Saturday, March 29, 2014

Outbander 11m SSTV images: 3/29/14

14FRS1493. Here's Chris' HFU image

Really nice on HFU

The German Flag. Also on HFU

The jolly roger...also on HFU

Jolly roger close up. Also on HFU

An op. Also on HFU

Not sure about the callsign, but it was also on HFU

Weekend Logs: 3/29/14 to 3/30/14

Weekend Logs: 3/29/14 to 3/30/14

YHWH: 21450U, 3/29, 1913-1921* Religious station here on the edge of the ham band getting hammered by QRM. When other stations are off the air, it's 100% copyable. Trying to hear enough of the programming to get a read on the op's theology. Op only says "Yahweh" not "God." Going through the 10 Commandments, one by one, with commentary in between. "Thanks for choosing this radio station, YHWH." Into weird synthesizer music. "Thanks for tuning in to radio station YHWH. Until next time, I love you. Radio station YHWH now signing off." If the operator's out there, Please QSL...also I have a recording.

Ran some errands, continued digging out a flower bed, and checked the computer YHWH is back:

YHWY: 21450U, 3/29, 2016+ Tuned back in to hear the weird synthesizer song. Sig about as good as last time, but most ARO QRM on the frequency. OK, the op does say "Yahweh God." I tuned into the broadcast earlier than last time, but absolutely hammered by QRM. I think he said this show was "Break the Evil Spell of Satan." I think he just said "...the homosexual Catholic Church." He said something like "Christendom has exhibited nothing but bloodshed throughout its history." Now talking about how the 5-pointed star on the US flag is satanic. Hmm...I'd like to hear more of this to be able to put these comments in context with the rest of the programming. It would definitely benefit YHWY to move up a few kHz and get out of the ham band...and I'm sure the hams would appreciate it, too. An exasperated ham just repeated "Frequencia en uso" a few times. From what I can tell, the programming seems to have settled into more traditional Christianity. Wow, I've just had about a minute without any QRM!

Planted some trees and now back to check the radio. I have strong carriers on 6921.7 and 6930 kHz. Not sure who they are. Checked HFU & found a Europirate:

Tip & Elvis: 6220, 3/29/14, 2246+ Weak with pop music. Time for supper, but I'm recording. I returned to the radio & heard a bit of music then an announcement and the bands are wiped out by local noise.

The noise disappeared and according to HFU logs, 6930 is Premier Radio from Ireland. Also, I'm hearing what, according to the op in Iann's Chat is Radio Flying Dutchman on 6255 kHz. Pretty good carrier, but barely any audio here. I had some audio on 6324.3 & I think it was Radio Dinosaur from Europe. Lots of noise on the band, though.

Radio Appalachia: 6935, 3/30/14, 0011-0113* After listening to Europirates, trying to pull information out of the static for the past hour or so, I tuned to 6935 kHz, where there was a huge signal with bluegrass music. Lots of live older country & bluegrass music. "Radio Appalachia, you are listening to Radio Appalachia, broadcasting from high atop Moundsville, WV, this is Radio Appalachia." by Male announcer with echo. The Carter Family "Peace in the Valley" "Old Rugged Cross" "He Walks with Me." Lots of t-storm noise tonight, but strong signal. Thanks for the show & please QSL.

Wolverine Radio: 6950U, 3/30/14, 0114+ Starting with old swing songs. I don't have the titles for what I've heard, but every song has mentioned "tonight," so I think that's the theme of tonight's show. Excellent signal & audio

Horizon FM (Canary Islands): 6205, 3/30/14 0440+ Good signal with light pop music. Definitely worth a listen deeper into North America in regions where Europirates usually can't be heard.

Auds'n'Ends: 3/29/14

Auds'n'Ends: 3/29/14

I've been posting a lot of SSTV images on here from 27700 kHz lately.

Some people might wonder why, considering that it's not pirate broadcasting. These stations are unlicensed (the callsigns are self organized, from within particular organizations, such as the Alpha Tango group), but the operators are not broadcasting.

Well, for one thing, I think they're fun to tune in. They look more like amateur radio SSTV images than images that I've seen around the pirate bands, but you never know what might roll in and it's a good way to check propagation on the frequencies to various parts of the world. Also, some Dutch pirates have talked about their outbander activities. Between my posts here and Chris' posts on HFU, I wonder how long it'll take for a few pirate station images to pop up on 27700 kHz?

Posting Outbander SSTV pics are also a good way to keep the blog rolling along while I'm trying to write this book. I don't have as many chances to write here when I need to be working on the book, so letting the radio idle on 27700 kHz and then dumping in the images seems like a non-time-consuming way to post something that's somewhat interesting.

I don't really know, but my guess is that Outbanders go back to the '60s. I first read about the stations in Harry Helms' How to Tune the Secret Shortwave Spectrum, back in 1981, so their existence does at least reach into the '70s. Maybe some outbander who's been checking out this blog can let me know more about their history.

* My mast blew down in a storm about two weeks ago and I haven't yet put it back up. It's been windy & cold and the signals are still pretty good. Go figure. My mast is just seven fiberglass Army-surplus poles that were used to post camoflage netting in Desert Storm, so it's not like I lost a 100' TV mast or anything. Here's a pic of the top pole down, with the insulator and antenna attached to the top:

* I added a few paragraphs to the Philco 87 restoration article today.

* The other night, a DXer in Maryland reported hearing Channel Z in the middle of the 49-meter broadcast band, on 6150 kHz. Chris S and others then logged it. I heard it, too, and it sounded like it belonged on the band.

* Speaking of odd places to hear broadcasts, earlier today, someone was playing old presidential speeches on 17975 kHz. No IDs reported. Weird stuff. I need to dig through my old logs for the unid stations that were evidently pirates that I've heard up in this region.

* I received an e-mail from Dr. Tim, with some broadcasts from individuals who purchase airtime on private shortwave stations in Europe:

Shortwave Rock + HLR Summertime Schedule 
Shortwave Rock Transmission
Shortwave Rock 6045 will be on air this weekend on 6045 kHz (0900-1000 UTC).
Phil Mitchell commemorates the 50th anniversary of Radio Caroline in short, revealing a special surprise.

Best,     Mike Wilson                
Shortwave Rock   E-mail

Hambuger Local Radio Summertime Schedule:
Wednesday and Saturday:
7265 kHz:
05.00 - 06.00 UTC in Spanish /
06.00 - 07.00 UTC in English (at 06.30) "WOR" DX Programme with Glenn Hauser- USA
07.00 - 08.00 UTC in German

6190 kHz:
08.00 - 11.00 UTC in German

7265 kHz:
11.00 - 13.00 UTC in German
13.00 -  14.00 UTC in Spanish / Portuguese
14.00 - 15.00  UTC
in English  (at 14.30)  "WOR" DX Programme with Glenn Hauser- USA
9485 kHz:
11.00 - 13.00 UTC
in German
13.00 - 14.00 UTC in English
14.00 - 15.00 UTC in Spanish

To receive our QSL card:   Please send us (1 US dollar for your return postage)
Our Address:
Hamburger Local Radio
Kulturzenzentrum LOLA
21031 Hamburg

Friday, March 28, 2014

Outbander 11m SSTV images: 3/28/14

Outbander 11m SSTV images: 3/28/14

One of the few SSTV images that I've received from the US; this one from Texas

I think this is the only image that both Chris and I received

13CB55 has been a regular here

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Outbander 11m SSTV Images: 3/25/14

I can't read all of the callsign, but the 29- prefix is Ireland, which is the first time I've copied an image from there

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cupid Radio Test & Radio Gloria relays for 3/22/14

I received this e-mail today & checked with Rinus to see if it's OK if I post it. He did, so here it is:

Dear radio friends,
It have been a while ago since our last adventure towards the east continent, i remember it was a lot of fun then and we got a large amount of listeners at the other side of the world.
So i give it a go tomorow on 23 of march.
The 3 elements beam is aimed towards New guina that is 50 degrees from my qth, and will be the best direction for japan, australia, New Zea land.For this distance we need some help from my russian friends who are locked in my amplifiler :) , they must do the trick. The broadcast starts on 09:00 utc and will end at 10:30 utc or maybe longer when there is a huge pile of response is coming up
For those who got problems with the right utc time , check this
Cupid radio

21.460 MHZ AM mode

Start 09:00 - till at least 10:30 utc  [or longer if there is a huge amount of listeners stuck behind the radio] We will send out sstv pictures, this is done with mmsstv my mode that i use is scottie one.

For this broadcast will be send out the special DX qsl card please inclose a photocard from the city were the signal is received drop this in the following mailbox adres
Cupid radio 9
8096 ZG
we were be also in the chatroom from iann in france , you can find it here
lots of pirates and listeners are here
Greetings from the  cupid studio
And I also received this schedule:
Radio Gloria relays this Sunday

07 - 09 UTC on 7265 kc
09 - 11 UTC on 9485 kc
10 - 11 UTC on 6005 / 7310 kc

10 - 11 UTC „“-6005
15 - 18 UTC and

email  Thank you!

Good Listening

Outbander 11m SSTV Images: 3/22/14

13CB9SU from Germany

14AQ101 from France and by Chris S

104LR001 from Corsica and by Chris S

Kind of tough to see, but I think this is a flying rhino

and by Chris S

This one & the next look like they should be 1IT190, but that search doesn't turn up anything