Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekend Loggings: 1/29-1/31/16

Last weekend was pretty awesome, but we did have a huge snowstorm. Wonder what this weekend will bring?

unid: 6935, 1/29, 2155 VG signal here with Cheap Trick "Dream Police," Slade "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," a bit of Eddie Murphy standup, Hawaii 5-0 theme, Michael Jackson "Beat It." Nice audio. 

Radio Ga-Ga: 6930U, 1/30, 0015-0021* The Doors "The End." Good signal on fade-ups, but very deep fades (sometimes disappearing). At end, he broadcasting live from Zipper Lake

Liquid Radio: 6925.2, 1/30, 0023+ Ambient synthesized dance music, fair/weak signal but heavy pescador QRM ("hola, hola, hola, hoooooooola"). Heard an ID about 15 min ago, but the pescadors are messing the signal up a bit too much to really be able to enjoy it

Channel Z: 6925, 1/30, 1445+ SIO:555 Another excellent edition of Before They Were Famous (Part 6) with Andy Walker: The Sorcerers, ? (a band with Stevie Nix & Lindsey Buckingham), The 31st of February, Mott the Hoople. e-mail address, BRS address--only postal reports get hardcopy QSLs. Andy says that he might be seeing you at the 2016 SWL Winterfest.

unid: 6935, 1/30, 1445+ Noted in passing on my way to hear Channel Z, I'm guessing this is the same station that I've been hearing for hours on 6935 and 6945 kHz the past few days.Tuned back in later & signal is weak with rock music, but I haven't ID'd the songs/groups

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday Logs: 1/28/16

6945, 1/28, 1900+ Turned on the radio to hear me stammering through my talk at the last HOPE Conference. My public speaking is abysmal, but a lot of people seemed interested in hearing about shortwave and weird stuff on the band, so I guess it was a success in that respect. Not sure if that translates to radio rebroadcasting?

Via the Twente Webreceiver:
1645, 1/28, 1446-1447* Country music and Dutch male DJ. Off mid-song

6295, 1/28, 1430+ "Bye Bye Blondie" (I think it had a Dutch section in it, so I think it's a cover), excellent signal. Talk in Dutch with a shoutout to Radio Tina. My wi-fi's really glitchy today, so I'm missing a lot. Mostly faded out by about 1520

1620, 1/28, 1520-1524* Some Dutch music and talk. Nice signal, but quickly went QRT

1623, 1/28, *1525-1528* Good, someone else signed on. But I don't understand Dutch and the wi-fi's still glitchy, so I don't like my chances of copying an ID! Schlager with a male announcer.

1648.7, 1/28, 1530-1538* Looks like someone's playing with a transmitter here for about the past 15 min. or so. I see a carrier (but I haven't heard audio on it). But the carrier sometimes bounces around a few hundred Hz. I don't think the freq's intentionally being moved. Heard some weak voice audio, so I think the operator was trying to get his voice to register, before pulling the plug

1620, 1/28, 1540-1603* Lots of old schlager with female singers. Maybe playing an entire album by the same artist?

1625, 1/28, 1605+ Schlager. Male announcer. Sounded like he said "Radio Armadillo," but I think that's a UK SW station, so I dunno what I heard. I guess I should either learn Dutch or listen to some other frequencies for a while!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Some more logs: 1/27/16

Liquid Radio: 6925.2, 1/27, 2329+ Elton John "Saturday Night." fair/good signal, but a lot of QRM from pescadors

Licensed AM:
WDIC: 1430, 1/28, 0420+ "WDIC, real country" song "Honky Tonk Blues" good signal for a few min., but then buried in the sludge of the AM band. 54 watts nighttime from the SW corner of Virginia.

1430, 1/28, 0430+ Cathloic programming & an ad for Notre Dame Federal Credit Union. I thought maybe this was from around South Bend, IN, but the only 1430 that I could find from IN is all sports. Maybe this is WNSW, a Catholic station from Newark, NJ?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mid-week loggings:1/26/15

Just messing around a bit with the radio, checking noise levels on lower frequencies. There's a LOT of wide-open space on 120 meters for people to be broadcasting. Everything that I heard between 3200 and 3500 kHz is listed below (along with some other stuff)

CLB: 216, 1/27, 0133+ Nondirectional aircraft beacon from Winnabow, NC, with a decent signal

WWCR: 3215, 1/27, 0041+ Huge signal (of course), with male announcer reading from King James version of Old Testament. Announcer stumbling a lot

Radio Sonder Grense (tent.): 3320, 1/27, 0146+ Male and female announcers.

CHU: 3330, 1/27, 0147+ Big signal for the time station

New York Radio (VOLMET) 3485U, 1/27, 0149-0151* Aeronautic weather (temp, dew point, altimeter readings, windspeed, cloud height, etc.) for a bunch of places

Gander Radio (VOLMET) 3485U, 1/27, *0151+ Aeronautic weather (temp, dew point, altimeter readings windspeed, cloud height,, etc.) for a bunch of places

Radio Verdad (Guatemala): 4055, 1/27, 0139+ Noted in passing with presumed sermon or Bible lesson, into old-style organ music with lots of vibrato and woman with announcement. Good signal

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Jonas Weekend Pirate Logs: 1/23-1/25/16

"When the weather outside is frightful, to be on the air is delightful, oh yes it's pirate radio, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow" as the old song on PRN from 25 years ago went.

Living in Pennsylvania, I've always loved pirates that broadcast during snowstorms. Some have been specific storm-themed stations, such as WUBR (Ultimate Blizzard Radio), the Frankenstorm SSTV station, and WONS. The NYC medium-wave stations also used to hit the air during snow storms and plenty others since have done their work in the snow because it's safe. If there's a snowstorm of the magnitude that's hitting the Midatlantic right now, the assumption is that no one is out doing enforcement right now (and I think that's a safe assumption).

The only fly in the ointment is if the FCC has already located a station, but hasn't issued a warning--if that station irritates the FCC during the snowstorm, whether with how long the station is on the air or with the programming content, it could result in an NUOU or an NAL. I've never heard of a case like that, but just saying that it could be a possibility.

Enough philosophy, I've got lots of pirate radio to listen to today.

WEEK Radio: 6950, 1/23, 1401+ Song about tomorrow. The music theme seems to be the days of the week. Easybeats "Friday on My Mind" WEEK ID "the station for every day of the week" using the same female computer voice that WEAK used in many of their IDs. So, it's an interesting concept for a station with a kind of in-joke embedded.

Radio Azteca: 6900, 1/23, 1950+ Dr. Radio segment. Signal weak. Bullwinkle interval signal, into another program. Starting with Mail Scrotum segment. Nice to have someone relaying some of these shows from about 25 years ago.

Channel Z (tentative): 6150.4, 1/23, 2225+ Weak music

WEAK Radio: 6955U, 1/24, 0040+ Excellent signal with rap, punk, & metal. Funny Visa ad, clear ID. SSTV image at end:

KCPR: 6950, 1/24, 0002-0009* Music. Weak. ID per HF Underground & Morse code ID at end like KCPR does

Pee Wee: 6956, 1/24, 0139+ Ozzy Osbourne "I Don't Know." Weak, but improving. Oops, no, I think it completely faded out now

I've been checking between 3400 & 3500 kHz, just in case someone wants to propagate to listeners who are a bit closer, but no luck so far.

Old-Time Radio unid: 6770, 1/24, 1526+ The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, NBC Radio ad for Duffy's Tavern

unid: 6925, 1/24, 1545-1547* Jimi Hendrix song . . . "Voodoo Child," I think. Quick, deep fades. Decent carrier, but audio level sounds low. Off with no IDs.

WAZU: 6950.5, 1/24, 1655+ Gerbil Rooter ad & message from station manager Buck McMoney. Pretty good signal

Radio Azteca: 6900, 1/24, 2118+ Sounds like a story from a morning show team, ID with echo. "Your station for the latest bodily function news and sports."

Liquid Radio: 6925, 1/24, 2249+ Long, deep fades & heavy pescador QRM. Think I heard Steppenwolf "Born to Be Wild" & The Police "Spirits in the Material World" but the sledding is tough right now on 6925. ID at 2301

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Weekend loggings: 1/15-1/17/16

I was planning to get some loggings up later on, but there's so much activity right now that I can't keep up with it all with just one receiver/recorder running. Yeah, I know, I need to get more decent antennas up so that I can record on a couple of different receivers at once.

KCPR: 6950U, 1/16, 0124

Pee Wee: 6925U, 1/16, 0117 Blues with Morse code IDs between songs

Amphetamine Radio: 6925U, 1/16, 1900 Old-time radio show with a very good signal

Radio Azteca: 6900, 1/16, 1930 Heard Bram Stoker talking. Pretty good signal, but I was heading up to start recording one of the next two.  Off when I tuned back through after the 6967 unid signed off.

Unid: 6925.4, 1/16, 1930 Good signal with an old-time radio show. I'm thinking that maybe Amphetamine Radio changed modes, but I didn't hear any IDs, so that's just a guess. Off when I tuned back through after the 6967 unid signed off.

Unid: 6967, 1/16, 1929-1943* Excellent signal and audio with pop music, Talking Heads, etc. Brief dead air between songs, no IDs. Off with no IDs.

Old-Time Radio Unid: 6770, 1/16, 1947- Gunsmoke episode with Matt Dillon. Good signal. Post Toasties "The Heap Good Cornflake" ad. Some big band music, Have Gun, Will Travel

Cold Country Canada: 6969L, 1/16, 2120- Good signal. "Do the Hustle" into Led Zeppelin. Interesting combination. Not sure if this is being relayed just because someone felt like relaying it or if it's a new show on the air specifically for the anniversary of the date that WEAK was closed (2/15/11). Off or faded out after a WEAK repeating ID.

X-FM: 6875, 1/17, 0308+ Tuned in during IDs. Really nice signal

WEAK Radio: 6949.9U, 1/17, 0249-0305* WEAK singing ID, Minor Threat "Small Man, Big Mouth" Good signal that seems to be drifting down. Great to hear WEAK again!

Unid: 6925, 1/17, 1251+

Channel Z: 6925, 1/17, *1328+ Perfect signal with Moby Grape dedicated to John T. Arthur.

Radio Illuminati: 6150, 1/17, 2223+ A Duran Duran song in heavy fading. I need to go back over the recording. Nice levels and audio when the fades were up

Native Radio: 6950U, 1/18, 0106+ Good signal & clear ID. Heard the end of a guitar solo before the ID & I was thinking it was "Freebird," but I see that someone else logged it as "Highway Song" by Blackfoot. I guess it's been too long since I've heard that album (about 30 years)

Old-Time Radio unid: 6770, 1/18, 0320+ Excellent signal with the Fred Allen Show.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Post-NY Weekend Logs 1/2/14-1/4/16

Nice to be hearing a little activity tonight, though I've mostly been away from the radio

X-FM: 6955, 1/2. 0221+ Much weaker than normal with fadeouts, the propagation just isn't cooperating. Some music & Rehat with shoutouts to Chris Lobdell, etc.