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General Radio Discussion / Grand Ol' Opry - 5,000th broadcast
« on: October 25, 2021, 1533 UTC »
I *think* this is the best place to post this:

From 2300 30oct21 until ~1300 31oct21 UTC my KiwiSDR at WPC4ALP (midtn.dynu.net) will be in 8 user mode
to permit maximum users who wish to listen to 5,000th broadcast of Grand Ol' Opry on WSM-AM 650kHz

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2338 - SSTV ID as "UN?D"
2350 - Thanks for Pink Floyd, always in good taste
0004 - "Sweet Home AL" Reminds me of my HSV days...

Nice S9+ (mostly) sig into here and
enjoying the mx .Tnx

I always end up with some of those "Parts Unknown"
whenever I take something apart and try to put
it back together! ;D








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2338 - Good folk mx duo.
2354 - 432 Hz N. Telsa mx
2358 - Pan flute mx
0001 - Sounds of Silence S&G
0008 - The Boxer S&G, then s/off

Good S9+20 sig into middle TN tonight.
Thanks for the "KIND" mx. :)
My kind of mx - folk / bluegrass / "Hearts of Space"
all played while waiting for "Blood of Dracula" to come
up on Svengoolie on the tube. Thanks

100 Hz and 4 kHz looked good on the SDR scope

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Caught just the final SSTV image. Not bad
if they are really running only 6 watts!



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2337 - Nice S9+ in here with a little QSB.
2341 - Missed ID but something about experimental (xmission?)
2345 - Started recording, finally!

Don't know who you are, but love the mx! :)
Thanks for playing this evening.

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  ~Up and down in the noise - mostly down.
~1355 - "Funkytown" comfortably above noise.
1435 - "Boys Are Back in Town"

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That's so cool. You can mix wireless with railroading. Very interesting.
Last time I was on Amtrak (10 yr ago, Chicago to LA), I tracked 
where we were, "Justin Case" the engineer got lost :), but didn't
think to do any listening other than on the RR FM freqs.

Thanks for the post.

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This morning, Saturday, 10jul21, I was driving southbound on I-65, returning to my home near Nashville, TN. Near Bowling Green, KY,  and just after 10.00 CDT, I turned the radio on to get my weekly Saturday morning Bluegrass mx fix from WKMS, 93.1 in Murray, KY. When I tuned to 93.1, I didn't hear my expected "Music from the Front Porch" and the radio didn't show WKMS, instead I saw KUWS-HD1. It was very unexpected that the radio should show a “K” station. My 2018 Chevy Tahoe radio has HD, can decode short text messages sent by the station, usually information about the mx that is being played but I was listening to a nx program and when I looked at the display (while concentrating on my driving) I would see a few words like "rainy", "windy", "today", and "Duluth". Apparently it was the current or predicted wx. The only city named Duluth that I know of is Duluth, MN! ~1025, an announcer said "You are listening to Wisconsin Public Radio" - WOW!!!! That station faded out just as I got to the KY / TN border and I listened to "Music from the Front Porch" until I dropped down the ridge and into the Nashville Basin.

When I got home, I did a Google search on KUWS and, sure enough, the station is a member of Wisconsin Public Radio Network and is operated by the University of Wisconsin and it is located in Superior, WS / Duluth, MN, at the end of Lake Superior and some ~600 miles from Bowling Green, KY, as the crow flies - not bad reception for a car radio.

Before I left to go to the Cave City (KY) hamfest this morning, I did a quick check of 50.313 FT-8 around 0600 CDT and saw Stateside stations making contacts into southern Europe and northern Africa, so I knew that there was some good conditions going.

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No problem. I remember those players from the days of my mis-spent youth. :)

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Hey! That 45 player photo is reversed!!!

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Really rotten conditions here. I never heard either of the SecDef
msgs in CW, but not surprised considering the time and location
they were sent from. I did make IQ recordings of the RTTY xmissions
and can successfully decode them on playback - I hope. Did
make contact with NSS.

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Amateur Radio / Re: 6M opening
« on: May 10, 2021, 1454 UTC »
This past weekend, 08/09may21, 6 was open to most of FL,
EL9X, and Caribbean / South America even well after local
sunset but all I heard was FT-8  :(, no SSB and just 1 CW
station - also I didn't hear any beacons...

No, I was otherwise tied up, therefore I didn't call CQ.

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From: .pdf at http://www.dodmars.org/home/armed-forces-day-2021 - The .pdf is MUCH easier to read
but I'm not sure how to post it here. Like any other image? Chris???

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST (07-08 May 2021)
The Department of Defense will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, scheduled for May
7-8, 2021. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators, and will not impact any public or
private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event,
which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.
The AFD Cross-Band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military
communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These
tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a
tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.
Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies
monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The
frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the
confines of the exercise.
The following stations will be making two way radiotelephone contacts with stations in the ARS between the time
periods listed on the frequencies listed in Kilohertz below.
AAZ / FT HUACHUCA, AZ
081500Z - 082359Z 5,330.5 14,438.5 18,211.0
AAC / BARROW ARMY RESERVE CENTER, KY (USB + RTTY)
081300Z - 082300Z 5,346.5 6,968.5 13,963.5
AAN / U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND, CO
081300Z - 082300Z 6,970.5 14,550.5
AAU / HQ US ARMY GARRISON FORT KNOX, KY (USB + RTTY)
081400Z - 081900Z 5,371.5 7,645.0 14,512.5 18,293.0 20,920.0
ABH / SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI
081500Z - 082359Z 5,357.0 14,438.5 18,272.0 20,997.0
ADB / CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA
081500Z - 082359Z 14,487.0 20,994
AAM3D / DISA CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS DIRECTORATE, FT MEADE, MD
071300z – 082100z 5,403.5 7,421.5 13,993.5 18,254.0
ABM4B / HSC, HHBN, 82ND ABN DIV, FORT BRAGG, NC
081100Z - 082300Z 5,371.5 7,431.5 13,910.5 18,281.5
WAR / PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC (USB + CW + RTTY)
081200Z - 082359Z 4,018 5,357.0 13,963.5 18,211.0 24,760.0
AIR / ANDREWS AFB
081200Z - 082359Z 4,517.0 7,305.0 15,807.0 20,740.0
AFM4NPD / NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY MID-SOUTH MILLINTON, TN
081200Z - 080300Z 4,802.0 7,375.5 15,712.0
AGA2SY / HANCOCK FIELD, NY
081200Z - 082359Z 4,575.0 7,540.0 13,993.0
AGA5SC / SCOTT AFB, IL
081400Z - 082100Z 4,017.0 5,186.0 7,305.0
AGA5TR / TRAVIS AFB, CA
081600Z - 080100Z 4,017.0 7,329.0 13,996.0 14,411.0
MARSRADIO /
081400Z –090100Z 4,557.0 7,460.0 (LSB) 14,606.0
MARSCOMM /
081400Z – 090100Z 4,448.5 6,994.0 (LSB) 14,877.0
NEPM / USS IOWA BB 61 LOS ANGELES, CA (USB + CW)
081450Z - 082359Z 6,903.5 14,463.5 18,293.0
NIIW / USS MIDWAY CV-41 SAN DIEGO, CA (USB)
071800Z - 082359Z 4,013.5 5,371.5 7,493.5 14,383.5 18,293.0
NWVC / LST-325 EVANSVILLE, IN (USB + CW)
081200Z - 090400Z 4,007.0 6,913.0 9988.5 13,974.0
NSS / US NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MD (USB + CW)
081200Z - 090400Z 4,038.5 5,330.5 7,533.5 9,447.0 14,487.0 17,545.0
NAF/ NEWPORT NAVAL RADIO STATION MUSEUM NEWPORT, RI (USB + CW)
081200Z - 090200Z 4,013.5 7,542.0 14,383.5
An AFD message will be transmitted utilizing the Military Standard (MIL-STD) Serial PSK waveform (M110)
followed by MIL-STD Wide Shift FSK (850 Hz RTTY) as described in MIL-STD 188-110A/B. Technical
information regarding these waveforms is provided at:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pYDj7kQbm-QAyY4RPtx0dOXKohjaEjq9?usp=sharing
The AFD message will also be sent in Continuous Wave (CW) mode and Radio Teletype (RRTY) as indicated
under the transmission times.
The message will be transmitted on the following frequencies in Kilohertz and at the listed times:
Frequency
1400Z 1420Z 1440Z 1500Z
1900Z 1920Z
1940Z
RTTY
2000Z
RTTY
2200Z
2220Z 2240Z
2330Z
CW
(kHz) CW CW CW CW
RTTY RTTY RTTY RTTY
5,346.50 AAC NEPM
7,540.00 AAU ABM4B AAMED AAC AAC ABM4B AAN NEPM
13,506.50 AAMED WAR AAN AAZ WAR AAU NIIW AAZ WAR
17,443.00 AAMED AAC WAR AAZ WAR ABM4B NIIW ABM4B WAR
For those who wish to document their contacts with a QSL card, go to http://www.usarmymars.org/events and
complete the request form.

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HF Mystery Signals / Strange data (?) signal on 6860 kHz
« on: March 28, 2021, 0411 UTC »
I usually park on 6925 kHz if I'm not doing anything else; one afternoon last year,
just before Thanksgiving, I started seeing a strong carrier on 6860 kHz. It was of
interest because it was much stronger than any other signals in that part of the band -
 see screenshot below (I hope!). The signal would come on near local sunrise, NOT fade
in but as if someone flipped a switch; it was of more or less stable strength until around
sunset when it would go away just as it appeared in the morning - as if someone
flipped a switch off. One day I decided to see if it was a real signal: 1) fired up the trusty
ol' R-70 and yes, it was there, 2) I logged onto several remote SDRs, from the Northeast to
Point Reyes, with a stop at the Northern Utah SDR - it could be received on all of them. 




Shortly after the first of this year, I noticed a change - I could see what looked like modulation
that seemed to be near random bursts of data. See image below. Also, it did not show up
as regular as in the past.


More recently, it has changed again - the carrier is gone, only the random data bursts
show up! See image below.


This has my curiosity; I have no idea what this is. Any thoughts on this anyone???

10may21 - Looks like the same, or similar, station is using 6885 kHz this morning.

19sep21 - This, or similar, station is now sometimes on 6860 kHz, 6885 kHz, or 6988 kHz
                 Seems to change with time of day. Also, "data bursts" are not as wide as originally seen

 

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1742 - "Radioactivity" - Kraftwerk - Thanks for that one!
1746 - How bizarre, talk about tornadoes and we are
           sitting here at a level 3 (out of 5) possibility of
           severe T/S and had tornadoes in the area 3 nights ago!
1749 - Tornado song ???
1754 - "Autobahn" -  Kraftwerk
59+ signal but with horrendous bursts of T/S QRN
Appears to be Damn Skippy per SSTV images

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