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S7 into the Southeastern US

0135 Rage Against the Machine - Killing it the Name
0139 OM - "We have assumed control."
0140 Rage Against the Machine - Pocket Full of Shells
0144 UNID rock 90s  rock song, I didn't recognize it in time.
Signal improving here, S9 +12 dB
0149 (crow sounds over the music)
0151 Timmy Trumpet and Savage - Freaks
0154 Solar Federation Voice ID - "Attention All Pilots (Planets?) of the Solar Federation, We Have Assumed Control."
0155 ...
0159 ...
0202 Solar Federation Voice ID "We Have Assumed Control." with HF Underground Shout-Out
0203 ... (crow sounds over music at 0204)

Utility / Capstone Net 6773 USB 0040 14 MAR 2024
« on: March 14, 2024, 0125 UTC »
0040 Capstone 95 calling Tri-Blade - “Tri-Blade, this is Capstone 95, are there any check-ins? Over.”

0041 Red Dragon (unintelligible) checked in

From what I gather, Capstone is the callsign for Civil Air Patrol's Northeast Region and Red Dragon is the callsign for the New Jersey Wing of CAP.

0041 Capstone 95 awaiting traffic

0045 Nothing further was heard.  Interestingly, the net did not formally close, and there was no instruction to "close down" or "secure stations" similar prowords.

0105 starting to get QRM from peskies
0125 I'll assume the net closed, and look for something else to listen to.

Weak but readable
0227 Theme from Goldfinger

0242 Signal has faded significantly. Can sometimes hear female vocals.

S8 signal strength with about 2.8 KHz bandwidth SSB.

0254 just caught the end of a bluesy rock song
0258 instrumental blues on electric guitar and piano

S5 into my QTH into the Southeastern US with significant fading and a little QRM on the LSB from what sounds like peskies.

0233 Cream - White Room

0247 Sign Off

6960.666 kHZ AM S9 +12 dB into my station in the Southeastern US

0200 Stern Radio ID
0200 Several Definitions -Time
0205 Stern Radio ID (English and German?)
0206 Kraftwerk - Hall of Mirrors

QSLs Received / WHIZ eQSL 08 MAR 2024
« on: March 08, 2024, 0301 UTC »
Thanks to WHIZ for the eQSL! I hope to hear you again.

North American Shortwave Pirate / WHIZ 6925 USB 0219 08 MAR 2024
« on: March 08, 2024, 0228 UTC »
0219 - instrumental music (from the 70s?) into
0219 OM - WHIZ ID
0220 another 70s-sounding song, this time with lyrics, but I don't recognize it
0226 signed off
S7 locally in the southeastern US, but I'm mostly listening on the W3HFU KiwiSDR where the signal is clearer, but only about S6.

QSL would be appreciated, if this op sends them.

10/11 meters / 27.700 USB SSTV 07 MAR 2024
« on: March 08, 2024, 0147 UTC »
Parked my radio on 27.700 USB this morning, and just let Black Cat SSTV do it's work.  There were some familiar images and calls, and several ones I don't remember seeing before.  Not a bad day for 11m SSTV in my book.

10/11 meters / 11m SSTV 17 JAN 2023
« on: January 17, 2023, 1843 UTC »
There was a TON of DX from Europe on 11m this morning, and I received more SSTV images on 27700 KHz USB that has been normal here.  Things seem to have settled down for now, but if the band opens up again, I may update this post.  Received locally at my QTH in the Southeastern US with an AirSpy HF+ Discovery and 130 ft inverted L antenna.

Interestingly, I think everything I decoded today was from Europe.  I didn't notice any familiar calls from the US or Canada I've seen on the last few days.

I've gone through and removed all of the images that were only static or decoded so poorly that it wasn't possible to make anything out, but I'm including several with very weak signals to emphasize just how active 11m SSTV was today.

10/11 meters / Re: 11 meter ROS contact 27635usb
« on: January 16, 2023, 1740 UTC »
Nice one!

I scrolled back up in ROS, and I was also able to copy your exchange from my QTH.  I used an AirSpy HF+ Discovery and 130 ft inverted L antenna.

HF Mystery Signals / UNID MFSK or PSK 7012.3 USB 0541 UTC 06 JAN 2023
« on: January 06, 2023, 0602 UTC »
There's been a nonstop data signal at the bottom end of the 40m amateur radio band for the better part of an hour.  The signal is about 2.5 KHz wide, and my best guess is that it's 12 PSK carriers.  I hear it at my QTH in the Southeastern US, but it's a lot more noticeable on online SDRs in the northeast.

UPDATE: added USB and I/Q recordings.

USB and I/Q recordings from N1NTE kiwi:

USB and I/Q recordings from W3HFU kiwi:

Barely audible here.  Sounded like someone said "What do you have on?" followed by heavy breathing.

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6931 USB 2154 UTC 03 JAN 2023
« on: January 03, 2023, 2157 UTC »
Big S9 signal into the southeastern US.  USB is about 4.5 KHz wide.  Haven't caught an ID yet.

2154 DJ complaining that "We haven't got any decent music!"
2155 The Doors - LA Woman
2200 DJ says "Dr. Zeeky is a good engineer and a good DJ" but no one else on pirate radio is.
2201 The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
2205 "That song is almost 50 years old and still has sting!" DJ promises not to relay DJ Dickweed anymore.
2206 T Rex - Get it On
2210 "Getting grayline propagation to New England."
2210 Creedence Clearwater Revival - Suzie Q
2218 "There's another classic song for you" ... "If you say this station isn't good quality, it's you brother."
2220 The Eagles - Hotel California
2226 Guns N Roses - Knockin' on Heaven's Door
2231 "We hope you have enjoyed the show." ... "We're gonna go out with some Aerosmith."
2231 Aerosmith - Crazy
2235 "... so many creeps in pirate radio."
2235 Radiohead - Creep
2238 Signed off

A similarly strong and wide USB signal again... Is Zeeky back?
2240 The Cranberries - Zombie
2244 Off again

General Radio Discussion / Re: has anyone ever thought about...
« on: January 03, 2023, 2057 UTC »
If your main goal is to replace someone else's content, this probably isn't the best way to go about it.  Commercial shortwave stations are businesses, and religious broadcasters are their biggest customers.  I would go so far as to say stations like WRMI, WWCR, and WBCQ probably couldn't stay in business today if religious broadcasters weren't purchasing large blocks of time and providing a steady revenue stream.

If you have a cool idea for a show, and you just want to get it on the air, contact a couple stations and ask.  The worst they can do is turn you down.  A few years ago, when they didn't have a full slate of programming, WBCQ made social media posts to the effect that you could purchase time on a one-off basis, and they would use it to fill unpurchased airtime or when they had an unscheduled opening.  You just wouldn't know ahead of time when your show would play.  I haven't seen anything about this recently, but they still seem to have a couple openings in their schedule.

There is absolutely no way you're going to "kick off some other program" that has already paid for airtime.  If a station will sell you time on a non-recurring basis, it will be during be during an opening in their schedule.

As for music licensing, the license fees most radio stations pay to ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are based on a percentage of the station's revenue.  If the station already plays commercial music, I would expect the music licensing to be baked into the price of the airtime.  Again, it's only something the salesperson at the station itself can answer for sure.

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