It was a scorcher here today! Over 31 C, and the second hottest day on record.
It has been a whole since I have posted, since I have been busy with other things.
First, I have now entered semi-retirement. I have closed my office, and will now run a reduced version of my business from my phone and computer. After 24 years of 12 hour days, I am looking forward to more time for family and hobbies.
Also in the last few weeks, I had family return from across Canada for my parents memorial service and burial. One of the things that I did for the memorial service was prepare a slide show of old pics. As a little tribute to the man who introduced me to shortwave, here are pics I discovered of both him and me at our respective corner of our "radio room" from about 1978-9.
My father's equipment was either Heathkit or self-built. My radio was a Yaesu FRG-7 (which I still have) and behind me is the Hammerlund HQ-180 boat anchor that I started on.
Another complication ... in late June my antenna feed suffered it's annual "failure". I finally got a chance to rebuild it on Saturday, so I did hear some stations on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Saturday, July 13
6295,3 . . 2154 . Radio Lowland, IDs as TWN Radio, The Monkees, “Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees”, Beatles “A Day in the Life”, ID as Lowland, c/d 2347, 25442
6920,0 . . 2204 . Trans Europe Radio, ID/email, instrumental, 25341
6909,0L . 2209 . Baltic Sea Radio, Black Sabbath “Paranoid”, ID, email, instrumental, 24442
6325,8 . . 2214 . Radio Caroline Int., dance, ID, mid-eastern music, 25442
6745,2 . . 2221 . Radio Pioneer AM, Patti LaBelle “New Attitude” 23341
6305,0 . . 2238 . NMD Radio, ID, greetings, report to Ronex, techno, 35342
5800,6 . . 2242 . Tower Radio, Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays”, instrumental, ID, c/d 2249, 25442
5909,8 . . 2249 . Continental Radio, rock music, Dutch music, ID via Iann’s chat, 24442
3905,0 . . 2258 . Radio Baken 16, Guess Who “American Woman”, 25341, up to 25442 at 2325 with Jethro Tull, c/d 2327
6260,0 . . 2302 . Shortwave Gold, “Doo Dah”, ID, 45443
3905,0 . . 2327 . UNID, short voice (report to Baken I think), too weak to copy
6920,0 . . 2353 . Trans Europe Radio, back on with rock, 25442
6324,9 . . 2356 . Ronex Radio, moved to 6325 due to QRM on 6305, QSO with NMD, Ronex barely audible music and talk, ID via Iann’s chat
Sunday, July 14
6269,9 . . 0020 . Radio Rode Barron, “Highway to Hell”, “Summer of 69”, ID, talk in Dutch, 25342
1699,9 . . 0030 . UNID (Greece?), low talk and Greek sounding music, c/d 0032, 25442
1648,0 . . 0035 . Radio Moby Dick, Dutch music, talk, just a little too weak to copy, ID via Iann’s chat, 24441 (edit: upon reviewing audio file, heard 2 positive IDs)
1638,0 . . 0047 . Bluebird Radio, Dutch music, ID, greetings, best signal yet from Bluebird, 35342
6924,3 . . 0114 . UNID, Beach Boys “Fun, Fun, Fun”, ’59 Mustang car ad, “Mustang Sally”, ad for ’54 Lincoln, possible ID “you have entered the Man Cave”, 45433 (Update: got a QSL identifying this as Man Cave Radio ... will post soon.)
15785,0 . 1347 . Hamburger Lokal Radio, discussion by two men in German, slow song by woman, ID, 25431, better at 1920 with program of old jazz in English, 25442
6305,0 . . 2112 . Radio Powerliner Int., ID, pop, weak at this early time, 24441
6209,8 . . 2125 . Radio Goundenster, very weak music, ID via Iann’s chat, 15341
6300,0 . . 2132 . TRX Radio, blues and oldies, ID, 32341, noise ute
6294,9 . . 2153 . Top Radio, very weak music, ID via Iann’s chat, just 10 watts, 25331