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5071
Utility / Re: Greenland 518 kHz NAVTEX Dec 13, 2012 0520Z
« on: December 18, 2012, 0154 UTC »
NMW Astoria, Oregon in the overnight logs, a new one for me.  Good copy between 0750-0810 with several short messages.  I'm amazed how well these stations get out.  Anyone know what kind of power they put out?

Good question.

Tried to look it up, but not much found. Came somewhat close-ish on p10, which suggests 100-1kW depending on range desired.
http://www.sjospeider.org/navguide.pdf

Looks like Greenland recently received some new NAVTEX transmitters:
http://www.danphone.com/Files/Filer/Pdf/News_Dec10.pdf

Those are the 1 kW model:
http://www.danphone.com/Products/Radio_Communication_Systems/Navtex_Transmitters.aspx

Details:
http://www.danphone.com/Files/Filer/Pdf/Danphone%20NAVTEX%20System.pdf


Found a couple of other xmtrs and they vary from 75 W to 3 kW.

Some info on the Iqaluit, Canada station (but no power):
http://www.iho.int/mtg_docs/com_wg/CPRNW/WWNWS4/WWNWS4-3-2-XVII_XVIII.pdf

Nice little chart at the end showing their pattern. Pointed away from here, so now I have to try to get them. ;)

Unless there's a list floating around, perhaps its time to send off a bunch of reception reports and see if they stick it on there.  Planning on doing that myself. Need to sort & assemble a useful list of stations for sending reports, then find their addresses.




5072
S8-S9. With some great music.

2209Z 25422 S6 IS (La Marseillaise)
2214Z 25422 S6 ID "You are listening to Radio Casablanca". Gave email address.
2215Z 25422 S6 D Wilson "Knock On Wood"
2216Z 25422 S6 Kitty Kallen "Like The Moon Above You"
2218Z 25422 S6 "Blue Champagne"
2222Z 35423 S7 The Ink Spots "I Cover The Waterfront"
2225Z 35423 S7 Edith Piaf "Tu Es Partout"2229Z 35423 S8 Ella Fitzgerald "Stormy Weather"
2231Z 35423 S8 ID "You are tuned to Radio Casablanca" Gave email address for reception report.
2234Z 35423 S8 Benny Goodman "Let's Dance"
2237Z 35423 S8 Frank Sinatra "Blue Skies"
2240Z 35423 S8 ID "This is Radio Casablanca"
2242Z 35423 S8 George Formby "Imagine Me In The Maginot Line"
2245Z 35423 S7 Shirley Temple "Animal Crackers In My Soup"
2248Z 35423 S8 The Andrews Sisters "Three Little Fishies"
2250Z 45423 S9 News report of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
2259Z 35423 S7 ID "This is Radio Casablanca"
2259Z 45434 S9 Kay Kyser & His Orchestra "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition"
2302Z 45434 S9 "You're A Sap, Mr. Jap"
2304Z 45434 S9+ Carson J Robison "Remember Pearl Harbor"
2307Z 45434 S9 ID "You are tuned to Radio Casablanca" Gave email address for reception report.
2308Z 35433 S8 Kate Smith "The Last Time I Saw Paris"
2314Z 35433 S8 Bette Midler "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
2316Z 35433 S8 ID "You are tuned to Radio Casablanca" Gave email address for reception report.
2317Z 35433 S8 Dinah Shore "A Boy In Khaki, A Girl In Lace"
2320Z 35433 S8 Billie Holiday "I'll Be Seeing You"
2331Z 35433 S8 Benny Goodman "How High The Moon"
2334Z 45434 S9 Lew Stone & His Band "Cheek To Cheek"
2337Z 35434 S8 ID "You are tuned to Radio Casablanca" Gave email address for reception report.
2338Z 35434 S8 Noel Coward & Robb Stewart "Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans"
2341Z 35434 S8 The Andrews Sisters Featuring Bing Crosby "Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin"
2344Z 35434 S8 Ethel Merman "Marching Through Berlin"
2348Z 35434 S8 "The Deepest Shelter In Town"
2350Z 45434 S9 Vera Lynn "We'll Meet Again"
2554Z 35434 S8 Interval signal. Signing off.
2355Z Off air



Perseus SDR with Wellbrook ALA1530S+ loop

5073
Utility / NML4 25.2 kHz Dec 16, 2016 2130Z
« on: December 16, 2012, 2200 UTC »
Strong signal on 25.2 kHz. From research, this is NML4, a USN transmitter in LaMoure, ND (west of Fargo a little ways) running 500kW.

Signal is coming in very strong, a solid S9.

Also see what looks like other signals centered on 24.0 & 24.8 kHz. According to http://www.smeter.net/stations/vlf-stations.php

24.0 is a USN station in Maine and 24.8 is a USN station in Washington state.

When turning the loop, the bearings of the nulls were consistent with their stated locations.


12/17 0050Z:  Picking up a nice strong signal for NAU on 40.75 kHz down in Puerto Rico and possibly a very weak NPM from Hawaii on 21.4 kHz.




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5074
Utility / Re: Greenland 518 kHz NAVTEX Dec 13, 2012 0520Z
« on: December 16, 2012, 1717 UTC »
Got Bermuda (4B) early this morning, as well as Prescott (4H), Cambria (12Q), Thunder Bay (4P), New Orleans (4G), San Juan (4R), Portsmouth (4N), Tofino (12H), Sept-Isles (4C), and Miami (4A).

This was with the antenna NE-SW (roughly 30-210 deg).

Tuned to 490 around 03Z and picked up several messages from Sydney (4J). Not overly strong, but good enough.


5075
Shortwave Broadcast / Re: The Mighty KBC - 9450kHz 12/15
« on: December 16, 2012, 0218 UTC »
There are a bunch of noise blobs like this all over 31m, its not the Bulgarian transmitter.

Do you see/hear it too? If so, that would be "good" in that I'm not going to hunt for it around here, yet definitely bad in that its everywhere.


5076
North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: 0046z 6925USB unID 12/16/12
« on: December 16, 2012, 0052 UTC »
0047Z 25422 S5 ID "Wolverine Radio"  Noise S4.  Signal WAY down again this time. Normally a solid S9 or better, but now only a bit above the noise.
0047Z 25422 S5 "The Thrill Is Gone"
0050Z 25422 S5 The B-52's "Love Shack"  
0059Z 25422 S5 ID "Wolverine Radio"
0006Z 25422 S5 The Pretenders "Middle Of The Road"
0009Z 25422 S5 Eric Clapton "Crossroads"
0013Z 25422 S5 ID "Wolverine Radio"
0013Z 25422 S5 The Clash "Brand New Cadillac"
0015Z 25422 S5 Joan Armatrading "I Can't Lie To Myself"
0123Z 15421 Mostly in the noise now.




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5077
Oh man! I had zero signal of this one.  :'(

Definitely recognized the WLOL jingles as used to listen to this station back in the 1980's, when they didn't suck.

5078
Shortwave Broadcast / Re: The Mighty KBC - 9450kHz 12/15
« on: December 16, 2012, 0030 UTC »
Signal strength is up, but as luck would have it, a big blob of noise moved in from 9450-9456.

Listening in sync-AM/LSB, the modulation still seems to be low. Hard to hear, even though the carrier is doing well.




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5079
Utility / Re: Greenland 518 kHz NAVTEX Dec 13, 2012 0520Z
« on: December 15, 2012, 1416 UTC »
Yes, it looks like you did. Too bad they didn't have more to say.

Last night heard San Juan (R), Portsmouth (N), Sept-Iles (C), New Orleans (G), Prescott (H), and Thunder Bay (P).

Tonight will try NW-SE and see if Bermuda comes in.


5080
Very good!

How well does it do during the night?

Haven't tried 490 here yet. Been busy with 518 and also waiting some nights for some local QRM to get out of here.

5081
Utility / Re: Greenland 518 kHz NAVTEX Dec 13, 2012 0520Z
« on: December 15, 2012, 0518 UTC »
Nice map!

Haven't tried for PR yet. Was going to let it run overnight last night with the loop N-S, but there was some QRM blasting away on LW & into the lower part of MW making copying anything on 518 impossible. Pride of China.  ;D  Too funny... I'm going to steal that.

Looks like things are relatively calm for the QRM tonight, so will leave the antenna NNW-SSE and see what comes up.

So far after only a few minutes of listening, got New Orleans (G) and Prescott, ON (H) with 100%. Both are S8-S9. Although, Prescott is just down the road a piece (relatively speaking), so big deal. Wish they could send some poutine on 518.


5082
General Radio Discussion / Re: Shooting stars
« on: December 14, 2012, 0523 UTC »
Overcast here.

And QRM on LW & the lower part of MW.

Meh.

5083
Equipment / Re: Wellbrook Active Loops
« on: December 14, 2012, 0135 UTC »
Just received my ALA1530S+ last weekend. Ordered from Wellbrook on Sunday and received it the following Sat (could've had it on Fri, if I was home when the mailman brought it).

On the upper HF bands (15 MHz & 17 MHz, didn't try higher), its about the same as my 12 year old G5RV.
On 11-15 MHz, the loop is a little better.
On 9 MHz, its much better (hardly a surprise as a wet noodle does better on 9-10 MHz than a G5RV).
The lower you go, the better it gets. Can get WWV on 2500 during the day now.

On MW & LW. All I can say is that it surpassed my wildest dreams. The loop is now on the porch for the winter with a rotator. In the spring it will be sent out to the shed about 100' from the house and hopefully will get rid of a lot of stupid QRM.

Was tuning around the low end of where the LW NDBs hang out. Found a couple around 218 kHz (don't remember the freq, but it was around there somewhere) that were very strong. At first thought they were new local beacons, but they turned out to be deep in Canada straight north of here, hundreds of miles away.

Also picked up a couple of NAVTEX stations on 518 kHz over in Greenland... over 2000 miles away.

The rotator is really nice, and while not technically required, it makes things much better and would recommend that.

The only thing I regret is not getting it a year ago when I first started ogling them.


5084
Utility / Greenland 518 kHz NAVTEX Dec 13, 2012 0520Z
« on: December 14, 2012, 0112 UTC »
Received a few more Greenland NAVTEX catches on 518 kHZ.  Had the loop headed in its direction this night.


XXX Upernavik/Disko Isl.,GRL  (2258 miles away)
2012-12-13 05:20:32> {}EPTWP UTC DEC 12
2012-12-13 05:20:36> GREENLAND UPERNAVIK
2012-12-13 05:20:45> NAVIGATIONAL WARNING JOINT ARCTIC COMMAND NO. 040/12.
2012-12-13 05:20:51> NORTHWEST COAST OF GREENLAND, NUUK.
2012-12-13 05:21:03> A SAFETY AT SEA EXERCISE WILL TAKE PLACE THURSDAY 13TH OF
2012-12-13 05:21:12> DECEMBER IN THE HOURS BETWEEN 1000 AND 1200 LMT.
2012-12-13 05:21:20> THE FOLLOWING PYROTECNIC WILL BE DISCHARGED:
2012-12-13 05:21:24> 2 REB PARACHUTE FLARES
2012-12-13 05:21:26> 2 RED FLARES
2012-12-13 05:21:30> 2 ORANGE SMOKESIGNALS
2012-12-13 05:21:39> CANCEL THIS WARNING 13TH OF DECEMBER 1400 LMT.
2012-12-13 05:21:41> NNNN


XXX Simiutaq/Cape Farewell,GRL (2072 miles away)
2012-12-13 06:00:38> ZCZC MA32   
2012-12-13 06:00:41> 130600 UTC DEC 12
2012-12-13 06:00:44> GREENLAND SIMIUTAQ
2012-12-13 06:00:54> NAVIGATIONAL WARNING JOINT ARCTIC COMMAND NO. 041/12.
2012-12-13 06:01:01> NORTHWEST COAST OF GREENLAND, PAAMIUT.
2012-12-13 06:01:12> A SAFETY AT SEA EXERCISE WILL TAKE PLACE THURSDAY 13TH OF
2012-12-13 06:01:21> DECEMBER IN THE HOURS BETWEEN 1000 AND 1200 LMT.
2012-12-13 06:01:29> THE FOLLOWING PYROTECNIC WILL BE DISCHARGED:
2012-12-13 06:01:33> 3 RED PARACHUTE FLARES
2012-12-13 06:01:36> 3 RED FLARES
2012-12-13 06:01:40> 3 ORANGE SMOKESIGNALS
2012-12-13 06:01:49> CANCEL THIS WARNING 13TH OF DECEMBER 1400 LMT.
2012-12-13 06:01:50> NNNN


XXX Upernavik/Disko Isl.,GRL
2012-12-13 09:20:49> ZCZC IA32   
2012-12-13 09:20:52> 130920 UTC DEC 12
2012-12-13 09:20:55> GREENLAND UPERNAVIK
2012-12-13 09:21:03> NAVIGATIONAL WARNING JOINTT ALCTAC~ COMMAND~O9
2012-12-13 09:21:05> ~~~9~-?
2012-12-13 09:21:05>
2012-12-13 09:21:12> ~+~#$0~#~.&~+~#8.&~~#.& 600`2#.&::=#?9,&#.&3&0
2012-12-13 09:21:23> 3#.5(##.& 0#.&0&06/!30#.&7!``#.&#=0#.&SXP{}TH OF
2012-12-13 09:21:32> DECEMBER IN THE HOU S BEGWEEN 1000 AND 1~00 LMT.
2012-12-13 09:21:40> THE FOLLOWING PYROTECNIC WILL BE DISCHARGED:
2012-12-13 09:21:44> 2 RED PARACHUTE FLARES
2012-12-13 09:21:46> 2 RED FLARES
2012-12-13 09:21:50> 2 ORANGE SMOKESIGNALS
2012-12-13 09:21:59> [CANCEL] THIS WARNING 13TH 39! DECEMBER 1400 L~T.
2012-12-13 09:21:59> NNNN


Was a busy night... Also had:
NMW Astoria, OR, USA
NMQ Cambria, USA
NMG New Orleans, USA
NMC San Francisco (Point Reyes) USA
XMJ329 Prescott, ON, CAN
A bunch of UNIDs (weak signals, probably due to the loop rejecting them).

NMW & NMC had a lot to say.





Perseus SDR with Wellbrook ALA1530S+ loop using YaRD for NAVTEX decoding







5085
Utility / Greenland 518 kHz NAVTEX Dec 12, 2012 0520Z
« on: December 13, 2012, 0404 UTC »
In the night, found a NAVTEX message from Greenland:

ZC IZ57
(20520 UTC DEC 12
GREENLAND UPERNAVIK
NO MESSAGES ON H~N
1NNNN


Not 100% copy, but not too shabby for nearly 2400 miles.

Think the loop was N-S. That station is 19 deg from here, so turned the loop a bit and will see what happens tonight (although the loop has a big lobe so it probably won't make too much difference).



Perseus SDR with Wellbrook ALA1530s+ loop





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