Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Radio Lowland Netherlands shortwave pirate radio 6280 khz (via SDR) eQSL

This great eQSL arrived from Radio Lowland last night.  They had replied to my emailed report the same day confirming reception and said an eQSL would also be sent.  Less than a week later it arrived, along with a great letter detailing the station's history (and some photos as well).  I tuned in to their broadcast, from the Netherlands, on 6280 kHz (via the SDR at Twente).

Thanks Jos!

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Radio Tango Italia" Italian shortwave pirate radio 6260 khz (via SDR) eQSL


I just received this pair of great eQSL's from Radio Tango Italia.  I heard the broadcasts from Italy, on 6260 kHz, over 2 days, the first one under some tough conditions - and the second one (with better weather conditions) much improved over the prior day.

Thanks Tony!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon: Race Photos & Results

Despite all the worries from the heavy rains on Friday, the Paine to Pain Trail was relatively unaffected.  Except for a handful of puddles/patches of mud along the way, there were hardly any traces of all the rain that fell.

As for the race itself, I had a great time on the trails!  While I missed my 1:50 goal (1:52:58, 8:36 pace) by a solid 3 minutes - I did run the course 20+ minutes faster than last weekend's effort.  I spent most of the race passing other runners (the consequence of starting out in the 6th/last wave).  That may have accounted for a couple of minutes along the way - but no worries because it didn't detract from an otherwise fantastic time out there :D

I saw Mat at the start and Greg volunteering at the finish, but otherwise I really didn't see too many familiar faces out there this morning.  A number of my friends were equally split between Grete's Half in the city and the Ridgefield Half in Connecticut.  A trio a half marathons that laid claim to a good chunk of tri-state area runners today!

Here are the official results from NYC Runs


Radio Eldorado Netherlands shortwave pirate radio 6285 khz (via SDR) eQSL

This fantastic eQSL arrived from Radio Eldorado this morning.  I tuned in to Radio Eldorado broadcasting from the Netherlands, on 6285 kHz, via the SDR at Twente.  The programming was mostly in Dutch, but the ID and email address was in English.

Thanks Ron!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Paine to Pain Trail Half Packet Pick-up at Westchester Road Runner

Was lucky to have Pat pick up my Paine to Pain shirt and bib for me this morning at the Westchester Road Runner in White Plains!  Great looking shirt (and a water bottle too)!
Looks as if the weather Gods have spare us actual rain for tomorrow.  But the course certainly won't be as dry as it was last weekend.  Either way, looking forward to running the course tomorrow.  Can't say that I'm as enthusiastic about my wave assignment (6 out of 6) however, but it is what it is.
As always, if you're at this one - say hello!

Friday, October 2, 2015

"CKUT Shortwave" North American pirate radio 6950 khz eQSL

This eQSL from CKUT Shortwave arrived last night!  I mentioned logging CKUT earlier this week in connection with pirate stations relaying programs from traditional broadcasters (in this case, CKUT relayed the International Radio Report regularly heard on CKUT FM, in Montreal).  I heard the weekly program a couple of days after the actual broadcast, on 6950 kHz, via my Sangean ATS 909 receiver.  It's a great program, by the way!

In a coincidence, I heard yet another pirate station relay another broadcasters program yesterday - (when Radio Python rebroadcast Radio Northern Ireland's programming).  That makes four instances in just over a week!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Race Schedule

Hard to believe it's October!  Last month it seemed like old times - a race each weekend (almost, unless the course preview last weekend is counted as a race - haha) and my weekly mileage edged above 40 miles (44.3) for the first time in a few months!  Looks like the eye surgery, and the inactivity that resulted from it, is finally behind me.

As for October, this weekend is the Paine to Pain Trail Half - which will undoubtedly be a lot muddier - thanks to the forecasted rain - than the course was last weekend!  The following weekend is still a toss up in terms of what to do.  I'm leaning toward another half - the Westchester Half (now renamed the "Healing Half" - but still run on the Bronx River Parkway).  Or, plan B, might be to go for shorter distances.  In that case the Nyack 5k looks interesting.

I'll probably go with the half because the rest of the month is taken up just 5k's - leading into the NYC Marathon on November 1st.  There is the Great Pumpkin 5k mid-month (a race I last ran when it was still a 4 miler).  And a trio of 5k's the last full weekend (Ghosts & Goblins, Brookfield and New Canaan).  The Brookfield 5k is taking the place of the Weston Halloween Hustle - which has been rescheduled to the following weekend, directly conflicting with the NYC Marathon!

Here's how it looks so far:

10/4 - Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon
10/11 - Healing Half or Nyack 5k
10/18 - Great Pumpkin 5k
10/24 - Ghosts & Goblins 5k
10/25 - Brookfield 5k
10/25 - Pumpkin Chase 5k

As always, if you're at any of these races - say hello!