I just want to take a second and mention two tools that I think are more than worthy to be on anybody’s device, if you are into the hobby. With these tools on your phone, you literally have all the essentials you need for frequency navigation, right in your pocket and hand. I’ve had these tools on my phone for 4 months now and they have never let me down or spoiled my phone with malware or anything like that. Very happy with these.
Well I hope you all are getting into the holiday spirit properly this year! I know I am! As a shortwave radio listener, I really take in the holiday radio programming much more than I did when I was young. Usually it is the other way around but when you build a hobby around something like this, it does get fun. This broadcast from https://swradiogram.net/ is a prime example. Please take the time to go over their site for info about this broadcast, if you don’t already know.
Below are a half hours worth of MFSK-64 (AM Digital Mode) pictures that really light up the spirit in me as they were scrolling down the screen, decoding away. This broadcast was transmitted from WRMI Florida at 7780KHz at 2330UTC . I used FLDIGI with RxID enabled so I can pay more attention to the content and needed audio adjustments instead of manually switching modes. My SDR is an RSP1a in Windows 10 with SDRuno. I also recorded a video but am not too happy with how it ended up looking. Pictures do it enough justice, I think.
Today I am streaming my DX sessions on and off all day to an icecast server in the cloud, as time permits. The stream is http://cast1.hfzone.org:8000/dx and will be where my SDRPlay/SDRuno sessions will end up as they happen. Feel free to tune in and comment! I’m also up for any constructive criticism you may have on the sound and what should be fixed on SDRuno.
There is also a live stream of ambient/techno style tracks that will be playing all the way through with no repeats. This music is sort of meant to be just ambient while you do your thing during your day or night. That live stream is available at http://cast1.hfzone.org:8000/ozone
Right now I’m feeling like I definitely was just at the right place at the right time.. I jumped on the SDR radio this afternoon to do some DXing that i needed to catch up on. I tuned in to 12749khz USB. I then looked out my window and realized I was getting this strong signal partly because the sun was in the middle of setting. I was “greylining” . The result of all these fortunate events are held in 2 wefax maps below:
I am going to be starting a heavy metal playlist to auto-dj throughout the night. If you would like to hear, you can check it out at http://cast1.hfzone.org:8000/frigid . Also, if you would like me to broadcast something for you, I can definitely do that! Just let me know!
Ok, the cat is out of the bag! There is a new developing sunspot that, by all accounts, will rotate through and cause all kinds of fun. Are we closer to Cycle 25? or another “almost but not quite” situation? When this forms into a mature sunspot, we will tell by the polarization, if it belongs to Cycle 25. If we get these signatures back to back on sunspots after this one, we may be on a roll to the new cycle! In other news… We are being hit by some fast solar wind that is helping in bringing a bit of unsettled geomagnetic conditions to us as this article is being typed. Could be the reason for some flakey propagation lately?