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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 4244 LSB 2338 UTC 13 Dec 2018
« on: December 13, 2019, 2342 UTC »
I also have this in the Boston burbs at 2341 UTC, very good S6-S7 signal. Kind of a country-folk song (Irish)?

Edit: peaking at S9! No preamp.

Big S9+10 with moderate fading here in the Boston burbs with Lonnie the Cat "I'm Not Drunk I'm Just Drinking".

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 5145 AM 2030 UTC 8 Dec 2019
« on: December 08, 2019, 2041 UTC »
I have this too, S9+10 in the Boston burbs. "Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart (lol) at 2040 UTC. I had no idea Corey Hart had a recording career. I probably did not know this for good reason. Radio Illuminati ID at 2047 UTC.

Peskies / Spanish 6810 USB
« on: October 19, 2019, 1210 UTC »
I have some Spanish conversation on 6810 USB at 1210 UTC 10/19/2019.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Finding the random fishermen...
« on: October 17, 2019, 1720 UTC »
When trying to identify a suspected "pesky" transmission there is a rule of thumb that if the language is non-rhotic English and there is a 5:1 word to f-bomb ratio, these individuals are usually in the northeast, generally around coastal New England. These are also known as "Angry Bastahds". It's not clear if they captain fishing boats, or recliners. Very often found in 6000-7000 KHz.

Equipment / Re: USB Pirate Station, audio bandwidth
« on: October 17, 2019, 1712 UTC »
For straight, out of the box, it's hard to beat most Kenwood transceivers. There are even modifications to open many of those up to 5kHz TX bandwidth, or better. Not just the the high-end, but the low end bass as well.

I agree - the Kenwoods are probably the best sounding unmodified transceivers for SSB pirating. The Flex radios sound really good too in SSB but I don't know how easily these go out of band. I wonder if any pirate has used one?

There are lots of resources on the web for setting up Kenwood rigs for good sounding SSB. One bonus with more recent radios (like the TS-590) is that you can feed the radio audio directly over USB from your computer, eliminating a lot of the hassles of trying to feed audio into a mic or aux jack and having to match levels, etc.

Promised You a Miracle by Simple Minds at 1926 UTC. Peaks to S9 but moderate fading. Awesome to hear a summer time low-sunspot low-freq station! Listening on a TS-590 with a 60m dipole.

Huh? / Re: Julian Assange arrested by UK police...
« on: April 11, 2019, 1944 UTC »
Hopefully Snowden peed his diapers in Putin's romper room when this news broke.

Money sent! The Pirate Radio Annual is awesome, everyone in the hobby should support what is obviously a huge effort on Andy's part.

Got this at S8 with Springsteen after an announcement. Very variable signal, from S3 to S8 peaks. Good audio though and easy to copy.

Equipment / Help ID my first HF transceiver?
« on: March 27, 2019, 2224 UTC »
Sorry, no pics. You'll have to close your eyes and imagine.

Chris and I were talking about first radios. The first HF radio I had was something my dad bought used for me (he wasn't into radio, somehow I was directed to this by another ham).

We went to this dudes house, and my dad unfortunately took the bait on the most decrepit and weird radio on earth (I didn't know any better either). This radio had the following features:

- We purchased the radio used around 1989.
- Design-wise and functionally, probably dated to the early 80's, possibly a little before, maybe late 70's.
- All solid state.
- I believe it was probably capable of 25-30 MHz for RX and TX.
- May only have been SSB (not really sure on this).
- I *think* it had a blue cover on the top and bottom, and a typical silver faceplate.
- Physically larger than a typical mobile CB, but same kind of layout.
- Red LED segmented frequency display.
- Used toggle switches (I think) for up and down frequency agility, and you had to HOLD the toggle switch while it tuned up or down in either 1 or 5 KHz increments. I can't remember exactly but probably 1 KHz.
- Extremely unstable on both RX and TX, definitely suffered some kind of PLL unlock issue, and temperature related variations.
- Definitely was not a major CB/ham/11m/10m radio brand of the era. It felt more Ten-Tec then Cobra (that's not saying much probably).
- May have had a bailer of some type to tilt the display up when on a desk.
- It was a total piece of crap.

Can anyone, in the recess of their mind, recall what this radio was?

Lol I was thinking they wanted us to tdoa them!

Yeah, let's not do that. I know you are not serious but..

...just a reminder that TDOA or other efforts towards ID'ing the location of pirates is not at all compatible with the atmosphere here.

We don't ask and we don't tell.

General Radio Discussion / Re: What Happened to #wunclub?
« on: February 13, 2019, 1638 UTC »
You might be interested in joining the HFU Rocket Chat. There's a sticky about it. Big crew of regulars there, and we cover a lot of the same ground.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Sad News: Don Schimmel has passed away
« on: February 13, 2019, 1636 UTC »
RIP, Don. I know the Confidential Frequency List wasn't his book, but since someone mentioned it, that book was also one that launched my interest in shortwave. After I got a scanner and a CB radio as a kid, I obsessively checked out every single book about radio that the local library had. Mostly ARRL stuff but, oddly, they had a copy of the Confidential Frequency List and I obsessed over it until I could cajole my parents into getting me a shortwave receiver. The abbreviated, terse descriptions of odd things heard on a frequency (example I still remember: "Tailpipe Perky") had me convinced I was going to be listening to spies and intrigue nonstop.

Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment at 2055 UTC. Variable signal, was S9 but kind of dipping now. Propagation changes!

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