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Posted: 3/8/2015 10:16:10 PM EDT
It's driving me insane... not because it is annoying or bothersome, but because I can't figure out what the hell it is. I've heard it here, I've heard it on other people's stations (when visiting them in person, not on their transmitted signal), I've even heard it while talking to people on the phone that were MILES away and had their radio on in the background... so it isn't "local"

It's pretty random, seems to happen once every few minutes. Occurs on various frequencies on various bands. It does spike the S meter but it is so quick that it is difficult to tell exactly how much.

Here is a recording. It happens about 0:08 into the clip.

http://vocaroo.com/i/s1ylnZzxlA0q

Here's a screen cap of it on the waterfall of FLDIGI:

Link Posted: 3/8/2015 10:19:31 PM EDT
HF over the horizon radar, or ionosonde.

Link Posted: 3/8/2015 10:20:21 PM EDT
It's the noise that makes SWL interesting and frustrating all at the same time. Someone here will know I bet, just not me.
Link Posted: 3/8/2015 10:37:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2015 10:38:48 PM EDT by KwaiChangCaine]
Could be anything from my experience. Need more info. A wide shot video from an SDR panadapter with audio would be good.

ETA: Reminds me of my Ethernet switch and router if I get close to them with a radio. Maybe it's your PC?
Link Posted: 3/8/2015 10:54:13 PM EDT
It was explained to me that the sound you hear there is a series of transmitters around the world that keep track of the MUF at all times, mainly for airlines crossing the worlds oceans etc. Linky
Link Posted: 3/9/2015 7:09:46 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:
Could be anything from my experience. Need more info. A wide shot video from an SDR panadapter with audio would be good.

ETA: Reminds me of my Ethernet switch and router if I get close to them with a radio. Maybe it's your PC?
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No panadapter here.

I have serious doubts that my computer is making noise loud enough to be heard 100 miles away, though.
Link Posted: 3/9/2015 7:33:30 AM EDT
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No panadapter here.

I have serious doubts that my computer is making noise loud enough to be heard 100 miles away, though.
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Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:
Could be anything from my experience. Need more info. A wide shot video from an SDR panadapter with audio would be good.

ETA: Reminds me of my Ethernet switch and router if I get close to them with a radio. Maybe it's your PC?


No panadapter here.

I have serious doubts that my computer is making noise loud enough to be heard 100 miles away, though.


I somehow missed that little detail. Guess I was too busy listening to the noise.
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