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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/

Awh yeah??? Well, if y'all liked that, then here are these:



And, if any station wants to air the following, please do:     https://archive.org/details/the-underground-jam-slate-no-tuj-09122021-review-of-master-master-of-time

And, while we're at it, here the expanding Archive.org page:   https://archive.org/details/@thadood

What else to put up there? How about several 1990's pirate ops' interviews? Thank you, and ENJOY!!!!

Want to download that interview for yourself? Looks like the upload to Archive.org worked. Goto    https://archive.org/details/andrew-yoder-on-art-bell-c-2-c-am-mon-9-10-2001-edited    Scroll down to VBR MP3, then Right-Click for option to download. Enjoy!!!!!!

Amateur Radio / Re: Age of ham radio operators?
« on: September 11, 2021, 0620 UTC »
Awh yeah... I definitely fit the +46 category, but I was 22 when I was 1st licensed. Then again, it was just before the internet hit.

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 / Re: Ops are talking on 160M already.
« on: September 09, 2021, 1941 UTC »
CW might be the best way to QSO on 160M with smaller antennas, and 100W, or less. That, and maybe FT8. My experience on 160M is, unless you pound them with at least an S20/9 signal, they don't seem to want to have much to do with you. They call it 'The Gentleman's band', but I see it more as a band of smugness. Just my take. One of the reasons that I like the newer 60M band. You are on par with everyone else at 100W, or less. That, and 60M is open 24/7 to somewhere.

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.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Radio New Zealand 7245 am 0943 utc 4 Sep 2021
« on: September 04, 2021, 2012 UTC »
Heard that too, around 07:00UTC. I was wondering who that was. Signal peaked to S7 on me, and pissed-off the dudes on 40M HAM 7248LSB.

http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2021/09/brazilian-authorities-cracking-down-on-free-radio-in-2021/   They have a podcast interview that covered Community Radio in Brazil, now an article on the Pirate Scene there.

Well, with CB now finally allowed for use on USA CB's, question stands, what channels to use FM on? My proposal would be the Gentleman's Agreement, like what was done with SSB, (a.k.a. Channels 36 - 40 for SSB, CH16 on the old 23 channel rigs.). My idea would be to reserve channels 30 - 35 for FM use. Think that it would fly? Of course, this could depend upon local regional options. Case in point, I understand that the Highway Channel in Alaska is CH14, and not CH19, up there. Passing thoughts...

Amateur Radio / ARRL VHF Sweepsteaks, September 11 - 13, 2021!
« on: August 31, 2021, 2012 UTC »
Tis that time again, already. http://www.arrl.org/september-vhf     Tropo and Aurora maybe the dominant propagation here.

10/11 meters / Re: 11 meter beacons? Remember 27.145USB?
« on: August 31, 2021, 2001 UTC »
Huh... Does anyone remember what that purring, pulsing-like, beacon was around 1990-1991 on 27.145MHz, heard best in USB? (a.k.a. between CB CH's 15 and 16.) That was with a President HR2510, at the time, and a Firestix 4ft indoor GND-plane. I assume it to be ISM now.

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