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Loggings => Satellite, Radiosondes and Other VHF/UHF Signals => Topic started by: 14 KILO BRAVO 094 on March 04, 2016, 2329 UTC

Title: Pirate
Post by: 14 KILO BRAVO 094 on March 04, 2016, 2329 UTC
Hello, il hear many stations speaking on 261.445mhz in NFM. What is this ?
Thank you.
Title: Re: Pirate
Post by: RobRich on June 23, 2016, 2210 UTC
While some of the comms could be legit, considering the band involved, the bulk of the comms likely are HF satcom pirates.

Brazil is on a good location to access open transponders on the US military FLTSATCOM 8, and its transponder relay signals often can be received from South America to North America. Pirates range from casual comms in Portuguese, to playing music, and whatever else.

There have been crack downs on the activity in the past, but the need for international coordination to do so means few of the SATCOM pirates seem intimidated.