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Huh? / Re: Al, what do you know about whales?
« on: September 07, 2014, 0230 UTC »
Thanks myteaquinn !!! I'm hearing that right now at 0226 UTC and it sounds like the mobies from hell are on their way to make bacon of those who would set up harpoon batteries on the bluffs and cliffs from Pacific Palisades to Humboldt County :o And someday those cold fusion experiments will turn out to be the solution to global warming! Al, I'm with you when Whale Armageddon arrives to take us to the creator ;D

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: KIPM, 6930U, 0113, 9.7.14
« on: September 07, 2014, 0125 UTC »
Fair but steady signal here at 0121 UTC amid noise with man announcer telling some kind of story about a woman going through the contents of her purse, finally finding her keys. At the movies with the woman now. (Hmmm...voice sounds familiar)
This would be a relay of Alan Maxwell's "The Saga of Wally Hyman" I believe! ;)
Clear ID amid some eerie music...K-I-P-M at 0133 UTC
0149 UTC Gave the defunct Elkhorn address for reception reports. Also mentioned WHYP at 0150 UTC, then the stories continue! (This stream of conciousness talk is captivating!)
0207 UTC "This is Alan Maxwell"... "we now return control of your shortwave receiver"...several K-I-P-M ID's with sci-fi effects, strange laughing ending and off at 0212 UTC
(You simply don't hear this kind of thing on commercial radio  ;D Thanks for the show relay op!!!)

First heard at 2143 UTC fading in above the heavy static, now S5 peaks with music and ID at 2207 UTC
Artems program ended and transmission continued. Borderhunter!
Thanks for the shoutout at 2221 UTC! ;D Skipmuck from Springfield says Hello!
Talkover at 2238 UTC during dance tune...2242 UTC is now electronic sounds. S5-S7 amid lots of static crashes.
Signal during techno dance tune at 2309 UTC is now S8 and well above the static!
2310 UTC Borderhunter ID, then electronica music
2328 UTC sounds like the theme from a Western movie!
2334 UTC ID's, chat and then some Dutch music! Signal should be making it out west a bit...S8 and clear with a bit of auroral flutter from the solar flare earlier today.

Threshold audio here with bits of music and man announcer rising just above the noise here. Plenty of loud static crashes. Signal improving very slightly just after 2300 UTC, but still very tough copy. My first reception of Odynn!

Huh? / Re: Al, what do you know about whales?
« on: September 05, 2014, 1036 UTC »
Ummm, this seems to be a private conversation, so excuse me for "spouting". But didn't you see what happened in Star Trek IV-The Voyage Home? Mobies from hell gonna wreck the whole world....are y'all (insert colorful metaphor) crazy?

I was parked on the frequency when this came up suddenly at 0023 UTC. Opening announcement, into "I Shot The Sheriff". Nice clear audio at about S8 here! Not as much band noise as last night :)
0028 UTC "Island Girl"-Elton John
0032 UTC "Something"-Beatles
0035 UTC "Rock The Boat"-Hughes Hues Corporation (Thanks other posters..never liked the song ;D )
0038 UTC CKLW jingle, into "Kung Fu Fighting"-Carl Douglas
0041 UTC CKLW jingle, weather report, into "House of the Rising Sun"-Animals
0047 UTC "Greatest Hits of All Time"-CKLW jingle, into "Hey Jude"-Beatles
(Hmmm...must be old recording....not parallel to 800 AM)
0053 UTC "Louie, Louie"-Kingsmen
0056 UTC "Light My Fire"-Doors ( Never get tired of hearing this song  8) )
(Signal still S8, but noise level seems to be picking up a bit)
After the news, an interesting acoustic version of "Something"-George Harrison solo?
(Truer words were never spoken Mr. Sinclair!)
Off at 0120 UTC (Thank you for the blast from the past Mr. Jackpine Savage! The songs of my youth :) )

North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: RFW 6940 USB 2344 UTC 01 SEPT 2014
« on: September 01, 2014, 2352 UTC »
Killer signal here at 2344 UTC with Soviet Anthem, DJ Dickweed and Stavin chat about being away for awhile...on vacation and how hot it was in the bunker this evening. Doing a modern rock & roll show tonight
2347 UTC Song by the ? Raptors-Cynthia followed by song by the Polecats-"Make A Circuit With Me", then a song-Carousel?
2358 UTC DJ Dickweed doing a request for the op of PRB Relays...Death Cab For Cutie-"I will Possess Your Heart", followed by "Bad News"-Bastille?
( Hope you are having a work free Labor Day today DJ DW and Stavin! Nice to hear from you...it has been a while!)
0007 UTC ...smoke another cigarette and pour yourself another shot of vodka...followed by a request for Chris Lobdell... "Blue Hawaii"
0011 UTC ID'd the tunes previously played (How do you think an old timer like me knew those titles? ;) )
Next up was "Black Lemon"-Generational, Moving On, song by Bob Mould, and another not necessarily in that order! ID's at 0020 UTC and 0027 UTC
0031 UTC ID'd previous songs played and a little bit of impromptu singing by DJ Dickweed :o followed by a song by White Arrow
0040 UTC ID
0045 UTC ID'd previous songs..."Turn Your Lights Down", "So Now You Know"-Horrors followed by email address, and a change of voice...hmmm, sounds like the monster in Flesh Gordon! ;D, then talk about Mojitos and the ingredients and finally "Do Whatever" and off at 0049 UTC

{Thanks for the excellent show tonight Comrades! Rescued us from a night of snap,crackle,and pop :) }
Hmmm...maybe you said crack, snapple, and pot..... ???

I thought I would pass this on to any aspiring shortwave broadcasters looking to create their own program and have it heard over a legal shortwave station located in Germany for a "small fee". I don't know the actual cost involved, but the information is listed below along with the website for this interesting venture!

EDIT :) I corrected the URL  :)

General Radio Discussion / "Computers and DX'ing"-Bill Krause 1986
« on: September 01, 2014, 1559 UTC »
I don't know if it is acceptable to copy this paragraph from ***Gerry Dexter's "Shortwave Listening With The Experts" given modern copyright laws, but in the interests of discussion I will chance it. Last night in the IRC Chat room, I mentioned the prescience of Bill Krause, author of Chapter 10 in Gerry's book "Computers and DX'ing", in speculating on the future of computers in the radio listening hobby. Below is that small section on page 176....as much of this has come to pass since 1986, comments are solicited, specifically those who use SDR's and such, and of course I would be happy if Al Fansome would weigh in on the subject! Remember this was from 1986. As follows...

"Over the past ten years, the most significant trends in radio equipment have been the digitalizing of receivers and the adding of microprocessors to all manner of radio equipment. The big change coming is that, instead of adding microprocessors to radios, radios will be added to microprocessors. This will give the user the greatest possible control over the radio, perhaps to the point where radio may control the user, rather than the other way around. Using a computer, the operator will be able to preprogram all aspects of a receivers performance. He'll be able to set these parameters and then go on to other things. It will enable him to fine-tune the receiver as never before possible. It will also, for instance, enable the "DX'er" to set his "radio" to check all frequencies of all the DX targets he might be interested in. If any of the frequencies have the specified programming at specified quality levels, the receiver will then record the program and even write a reception report in the proper language-all without the "DX'er" having heard a single syllable or crackle of static, if he so chooses. It this DX'ing? Well, the hobby will, before long, have to answer that question."

***I highly recommend picking up a copy of this if you can find it....it is a fascinating look at all aspect of the radio hobby!

« on: September 01, 2014, 1154 UTC »
This just arrived in my inbox this morning for the Memorial Day broadcast! Wasn't expecting it but sure was happy to get it!  ;D Thanks Radio Pipeline op! It is appreciated..... :)

« on: September 01, 2014, 0240 UTC »
I guess that sometimes you just have to pony up and say "pretty please" ;D

First heard at 2205 UTC for about 2 minutes on 6924.4 KHZ or so with a boomy audio and plenty of pesky QRM. Came back on about 5 minutes later with muffled audio. No ID heard here....
Clear Insane Radio loop ID at 0228 UTC, into a song op played last night
0234 UTC Signal much clearer now! I think you scared the peskies away ;D
After a hard rocking tune, British accented comedy skit at 0243 UTC
( I think the harsh noise and static level is masking the audio to a great degree.)
0247 UTC Same mention of Corporation and Hobby Lobby as last night....(those are some interesting commandments  :o )
I believe this is a repeat of last nights program....I can hear some of it clearer tonight than last night, particularly since 0247 UTC
0259 UTC "Insane Radio" looped ID's then OFF
(No question of ID tonight! Thanks for another evening of all around craziness ;D )

2102 UTC Signal is now fading in and out of the noise here, with S2 peaks on 9300 KHZ AM...fair copy but program seems to be music and announcements.
2115 UTC Signal is improving by the minute now! Good copy amid some fading.
2122 UTC Signal seems to have dropped down to the noise level now. Man announcer so far has been reminiscing about the early days of FRS between pop songs.
2155 UTC Fading isn't as bad, but still lots of band noise...I'm hearing ID's in several languages with the Theme from Close Encounters IS
Yes Chris...I checked 7700 KHZ and it's audible, but less than 9300 here. Crummy propagation right about now....lots of fading
2240 UTC Still weak. lots of noise and fading. Now there's a T-storm coming through so I had to disconnect the antenna :'( If you are still on when the storm passes I'll try again...thanks for the broadcast FRS!

Storm has mostly passed here so the NRD is back on as of 2325 UTC :) 9300 is fair still with fades and local static is high.
2327 UTC I switched to 7700 and signal is better here! Playing "Celebration" at tune in. S7 above a noisy band.
2346 UTC Previous to this time was a long instrumental then an UNID Europop tune, then at 2346 was the Close Encounters themed IS with ID's in different languages.
2353 UTC OFF after music with man announcer talkover
Thanks for the program FRS crew! I wish that propagation and the local storm hadn't conspired to make reception difficult! I guess that is what shortwave is all about  ???

Just tuning in at 2041 UTC to a solid S8 signal here and it seems that you are closing down :(
Music ending, then Rinus with a cheerio and off abrupt at 2043 UTC. Well, nice to hear you again Cupid Radio, even if it was only for a couple of minutes

Sleep well Rinus! It's easy for us North American listeners to forget that over in Western Europe it's late and  that you probably have to work tomorrow! Thanks for using 15070  :) it's a great frequency for reception of Euro's here on the east coast of the US....

« on: August 31, 2014, 2026 UTC »
I guess this puts to rest the ID from last evenings broadcast :) Thanks Insane Wayne! I'm insanely happy to have received this QSL! Very much appreciated  ;D

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