Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Mighty KBC testing transatlantic signal on 9.4 MHz, October 7, 2012

See if you can catch this test transmission on Sunday, October 7 (oo:00-02:00UTC) from The Mighty KBC in the Netherlands:

(Source: The Mighty KBC)

The Mighty KBC is testing on 9400 kHz on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 between 00.00 – 02.00 UTC with 100kW beamed to the USA, South America and Canada.

Propagation Map (Source: The Mighty KBC)

Pirate Radio Recordings: Wolverine Radio

Wolverine Radio sent this SSTV image at the end of the broadcast. This one was decoded with the PC freeware, RX-SSTV.

Wolverine Radio was yet another pirate station I recorded last Saturday night (along with Radio Ronin and Radio Appalachia).

Wolverine Radio was broadcasting on 6.95 MHz in the upper side band. Their signal was very good and fidelity excellent for SSB. Lots of variety and a common “radio” theme throughout WR’s music mix.

Wolverine Radio–at least each time I’ve heard them–sends an SSTV image at the end of the broadcast. I decoded the one in their Satuday night broadcast (see image on right) using RX-SSTV, a very intuitive and simple freeware PC application.  Make sure you use the “Scottie 1” mode.

Click here to download an MP3 of the broadcast, or stream from the embedded player below:

Microtelecom Perseus software updates

The Microtelecom Perseus SDR

I just received the notification below from Microtelecom. I find it very encouraging that they are still tweaking and working on the Perseus software (which is quite mature at this point). No major upgrades here, but they’re worthy updates.

Note that this is a BETA release for the client and server versions:

(Source: Microtelecom)

A new Perseus release is now in the BETA phase.
Here is the download link:

http://microtelecom.it/perseus/Perseusv40c_beta.zip

There are quite a few changes in both client and server.

Client

-The servers map is no longer integrated in the Perseus software (when clicking on the “Show Map” button, a default browser window will open).

The link between the map and the Perseus software is done by a tool (included in the package) called mttps.exe. During the first run, administrative privileges are required to properly register the MTTP protocol.

-Buttons font rendering was modified to address some users that reported “blocky” or hardly readable labels on some buttons.

-Audio Delay: this new feature inserts a configurable delay in the DSP chain, please refer to the release notes (included in the package) for more information about it.

Server

-Support for the delay feature

-Restarting the server is no longer needed after a DNS change

-Blacklist support: using a text file (as explained in the release notes) it is possible to reject connections from an IP address or family of IP addresses (server software settings has a new section).

Enjoy this new release!
The Microtelecom Development Team

Pirate Radio Recordings: Radio Appalachia

Radio Appalachia is the only pirate I’ve ever heard on the shortwaves which features bluegrass and gospel music. This recording was made Saturday night on 6.9349 MHz (AM).

At 8:28 in the recording below, you’ll hear Radio Appalachia’s station ID :

“Radio Appalachia, you are listening to Radio Appalachia…the free voice of the Ohio Valley. Broadcasting from high above Moundsville, West Virginia, this is Radio Appalachia.”

You then hear their signature Three Stooges audio sample and a repeat of the ID.

Click here to download the MP3, or listen to the entire broadcast below:

Radio Australia to broadcast coverage of the AFL Grand Final

(Source: Radio Australia via NASWA)

Radio Australia will broadcast coverage of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday 29 September 2012 from 0430-0745 UT. It will be part of our regular Grandstand sports coverage.

The coverage will be available on our HF (shortwave) and local FM relays, but it will not be available on RAs web stream due to content rights limitations.

Our HF coverage will be as follows.

South Pacific – 11945 kHz and 15160 kHz

South-west Pacific – 12080 kHz and 15240 kHz

Papua New Guinea & West Pacific – 9660 kHz and 15415 kHz

South-east Asia – 17750 kHz

Reception may also be possible on 4835 kHz from the ABC domestic HF service at Alice Springs. 4835 kHz would be a good choice for land-mobile operators within 1,500 km of Alice Springs. Reception of 4835 kHz may be possible beyond 1,500 km.

Note: Reception of particular HF channels may be possible beyond the nominal target areas. Please try all frequencies to ascertain if reception is possible in your area.