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Perseus WAV files for download

Posted by kilokat7 on November 30, 2010

I’ve added a new page that makes available several Perseus SDR spectrum recordings from my West Michigan QTH.  I will upload more Perseus WAV files in the near future if there’s any interest.  In order to “play back” these recordings, you will need the Perseus SDR or equivalent program.  A free demonstration version of the Perseus software can be downloaded here (Perseus hardware not required) and this can be used to play back these recordings.  WAV files have been compressed using WinRAR to help speed up the downloads.

 

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AM 1710 – “The Big Q” oldies heard well this morning

Posted by kilokat7 on November 6, 2010

I was cruising the MW band early this morning and came across something new and interesting on 1710.  Instead of the usual Boston pirate, I was hearing a strong signal from a station playing oldies music – Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Big Bopper, etc.  I listened for over an hour to this station and heard frequent announcements between songs.  This station was calling itself “The Big Q” (or maybe Big Cube?) and had slick liners between songs – all very professional sounding.  Was this a pirate broadcaster?  The most unusual part of the broadcast were several slightly different ads for the classic General Electric Superradio.  The announcer was encouraging  listeners to go to eBay.com to search out & purchase a GE Superradio to benefit their listening hobby – “no expensive receivers or long wires needed – just get a Superradio! and get it on eBay!”  Very bizarre!  Below are selected clips that I cropped from the hour+ recording I made this morning.  Please comment if you have heard this station before or know anything about it – I’m mystified!  First heard this morning (Nov.6th, 2010) at 0940 UTC & off abruptly at 1116 UTC, solid signal throughout broadcast:

1710 UNID “You’re listening to the the midnight man on the Big Q” –
oldies stations here playing
1960s/1970s stuff with announcements between songs like “You’re
listening to the Big Q”.  Very good signal right now at S7
way over Radio Soleil with slight warble to audio.  Songs
heard include Beach Boys “Help me Rhonda”, Temptations “My
Girl” sung by gravely voiced guy, “Chantilly Lace”, etc.
Ad for “GE Super Radio on eBay” and other weirdness.  The
announcer mentioned something about the movie “pirate radio”
and said it had nothing on his operation.  Pirate? Part 15?
Don’t know!

1710 khz – The Big Q – Clip 1
1710 khz – The Big Q – Clip 2
1710 khz – The Big Q – Clip 3
1710 khz – The Big Q – Clip 4

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Shortwave beacon “BA” 6840.6 khz

Posted by kilokat7 on November 2, 2010

It seems there is always interesting and mysterious stuff taking place in the range of frequencies from 6-7 mhz. Aside from the pirate broadcasts that took place this last weekend, I heard some other interesting things:

6953 khz USB – UTC 0200 – Conversation between two fisherman, both with heavy New England accents. The talk was about fishing, weather conditions, etc. Both were heard very well here. Very informal conversation with much colorful language, and of course no legal IDs!

6835 khz USB – UTC 0300 – Two shrimpers “Candyman” and “Bubba” conversing tonight, both strong signals with southern accents talking about shrimping, “ridin’ the tides”, etc. Signed off with Bubba telling Candyman “okay, 10-4” and Candyman responds “Put it on 3-26 real quick – that’s a real pretty girl on there right now!”

6840.6 khz CW – UTC 0106 – Shortwave beacon “BA” has been putting a strong signal into Michigan during the past few nights. In the example shown in this clip from the past weekend, “BA” is throwing down on presumed numbers station E10:

UPDATE November 3rd, 2010:

A nice e-QSL was sent to me today for this reception – many thanks to BA Beacon Man!

Beacon BA QSL November 1st, 2010

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Recent shortwave pirate logs Halloween 2010

Posted by kilokat7 on November 2, 2010

I made the effort this year to spend some time at the dials during the Halloween weekend to judge the current state of pirate activity on the shortwave bands.  This is the first Halloween weekend in many years that I’ve done this, and there was no disappointment in the amount of activity taking place!  Below are some of the stations that I noted.  I had the Perseus recording the whole 6.9 mhz band during various times of high activity and will be reviewing these files for some time to come.  After reading reports from others, this is only a fraction of what was to be heard this past weekend.  The most surprising, and possibly rare reception, was hearing Radio Face de Blatte on 6505 khz USB which I would have never caught without the tip from “Newfoundlland DXer” over at hfunderground.com.

Voice of Next Thursday, 2245 UTC, 10/31/2010, 6899.6 khz AM – coming in
poorly with music and what sounds like an assortment of odd data bursts
at times.

Pumpkin Patch Radio, 2300 UTC, 10/31/2010, 6925 khz USB – in strong with
Charlie Daniels music and IDs between songs.

Witch City Radio (presumed), 1220 UTC, 10/31/2010, 6937.5 khz AM – with
laughing witch and music.  Signal poor and just above the noise floor.

Radio Ronin, 1300 UTC 10/31/2010, 6950.7 khz AM – putting out a
tremendous signal with classic rock – Bowie, Blue Oyster Cult, Rolling
Stones, etc.

Radio Casablanca, 1400 UTC, 10/31/2010, 6939.8 khz AM – blasting into
Michigan with vintage big band music sounding really good, broadcast
lasted a good two hours.

WMPR “Mirco Power Radio”, 1745 UTC, 10/31/2010, 6924.9 khz AM – playing
electronic music, signal around S6 here and strong at times, three
poorly received SSTV images and off at 1750 UTC.

Wolverine Radio, 0020 UTC, 11/1/2010, 6950 khz USB – playing music (i.e.
Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party”) and putting out a killer signal. Audio
was super clear and crisp, signed off with perfect reception of flying
witch SSTV image.

Wolverine Radio SSTV 6950khz 0040utc 01NO10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Face de Blatte – French pirate, 0124 UTC, 11/1/2010, 6505 khz USB
– with Golden Earing, Rob Zombie, Monster Mash, Ghostbusters, etc.
Signal about S4 just above noise floor.  Off by 0159 UTC.

Radio RFB France UTC November 1st, 2010

Radio RFB France UTC November 1st, 2010

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