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Peskies / Russian-like Woodpecker on 6925kHz last night?
« on: October 31, 2021, 1830 UTC »
Eh??? Got back from work and kicked the HF rig on to troll for pirates, only to hear what sounded like the 1970's - 1980's Russian Woodpecker on 6925kHz, +/-12kHz either side, 04:30UTC. Not that strong, peaking at an S5, but certainly obliterated anything that could have been there. That was gone 2hrs later. Tell me that this wasn't deliberate.

10/11 meters / 11M pipeline from Idaho? Apparently...
« on: October 30, 2021, 1811 UTC »
On CB CH 38LSB, I QSO'ed with Idaho yesterday, but today, Idaho just dominates with stations there! Huh... Sellin' potatoes has these ops to be able to afford SSB CB rigs? (Nah... I'm not stereo-typing here. Hi-hi...) Neat, to hear all of them from that state. Must be a nice F2 pipeline to there from WV.

Huh... Never heard of this then. My go-to zine at the time was Ernie Wilson's EBN from Panaxis.     http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2021/10/radio-is-my-bomb-zine-is-a-still-relevant-snapshot-of-free-radio-in-the-1980s/

Huh? / Jessica Rosenworcel nominated to become 1st woman to lead FCC?
« on: October 28, 2021, 2004 UTC »
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/jessica-rosenworcel-nominated-to-become-1st-woman-to-lead-fcc/ar-AAPZ0YV?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBnb7Kz            Seen this coming out of my OUTLOOK mail. Hmmmmmmmm... Good, bad, indifferent???

Don't trash those Reciva based radios yet. There are some smart folks trying to work around this.    https://swling.com/blog/2021/10/reciva-gateway-not-responding-rob-offers-more-info-possible-workarounds/ I have two Sangean WFR-20 radios here, and it would be nice not to have even more paper weights here. Albeit, they also make nice computer audio amps with their AUX inputs.

Well, this is certainly pirate history, and Youtube still has it up,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_oXEMu7Rzo What prompted me to this VID again? Running Radio Wolf International over my stations this Columbus Day Weekend. Hey... The Youtube copy is a better VID version than what I'd bought back in 1991 on VHS.

10/11 meters / CH 38LSB alive with F2 today!
« on: October 10, 2021, 1831 UTC »
After bring back from the dead, a 1978 RCA SSB Co-Pilot CB, with a new VCO modual, bought from the same UK dude selling FM CB boards, (See the earlier post on that.), I went to bed with it on the 10M Ringo on CH 38LSB. This morning, I woke-up to a flurry of SSB activity from AZ, NM, TX, Mexico, and CA. In the mid-afternoon, WA, OR, N. CA, BC, and Alberta, all banging-in there at +9lbs. Went to 10M on the HF rig, and found no activity. Hmmmmmmmmmmm...

I bought time on WBCQ's 7490kHz AM for a review of the Russian Metal band, Master's, latest release, Sunday evening 9PM EST, Monday 01:00UTC. And, they've mentioned this on their main web site as their latest news,    http://master-rockgroup.com/

But, if your Russian really sucks, like mine, here's the translation by that big-ass WBCQ mic logo:

"Radio review of the album "Master of Time
Master,Yesterday 3:29 pm

This Sunday, The Underground JAM program on American Independent Radio will feature a review of the "Master of Time" album. Spanish-language songs will also be aired.
Detailed announcement: http://www.frn.net/vines/read.php?13,9431,9431#msg-9431
You can listen live here: http://splatterbox.us/wbcq1
Time: 9 p.m. EST on October 3rd.
Moscow time will be 4:00 AM MONDAY, October 4th.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)"

Well, I think it's kind of neat. how many bands do you know that mention that they will be heard on shortwave radio?

Amateur Radio / Finally!!! Decent 75M propagation last night!
« on: September 25, 2021, 1806 UTC »
Coming home around 05:30UTC, that 1710kHz Hudson Valley TIS, (a.k.a. The Pest!), was just booming over the truck stereo. There was some lightning crashes in there, but not outrageous. So, when I got home, I kicked on the HF rig and found 3799kHz and 3795kHz very much alive with Spanish EA1 stations and several UK stations. The 'Big-Guns' were in there at S9!. However, the weaker, 100W on-a-wire dudes, were all heard from S1 to S3. And, this is RX'ed on a compromised Windom, where 1/2 of that blew-down during the 9/22 storms. COOL!!!! And, this was at 06:00UTC, while one Brit commented the the Sun was up for 10min, already. Let's hope for more. I did also check 60M, but just FT8 on CH3. 160M there was domestic stations at 1880kHz, all coming in from S9 to S10/9, and lower lightning crashes. Catch ya on the lower bands? Let's hope...

MW Loggings / 1630 KCJJ is propagating, again.
« on: September 14, 2021, 0526 UTC »
After a poor RX'ing of KCJJ in Iowa City, IA all summer, I heard them for a few minutes bangin' back in on the truck stereo around 04:35UTC. Interesting contrast of tunage, early Beyoncee Knowles to early 80's Sammy Hagar. https://www.1630kcjj.com/

Oh yeah... I certainly remember the morning of 9/11/2001, since I was on the road to my Grandpa's funeral in Buffalo, NY. Needless to say, 930WBEN was exciting to listen too right then, as my family and I did. However, I was sleep deprived from staying up all night, 9/10/2001, for big night on the then Art Bell's Coast To Coast AM, when his guest was Andrew Yoder, on the subject of Pirate Radio, mainly the shortwave scene. I stayed up to record off-air the whole thing off of WHTK 1280AM. (I did the same with the Pat Murphy interview as well.) I thought that it all went well, Art got to tune-in to what may have been his 1st pirate station on shortwave, He Man Radio doing the broadcast for the occasion. Art actually aired several pirate ID's and actually aired a full skit from The Voice Of Laryngitis, as well as promote Hobby Broadcasting Zine. Also, a mention of Number Stations that Art has tuned-in to before. I was actually happy with the whole show, then the events of what happened a few hours later totally erased everything. Andrew's thunder was really sniff-out, for sure. Certainly glad that I did the off-air records, and they were on-line on a couple of sites. Are they still? So, even though the terrible events to the twin towers changed everything in America, and even the World, the night before, 9/10/2001, turned out to be the radio event that was, then all of a sudden, wasn't.   

Amateur Radio / Ops are talking on 160M already.
« on: September 07, 2021, 1906 UTC »
Huh... Even with all those lightning crashes, even being heard up to 10MHz, last night at 06:30UTC, ops on 1880kHz LSB were back on rag chewin'. And, all were coming in from S5 to S9. I guess that's a sign of Fall. Saturday night, I also heard that Gateway News 160M AM at 1860kHz, WA0RCR, at S10/9 - S20/9 signal. http://www.wa0rcr.com/

Question... With all that mostly unused spectrum in the 11M International Broadcast band, from 25.670MHz - 26.100MHz, has anyone tried actual Part #15 tests and broadcasts there? About the only thing that I hear down there, anymore, are CB outbanders. I haven't heard those broadcast auxiliary FM stations there for a couple of years, at least. Yeah... Sucks about the Part #15 FS limit of 30uV, measured at 30M, (If I read that right.), but it would be interesting to see just how much of an area that could actually cover.   

10/11 meters / Mild F2 PROP on 27MHz CB 16:00UTC.
« on: September 05, 2021, 1822 UTC »
Huh... Testing a repaired Uniden Pro510XL CB, so today I woke up to several stations shooting skip on AM CH's 28, 27, 11, 1, , Superbowl 6, and 38LSB. Couple from AR and AZ, but most were from S. CA and around San Diego.So, must be mild F2 coming back in there, but must also be the power hungry 'Big-Guns' that were heard.  Some of them at 9lbs.

Wanted to see if CFRX on 6070kHz was coming in around at 3AM, or 07:00UTC, and it didn't, but skipped over me. However, at 07:03UTC, was a weak station, jammin' modern folk MX, on 6080kHz. No ID heard. Any cues???
UPDATE9/5/2021: Oh... It's VOA. Pretty solid S5 at 04:00UTC, so must be a domestic TX.

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