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MW Loggings / WQFG689 1710 AM (Hudson County, NJ) 0226 UTC
« on: November 29, 2022, 0246 UTC »
S5 into the southeastern US tonight on my AirSpy Discovery+ and 80m OFC dipole with no co-channel interference, but a fair amount of hiss.
Had to listen in USB to make out the announcement.  SIO 242

0226 UTC Recorded message with OM repeating "This is radio station WQFG689, owned and operated by Hudson County, NJ.  We are currently experiencing technical difficulties, and continue to work on correcting the issue.  Please check back with 1710 AM soon.  Thank you for your patience."

Link to recording:

Just got home.  Nice to hear someone still on the air.

0130 UTC sound like movie clips and OM speaking over sitar-y guitar.
0134 WTF Worldwide ID
0137 Off

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / 22m Beacon Logs 28 Nov 2022
« on: November 28, 2022, 1916 UTC »
Received via N1NTE Kiwi #2:
1900 UTC 13566.4 RVA - Only about S2, but clearly audible with a tight CW filter
1914 UTC 13563.5 YSO - Down in the noise, nothing on the S-meter

Received via N1NTE Kiwi #1:
1949 UTC 13565 RF - S1 right at the noise level.  Took several tries before I caught the ID.

Peskies / Peskies 4211 USB 0745 UTC 28 NOV 2022
« on: November 28, 2022, 0825 UTC »
Heard a pair of OM chatting in Spanish.  S5 signal at my QTH in the southeastern US.

Then I spent longer than I want to admit hopping around different Kiwi SDRs all up and down the east coast listening to them.  The propagation gods must have smiled on these two caballeros, because they could be heard from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Stafford, Prince Edward Island.  For kicks, I checked Westfjords, Iceland, and they were fading in and out.  Not great, but audible.

God speed, Seņores

S3 via the N1NTE Kiwi SDR

0101 Leo Moracchioli - Africa (caught mid-song
0102 Leo Moracchioli - Feel Good Inc
0106 Leo Moracchioli - Eye of the Tiger

beginning to fade badly.  just above the noise, now.
0114 Leo Moracchioli - Smells Like Teen Spirit
0115 Leo Moracchioli - Californication

0122 below the noise floor, now.  sounds like a cover of Train or Coldplay... assume it's Leo again

0037 Atmospheric music again.  Same op?
0042 Electron Radio ID " signing on to the 43 meter band to North America" (I guess I heard the ID wrong)

0045 Juice WRLD & Trill Jimi - Wishing Well
0048 ID
0049 pop song with yelling vocals - off suddenly
0050 another song - keeps cutting out
0052 off suddenly

Back with 0127 with S9 signal
0140 "Black Swan will broadcast to the west coast of North America at 0400 UTC."

Link to Recording:

S5 into my QTH in the Southeast.  I heard the announcer say "Radio New York Worldwide" but I assume that's just part of the original program, and not the operator.

2237 playing radio coverage from the Kennedy asassination

Really nice sounding, wide USB signal.  S9 +10 dB into the Southeastern US.  Nice enough to listen in I/Q mode with the residual LSB for pseudo-stereo.  I think this is my first time hearing this op.

2224 Electronic Music

Link to Recording:

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 USB 2039 UTC 22 NOV 2022
« on: November 22, 2022, 2040 UTC »
Heard via the W3HFU Kiwi, spoken word program about Bigfoot, S5-S7

Link to recording:

2058 Either signed off or faded completely

2117 Back on the air.  "A ghostly apparition appeared." Sounds like another episode of the same show.
S3-S6 on the N1NTE Kiwi with lower noise.
Link to recording:

Utility / 6981 KHz USB ALE and VARA? 1833Z NOV 22 2022
« on: November 22, 2022, 1903 UTC »
Just heard what sounded like a VARA ARQ exchange on 6981 KHz.  I also heard 2G ALE sounding from "AB2" on the same freq around the same time, but unknown if it was the same station.  If it was ALE, the the dial freq would have been 6980.

I know MIL-STD-188 ALE includes some kind of ARQ itself, but this signal didn't sound like that to me.

EDIT - link to recording:

SIO 343 on 4185 C-QuAM with weak signal, but very little noise tonight in the southeastern US.  Noticing some "wobble" in the stereo image.  Is it called platform motion?

SIO 555 on 5185 AM relay, but no stereo as far as I can tell

2400 Sign on with Morning Parade - Under the Stars
0005 RedHat welcoming listeners to Halloween show.  Mentioned relay in 5185 kHz AM.  This playlist is from the "show that never was."
0016 B52s - Planet Claire
0020 XFM sounder
0020 Churches - How not to Drown (ok, CHVRCHES...)
0025 Neon Indian - Annie
0030 RH reading reception reports and mentioned a listener requested Thriller.
0034 Michael Jackson - Thriller
0039 XFM sounder with RH intro into
0040 Gunship - The Drone Racing League
0044 XFM sounder
0044 Foals - My Number
0048 RH reviewing the songs played.  Broadcasting from East of the Rockies but West of Normal.  Mentioned the Radio Illuminati relay and how to listen to C-QuAM in stereo.  Gave telephone number, and asked for calls.
0058 XFM sounder imto
0058 Deja Voodoo - Three Men, One Coffin
0100 Spoon - The Hardest Cut
0103 XFM sounder
0104 sounded like a cool song, but I didn't recognize it, and didn't look it up in time (RH
0108 XFM sounder
0108 Cannons - Hurricane
0112 RH reception reports and mentioned another relay from Mix Radio International.
0123 Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl
0127 XFM sounder
0127 Rammstein?

S5-S7 SIO 333 into the southeastern US with eerie music.

0155 OM mentioned transmitting with 50 watts of sideband power. -- I think I recognize this DJ, but it feels like years since I've listened to shortwave pirates, so I'll have to wait for an ID.
0200 Echo and the Bunnymen? - People are Strange
0205 She Wants Revenge - Tear You Apart
0212 Bobby Pickett - Monster Mash
0215 ? - Minnie the Moocher
0218 Sycko Radio ID into...
0218 ? - Scary Scary Skeletons

Receiving the 6865 kHz USB MRI relay at S9 +10 dB SIO 555 in the southeastern US tonight.  The 4150 kHz AM broadcast is about 333 and 5150 AM relay is between 444/544 with a good signal, but more noise here.

I've been listening while doing other things tonight, so here's an on-again off-again log.

2337 RH talking about QSLs
0020 Blinded by the Light
0036 RH suggesting most of [his] audience has gray hair (which I'll add editorially, is probably accurate)
0050 The Kinks? - Low Budget
0054 Don Henley - Dirty Laundry
0058 Gary Numan - Cars
0120 AC/DC - Thunderstruck
0129 Grateful Dead - Touch of Gray
0135 RH and AC saying goodbye over music bed
0139 XFM sounder followed by The Doobie Brothers? - Rocking Down the Highway
0143 XFM sounder and sign-off

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 4015 USB 0350 UTC 11 FEB 2021
« on: February 11, 2021, 0359 UTC »
Bluesy instrumental guitar music
0400Z signed off?

Utility / Re: US Air Force MARS net 4623.5 USB 14:32 UTC 15 Jan 2020
« on: February 04, 2020, 1754 UTC »
sorry for jumping in late here, but I just wanted to throw in a little more on M110A.

For RX only, you can use the same MS-DMT software that MARS ops apparently use.  I don't remember exactly where I found it lately, but I remember a year or so ago MARS made MS-DMT and an unencrypted version of their chat terminal available to amateur radio operators for either Armed Forces Day or one of their quarterly communications exercises.  A Google search should turn up links to both.

It's finicky to get M110A to decode.  Set your audio filter to the full 3 kHz channel, or as wide as your radio will allow.

Even if everything is setup just right, you might not see unencrypted headers anymore.  At least I haven't lately.  I can get a decode with few or no errors that still prints nothing but garbled text.  Reading between the lines of some Facebook posts I've seen, I think they're using online encryption, now.

All my experience with M110A has been unencrypted, so I don't know exactly what encrypted messages should look like at the raw data level other than the modem showing no errors.

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