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Listening on the Twente SDR. Announcements (with lots of feedback) at 2229 UTC in Dutch and English, with email address. S9+20 at the moment.

The RF Workbench / Re: Desoldering trick using a halogen lamp
« on: December 29, 2017, 2155 UTC »
That's interesting. Holding onto the lamp will be difficult during this. Also, be sure to never touch the glass surface of the bulb with bare skin because the grease from your skin that is left on the glass will have a tendency to smoke and burn.

I would still prefer a hot air pencil, turned down so that you don't blow away everything else with the force of the airflow. It's somewhat more controllable in terms of direction and temperature and on a dense board that is what is needed. The professionals will use a hot plate under the PCB as a means of raising the "regional" temperature and then the air pencil to elevate the "local" temperature at the device just enough to loosen.

HF Beacons / Re: K2ORS Beacon 1790 kHz December 27 2017 1535 UTC
« on: December 28, 2017, 0049 UTC »
0015 - audible now, states 70 watts with 'WH2XDE/3 FN42HI MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY NEW YEAR WAYLAND, MA'

Got it now at 0048 UTC. Started at 0045 with "VVV ..." then into the text you gave.

Latin American Pirate / Lupo Radio 6973 AM 0014 UTC 28 Dec 2017
« on: December 28, 2017, 0038 UTC »
Weak carrier heard in the US. Checked an SDR in Brazil and SIO 242 there. Seem to be playing tango-type music - my vision of it anyway.

Carrier frequency is actually 6972.95, as far as I can tell.

SIO 434 around northeast US. Music mix, a bit of everything but mostly hip-hop. Peskie QRM from 6945 LSB then switched to 6940 LSB.

2242 - Id several times in computerized voice but just couldn't make sense of it.
2243 - Little Richard - Tutti Fruiti but off mid-song.

2320 - Back on again. Snippet of Tutti Fruiti again.
2330 - VERY CLEAR ID "You are listening to Unidentified Radio" repeated thrice, into Led Zeppelin.
2335 - "You are listening to Unidentified Radio. Thank you to digitalmod for the nice pic" repeated thrice.
2339 - ID onto Led Zeppelin, from The BBC collection, I believe.
2345 - "Dancing Days"
2348 - ID onto a snippet of LZ
2350 - switched over to "American Woman".
2353 - "You are listening to Unidentified Radio, which is a clever name for an unidentified radio station."
0000 - off

Probably them again with more hip-hop around 0055. Did not catch an ID.

2050 - A couple Motorhead songs.
2056 - "Announcer said "89.3 FM" and into some newsy bit about how "easy" it is to set up a pirate TX. Into "House of the Rising Sun".
2114 - "...Seven Nine Newport Radio" then into music.
2118 - Tune out

S5-ish on SDRs in Rochester, NY and northern NJ.

Relay of some FM rock station around 2045 UTC. Music is all over the map; a little of everything. Probably a bit overmodulated. Long selective fades and you would miss 20 seconds at a time.

I could only hear them on an SDR in Rochester, NY.

2049 - FM rock DJ gave phone number as "897-9293".
2056 - the "diversity" of programming continues. Start of Rod Serling announcing the "The Twilight Zone" then into something else.
2100 - fade down. foF2 now < 6 MHz in the northeast US.
2106 - tune out

Latin American Pirate / Radio Dontri 6955 KHz USB 0307 UTC Dec 24 2017
« on: December 24, 2017, 0330 UTC »
Rock music and frequent announcements with ID and frequency between songs. Email address as well. Heard on an SDR in Argentina Brazil. Actually on 6954.97 KHz, for what it's worth. Believed to be in Argentina.

Latin American Pirate / Re: Lupo Radio 6973 AM 2335 UTC 23 Dec 2017
« on: December 24, 2017, 0327 UTC »
Still on 0325 UTC. SIO 232 on an SDR in Argentina.

2209 -  Alabama, "The Night Before Christmas"

Listenable on SDRs in NH, western NY and Northern VA. Probably best in NY but also worst UTE QRM (two-tones at ~6946) there too.  Also, some peskies in Portuguese on 6945 LSB as well.

6765-7000 kHz 

I was up late and listening via an SDR in southern Brazil from 0600-0615 UTC and still plenty of activity in the frequency range above.

Other / Re: UNID 3986 khz 1020 UTC 7 December 2017
« on: December 18, 2017, 2030 UTC »
Just pulled this in on the usual Half Moon Bay CA based SDR.  Gotta be a pirate, right? Signal at about S6 - S7.  Oh, and I was using LSB at the time. 


The recording associated with the second link is in Korean, I believe. KBS or North Korea with jamming in the background.

There is plenty of music being played and jamming on the 80m ham band at night on the west coast.

Other / Re: 3916Khz Santa Nets are back.
« on: December 18, 2017, 2024 UTC »
But whose lap do they sit on?

Surprised to see a we-fax on this freq.

It's a published frequency for WEFAX from station VCO in Sydney, Nova Scotia at exactly that time. Schedule is for one image commencing at 1741 UTC on that frequency, with more at other times during the day.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/rfax.pdf (See page 27)

Though I have seen other info that says that these WEFAX broadcasts are only occasional.

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