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Offline circuitmike

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WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« on: January 05, 2022, 0437 UTC »
I just noticed that WWCR seems to be off the air on all frequencies. I usually find them at 4840 and 3215 at this time of night, but nothing's there, so I checked their other frequencies and... nothing. Anyone know what's up?
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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2022, 1536 UTC »
Noticed them absent. Also noticed WTWW (5085) is way down in strength as compared to "usual". Everything else in the 5MHz region seems to be at their usual signal levels, though.

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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2022, 1600 UTC »

Jan. 6 1500 utc hour

Received them good to excellent on 9980, 13845, and 15825

1600 utc
12160 is as strong as usual
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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2022, 1551 UTC »
Zilch. Nada on 13845 khz @ 15:45 utc
Very weak on 12160 @a 15:53
« Last Edit: August 28, 2022, 1553 UTC by East Troy Don »
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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2022, 1622 UTC »
I've got them as normal, quite strong, on 12160 at 1622 utc on Aug 28.
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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2022, 0128 UTC »
All that hot air from fire and brimstone preaching finally wore a hole in the atmosphere?

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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2022, 1630 UTC »
All that hot air from fire and brimstone preaching finally wore a hole in the atmosphere?

Wasn't HAARP supposed to do that? Maybe this is a more efficient way to heat the ionosphere.
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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2022, 1903 UTC »
Speakin' of weird stuff, I keep hearing what sounds reminiscent of our old USSR pal Woodpecker here & there?
Any comments?

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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2022, 2330 UTC »
Speakin' of weird stuff, I keep hearing what sounds reminiscent of our old USSR pal Woodpecker here & there?
Any comments?

Yes, I have noticed this too, though in my case(s), it came down to the receiver mode selection and the passband at the time.

I could see in the waterfall display that the signal was frequency sweeping, perhaps like the coastal radars that are used to track tidal flows and the sweep rate, TX bandwidth and RX bandwidth were just right to make a pulsating sound like the woodpecker in the 1970s-80s while listening in AM mode. If you changed RX mode on the receiver to say USB, it would sound completely different though. It definitely was not the woodpecker. The woodpecker didn't have much frequency sweep rate. (I didn't have a waterfall frequency display in those days but I don't believe that there was much sweep, if any, to the woodpecker.)
« Last Edit: August 29, 2022, 2337 UTC by KaySeeks »
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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2022, 2340 UTC »
Wasn't HAARP supposed to do that? Maybe this is a more efficient way to heat the ionosphere.

Burning probably not what we need at this time. Let's think about ionospheric seeding, like cloud seeding. Maybe Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic will rent out their rockets for this endeavor?
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Re: WWCR off the air - any idea why?
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2022, 1738 UTC »
Speakin' of weird stuff, I keep hearing what sounds reminiscent of our old USSR pal Woodpecker here & there?
Any comments?

You need a moscow muffler!
https://worldradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Short-Wave/Archive-Popular-Communications-IDX/IDX/80s/Popular-Communications-1982-12-OCR-Page-0027.pdf
https://worldradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Short-Wave/archive-73-idx/idx/80s/73-magazine-05-may-1983-OCR-Page-0120.pdf

Jonathan Marks, producer of Media Network on the 10 March 1983 show has a review of the moscow muffler starting @ 00:07:16 in this link:
https://jonathanmarks.libsyn.com/mn10031983-pa6pcj-botwana-hos
« Last Edit: August 31, 2022, 1755 UTC by sat_dxer »
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