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Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6930 LSB 2330 UTC Dec 16, 2017
« on: December 16, 2017, 2331 UTC »
Faint on OH SDR. Music and speech but just above minimum discernible. Sounded like they were testing at 2329 then commenced transmission at 2330.

Edit: this is on LSB

1097
Longwave Loggings / Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« on: December 16, 2017, 2310 UTC »
Look at the heavy black marks in the Sherbrooke<->Niagrara Falls corridor. Also, lots of them in western North Carolina too.

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Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter NDB Logs
« on: December 16, 2017, 0126 UTC »

 - and Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan

We may never know,  n'est-ce pas?

I thought we aren't supposed to answer a question with a question.  ;) :)

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Longwave Loggings / Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« on: December 16, 2017, 0124 UTC »
Yeah, I noticed YX was listed as an icebreaker. So I guess it is a mobile NDB?

It would seem so. Then I have to wonder what is the purpose for navigation. I guess it must be so that the helicopters that will land on its deck can find it or to aid with local Coast Guard activity (who have presumably been advised as to its true location). Because if its location is not on an NDB chart, it's not clear to me what is the benefit to general aviation.

1100
Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter NDB Logs
« on: December 15, 2017, 0223 UTC »
btw,  Riviere du Loup...   River of the Wolf,  another cool NDB name.

I have always been partial to Medicine Hat, Alberta, Portage La Prarie, Manitoba - where they had to carry their canoes over the prairie between bodies of water - and Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, because it's an unanswered question.

About Riviere du Loup: I bet you don't get as excited about the Wolf River, near Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  ;) ;D

1101
Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6940 AM 0100z Nov 9, 2017
« on: December 10, 2017, 0129 UTC »
0121 tune in after Offspring song. KUNT ID heard.
0124 switched to USB.

QRM from LSB peskies on 6943.
Poor audio quality - sounds like speaker-to-microphone.
S8 signal on SDR in New Hampshire but with deep fades. Not heard on RXs in Quebec or Pennsylvania.

1102
Longwave Loggings / Re: Some NDB Logs 0000 UTC 7 Dec 2017
« on: December 07, 2017, 0845 UTC »
I now understand how the different ID periods are a good thing, if you have two beacons on the same frequency, you can pick out the IDs as the relative phase between them changes.

Yes, that and the tone frequency differences (1 KHz vs. 400 Hz).

An SDR and ability to adjust the passband really helps, IMO.

The CW speed is slow enough that you can read many of the characters right off the SDR screen if the scroll rate is fast enough and SNR is high enough.

1103
Shortwave Pirate / Re: KUNT 6925 USB 0047 UTC 7 Dec 2017
« on: December 07, 2017, 0833 UTC »
KUNT, "University of Texas radio.  Keeping up the tradition of University of Texas radio on shortwave." 

Given the alleged callsign, seems like it ought to be from The University of Northern Texas.  ;)

1104
Longwave Loggings / Re: KaySeeks' NDB Loggings
« on: December 06, 2017, 0643 UTC »
YHD, nice one from HI...  sometimes can't receive it here in Michigan.

It was one of those "brief encounters" - YHD and AA faded up enough for me to find them and when I checked back about 10 minutes or so later, they were buried in the noise. I just got lucky.

When I looked up the two stations in the databases, I was thinking that Dryden, Ontario (YHD) was in southeastern Ontario (closer to Toronto) but it was only after I looked on the map that I realized it's actually in western Ontario, about 150 km from Manitoba and north of Minnesota. That puts it close to the line of axis between Hawaii and Fargo (AA). Had I known at the time, I would have pulled out the NDB beacon map and done some concerted hunting for more signals from that approximate geographic area since I had clearly "struck a vein", so to speak. C'est la vie.

In any case, NDB is kind of interesting. I'll do some more NDB stuff over the coming years while I wait out the HF perturbations and low sunspots....

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Longwave Loggings / KaySeeks' NDB Loggings
« on: December 05, 2017, 1000 UTC »
My first time ever trying NDB DX. Used the NH6XO SDR (Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii). Well over 20 beacons heard, mostly Hawaii and USA/Canadian west coast. Not going write it all here, but since I don't have a lot of experience, these were notable to me due to their distance from the RX:

2017-12-05 0845 365.0 AA Fargo, ND USA 6140 km
2017-12-05 0849 390.0 HBT Sand Point, AK USA 3814 km
2017-12-05 0850 390.0 EHM Cape Newenham, AK USA 4191 km
2017-12-05 0840 413.0 YHD Dryden, ON CAN 6457 km

AA and YHD have been widely reported so these aren't apparently too crazy.

1106
Equipment / Re: QRP Pixie rig as CW beacon
« on: November 26, 2017, 1919 UTC »
The PCBs arrived. There's always the question when building the first board... was the PCB layout correct? Will it work?  And yes, it does!

 8) :)

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Not a peep about that from the FCC nor even the broadcasters.

Not completely true. Though the FCC haven't really taken any regulatory measures yet either.

Noise Floor Complaints Grow Louder

No issue is more pressing to SBE than the noise interference faced by AM stations. “To us, it’s all related to ambient RF noise,” Imlay said. Not only are radio frequency or RF-emitting devices filling homes and offices with noise clutter, but big box retailers sell industrial strength technology for home use. “The problem is one of those devices is going to cause noise in a city block and anybody who would like to listen to the AM band at home isn’t going to be able to,” Imlay said. With little enforcement by the FCC against unlicensed Part 15 devices that exceed RF limits, engineers say it paints a dire situation for radio going forward. “They’re killing the AM broadcast band,” Imlay said. “And as long as those kinds of things are happening, the AM broadcast band is doomed.”

The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) is similarly concerned about the noise problem and how the FCC enforces its rules. “AM broadcasting is the proverbial canary in the coal mine and it’s simple physics,” AFCCE president Bob Weller said. “The noise problem, if it is not addressed soon, is going to kill off AM but it’s also going to kill off the Internet of Things before it even gets started.” Weller, who previously worked in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau during the 1980s and 1990s, agrees enforcement needs to play a bigger role in the solution—not just with other technologies, but also among AMs to ensure station facilities aren’t drifting out of tolerance and causing interference. He says FM translators also need to be monitored. “A lot of this is a technical issue, not a legal one,” Weller said.

AFCCE met with Pai in April to discuss its concerns and Weller believes the chairman, while not tipping his hand in any way, is aware of the situation and he pressed them for how broadcasters could formulate a solution that wouldn’t draw objections from other segments of the industry.

Pai said he heard “a lot” from Midwest broadcasters during his road trip about the noise floor and the problem of modern technology creating all sorts of inference and preventing AM stations from delivering high-quality signals to listeners. “As I go back to DC that’s one of the things that we’ll be looking at—ways to improve the noise floor in order to make sure you are able to communicate information,” Pai said during an interview on WRDN, adding, “If we don’t have that you are really just broadcasting out into the ether.”

Last year the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council opened an inquiry on radio noise and how it can be studied to compare with data from decades ago. While the status of the effort is unclear, it appears that the FCC has decided to conduct its research in-house. However it’s completed, Imlay said something is needed since no one is quite sure whether the FCC’s governing RF emitters are too liberal, too conservative or just right. “Any of the academic studies that have been done since then indicate that there is a general increase over time in ambient RF noise to the point where in SBE’s view it’s a toxic environment for any listener to try to listen to AM broadcast stations because the listening environment becomes unpleasant very quickly,” he said.

Weller says the noise floor is a common problem that doesn’t just plague AM. It’s one reason why HD Radio FMs needed a power boost and why when VHF television stations switched from analog to digital the coverage was not as good as expected, especially indoors.

Radio receivers aren’t currently required to be manufactured to meet any spectrum efficiency standard and the NAB says adopting minimum performance standards for radio receivers could be one solution for the FCC to help broadcasters. “I know that might be controversial, but the truth is that consumers are often buying radios and other products that don’t work very well because of interference issues,” spokesman Dennis Wharton said.


From http://www.insideradio.com/bumps-remain-on-long-path-to-am-revitalization/article_cbbd1766-54b6-11e7-9742-a37b51b593b5.html

1108
Partially old news but with more depth here:

http://www.insideradio.com/pirate-radio-is-a-costly-overlooked-problem-and-it-s/article_73e73a12-3ecc-11e7-aecd-77c4ad3cfba2.html

Yeah, yeah, OK. They have been saying that the FCC are going to crack down more. Whatever.

Some of the links in the story are interesting to me. Like this: http://diymedia.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Pirate-2016-study-final-pdf.pdf
I like the photo of the pirate station antenna that is in the building next to the East Orange, NJ police station. (Location J, p. 86-87.) :D

Also of note:
"While getting Congress to pass legislation is always a lengthy process, Florida and New Jersey have already made operating a pirate station a felony under state law, while it’s a criminal misdemeanor in New York."

and
"Between Jan. 2003 and March 2017, the FCC issued 1,561 official warning notices to alleged pirates across 46 states with Arkansas, South Carolina, Vermont and West Virginia the only states untouched by the problem. Just one in ten of those warnings were escalated to the next step. The FCC says it proposed $2.15 million in fines against 168 alleged pirates. Yet of that number the Commission ultimately ordered just 93 pirates to pay up a combined $1.04 million. In order words, just 6% of the warning letters ultimately translated to formal fines. Also of note nearly half of the fines were to pirates in one state: Florida."

1109
Weak copy on the UTwente SDR in NL. If I did not already know it was there, I would not have found it. Nice to transit across the ocean.
Seems to have stopped at 2236 in middle of a song.

1110
Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6940 USB 2338 UTC 14 Oct 2017
« on: October 14, 2017, 2344 UTC »
2344: "Who Are You"
2348: Van Halen "Atomic Punk".
2351: Van Halen
2352: Into a random music mix

Lots of QRN tonight.
Frequency is 6339.95?

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