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Messages - Paul B. Walker, Jr.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Problems in Havana Sun Apr 16/Mon Apr 17th.
« on: April 17, 2023, 0600 UTC »
How wrong can Radio Havana Cuba get it today? I dont think they have their A, B or C team on staff tonight, I think its the F team.

15140 khz has been on for the last several hours (as of 0515UTC Apr 17th) but it shouldnt be on now, it should be on middle of the day US time.

6060, 6160 and 6165 should be on but arent
11670 is off

11760 is on but should be off and was just heard broadcasting Suzy Cubano aka Hm01 counting down the hits when this has never been an HM01 frequency. She dropped carrier after a tone.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Radyo Pilipinas.
« on: April 11, 2023, 1901 UTC »
Eibi is the best schedule resource ive found.. a little confusing at first but quick and easy when you know what to look for and how to read it

eibispace.de/dx/freq-a23.txt

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Heard the reactivated alcaravan on 5910khz about 0430utc because that nights CRU english from cuba on 5910 wasnt on the air.

an hour or two later i had a weaker Conciencia


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I've heard R. Inconfidencia on 6010khz once or twice before in alaska.

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On Saturday about 830pm (0430UTC Sun) I logged HCJB/The Vocie of The Andes on 6050khz with 10kw beamed at 18 degrees from Quito, Ecaudor at just absolutely bangin levels or over 20 minutes. I would've been plenty happy if that was the highlight of my DX logs for the day...

...but it wasn't!! At 126am Sun (0926UTC, I had 1kw non directional Radio Logos in Peru with music fading up a bit over/under CODAR(Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar is used for near-surface ocean monitoring) It wasn't great but it was obvious.

Then I decided to wait a little longer and at 153am, I tuned over to 4775khz and heard CODAR just hammering away but I also clearly had a carrier there that wasn't CODAR. And within a minute of listed sign on, I heard some Peruvian type music kick on and heard several announcements and even very clearly made out a partial phone number from Radio Tarma!!

ATS2 Max Radio, 15 foot Wellbrook loop, DXE Preamp and Emtech ZM2 tuner (This tuner makes all the difference on week signals!!!)

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MW Loggings / TWO Station DX Test with SSTV Apr 8/9
« on: April 03, 2023, 1804 UTC »
The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club and International Radio Club of America are proud to announce another “Dual DX Test” this weekend.

Chief Engineer Todd Clark will be doing maintenance testing starting on Saturday, April 8th at 12:01 AM Mountain Daylight Time (0601 UTC) when KJJR, 880 AM, will be testing on daytime power and pattern. 10,000 watts. Programming will consist of sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, 1 kHz “long duration tones,” etc. The test will last two hours, until 02:00 AM Mountain Time.

Part two of the dual test is the next day, Sunday, April 9th, at 12:01 AM Mountain Daylight Time (0601 UTC) when KSEN, 1150 AM, will be testing on daytime power and pattern. 10,000 watts. Programming will consist of sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, 1 kHz “long duration tones,” etc. The test will last two hours, until 02:00 AM Mountain Time.

SSTV (Slow-Scan TV) Tests

Both tests will also feature the transmission of Slow-Scan TV images commonly used by amateur radio operators and increasingly by shortwave broadcasters.

The images are transmitted as audio tones in Scottie 1 format. KDWN recently used this same format in Las Vegas during their signoff DX Tests. SSTV requires computer software to decode. This can be done using an audio connection to your PC or holding a cell phone near your speaker.

SSTV is straightforward and works great. You can get reasonable images by picking up audio with your laptop without wiring.

Download the free MMSSTV app and try it out:

hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php

Another great app for Mac or PC is Fldigi from http://www.w1hkj.com/.

You can also search the App store on your iPhone or Google Play for Android for “SSTV.” Lots of great apps are available.

Highly recommend you test BEFORE the weekend. The best bet is to tune to 14.233 MHz in USB mode if you have a shortwave receiver. Lots of activity there most of the day.
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++ Note: SSTV is not a weak-signal mode like FT8. If you cannot copy the Morse Code and sweep tones, you will unlikely decode an SSTV image successfully.

It’s a fun mode, not a miracle mode.


QSL INFORMATION

At the station’s request, the Courtesy Program Committee will be responsible for verifying reception reports and issuing QSLs. All reception reports should be emailed to:

dx@highnoonfilm.com

The new QSL rules for CPC-coordinated tests will be in effect for this test. Please read them carefully.

SPECIAL THANKS

A big thank you to Chief Engineer Todd Clark who agreed to include SSTV and allow us to test this mode as an option for future tests. Also to Paul Walker, who arranged for all this.

And to Rob Keeney who encoded the images into SSTV format and provided technical expertise on incorporating them into our files.

NEW QSL RULES FOR THE 2022-2023 SEASON

DX Tests are arranged by the Courtesy Program Committee of the National Radio Club (NRC) and the International Radio Club of America (IRCA.) Both clubs offer low-cost, online-only memberships. It is appropriate that those seeking QSLs should support the clubs financially. Please indicate in your request which club you are a member of. It may improve the response time for your QSL.

QSL requests for DX Tests where the CPC will issue QSLs must be received within 30 days of the test.

A brief recording of at least two (2) minutes must be submitted. .MP3, .wav, or .MP4 video formats accepted. No written reports unless accompanied by a recording.

No remote receivers (Internet-based) will be accepted for QSLs. The exceptions to this rule are as follows:   

A.) If you constructed the remote receiver, maintained it, or contributed money towards those purposes, you may use it to submit reception reports. Examples would be DXers who built remote receivers in low-noise locations but operate from home.

B.) Internet-based receivers you don’t own are only acceptable if they are more than 500 miles from the transmitter of the test station. You must fully disclose which receiver was used, including its URL. If the owner is known, please provide their name so they may receive credit. Include the distance of the receiver in miles from the transmitter site.

C.) Only one QSL will be issued per DXer, even if they operate multiple remote receiver sites or use more than one remote receiver at distances of 500 miles to receive the station.

QSLs will be issued only after the conclusion of the 2022-2023 DX Season. Generally, this will occur in April. We will send out group emails when QSLs are issued.

Unpaid volunteers perform all work in verifying reports and sending you a QSL. We all have jobs, spouses, kids, and lives. Be patient. Be nice.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Radio Vanuatu 5040khz Apr 1 0830UTC
« on: April 01, 2023, 0852 UTC »
Noted at 0832UTC with a Radio Vanuatu announcer talking an Australian about something, I didn't catch what.. its late here. S9+10 or better signal and off schedule. 3945 should be on now. I haven't heard 7260 in awhile but I haven't looked for it really.. However, 5040 sounds strong and better than anything else ive heard form Vanuatu in awhile

I didnt note SIBC 5020 on either but as well, the last6 few times ive heard them, 5020 had modulation in the toilet.

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Probably Myanmar relayed by Radio Romania. ;)

I used to live just west of Georgetown, Paul, at what was then a wide spot in the road called Plantersville. I figure it's all golf courses now? It was nothing but swamp and pines then. Do you have any idea where transmitter and antenna are for Carolina Gold? That entire region is flat as a pancake with a lot of salt marsh.

I asked a guy where the hardware store was in Georgetown once. He said, "At the top of the hill." I drove all over that town looking for that hill. I asked another guy and it turned out to be the grade for the railroad tracks going in and out of the pulp mill. Hill my ass, it was a bump in the road!

they have 3 transmitters 93.7 93.9 and 106.3

if you go to www.radio-locator.com and type in georgetown, sc  myrtle beach, sc and wilmington, nc then click the yellow I next to each station then the coordinates, itll take you to a google map where the towers are

Stay away from that mustard BBQ if you get down there. It's not fit for human consumption.

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MW Loggings / Upcoming DX Test With SSTV!
« on: March 31, 2023, 1754 UTC »
Les And I from the DX Test committee are working out the particulars and he'll release the details in the next few days... but we'll have a 2 station DX test and both will contain a slow scan tv image!

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Well, then either I heard what I  thought was a clear Myanmar ID or I was experiencing  1971 Orange Sunshine flashback.
Either way, thanks for the info, Guys.  :)

I highly doubt Myanmar radio wouyld play a slew of Romanian music.

I havent even heard them out here in Alaska...

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What you actually heard was the Radio Romania International romanian language service from 0000-0200UTC beaming to the east coast of North America. It is in A23 data.


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   This is one of two South American stations I've received legibly at my location this year.
I'm on the side of their beam, I envy you Paul such a great signal!
 The second station was Brasil Central on 4985 - they have a clear channel in my place.
I can't recall the last time I COULDN"T get Amazonia. reliable as the sunset.

Kris And Don,

I am at just the right place for a multi hop signal and in the right place for their signal which is beamed at like 353 deg i think.

i hear Brazil on 9665 and 11815 quite regularly too, but not quite as well as 11780


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I had Mix on 12200 and the signal was ok and audio was ok at 0136UTC but when they moved to 12203 the signal and audio got even better at 0151 Mar 5th.

Here's 12200khz:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X-qOaqFe4OtD1b5DyYq9u-kwSN2OKrUo/view?usp=share_link

Here's 12203khz at 0151UTc with Tears For Fears "Everybody wants to rule the world". Excellent signal and audio for USB mode!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PY7ul_xl2mvE5o4KdPSiIuNmYrOtwQMz/view?usp=share_link

And here they are again on 12203 at 0211UTC:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j_8J6zOHs2RTkzNAtqI4YnNfwnVIbXZh/view?usp=share_link






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Here is 5045khz from Tue. Mar 7th at 0909UTC:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XKswvgJxUjV76EuoSXxwyoCmlWiDEzgw/view?usp=share_link

4KZ 5055 starts out kind of weak but gets progressively/noticeably stronger as time goes on. As if there was any doubt this was 4KZ, at 28 minutes there's a news sponsor liner for a business in Innisfail then the VO guy says, "National News on 4 Kay Zed" with the news intro music leading into the female anchor. This was recorded shortly after 5045khz

Here's my audio:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XKswvgJxUjV76EuoSXxwyoCmlWiDEzgw/

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