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Other / What am I hearing at 26750 KHz?
« on: November 03, 2015, 1914 UTC »
Here's a question I should probably know the answer to but don't. What is the sound at 26750 kHz? Came across it while playing with Twente today. I don't spend a whole bunch of time with number stations and beacons, but it seems like this is one I've heard in a YouTube video or somewhere.

Found this while scanning on Twente.
At c. 2300 UTC thought I heard "QVC" and something about "all across Europe." It's coming in at around S6 or S7 but there's all sorts of static. It's the first pirate (if it even is a pirate) I've successfully picked up on Twente so maybe somebody else can pull it in better than me.

Made a new wire antenna for the Grundig G3 and went to WWV to test it. Works great. Then I pick up the radio and get a crystal clear Spanish broadcast on top of the time signals. Both come in at S-9. Put the radio down and the Spanish signal completely disappears.

I'll take credit for the extra electricity but I don't speak Spanish so it isn't channeling me. And I can't find anything on the net about a Spanish broadcast anywhere near 15000 KHz.

Can somebody explain to me what's going on?

Equipment / Outdoor vs. Attic Antennas
« on: July 05, 2014, 1614 UTC »
I'm a very new beginner at the SWL and MW dxing hobby and in need of all sorts of info. This forum has been an excellent help (many thanks to Glimmer Twin) but there are still a few things I'm trying to figure out. Mostly about antennas. Read through some of the previous posts ("Gear required to take the next step" & "Educate me about antenna choice") but still have a question that wasn't addressed directly: attic vs. outside antennas.

I hear HF hams talking about attic antennas they use to transmit, but has anybody used one specifically for SWL dxing? Most everybody in the forums seem to have slopers, loops or simple wires, and I plan on getting a loop for MW dxing. I'm on a small lot and could get a sloper to work but it'll take some doing. An attic antenna would be more convenient to set up but would it be any good for straight-up listening? It it an option or should I concentrate on getting a sloper to fit?

Whichever one it is it'll need to work well here in Texas, in the dead center between both coasts. I'm still plotting out an overall setup and am leaning toward the Satellit 750 as a receiver to start but even that choice is still up in the air. But it's the antenna decision that's making me nuts. Any and all advice, as well as critiques, are welcome.


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