Sunday, November 6, 2016

Global HF Logs: 11/6/16

1545 UTC: Cupid Radio did well this morning, with reports from Pennsylvania, California, Michigan, Rhode Island, Ukraine, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, and who knows where else.

1355 UTC: BTW, no carrier audible here from the 9300.8 station

1337 UTC: 9300.8 probably isn't high enough in frequency to make it to North America, but I'll give it a listen

1324 UTC: While I wait for Global HF broadcasts, I'm checking out some stations on the Twente webreceiver (see Twente logs below)

1245 UTC: Same bandscan as yesterday morning, except that I'm also hearing Radio France International on 21580 kHz.

Pirate Radio Logs
OTR unid: 6770, 11/6, 1342+ Back again with a drama. Signal much weaker than yesterday morning, but I don't have the local noise that I had then, so it evens out.

Cupid Radio: 15070, 11/6, 1545+ Left just before sign on and returned to the receiver as the signal was fading out. Signal seems to be right on 15070, unlike yesterday

Loggings via Twente Webreceiver
Radio AC/DC: 6240, 11/6, 1324+ Good signal with Bee Gees, Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"

unid: 6230.66, 11/6, 1326+ Fair signal with what sounds like Emerson, Lake, & Palmer

Akenzo: 6267, 11/6, 1400+ Huge signal with schlager. Male DJ talking with mix of Dutch and English. Tough for me to understand, but ID per Iann's chat

Focus International: 6286.9, 11/6, 1332+ Excellent signal with rock music. Clear ID, e-mail address, into song by Wolfsbane

unid: 7700, 11/6, 1349+ post-new wavey dance music, "Let's Do the Timewarp Again" good signal. I think there was an ID a bit ago, but the signal took a quick fade & I missed it. Off mid-song at 1354

unid: 9300.8, 11/6, 1336+ Orange Juice "Rip It Up," excellent signal

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Global HF Logs: 11/5/16

2306 UTC: Just in from mortaring stone. That bag lasted forever. As of now, the only station that I have info on for tomorrow's broadcasts is the 11401-kHz station, but if today is any indication, more stations should show up.

1934 UTC: Just received some loggings from Zacharias Liangas in Thessolonika, Greece. He didn't have a lot of luck listening, but he did hear Cupid Radio with a good signal. He said "I think it could be better for the next time (or session) to ask all of these pirates to provide their listing in advance for at least 1-2 days so anyone can program his family schedule and get better isolated." I understand and it would be much easier this way. However, all I can do is let people know that I can publicize any stations that choose to broadcast during this time. Whether anyone decides to listen (or broadcast) is their decision. 

1903 UTC: Be on the lookout for 11401 kHz. I received an e-mail that a station is on there now and also tomorrow morning.

1813 UTC: The weather's so nice outside that I've been trying to mortar stone on the foundation of the house. I'm about done with this bag & then I'll check through the bands again and post an update. I've hoped that some North American stations would be testing for long distances on the high frequencies today, but nothing so far.

1623 UTC: I tuned away from Cupid too quickly. Some really nice peaks here now. The op posted on HFU that he has a bad RFI coil in his antenna mast & he climbed the tower during the broadcast to check it. Now that's hobby radio :o)

1539 UTC: Awesome! I see that Daniel Wyllyans in Brazil heard Sluwe Vos Radio on 15890 kHz at 1528 UTC.

1533 UTC: Mike Radio is being logged by Joe Filipkowski, Flexoman, and Chris Smolinski (and by me, too, see log below) on 13895 kHz USB. That's four different states, not bad.

1525 UTC: A decent carrier (but no audio) cropped up on 21470 kHz. According to short-wave.info, this is BBC via Ascension Island, not a pirate. The signal quality here is very similar to that of a pirate, so be aware.

1520 UTC: I still have the carrier for Cupid, so keep checking 15070; it might fade into your area. I have a carrier on about 15049 kHz, but this might just be a utility

1515 UTC: Cupid Radio has completely faded out here, but I see that the station was reported by Hiroyuki Okamura in Japan on 21460 kHz earlier this morning. Congratulations to both!

1509 UTC: The signal from Cupid is getting worse, not better. Wonder if 13m will be better this afternoon?

1500 UTC: I had all of my times off by an hour. Would've been perfect if the time had changed last weekend. I fixed'em all now

1451 UTC: See Cupid Radio logging below

1442 UTC: I'm away from the receiver at the moment, but I see that Cupid Radio is being logged in New York and the Ukraine on 15070 kHz.

1420 UTC: I just received a message to check 15890 kHz for a European station. I have a carrier on the Twente receiver, but nothing on my own. Maybe someone can hear this in another part of the world?

1315 UTC: I'm not sure if it's our electric baseboard heat or what, but I'm getting S7 noise on 43m (!)

1300 UTC:

13m: On the Twente receiver, I'm hearing good signals from Saudi Arabia on 21505, WRMI on 21565, and Radio France International on 21690 kHz. As I'm typing this, someone just signed on 21650 kHz . . . I think it's the BBC in French. Otherwise, the lower 250 kHz of the 13m broadcast band are clear in Europe. On my own receiver, I have Saudi Arabia fair/fading on 21505, WHRI on 21610, and what I think is the BBC on 21650.

19m: Also on the Twente receiver, 15000 to 15100 kHz is wide open, aside from All India Radio on 15040 kHz. On my own receiver, I have WWV with a fair signal on 15000, a carrier from All India Radio on 15040 kHz.

1230 UTC: Still early in North America for any transatlantic logs.

Pirate Logs
OTR unid: 6770, 11/5, 1315+ Sounds like a detective show? The signal's pretty good, but it's tough to copy anything in this S7 noise! Just heard a CBS Radio ID and into an old ad. This is probably the best signal I've had from this station in about 6 months, so it's too bad about the noise

Cupid Radio: 15070.5, 11/5, 1451+ Very nice peaks here, so I hope the signal will keep improving. Pop music and shoutouts to ULX2 and others. Clear ID. Faded out by around 1520, but faded back & now it's about 1625 UTC and there are some really nice peaks, with pop music. Thanks for the show!

Mike Radio: 13895U, 11/5, 1532+ Weak signal, but I do have music peaking up. Haven't been able to ID any songs yet

Relay Station unid: 5150, 11/5, 1941+ Relaying a buy/sell amateur radio net! Would really surprise me if I heard this without knowing about the relay. One station is in Sacramento. Still on at 2300 UTC with an excellent signal. Charlie Feathers "Can't Hardly Stand It"


Pirate Logs via Twente web receiver
1626.2, 11/5, 1915+ Splatter from, I believe 1635.9. Folk music with accordian. Listeners on Iann's chat say this is either Greek or Serbian. Pretty awesome to finally hear one of these. Sounds like he must be running a lot of power to go that distance.

1630, 11/5, 1905+ Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" Sounded like op taking a phone call (both sides audible)

1635.9, 11/5, 1913+ Station with enormous and wide signal. Older Dutch folk music: schlager, yodeling, etc.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Global HF Weekend Starting!

The Global HF Weekend is now starting up.

I just received a schedule for a station to listen for:

21460 kHz, 0800+ UTC, 11/5

Any stations may send schedules to me for posting here . . . or, of course, stations might just show up on the bands. We'll see what happens. I sent personal e-mails to a number of hobbyists from around the world about a month ago and I plan to send follow-up messages to people.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Global HF Weekend coming up in a few days!

Halloween evening was awesome! We had somewhat average activity here in North America over the weekend leading up to it, but the day of 10/31 through the night of 11/1 UTC was fantastic. A big thank you to all of the stations who made Halloween evening (and some of the other days) a blast by the receiver. And, as some people have mentioned, there isn't a lot on shortwave to get excited about these days, but on Monday night, 43 meters was a blast. BTW, Chris Smolinski summarized the weekend activities on his blog.

Halloween is over but the fun is not. This weekend coming up is the first revival of the Global HF Weekend. I wrote about it in the October issue of The Spectrum Monitor. If you aren't subscribed and are interested, check here.

Here's what I wrote about the Global HF Pirate Weekend:

DXers love tuning in long-distance stations. Pirates love to experiment and be heard across long distances and in obscure places. Dating back to the late 1970s, some stations, such as RX4M and Radio Confusion, announced tests on high frequencies. The latter broadcasts were regularly publicized in FRENDX (now NASWA) and some of the European radio newsletters, bringing in many reports from two continents.

The problem with announcing tests in advance is that it can make a pirate more susceptible to an enforcement action, whether official or vigilante. Although most stations that ran announced tests did so successfully, there are a few examples of stations that ran into problems with enforcement.

On a worldwide scale, the first hugely successful mass tests of pirates were the Global HF Pirate Weekends organized by Finnish DXer Harri Kujala in the early 2010s. Kujala had a fascination with logging stations of all sorts (licensed or not) from foreign cultures. Within the pirate niche, this meant logging hundreds of Dutch and Balkan MW pirates and Irish church services on the CB band. In addition to hardcore DXing of these stations, Kujala even took trips to the Netherlands and Serbia and visited a number of the operators.

Kujala's pirate webpages and blogs attracted radio fans from around the world to read of things like new pirates from Russia and Hungary, and tests from new stations hoping to be heard in distant locations. Finally, he organized what he called the HF Global Pirate Weekend, when he published schedules of different pirates testing on high frequencies. A number of pirates participated and were very successful in reaching listeners in different continents. In particular, Cupid Radio and Borderhunter Radio received a number of reports from listeners in India, Japan, New Zealand/Australia, and countries from the former Soviet Union.

Kujala hasn't updated the pirate portions of his websites for several years and the intercontinental tests have essentially disappeared over that time. But some of those who tuned in or tested have not forgotten.

A few of the operators from those years said “I'm always up for these special tests and experiments. I can't believe the last Global Pirate Weekend was 4 years ago. Time really flies.”

“I always love to do this kind of broadcasts. I was thinking about this two years ago, I got great memories on the weekend from 2012, youtube is filled with clips from the pirates then.”

“Of course, we want to make broadcasts if such a day will be organized.”


Such a day weekend has been scheduled for this year and it's coming up soon, so mark your calendars.

Some of the European hobbyists have been busy contacting others who would be interested and I've e-mailed a lot of people about it as well. I've had listeners from South America, Asia, and Eastern Europe tell me that they were excited about the chance to hear North American stations. Likewise, I think a number of North American listeners would like the chance to hear stations from other continents with hopefully some good signals. Also, if conditions are good, it should enable North American stations from either coast to be well heard on the opposite coast.

That all said, I do plan to mention schedules on the blog if any operators want to let me know in advance. But I will not include the station names. It will be something like: "A station let me know that it will be on Saturday 11/5 from 1500-1600 on 15070 kHz" This system seemed to work when Harri organized the activities. This time, there is no organizer but I'm happy to report what I hear.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Logs 10/31-11/1/2016

I've had to work today, but I got home in time to hear someone throw a carrier on and off 6925 a couple of times. My guess is that it was Radio AV. Too bad I didn't make it just five minutes earlier because I haven't yet heard this station.

Tonight should be interesting because not all that many Halloween shows have aired so far. I expected much more Halloween-related activity in the days leading up to 10/31, but that doesn't seen to be the case. It's time to have multiple receivers running (although I don't; my backup longwire had to come down a few months ago).

Also, a couple of notes. One is that Chris Smolinski noted on the HFU that propagation went long early last night and he expects that to be the case again today. So, expect a lot of activity between 2000 and about 0000 UTC. After that time and after 43 meters empties out, it might be a good idea to also check some of the low frequencies, such as 3400-3500 kHz and even possibly 1710 or 1720 kHz.

In the past, we've never had much Halloween activity from Europe, but tonight is an exception. A press release states: "Marconi Radio International will once again be on air tomorrow, Monday, 31 October 2016, as follows:  17.00-22.00 UTC on 7700 kHz (USB Mode) with 100 watts." 100 watts and in sideband? We might have a chance to hear it between about 2130 and 2200 UTC.

Logs
Amphetamine Radio: 6923U, 10/31, 2127+ Alright! I came in from insulating the garage and here's some activity. Very strong signal with "One of These Nights." Male DJ with accurate timecheck, wished a Happy Halloween, etc. CW IDs, then into SSTV at 2141

I left Amphetamine Radio to take a shot at Marconi Radio Int'l before heading out to do some more insulating. I checked the Twente receiver and MRI is barely audible now, so I hope the signal will skip out a bit further in the next 15 minutes and maybe it'll make it here

Moonlight Radio: 6930U, 10/31, 2306+ Weak signal with splatter from 6935. Because of both, I decided to start recording 6935 instead. I need to have that other antenna right now!

Doctor Detroit: 6935, 10/31, 2306+ Excellent signal with Halloween-themed hard rock: AC/DC "Highway to Hell," Blue Oyster Cult "Don't Fear the Reaper" Dr. Detroit ID'd & mentioned broadcasting from Wayne County over a James Brown song

unid: 6925U, 10/31, 2317+ Excellent signal with INXS "Devil Inside"

Who would schedule a basketball game on Halloween night? I'm sweaty, but back again and recording

Wolverine Radio: 6935U, 11/1, 0106+ Noted in passing with an excellent signal. Sorry, but I've never heard Radio Free Furry.

Radio Free Furry: 6945U, 11/1, 0111+ Excellent signal. Dire Straits "Walk of Life," Lipps Inc. "Funky Town," Van Halen "Jump," Kool & the Gang "Celebration," Starship "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us," Eddie Murphy "Party All the Time," Michael Jackson "Beat It," Chicago "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," U2 "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Bowie "Let's Dance" ID per HFU. I haven't heard any IDs or other talk--Just non-stop music for 40+ minutes. Ah, talk at 0154. A skunk, a bear, and a ? doing the show. Said using a belt-driven turntable . . . & Moody Blues "Wildest Dreams" coming up, although he once heard it as "Wireless Dreams"

X-FM: 6960, 11/1, 0159-0352* Good signal with some co-channel QRM, I think from pescadors. I think I heard the phone number as 408-800-6925. Redhat taking listener requests. Nice long show tonight. Black Sabbath, Boz Skaggs, Pink Floyd, & a whole lot more. I also checked the Twente web receiver & had a carrier there

Undercover Radio: 6975U, 11/1, 0202+ 2005 special ending. Dr. Benway with ID & addresses, Edgar Winter "Frankenstein" fair signal, but getting better

Radio After Dark: 6950U, 11/1, 0209+ Pop music that I can't yet identify. Fair signal fading up & down. Talk at 0217 "Hope you're enjoying all of the Halloween shows out there" e-mail address, I think he said for requests. Getting splatter from either X-FM or Radio Free Furry.

WJD: 6930U, 11/1, 0222+ VG signal with rap. On HFU, posters are saying it's Russian or Ukranian. No idea.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

2016 Halloween Weekend Logs


Unid relay station: 5150, 10/30, 1920+ Excellent signal. Had this recording for a while. I haven't checked the recording, but according to HFU, it included a relay of Radio Merlin Int'l

Witch City Radio: 6925, 10/30, 2056+ Nice signal with Alice Cooper "Welcome to My Nightmare"

Captain Morgan SW: 6924, 10/30, 2229-2235* Strong signal, but distorted audio. Spooky story, then instrumental dance song with chainsaw sound effects. No IDs heard, but ID per HFU logs 

OTR unid: 6770, 10/30, 2225+ Heard part of a comedy monologue with audience laughter from what was probably at the beginning of a variety show. Fair/weak signal. Nice to hear the OTR unid again

Rave On Radio: 6935U, 10/30, 2345+ Good signal (one of the best I've had from ROR) with "Return of the Living Dead" clips interspersed with Grateful Dead songs. Good idea for Halloween. Shoutouts to a bunch of listeners on HFU. At QRT, said was about to let the generator run out of gas, pull down the antennas, & get out of his studio in the woods.

non-pirate log
6968.5U, 10/30, 2255+ MARS net. 4LP, RD, KY, 4KJ etc. trying to do a net, but lots of utility QRM

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Weekend Loggings 10/1-10/3/2016

It's gotten cold and rainy, the days are suddenly short. Guess it's time to be at the radio.

Radio Azteca: 6925, 10/1, 2050+ Nice signal with an old program from Bram Stoker. Good stuff. I listened to this while trying to clean up the disaster that is my radio room. I wound up assessing some things that I need to do rather than making any real progress, but at least the Azteca show was fun.

Unid relay station: 5150, 10/1, 2050+ Relaying Radio Azteca in // with the 6925-kHz transmitter, then switched to music for a while. Later on, it seemed to be playing audio from the old horror movie The Manipulator, with Mickey Rooney as a crazed kidnapping director. Seemed to go off a little after 2300. But it's back with Radio Illuminati relay: Night Ranger "When You Close Your Eyes" and '70s pop music