Thursday, February 7, 2019

A couple more Dutch MW logs via Twente

A few logs via the Twente web receiver:

1611, 2/7, *1615+ Modern dance music, into schlager. Played some short segments of various more modern pop or rock songs, including George Thorogood "Bad to the Bone" around 1645 or so, then into much older schlager songs. Audio very strong, but not distorted

1629, 2/7, 1600-1635* instrumental & vocal schlager songs, male announcer in Dutch. Announcement & off after an older instrumental schlager song. A song or two sounded like calliope music. Good signal, but some interference from a data station on about 1622-1624. Someone on the chat said "1629 Edel," so maybe Radio Edelkampioen?

Dolfijn Radio (?): 1629, 2/7, 1955+ Calliope-sounding music & schlager. I think one song was The Mavericks "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down." On the pirate chat, a listener mentioned ID as Dolfijn, but I only heard talk from a male announcer at about 2030. Not sure about the ID because I have a tough time understanding anything in Dutch (and a lot of other languages :o)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Follow up to 1/30 logs

I received an e-mail from Ray about my 1645 kHz log on the Twente receiver. Yup, it was not Misti Radio, but rather someone playing a song for Misti. Here's the e-mail:

Your station on 1645 kHz logged at 1650 utc on Jan 30th is not Misti Radio, but Zender Concorde, playing hard rock, including German rock.

You can hear it again through the site of achimbrueckner, with a recording beginning at 1641 utc (after two shorter ones of the same station). That is a very good recording, just a bit of noise. At about 11min42sec, the DJ says "OK Misti..." and more in Dutch, agreeing about a request for a record from Rainbow. Then playing that record, I think (I don't know really that rock group).

I did not hear an ID of the station, but I'm pretty sure that Achim could not be wrong on such a good reception.

Many thanks to Ray for the clarification and research!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Couple of SDR logs from this morning.  I'm still laying out the Pirate Radio Annual, so maybe I'll add more to this post, maybe not, but I at least wanted to post something!

Via SDR in New York
OTR unid: 6770, 1/30, 1410+ Fading out at times but heard an episode of Hallmark Playhouse with a Hallmark Card ad at the end, into Night Beat episode “The Doctor’s Daughter,” originally aired on 10/27/1950. At end, went into NBC promos. QRT part-way through the promos

Via Twente Receiver
Misti R (?): 1645, 1/30, 1650- Male DJ in Dutch, but did say “misty,” so I assume this is either Misti Radio or he was saying hi to Misti. Rainbow “Long Live Rock’n’Roll,” Stevie Nix “Stand Back”

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Dairy Dome + update

Many current North American pirate listeners will remember that Pirate Radio Boston was an excellent verifier and had a series of QSLs of scenes from the Boston area. One QSL that I received featured the Dairy Dome, a fitting QSL for someone who likes ice cream as much as I do. The Dairy Dome looked like an iconic place, with a gilded dome reminiscent of Middle Eastern architecture and columns throughout.

Unfortunately, the Dairy Dome was torn down today. I haven't looked up a history of the business or of the location yet, but my guess is that it's a bit like old Tiger Stadium; once the Tigers left, the stadium was torn down. Once PRB retired, the Dairy Dome held on for a year, but the final outcome was obvious.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Global HF Weekend Day 3

In years past, day 3 was good for high-frequency tests (19 & 13m) in the morning through the afternoon hours. Mostly tests from Europe, but some from North America, too. Given the conditions on the high frequencies, it seems unlikely that we'll have much (any?) activity up there today, but we'll see.

Not sure what's going on with Iann's pirate chat, but I can't log in at all. I had gone for years with automatically being able to log in any time I wanted, but now when I do, I get the typical "SnoogieDumplings" or whatever login name that you get when the system doesn't recognize you, but when I try to send a message or anything else, it gives me a network error. In the past, I could send messages & be recognized by the admins.

On a positive note, I received my November copy of the Spectrum Monitor last week. If you don't know what the Spectrum Monitor is, it's a PDF-only magazine about radio and DXing. It has many of the old columnists from Monitoring Times, so I tend to think of it as a PDF version of MT. The latest issue has an excellent buyer's guide for portable radios, written by Thomas Witherspoon, who is probably the best-known current reviewer of these receivers, at least in North America. Another great feature is the new equipment at WBCQ, including photos of their monster 200-ton rotatable antenna! Year subscriptions are $24 for issues & back issues are $3 apiece.

Yeti Radio: 6927, 11/4, 1258+ After tuning around 19m and listening to All India Radio on 15030 kHz for a bit, I tuned to 6925 and heard the splatter from a strong SSTV signal. Nice to finally hear something with a strong signal! Unfortunately, I didn't have a computer hooked up with that receiver that had MMSSTV running, so I couldn't decode it. ID per Chris at HFU.

Ion Radio: 6930, 11/4, 1750+ I saw the carrier on the Winradio with the makeshift antenna, but couldn't hear anything. Ran up to the Drake & it's coming in but really weak. On HFU, some listeners posted SSTV images, including one about Global HF Weekend.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Global HF Weekend Day 2

1146 UTC: OK, I need to get rolling and put up a makeshift antenna (and probably also haul down my main antenna to check its center-point connections).

One thing that I should have mentioned last night are the European stations that are broadcasting on a daily basis and often put a signal of some sort into North America:

5780 Zenith Classic Rock
6205 Laser Hot Hits
6230 Coast FM
6318 Radio Sovereign

Of course, the best chance to hear any of these stations will be sometime from a couple of hours before sunset until maybe an hour or two before sunrise.

1518 UTC: Have a make-shift antenna up & I did a quick check on the center connections of the inverted V. Doesn't look like anything has disconnected, so I'm not sure what the problem is. At least I do have a logging:

unid: 6927, 11/3, 1444-1447* Pretty good carrier, but still pretty noisy. Two songs & off.

Some logs via the Twente SDR:

Everything seems to be skipping long in Europe, so most activity audible on the Twente SDR is on medium wave.

1657, 11/3, 1837+ Johnny Cash "Man in Black," '50s or '60s instrumental elevator music, techno, polkas, Steve'n'Seagulls "Thunderstruck," Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women" so quite a variety. Excellent signal.

1647, 11/3, 1845+ Leonard Cohen "So Long, Marianne," yodeling, excellent signal

1629, 11/3, 1847+ Travelling Wilburys "Handle Me with Care." Excellent signal, Male DJ came on with talk in Dutch. I think he said hi to "Martin." I think he also mentioned "impedance" and "Alabama" QRT sometime around 1858.

Friday, November 2, 2018

GHFW Loggings? 11/2/18

Wow, is my antenna OK? I just tried to tune in X-FM and I only have a carrier. Is the hot element of my dipole shorted out? I dunno. I guess I need to put up some sort of makeshift antenna by tomorrow to compare against my regular one.

So, here's my "log"

X-FM: 6885, 11/3, 0025+ Carrier only. Ugh.