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1  Loggings / Spy Numbers / XPA2, 13538 USB, 24 SEP 2017, 1820 UTC on: Today at 18:24
Strong signal today, as it was at 1800 on 14538 USB. Got a cleaner decode this time though, using Rivet (build 90).

This is the XPA2 that is identified as "XPA2 m" in the Numbers and Oddities newsletter, or the "Tuesday and Sunday" schedule at priyom.org. This particular schedule is generally the strongest copy of the four known schedules used, but it varies and sometimes it's simply not there. Is it intended for North America?

12:20:28 PM XPA2 Start Tones Found (correcting by -22 Hz)
12:22:04 PM Sync tone found
12:22:04 PM Symbol timing found
07531 00059 29690 87758 66199 26951 60557 11627 13309 61134 94234 06998 76170 08263 56001
85309 50111 72642 34152 24539 46093 88439 08911 62951 14672 42952 84627 42097 90561 13312
35001 79716 49695 59224 87217 24808 66351 08649 54066 94138 90211 76728 03238 30224 15198
65473 56947 13081 07288 45734 29309 92510 37195 91691 37030 68555 33129 27099 80956 42255
47724 36537
End Tone
12:22:55 PM XPA2 Decode Complete
2  Loggings / Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Radio Romania International 13660 kHz AM 1704 UTC 24 Sep 2017 on: Today at 17:23
Thanks for the reminder that this is on. Nice signal on the Satellit 750 with just its built in antenna. Some fades, SIO 434.
3  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Re: Getting SWBC Station QSLs on: Today at 03:18
How the heck did someone get RWM in Moscow to answer?  I am super impressed with that one and green with envy!  


Last summer, I emailed a reception report to their advertised address, and got a response from an individual at that domain rejecting my report. (I was puzzled at first, but after I realized that I had no idea how RWM worked at the time, I realized that my report must have been pretty threadbare.)

This past May, I started hearing RWM with regularity, and figured out their system too. I wrote up a detailed report, sent it to the main email address... and it bounced.

I resubmitted it a couple of times, it bounced each time. And then, I looked up that rejection email. I sent my report to that person. (PM me if you'd like it. Since it's someone's actual work email, I don't want it just going anywhere it can be googled.) A few weeks later, I got this:
4  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6955 USB 0116 UTC 24 Sep 2017 on: Today at 01:30
Listening since 0115ish, signal ranging from below the noise to fair. Thanks for the show!
5  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6955 USB 0042 UTC 24 SEP 2017 on: Today at 00:42
Blues tune, sounds slightly off frequency. Looking in the Ryver chat, music has been on since 0033. Funny that it wasn't logged yet. (Ah, some are posting it under Pee Wee 6955 L)
0042 Song ended, off already?
0043 "Are You Gonna Go My Way" Lenny Kravitz
0047 "I Want To Get Away" Lenny Kravitz (sounds off frequency again)
0051 break
0052 "Oh Caroline" live - Cheap Trick
0055 "Southern Girls" Cheap Trick
0059 "Big Eyes" Cheap Trick
0102 "Clock Strikes Ten" Cheap Trick
0103 cut off mid song
0104 another song, sounded like more Cheap Trick, but off after about half a minute
...
0113 after a very long break, YL voice on briefly. Per Ryver chat, she said something shortwave.
0115 weak music, signal strength not nearly what it was, wondering if different broadcast.
6  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6955 LSB 2353 UTC 23 SEP 2017 on: Today at 00:15
0014 Good signal here in Colorado. Thanks!
7  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6955 LSB 2207 UTC 23 Sep 2017 on: September 23, 2017, 2304 UTC
2303 assuming same station, weak but copying.
8  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Radio Free Whatever 6965 USB 2220 UTC 23 SEP 2017 on: September 23, 2017, 2220 UTC
Weak music, hearing since 2218
2221 Radio Free Whatever ID
2222 losing the signal here
2231 signal gone. Must have been a fluke that it was coming out this way so early (4:31 pm MDT)
2232 starting to come back up
2322 signal is fair now. Keep it up comrade!
9  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Re: Getting SWBC Station QSLs on: September 23, 2017, 1835 UTC
Adding my voice to those who know stations still send out paper QSLS, and thank goodness for it!  If I can get a physical QSL rather than just an e-mail, I will.  I'm old-fashioned that way, despite having just turned 33--eek! 

....

New Zealand only sends e-mails now?  Darn, boogers, and darn!  I'll treasure the delightful pair of QSL cards I have from them all the more, now. 

First, Happy Birthday kid.  Grin

Second, it's worse than that. RNZI sends a link to a temporary page with your info. The link expires after a couple of months. So no actual document attached to your email that you can save, and no, you can't just save the image to your drive either. You just have to either take a screen shot or print the page.

I'm new to the hobby and don't mind eQSL's at all. Given the fact that in this age, when the station personnel can just get on a remote SDR and see how their signal is reaching their target, reception reports are obsolete,  it's nice that they have people who still bother with them and send anything in return. I'm sure that they still value feedback about the programming, but from their perspective, a bunch of collectors wanting a souvenir is probably more of a burden than a benefit. So if they give me something at all, I'm happy with that.
10  Loggings / Other / Re: HAARP 9500 CW 0055 UTC 22 Sep 2017 on: September 23, 2017, 1826 UTC
I was tuned in to this approximately 2245-2315 on Friday 22 SEP. Significant spatter from WHRI on 9505 AM, but the steady CW signal was present throughout.
11  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6924.7 AM 2358 UTC 22 Sep 2017 on: September 23, 2017, 0004 UTC
0004 Surprisingly, I'm getting a (very, very weak) copy out here. Music under the noise floor. Hope it gets stronger.
12  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6930 USB 2353 UTC 22 Sep 2017 on: September 23, 2017, 0002 UTC
0001 Faintly audible in Colorado. Thanks for the show!
0006 signal has picked up in last couple of minutes, sounds like a soprano or alto sax solo over something jazzy.
0007 Moonlight Radio ID into something Indian or South Asian sounding.
13  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6950 USB 2326 UTC 22 Sep 2017 on: September 22, 2017, 2337 UTC
Got it here. My money's on Pee Wee.
14  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Re: Getting SWBC Station QSLs on: September 22, 2017, 1820 UTC
I sent an email reception to All India Radio earlier this year in Hindi language as there was a documentary series they aired that I really liked, heard nothing back until around five weeks later when a huge envelope arriving in my post office box.

In it was an All India Radio t-shirt, stickers and signed photo from the people that done the documentary I reported on plus a 2018 calendar with scenes of India each month.  Funny enough, no QSL card!

Didn't expect that at all... Grin

Obviously they appreciate the extra effort! Funny about the card being absent.
15  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: DBRX 7315 AM 1900 UTC 21 Sep 2017 on: September 21, 2017, 2338 UTC
I also appreciate the log, even though I had no chance to catch it, because it seems to be a western pirate and those don't get logged very often. Knowing that there's activity around that area tells me I should pay more attention to that part of the band.
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