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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Relay Station 6880 AM 1532 UTC 24 Dec 2018
« on: December 24, 2018, 1756 UTC »
Got it well on Chris Smol's kiwi SDR. Nada at my own QTH, natch.
you are a well respected hobbyist (as many of the HFU members are).
i hope one day, that i will be able to reach your radio equipment.
i may be able to on the 25th as i have a show to broadcast (relay) and i will be operating at 500W (carrier).
this is really a great community of HFU members and HF pirate operators.
im very happy to collaborate with many of you and be a part of the "circle" of good friends.
i didnt intend to broadcast today, had i known that so many operators would be broadcasting today, i would have preferred to listen to them instead but i do have to monitor my own broadcast as i occasionally have some audio issues that i have to resolve.

I appreciate the comments. I think the only answer is that you'll have to be on at night. Even with such low levels of solar flux, there's just too much distance between us for a 43m signal to make it in the daytime. That's not to tell you how you should go about your business - you're the one taking the risks, not me. But I'm sure that one day I'll enjoy your show on my own equipment as I have many others. In the meantime the kiwi SDR network is a godsend.
considering Kiwi, i am currently working on modifying some of the open source code for the "cut filter" to increase its bandwidth from its maximum of 12Khz (6Khz audio) to 20Khz (10Khz audio).
i am pretty sure for many folks, being able to listen to those Hi-Fi broadcasts in SSB and AM with better fidelity audio (at least 10Khz) will also be a Godsend.
i know for one, when RedHat is on the air, being able to listen to his broadcasts on a Kiwi with 10Khz audio will be excellent.
the Kiwi has great low end audio response, now its time to get the high end response worked on.
edit - as far as the risks are concerned, i have thought it out thoroughly and carefully and have been doing daytime broadcasts for a long time now but thanks to everyone for the concern  ;).
i have intimate knowledge of how "they" proceed and operate concerning HF pirates (as well as FM pirates).
the key is simply not to interfere with anything and anyone, not be vulgar and offensive and not transmit with thousands of watts of power during the day.
i have implemented several thoughtful and clever mitigations in place should i ever get a "visit", i will know about it long before "they" get close enough to take the necessary FS measurements needed as proof.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Relay Station 6880 AM 1532 UTC 24 Dec 2018
« on: December 24, 2018, 1720 UTC »
Got it well on Chris Smol's kiwi SDR. Nada at my own QTH, natch.
you are a well respected hobbyist (as many of the HFU members are).
i hope one day, that i will be able to reach your radio equipment.
i may be able to on the 25th as i have a show to broadcast (relay) and i will be operating at 500W (carrier).
this is really a great community of HFU members and HF pirate operators.
im very happy to collaborate with many of you and be a part of the "circle" of good friends.
i didnt intend to broadcast today, had i known that so many operators would be broadcasting today, i would have preferred to listen to them instead but i do have to monitor my own broadcast as i occasionally have some audio issues that i have to resolve.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Relay Station 6880 AM 1532 UTC 24 Dec 2018
« on: December 24, 2018, 1700 UTC »
Noted here also with music at 1540 UTC -- struggling with noise and signal on 6885....don't think I have eQSLd Relay Station so hoping for a present in the mailbox!
i will remind myself to send you one.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Relay Station 6880 AM 1532 UTC 24 Dec 2018
« on: December 24, 2018, 1644 UTC »
Just flipped a switch, did you? Went straight to S9+10 from almost nil at around 1628 UTC.
yes sir.
i decided to increase from less then 500mW to the usual 50W since there are so many respected operators on today.
happy holidays to those operators broadcasting and to everyone here on HFU.
my broadcast today is mainly consisting of music tunes while i work a half-day today.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Relay Station 6880 AM 1532 UTC 24 Dec 2018
« on: December 24, 2018, 1547 UTC »
happy holidays gentlemen (and ladies if any).  8)
im operating at less than 500mW, just for the fun of it, monitoring propagation conditions on a couple of Kiwi's.

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Shortwave Broadcast / Re: UNID 5130 AM 2227 22 December 2018
« on: December 24, 2018, 0357 UTC »
i am quite confident that this is WBCQ operating at low power.
not sure how much power but i suspect less than 1KW.

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listening to your broadcast RedHat while i do some re-coding on my Kiwi SDR to increase the current audio bandwidth from 12Khz to 20Khz.
this will improve audio response from the current 6Khz to 10Khz.
happy holidays to everyone  8)
yes, you hit the nail square center - to play tunes and enjoy - exactly what i am doing while i work on the Kiwi  :)
thanks RedHat !

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General Radio Discussion / Re: 4085 KHz, good choice or not?
« on: December 22, 2018, 0056 UTC »
It's not like 7415 and 5130 are in use all the time.
not to throw this topic "too off topic" but you reminded me of a time during the weekday when i decided to broadcast for a few hours at 5130Khz when WBCQ was not broadcasting, matching the exact AM bandwidth used from WBCQ (slightly higher than 10Khz) and relaying their audio stream for 5130Khz, not a single person realized it was not WBCQ but an "imposter"  ;D

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General Radio Discussion / Re: 4085 KHz, good choice or not?
« on: December 20, 2018, 2135 UTC »
i had a great experience using 5150Khz but the length of the horizontal dipole caused dependability and reliability issues as it kept breaking during wind and/or ice.
i think 5150-5200Khz (taking care to stay out of the 60m amateur band and keeping a sufficient "guard band" from 5130Khz) is a good compromise between the lower end of 4Mhz and the upper end of 6Mhz, you get the best of both propagation worlds, day and night plus, getting "noticed" is easier since WBCQ is at 5130Khz.
perhaps someday soon, I'll see if i can better support a horizontal dipole for 5150Khz but for now, 6880Khz will have to do until then.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6887 USB 1554 UTC 17 Dec 2018
« on: December 17, 2018, 1646 UTC »
thanks Mix for the daytime entertainment  8)
tip for Kiwi SDR:
for better sound quality on USB/LSB transmissions and without having to fuss with the bandwidth slider bar, switch to I/Q then hold the shift key and press P until the maximum bandwidth is achieved.
this is the best method for Mix since some of his LSB is also being used along with USB, you will get the full bandwidth of 12Khz (6Khz audio) from Kiwi on both side bands.
PS: i like how i can hear the VLF audio "rumble"  ;)

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: X-FM 4085 AM 0124 UTC 16 Dec 2018
« on: December 16, 2018, 0346 UTC »
being a big fan of Lee Dorsey and being very familiar with his music, the cover of hit song "working in a coal mine" by Devo was absolutely hysterical but i wouldnt expect anything less from Devo   ;D ;D
now that was funny haha  ;D ;D

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: X-FM 4085 AM 0124 UTC 16 Dec 2018
« on: December 16, 2018, 0233 UTC »
thank you Red Hat for the fulfilled song request  8)
for anyone else that would like to listen to his awesome show and is having some trouble with their own receivers, i have mapped out four Kiwi SDR's that are receiving Red Hat at a good, stable signal, they are:
"AJ7LL", Huson, Montana (best)
"WC8VOA", WestChester, Ohio.
"KA7U", Weiser, Idaho
"Radio Ranch", Pahrump, Nevada
"WA3ETD", Central Vermont
"shift+P" increases bandwidth, "p" decreases bandwidth.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6950 USB 1822 UTC 11 Dec 2018
« on: December 11, 2018, 1905 UTC »
x-mas music.
1907 - lots of F-bombs comedy skit by Andrew Dice Clay
1911 - back to x-mas music, seems to be x-rated type  :o ;D
2009 - ID "Radio Humperdoo"
2055 - jerky boys (love it haha)
2119 - back to music  8)
2122 - back to jerk boys, lol
2135 - signed off with national anthem
thanks for the very entertaining daytime show !  8)

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6732 USB 1800 UTC 11 Dec 2018
« on: December 11, 2018, 1832 UTC »
seems to be centered at 6732.18Khz
sounded like someone skipping through tracks on a CD.

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Channel Z 6950 AM 1735 UTC 11 Dec 2018
« on: December 11, 2018, 1804 UTC »
thanks for the daytime tunes Channel Z.
off @ 1815

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