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Spy Numbers / UNID 1050 AM 444 utc 12-11-18
« on: December 12, 2018, 0604 UTC »
444utc transmitter on
5 number set followed by data, repeat
452 utc transmitter off

General Radio Discussion / Iím calliní it! set your SDRs to 4625
« on: August 12, 2018, 2009 UTC »
Ok so this happened last year and according to a YouTube video I found exactly one year before. At 1900 utc on 8-19-18 uvb-76/MDZhB/ZhUOZ/everybodies favorite white noise machine/ the buzzer WILL start playing a police siren.
Iíll probably be listening So if youíve ever wanted to say youíve heard something on 4625, nowís your chance.

Equipment / Loop balun ratio?
« on: March 27, 2018, 2310 UTC »
Lately Iíve decided to try to rebuild my shortwave station and do to space restraints Iíve had to build a loop antenna, Iíve had the thing for a while now itís 150 feet of number 16 wire on a 5 foot pvc frame hoisted 20 feet in the air. The balun I have is 9:1 and I used it because itís what I had. Iíve been told to use everything from 1:1 to 12:1. And ideas?

Broadcast Announcements / Ghostship returns to shortwave
« on: March 27, 2018, 2102 UTC »
I am glad to announce that Ghostship radio will soon be back on shortwave. While Iím not sure when exactly the first broadcast will go out I do know that test transmissions on shortwave should begin as soon as Easter on 6915 kHz

Longwave Loggings / Morse code lowFER beacon
« on: March 14, 2018, 0839 UTC »
At 0835 utc March 14 I found a longwave beacon on .201 KHz looping Morse code

General Radio Discussion / Digital pirate tv transmitter
« on: March 08, 2018, 2354 UTC »
This wil almost definitely demonstrate how little I know about digital tv but is it at all possible to build a digital tv pirate transmitter?

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Wanted shortwave amp
« on: February 23, 2018, 0547 UTC »
So right now Iím running about 60 watts on 6915 kHz which works well. But Iím wondering if thereís an amp out there that will allow me to bump that up to maybe 300 or so. Any ideas?

Pirate Radio History / Radio Newyork International (RNI)
« on: February 23, 2018, 0018 UTC »
This station later became WBCQ. Thereís not much reading out there on the internet but there are some news segments on YouTube if you hunt around.



General Radio Discussion / Longwave Pirates?
« on: February 15, 2018, 0627 UTC »
Is longwave pirate radio a thing? Iíve found a few cases on the internet but I canít find a case of a regular broadcast.

Equipment / The best undercover fm antenna on the market
« on: January 24, 2018, 0235 UTC »
So a little while ago I saw this little dipole on eBay for only $99 and I thought Iíd pick one up.
Hereís a link to the same thing on amazon for a bit more but you can occasionally find these floating around eBay for much less
When t bought this I connected it to an old 15 watt fm tx I had just to see what would happen. I thought I wouldnít see much of on improvement over the little telescope antenna that came with the thing. I WAS WORNG! The range jumped from about 1.5 miles to at least 8. While trying to find the range I actually hade to turn around because my truck was about to run out of gas and I was in the middle of nowhere and at that point the signal was coming through perfectly. Iíd also like to point out that during the test the antenna was attached to a bench press in my attic far away from the spying eyes of the fcc. So to sum up. 15 watts of power a relatively cheap (possibly used) antenna a TNC to pl259 adapter and about 3 feet of rg8u and you get better than 8 miles. Enough to cover my little town. All added up an the whole set up cast me about $250

General Radio Discussion / Looping mp3
« on: January 05, 2018, 1902 UTC »
Iím thinking of building an hf beacon and of course one of the main components of that is a device that will loop the same audio over and over again for possibly weeks. Does anyone know of an MP3 player that will loop the same track over and over again?

Equipment / Procaster AM Transmitter Review
« on: November 28, 2017, 1946 UTC »
I recently attempted, and failed, to buy a sstran amt 5000 for $229. after two months of waiting I opened a claim with paypal to get my money back. After I received my refund I impulsively bought a Procaster AM transmitter for $696 with $55 for shipping for a grand total of $750 plus about $100 worth of pawn shop studio equipment as well as wires, ground rods, and a long aluminum pole to mount it on. The tx has amazing range of about two miles when well tuned and grounded and is connected to a audio and power source inside the house via a cable that i believe is nothing more than a length of phone cord. This allows for the tx to be almost entirely controlled from inside the house with the exception of the tuning and frequency selection. The only problem i have withe the tx is that there is no good way to ground it without breaking part 15 law. The instructions call for an eight foot grounding rod, however this combined with any length of wire would violate part 15 law leading me to believe that when the fcc was inspecting the tx for certification, it wasn't grounded at all. Bearing that in mind i, knowing i had to ground it for lightning protection, bought forteen feet of six gage wire and an eight foot copper ground rod and plan to add even more grounding in the future.

All in all I'm very pleased with the tx. Even with my minimalist approach to the part 15 hobby i can still cover my neighborhood as well as several others in the area. I haven't had any problem from ether the fcc or the tx and i don't think i will. if you're looking for a good part 15 tx the Procaster is what i recommend.

Shortwave Broadcast / WRMI on 9495 kHz 5:03am utc 10-27-17
« on: October 27, 2017, 0510 UTC »
333 signal great music and sound quality. Played footloose then went to commercials

General Radio Discussion / Anyone know whatís going on at sstran?
« on: October 12, 2017, 2154 UTC »
I ordered an amt5000 from sstran almost 2 months ago after hearing nothing but great things about them. Of course I also heard they can be a little slow to arrive. Itís been almost 2 months and my order is still pending. Iím sure Iíll get it eventually seeing as I canít find anyone complaining that they didnít but I am a bit curious as to whatís taking it. Has anyone heard anything from them recently?

very weak signal, i could just barely make out someone talking

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