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Huh? / Re: How to post eQSL images
« on: March 31, 2014, 2249 UTC »
The biggest problem is getting the eQSL pic under the maximum size allowed for posting! This is 128 kb, with 4 allowed per post. I post my eQSL's via the following method using the PAINT application in Windows. It sounds tedious, but is actually quite simple after you do it a few times. First I check out the size of the downloaded eQSL file. If it is already under 128 kb, and is already a JPEG, as follows:
Download email eQSL attachment to desktop.
Right click on downloaded desktop file and select OPEN WITH. Select PAINT
Go up to File and select Save As from drop down list. Where the box says Save In, select Desktop. Select Save As JPEG. DoubleClick to save. Close out Paint.
Go to Desktop and mouse over the file to see file size. If file is under the max limit for saving on HFU, you are ready to post.
Open up New Entry if QSL not previously posted or Reply if there is already a posting of this QSL.
Below the message box, select Additional Options. Where the link box is, select Browse. Select desktop, find the eQSL file and double click on it. The link should show up in the box. Hit Post and it should come up ok.
If the file is larger than the allowed 128 kb, you can correct this by right clicking on the file and OPEN WITH: PAINT. Click on the IMAGE drop down box and select "Stretch/Skew". Reduce the size by lowering the percentages in the 2 boxes....do them by the same amount! Hit OK, then go up to FILE and drop down to SAVE IN: Desktop and SAVE AS:JPEG. Close out paint and go to desktop. Mouse over to see what the file size is now. If under the max 128 kb, go back to Additional Options and select browse...find the file on desktop and double click...hit SAVE. Then hit POST. It works for me everytime, and with a little bit of finesse you can download an eQSL and in a minute or two tops, you have posted it successfully. Don't forget to Describe the eQSL if NEW ENTRY, and you can also add comments in the message box.

11897
Solid S9 here at 0055 UTC tune-in with long spacey guitar tune, into an UNID garage rock tune at 0101 UTC. Nice audio!
The Poacher strikes again!!! IS at 0106 UTC
Seems to be a pattern here...he plays a couple of songs to get the UNID posting, then the Lincolnshire Poacher IS to get things moving long....at 0010 UTC we have the CW...
0012 UTC Pakistan, Pakistan...now the Poacher is selling cars!
0018 UTC ....www., then LP IS!!!
0026 UTC ...vegetarian...non-vegetarian...please Master, then IS and off

11898
At threshold level here at 0013 UTC tune-in with some C&W music. Too close to the noise floor to make good copy.

11899
I'm getting this rather weak here at 2214 UTC with announcer obsessing over an ancient Caananite deity. In the clear and just above the noise floor. I have nothing against this op, but seriously...anyone can sit behind a microphone and read from parts of the Old Testament while making irritating moral judgements on those of other religious persuasions. Please QSL...regards,
BAAL

11900
European Pirates and Private Stations / Re: Borderhunter 21.460
« on: March 30, 2014, 1851 UTC »
Just came back from an errand and Borderhunter is coming in loud and clear at 1846 UTC with deep fades, but S8 at peaks. A little Dutch music here is always welcome!
1852 UTC "Time After Time"-Cyndi Lauper
Signal varied greatly with some deep fades during the next 3 Europop tunes.
1907 UTC Cover of "Needles and Pins", with op talkover...did I hear someone else talking also?
1912 UTC Thanks for the shoutout during the Hollies medley Borderhunter! I thought I heard somebody else talking there! {The Needles and Pins cover should have been 1907 UTC instead of the 1903 UTC I originally posted....ooops!}. Also shoutouts to others posting on HFU!
Hey Borderhunter, I deleted most of my details, so you don't get any fake reports! I have fun typing them in. Of course, I copy and pasted them to a file for reference! Great show today here and it looks like you really got out today with your signal!
2025 UTC Really pounding in her still with the voice of Johnny Cash!
2038 UTC Signal has really steadied now, with very little fading as before..reading letter from the US from someone with a Dutch name.
2100 UTC Thanks for reading my email on the air!!! The Dutch invasion is alive and kicking!
2116 UTC "Go Now"-Moody Blues (Does this mean you are closing down? I think you've been on almost 3 hours today...a marathon broacast!)
2119 UTC Says will be closing down. Into "Nights in White Satin"-Moody Blues
2127 UTC There's never a bad time to "Roll Out the Barrel"!
2150+ UTC Off after ID's, ad for Summermeeting.
BRAVO FRANS! THANKS FOR THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON ENTERTAINMENT!

11901
Finally hear this!!! Nothing earlier on 21476, but popping up above noise floor here at 1525 UTC on 21480 LSB with music (Stray Cats?), then at 1526 short announcement by man (ID?) and SEAGULLS!!! Yes, Finally...hoo hoo!
Still, very weak signal....1134 UTC... more SEAGULLS! That little touch really stands out over the noise.
1541-1542 UTC Man announcer, Seagulls and now I get nothing..off?

11902
Very pleased to get this ROR ops! For my anemic posting on HFU....THANK YOU! That's a very impressive pile of wood you got there...hope you don't need to chop that until next winter!

11903
Carrier here at 6925.2 also, fading in and out of the noise floor, but only occasional bits of audio. Fairly large solar event last night has adversely affected the prop here this morning! Off while I was posting this at 1305 UTC!

11904
European Pirates and Private Stations / Re: 21460 KHz ON-air
« on: March 30, 2014, 1228 UTC »
I get nothing here on 21460, not even a carrier. There is something UNID on 21470 coming in very weak, and Ham ops just below 21450. There was a large solar event last night and prop is lousy this morning! I will listen for a little longer and hopefully I will finally hear you Sly Fox!

11905

Finally ID'd as "Springfield Armory Historical Site" after 2-1/2 months of non stop test loop. The reason I could hear this night and day is because it is only about 3 miles away near downtown Springfield, MA
http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,16258.0.html

11906
Headed over here after Appalachia signed off at 0112. Wolverine at S9+10 here with superb USB audio...I can even listen in USB with the 6 KHZ filter! It's swing time tonight I guess...haven't picked up a common thread yet with the names of the songs.... ;D

11907
Been following this since the C&W version of the Star Spangled Banner at 0003 UTC and it sounds like they're having a regular hoedown out there in West Virginia! Blue Grass at S9 here with deep choppy fades. This was co-channel to an UNID on 6935 USB earlier.
0034 UTC with ID by man announcer..."You are listening to Radio Appalachia". Another ID about a minute later.
0039 UTC Live intro to another C&W tune
0052 UTC Man announcer with ID...."broadcasting from high above Moundsville, West Virginia...Radio Appalachia" into another live intro Bluegrass tune (and a little clip of the Three Stooges in there)
0055 UTC A lady singer with a ballad and mournful fiddle
With the last 3 songs, the hoedown seems to have calmed down a bit!
Sign off at 0112 after a tune by Patsy Cline
THANKS FOR AN AWESOME SHOW HERE TONIGHT APPALACHIA OP!!! It was a pleasant change of pace and there was some damn good fiddle playing and finger picking!

11908
I'm getting some threshold level audio here at 2204 UTC, but still too weak to copy. Definitely music, but not strong enough to ID....hope they stay on until sunset! Haven't heard this one since the Christmas holidays.
2220 UTC Signal improving, but still too weak to copy amid the static
2222 UTC Man announcer talking between music segments
2241 UTC Song "The Game of Love"-Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
2331 UTC Song "Bye Bye Love"-Everly Brothers then OFF
Thanks for the show tonight Tip & Elvis! Nice to hear you again. Come back soon!

11909
MW Loggings / TIS 1710 KHZ MARCH 29, 2014 IDENTIFIED!!!
« on: March 29, 2014, 2150 UTC »
Since January 14th of this year, I've been hearing the same tape loop day and night as posted earlier this year. It has been relentless with no break in transmission. There has been much speculation on what it was...even my email inquiry to the FCC resulted in a nice reply that this was Hudson. Today at 2130 UTC I happened to do my daily check and they are broadcasting a long repeated loop identifying as the "Springfield Armory National Historic Site". I knew it was too strong here to be Hudson!!! The Springfield Armory is located on the grounds of Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) on State St in Springfield (naturally!). STCC is actually located on the site of the original Springfield Armory grounds dating back to the Revolutionary War. Mystery solved!!!
{The loop which is quite lengthy, mentions 1710}

11910
Solid S9 here in MA at 0102 UTC tune-in with "Make Me Smile"-Chicago
0105+ UTC "Sunshine Superman"-Donovan
0110 UTC Music clip descending in tone, then Lincolnshire Poacher IS! into numbers.
{Hey BP...thanks for rescuing a dismal night at the radio!}
0015 UTC Very nice sequence of meaningful numbers and philosophical meanderings....and 50 % OFF!!! Hey BP...who's your lady friend? You should let her talk more....
0020 UTC BP reads his shopping list
0023 UTC CW and IS and a side order of WTF, then off....

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