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Messages - Rizla

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Signal is fading but often legible here, particularly when "Driver's Seat" was playing. Thanks for the show.

So, you're saying that it might be my own incompetence and lack of killer antenna, rather than my proposal? How dare you? ;-)

I get it, I get it. I was on the local repeater last night, none of the guys there (none of them were HF guys, just repeater guys) wanted to talk about that the sky isn't blue these days.

My whole thing is that I don't think anyone's made a model for this stuff. I think HF/VHF/UHF is the least of our concerns and problems. That's a side issue to the real human damage going on.

My other thing is that it's only on a board like this one that I could even voice a concern. The straight laces of Ham Radio don't want to listen to pirates, how are they gonna care that the sky isn't blue?

By the way, I thought I'd said this before, but huge kudos to Chris S.... As you said, Chris, it's "interesting".... 

[Edit: there is no forum/board like this one, and no community like the one here, on Earth AFAIK. Chris S got the job done. Again, kudos and a million thank you's that are thought all the time but too rarely said...]

Some of us have firefighter friends....

Thanks for putting up with my rants, as always!

The air pollution here is worse than last night, and the night before. We're a good distance from the forests burning on the West Coast.

Subjectively on HF, it seems that reception may be up a bit, and transmission dampened, so to speak. There were a lot of contests on today, and I heard a lot of people, but only made as far as Alabama on 100 watts tx/QSO-wise. At least four contacts in that state.  Now, whether that was due to lack of trying and/or the weird ash cloud hanging over parts of the southern/western US....? Dunno. I'll be talking on the radio tonight and hope to learn more about conditions out in CA.

[Edit: found typically curmudgeonly Eham discussion: https://www.eham.net/community/smf/index.php/topic,130877.0.html
AFAIK they were discussing the situation a few days ago. I wonder who has computer models for a situation like today? People who study
Volcanoes who are hams, maybe...?

Another Edit: It looks like a minor Mt. St Helens level out there tonight, and I am in Southern AZ...]

Propagation / Effects of fires and high altitude smoke on propagation?
« on: September 12, 2020, 2306 UTC »
I found this:

The Signal Propagation Effects on IEEE 802.15.4 Radio Link in Fire Environment

and a PhD thesis from Australia. I don't know if they've experimented on the kinds of high altitude smoke atmospherics over CA and the SW right now, which are turning the sun orange, blotting out the stars, and making the sun disappear behind grey before sunset.

The studies were 50 meters and up, for emergency comms. I didn't find much on HF effects.

Also found this map of current air quality:

Which is pretty lousy here, but nothing compared to the West Coast right now.

Mucho thanks in advance for any resources on the subject(s).

Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: September 11, 2020, 2137 UTC »
11175 (s7) and 8995 (s9) PARSONAGE (?) calling various parties, going nuts with EAM's today, many of them five minutes apart, at least 1/2 dozen in the past hour 2030-2130z. Anyone else hearing this? Is there a special event/exercise going on?

Another one just came on as I wrote this.

Edit (2147z): ... and another. Getting that echo-y thing going on both freqs which could be long/short path stuff, this may be  the most EAMs I've heard in an hour (?) They're on every five minutes, same voice and callsign (I don't think I have the callsign right...)

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6930 USB 0407 UTC
« on: September 06, 2020, 0409 UTC »
Barely S2 out here, but coming in loud and clear on Chris's SDR. "I always feel like somebody's watching me" (parody?), covid-related skits, music I don't recognize. Anyone hear this on the east coast? "Safety Dance" parody (?), "Wear a Mask"  at 0408!

"Hydroxy-clean" covid spoof ad @0417.

Equipment / Re: The WW2 Radio Shack
« on: September 06, 2020, 0349 UTC »
What a beautiful place, what an incredible project!  A real inspiration, shows what can be done with a lot of hard work and inspiration.

I'll bet you make some amazing catches out there.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Rock band Rush's homage to radio
« on: August 29, 2020, 1851 UTC »
Breathtaking and beautiful, thanks.

I wonder any of them were amatuer licensed. "YYZ" is the only morse code rock tune I know of.

One of the strongest signals here tonight, s9... great show of oldies, Wolverine ID @ 0045 UTC, usual crystal-clear great music. Enjoying the show!

Edit: The Mighty Wolverine spins/swims the Great River Theme with Neil Young, 0055!

S9 in Southern AZ, what a great signal and what incredible music! The return of the Mighty Wolverine, you are kicking ass, with one of the best record collections in pirate radio, which really is saying something.

Some killer swampy blues I don't recognize, a pleasure to hear! Thank you!

Very strong here, S7 at times. Unusual show!

[Applause from the balcony]....

Old school pirate radio the way it should be done. Killer signal. Killer content. You hit the US and someone said you made it to EU land. What an epic broadcast.

Once again, THANK YOU, DDJ.  Well f-in done. Thanks for the requests, too! But you had your own brilliant musical logic anyway... If you asked for requests, we just added to it, it was all your original trip.

Your guts to pull this off, and the continent-reaching signal, makes me think of KIPM. Really, really awesome to hear.

Epic, no other word for it. Needed during these crazy times. I think a lot of people heard this broadcast. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. May this happen again, soon!   


Got any Yardbirds or King Tubby? Play whatever you want, DDJ, you're on a roll!

Aretha "Respect" 0506...  Right f-in on!

Got Marvin Gaye, "Aint that peculiar"?

(Never mind... you've got Fleetwood Mac, @ 0509,  "Oh Well"... you almost read my mind... well done... go on! Long live Peter Green!

edit: Heart full of Soul 0512... Thank you for the request! You ROCK!
2nd edit: "Fame" (Lennon/Bowie) 0518.... keep kickin' ass

3rd edit: Marvin Gaye indeed! THANK YOU SIR!!! Killer show, thanks for the requests, maaaaaan!!!

Absolutely spectacular S9 show, killer songs and audio, my YL digs it, you are rocking Arizona! Thanks again, been a while since I've heard a marathon ass-kicker like this, bravo!

edit: 0437  Joe Walsh "Life's Been Good".... Life is good tonight thanks to you, WDDR!

Amazing S7+ sig out here, great audio as usual. Thank you for the show once again!

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