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151
HF Mystery Signals / Re: UNID ~10,600 Ė 12,400 kHz
« on: October 14, 2017, 0247 UTC »
Here is the mp3 file...

152
HF Mystery Signals / UNID ~10,600 Ė 12,400 kHz
« on: October 14, 2017, 0246 UTC »
I have noticed this signal for at least 6 months. I am guessing that it is some sort of sounding transmission. The signal seems to be on 24 hours / day and I donít see much change in signal strength. Itís kind of pleasant to listen to; reminds me of musical rain drops plinking down.

There is a period, end of one cycle to end of the next cycle, of ~4 minutes, 3 seconds. As the end of a cycle approaches, the ďplinksĒ get stronger, shorter, and occur at an increasing rate.

I donít think itís a local signal and surely someone else has heard / seen it but I didnít find anything similar when I skimmed other postings in this section. I am going to post a screenshot here that was made 11oct17 at 181105 UTC and then I will reply to myself and post an mp3 recording made on 12oct17 at 150335 UTC on; this is the last 15 seconds or so of a cycle.

153
Equipment / Re: ICOM-R70
« on: October 14, 2017, 0158 UTC »
Josh,
Nerdfun, you say??? I resemble dat remark! Really, those were good days with lots of clear text RTTY stations, HF-FAX, and SWBC stations galore. We could always find the real news from the BBC.

The VFT sounds interesting but I donít recall being aware of it.

I can assure you, from direct observation - not incarceration, that KSA prisons were (and I assume still are) places to be avoided. We had a programmer get busted when he returned from R&R. Due to a misunderstanding / language difference, he returned with a very small amount of weed in his suitcase. It was sniffed out by the dogs in incoming baggage handling and he went straight to prison Ė he did not pass go and did not collect $200! We would visit him on Fridays and bring him some programming work to do to keep his mind busy and his spirits up. It made a strong impression on me and I immediately decided that it was not a 5 star prison system. Luckily, he was released a few months later in a general amnesty at the end of Ramadan. Of course he was deported straight back to the USA.

It was an interesting time of my life but Iím too old to put up with that stuff anymore. ;)

154
Equipment / Re: ICOM-R70
« on: October 08, 2017, 0110 UTC »
Ah, yes, what a great rcvr! I still have mine (the one that was "deported" back to the USA) and keep it ready to use whenever I need / want to. I also bought an R-7000 at the same
time and it is also ready to use. I wonder how many other HFUndergrounders still have and use an R-70. While I was overseas, the R-70 and an AEA PK-232 made for a fine poor
man's NSA style listening post. ;)

When reading my story, remember that it was originally written in the mid-1980s and updated in 2000...
Publishing disclaimer: The original version of this story was published in the "AM / Press Exchange" in the mid-1980s

                            The Episode of the R-70

A few months ago I became tired of the lack of availability of good
communications receivers in the middle eastern country where I am
currently working. I decided that the best solution was to bring my
own receiver back with me after a short trip to the U.S. I had been
told several years ago that receivers such as this were not permitted
there , however I had previously bought a Panasonic RF-3100 at a
downtown electronic souq and since it has almost
the same frequency coverage and modes as my ICOM R-70 I
assumed that the restriction against such receivers had been relaxed.

As I prepared to leave the U.S. I carefully packed the R-70 in my
suitcase with plenty of clothes , etc , around it ; not to hide it but
to cushion it.

All was well until I started through customs upon entering the kingdom.
At this point I encountered a very thorough customs official who carefully
examined the receiver and then told me that I was not permitted to bring
this into the country. The reason given that it appeared to be capable
of tuning certain channels that are used by the police and government'. I
assured him that I had very limited understanding of the language.
He smiled and replied that I 'might have friends who are very good with'
the language and with that he motioned me into the airport customs
office and gave me a receipt for the receiver and told me to inquire at the
Ministry of Communications after 10 days.

The next day I took the receipt our translator in my office and asked
him to read it. He said that it stated that I must claim the 'contraband'
within 10 days. Thereafter followed two weeks of trips into town to look for
the Ministry of Communications - which I never found - and many checks with
other offices. I finally went to the main customs office with our
translator and there we eventually found the R-70 ; none the worse for
the travels it had made. We were allowed to see and touch it while it
was carried to various officials who examined it , asked questions about
it and each wrote something on my receipt. Ah,ha,I thought, they are
going to let me keep it! Unfortunately that was not the case.
After several more visits I was told that I could not keep it in
the country but that I would be permitted to send it back to
the U.S. I made the necessary arrangements and it was
returned - all the time under the watchful eye of a customs official to
make sure it really went out of the country - to the U.S. where it now
awaits my eventual return.

I was always very well treated and no one ever mentioned sending
me to jail! In fact I was usually offered tea while we visited the various
officials involved. The standard answer was given with a polite smile
and ' I'm sorry sir, but you cannot use this device in our country'.

I was pleased with the outcome; at least I didn't lose the receiver
and/or go to jail. I later bought another RF-3100 here and am presently
using it. I doubt that I could take it out of the country and then bring it back
even though I have paperwork to prove that it was purchased here. I don't
understand that but the customs people had a LARGE collection of much
less sophisticated radios that had been confiscated.

I think the main lesson to be learned from this is that it could happen
in the U.S. if the 'Spectrum Giveaway Act' er, I mean the 'Electronic
Communications Privacy Act' is passed. Think about it and then be sure
to write to your Representatives and Congresspersons giving them GOOD,
LOGICAL reasons why this bill should NOT be passed.                             
             
Paul Spurlock WA4FHY

Epilogue, June 2000:
The above was written in 1985 or 86 before passage of the E.C.P.A. was
*purchased* by the C.T.I.A. and others.

What did I learn from that experience? I learned to be more careful! On
a later visit to the U.S., I bought a used R-70, partially disassembled it
(love that modular construction!), carefully wrapped the circuit boards,
removed the main board from a C-64 (remember those?) and packed the
front panel in its place, used a Macintosh to make a fake shipping document,
and brought it into the kingdom as "spare computer system parts". Back
at my living quarters, I had it put back together and running in about 2 hours
and got many hours of listening enjoyment from it! I sold it to another
expat when I left and I sometimes wonder where it is today. I guess that the
PC controlled receivers of today would be easier to bring in.

155
0000 - Caught SSTV s/off? Good sig and new station for me. Thanks!

156
2323 - "Don't Ever Leave Me" Bob Marley
2325 - SSTV of Kimmy boy! ;D  ;D  ;D
          Great sig and audio in here. I can see
          a very little noise from some lost AM signal
          but it's as small as Trump's er, hands, or whatever... :)

157
0120 - Great S9+20 sig in here tonight and
          I love the electronic mx, it goes well
          with this glass of Hatteras Red. :)

          Pee Wee?????

158
2340 - "Riders on the Storm"
2344 - "Operator"
          Vy nice S8 sig in here tonight, between QRN crashes.
          Claiming <1 watt! "Refmo da man"!

159
0110 - "Volunteers" and many other greats during
           this time period!

Thanks for the show and great selections - in my
never humble opinion, of course! Another
reminder of the days of my mis-spent youth! ;)

Great 55555 sig in here tonight.

160
0141 - s/off??? with lots of "man" and "I'm stoned" ;D
0143 - unkn rap noise?
sig is ~S5-6 using SAM mode but not any better in SSB
Thanks for the show Euphoria (?)

161
North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 kHz USB 1430 27feb17 UTC
« on: February 27, 2017, 1543 UTC »
1430 - "Stars and Stripes Forever". I thought maybe it was
          a s/on but that was all I heard, then it was off.
          Sig was ~48-9 with some deep QSB.

Thanks, whoever you were!

162
North American Shortwave Pirate / Re: CYOT 6940 AM 02-26-17 0019Z
« on: February 26, 2017, 0030 UTC »
0015 - excellent 599+20 700 hz MCW AM sig
0025 - s/on(?) "O Canada"
0027 - big band (?) mx

Great signal and mostly way over static levels.
Thanks for a new one for me.

163
Other / Re: UNID 6850 CW 0440 23feb17 UTC
« on: February 24, 2017, 0110 UTC »
Chris,
Bingo, it was , and usually is, set for 196 kHz; you are probably right.
I didn't think of that. I was so surprised to see the CW there and it was
so weak that I didn't even switch over to the R-70 to verify the sig.
Thanks!

164
Other / UNID 6850 CW 0440 23feb17 UTC
« on: February 23, 2017, 0509 UTC »
0440 - I noticed an unexpected CW sig in the waterfall and
          fed it to fldig (see below) while I played w/tuning.
          Appears to be a retrans of W1AW bulletin???
          Note: "THE LEAGUE" and "QST DE W!AW" in text.
          RST ~329 w/lots of QSB

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OTHER POTIN X II**1H FINALACTS. <BT> THE LEAGUE SAID IN ITS PETITION THATWHILE THE AMATEUR RADIO
<AR>OMSY SGSE5NAH IBUE* ET ETSU * *R *ROVINE VTEEA<AS> AITE SSESI EII * * EILFTIIITVRDAD*ATE TO
S<VE>EHSS I PESER** ** MKUTEKR SERTICE IN THIS HF FREH CIT* RRRL HHSI QST DE W1AW E RSS VEN TY
HTET<AS> KHZ IE*ADMT<AR>DD UI 5AH * 5 ERLI**Y IMPROVE IHHRENT, VERE S5EH CA*R* ES 6 F HE AMU TEU*
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EEISRSTANSE*RIE EOWER,LHI<AR> THE LEAGU E*YMPEEL*ATS THE ENTIRE ENI EE *R THE ALLQSS* A*SEEESEEA
E. ARRL II ETHENCC SHOULD PEIESS* VL JF 1*L NE EVIFMMINZ VE *5A * * GA<VE> AT * E E*EEI EE T Y S N R
HEFIEAIIEIEIEEE EI E**B<VE>6EN

165
North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 USB 1450 16feb17 UTC
« on: February 16, 2017, 1505 UTC »
1450+ Intermittent. Someone retransmitting various sigs.
         I've heard religious, 2 way, and even WLO in CW.
         I guess op is too lame for any original programming.
         Sometimes on freq, sometimes off freq. About S5

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