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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Something Different

I have only two loggings on 970: WHCU and WWL in Ithaca and New Orleans, respectively, so I sat on that frequency last night hoping to add a new one to the log. I heard three stations: WHCU, a station broadcasting the Kansas vs. Villanova basketball game and a station way down in the mud playing mid-20th Century MOR.

I never heard an I.D. from the two unidentified stations, but from about 0245 to 0315 UTC, I heard a Morse Code transmission of the letters "RR" once per minute. I had no idea, so I searched the Internet for a clue and the consensus was that it was Radio Rebelde transmitting 1 kW from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 1409 miles to the south-southwest. I used my Elecraft KX3 and Terk Advantage antenna for this catch.

That is my third Radio Rebelde logging on three different frequencies, but the first two were traditional voice and music broadcasts; the third was something completely different!

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