info I found that Collins was the 9330 rig and the GPT-40 was used for their higher band service (17495?, 18910, 15420 I believe, possibly others) and the TMC/Collins was the 5130 rig, but then a recent episode of AWW he said that the 7490 transmitter building had the 5130 transmitter and the backup 7490 rig in it, so one of those (the Collins or the GPT-40) is 5130 and the other is now being run on 7490. Anyway, to make things even more interesting in the world of WBCQ, get a load of this:


EDIT: Not to mention all of this is going on right around the time that they loose what was probably their biggest income source (brother stair).

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: WBCQ 7490
« on: December 24, 2017, 2254 UTC »
The 7490 transmitter was the one that burned up and i know the other transmitters were ok (i believe the 9330 and the old 15420 transmitters shared the building with the 7490 rig and 5130 and 3265 were in separate buildings). As strong as they were coming in here, almost as strong as when they're running a full 50 kw, i figured maybe they had something rigged up to get a stronger signal out, other than a backup, which i believe a lot of their backup transmitters are medium sized military rigs (think T368/BC610 size).

Shortwave Broadcast / WBCQ 7490
« on: December 24, 2017, 2223 UTC »
What's the story on them after the transmitter fire? Coming in 20 over tonight during Marion's Attic, wasn't sure if they had worked out something to get back on full power or not.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: WRMI 9395//9455 kHz AM 2242 UTC 13 Sep 2017
« on: September 13, 2017, 2316 UTC »
From what was posted on Facebook last night, they're only running 100 watts on 9395 right now, instead of 100 kilowatts. 9455 I'm assuming is back on at full power but might be on a different antenna because i can actually hear and listen to it now, usually it's unlistenable and down below the noise.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« on: September 13, 2017, 0100 UTC »
They are back up on 9395 at very low power according to their Facebook page. I took a listen 15 minutes ago and they are there, but its just barely above the noise. Based on signal strength now compared to normal, they're running maybe 25 watts.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6925 AM 2315 UTC 3 Sep 2017
« on: September 04, 2017, 0020 UTC »
Solid S7 here with the occasional static crash. Audio sounds great.

Utility / KPH and KFS 0155 UTC July 13, 2017
« on: July 13, 2017, 0205 UTC »
Tonight is Night of Nights and both KPH on 12808.5 and KFS on 12695.5 are coming in great here. KFS is the better of the two, the 12000 khz frequencies seem to be the strongest of the bunch right now, but I'm also getting KPH on 6477.5, 8642, and I can faintly hear them on 17016.8, and I can hear KFS on 6365.6 and faintly on 17026. I can also hear what I believe is NMC on 6383 and 8574, and faintly hear what might be NMN on 8465.

If they were actually running 50 kw, they should blast into here since they are beaming pretty much right at me, of course that's all you do is assume they are beaming at 5 degrees and running 50 kw. Google maps satellite view of the address of the transmitter site shows a log periodic pointing more like 270 degrees instead of 5. Bing shows the same antenna pointed around 315 degrees. Doing a search on the FCC website shows the owner of WJHR is a ham so I bet the same equipment gets used for both his ham station and the broadcast station. Either way, if you're beaming towards me, I should be able the hear something better than a signal that's buried in the noise, especially since they're supposed to be running 50 kw. I've heard hams on 20 meters from down in Florida running only 1500 watts max that are stronger than this guy, I've even heard pirates with a more potent signal.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: UNID 6037 khz 0535 GMT 28 May 2017
« on: May 30, 2017, 1236 UTC »
Just because a station is on an oddball frequency doesn't necessarily make it a pirate. I have heard some clandestine stations that are a few khz off of the normal 5 khz spacing. Now I can't find anything suggesting there are any known Hebrew language clandestines but that doesn't mean that its completely impossible.

Hi !

I believe Media Broadcast is the company that actually owns the transmitters that Shortwaveservice used, 9690 was Nauen, Germany (former Radio Berlin International transmitter site) and 9620 was Moosbrunn, Austria (former Radio Osterreich? transmitter site).

Moosbrunn is owned by the ORS (=Oestereichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG) and not by Media Broadcast.
There´s still 80 minutes of ORF Radio Oesterreich 1 left on 6155 kHz (0500-0620 UTC) via Moosbrunn as a legal requirement for selling airtime to foreign customers.


Ok, at one time I had looked at a schedule on their website that listed all the programs and frequencies they said they broadcasted through their facilities and Moosbrunn was one of the transmitter sites, so I assumed they must've owned that one. So do they just own the Nauen site then act as a broker for airtime on other stations for what they don't have the capacity for? And one more question, what exactly is Shortwaveservice? The way I understand is they have their own 1 kilowatt site at Kall, but on their website it sounds like they also transmit programming from Nauen, Moosbrunn, and I believe one other side, maybe Sofia? The European HF broadcasting scene is a little confusing to someone on the outside, especially here in the states where most of the stations sell airtime directly to customers themselves and really don't contract out to reach other for transmission capacity.

Tonight was the only night all 5 stations were on together, Thursday and Friday were just WBCQ, RMI, and the two Shortwaveservice transmitters. I believe Media Broadcast is the company that actually owns the transmitters that Shortwaveservice used, 9690 was Nauen, Germany (former Radio Berlin International transmitter site) and 9620 was Moosbrunn, Austria (former Radio Osterreich? transmitter site). The part with BCQ and Shortwaveservice calling RCI was on all three nights, but it was so buried in the mix that you could barely pull it out, especially with the static crashes I had here and the fact I had multiple receives going to be able to hear all the different parts.

I'm assuming this is Boston Pirate Radio that I saw listed as one of the five stations involved in this broadcast, since the frequency matches what was said they would be operating on. I have then peaking at S7 here, while listening to the other 4 stations at the same time. Sounds very cool to have 5 radios going at once to be able to put it all together, since each station is transmitting a slightly different piece of the entire work. The other stations are WBCQ on 5130, WRMI on 11580, and Shortwaveservice on 9620 from Moosbrunn, Austria and 9690 from Nauen, Germany.

I was able to hear all 4 active frequencies (there was supposed to be 5, the 5th station was listed as Boston Pirate Radio on 6850 khz but I didn't hear them at all). Really cool to listen to all 4 at the same time, which is how I listened to most of the broadcast, once I figured out that all 4 stations were actually transmitting slightly different programs. I made a quick recording on my phone.


Shortwave Broadcast / Re: 7493 khz 2350 UTC 5/11/2017
« on: May 13, 2017, 0003 UTC »
Tonight the mystery station was back on the websdr (WBCQ was on so I couldn't check here) but on 7487 khz this time, listening closely I heard several mentions of Tibet and Tibetan, so I looked up the Voice of Tibet to see what the frequency they are on and sure enough on their website they have listed as being on 7495 khz (with a note to tune around since slight frequency changes are made regularly) from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Tibetan time, which is 2300 to 0000 UTC. So I'm almost certain that's what I was hearing.

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