Tuesday, August 27, 2013
At 2300 Eastern, on 6165 khz I got Radio Havanna. They come in loud and clear here on several different frequencies year round. This was a 4X signal.
At 2330 Eastern, on 6175 khz, I listened to Radio Viet Nam. I don't pick them up often on a hand held set using that kind of antenna, the propagation must have been just right. This was a 5X signal but I didn't listen long, there was something creepy about the announcer. He sounded like a parody of a WW2 movie . You know, where the Japanese are out in the jungle at night yelling " You DIE TONIGHT!"
At 0345 Eastern, on 3184 khz, I listened to some pirate radio station for awhile. The HF spectrum is full of these guys. As usual, the announcer was a fundamentalist preacher and he worked in a lot of anti-government invective along with his wandering diatribe against pretty much everything he could think of. I'll bet you anything he was transmitting out of a barn in Kansas, Missouri, or Tennessee. This was a 3X signal, as most of this kind of stations are.
At 0400 Eastern, on 4840 khz, I listened to the World Wide Christian Network. They had a program on about how potato chips are going to kill everybody because they have some kind of chemical in them. This is a "Prepper" outfit. There are lots of them on the HF spectrum at night, and they often have some good news programs. The advertisements are all for prepper supplies and equipment. This lady I listened to last night was a little over the top, and some of the callers clearly came through the door from the Twilight Zone, but overall it wasn't that bad to pass the time. It was a 5X signal.
You may be able to infer another odd thing about my character from this post. I'm an inveterate insomniac, and have been for a very long time. Doesn't bother me, if I can't sleep at night I sleep during the day. Makes me a great shortwave listener, though.