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10/11 meters / Re: 27565 USB Portuguese CB chatter 22:53 UTC
« on: March 19, 2019, 1205 UTC »
From what I can tell, its very popular in Brazil and South America in general.  Their legal CB is 80 (85) channels from 26.965 MHz to 27.805 MHz (or 27.855 MHz, depending on where you look).  25w SSB 10w AM/FM maximum power to my understanding.  I know that radios sold in Brazil generally follow the "export" frequency plan, that is, 25.615-28.305 MHz is the default frequency coverage, 6 bands of 40 channels each.  Apparently 2 meter FM and the nearby frequencies are also very popular for truckers, etc. in Brazil...akin to high power MURS usage in the USA or the VHF LADD channels in Canada.

Peskies / 6745.5 or 6745.6 kHz USB UNID Net 2112 UTC 18 Mar 2019
« on: March 18, 2019, 2114 UTC »
Both of these frequencies would make sense.  Via COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR located on the CT/MA border.  Langauge: Spanish.  Source: unknown.  No IDs heard, but several OMs chatting away, presumed freebanders, outbanders, fishing fleets, drug traffickers or something similar.  Just below the edge of the 6765 to 7000 kHz fixed mobile band, technically still within the 6 MHz aeronautical allocation. 

You know, because freebanders and narco traffickers care about ITU frequency allocations.

Shortwave Pirate / Old Time Radio OTR 6770 AM 2105 UTC 18 Mar 2019
« on: March 18, 2019, 2108 UTC »
Via COMMSIGMA KiwiSDR on the CT/MA border.

 Lots of fading but the carrier is there with a S5 signal, S6 on peaks. 

"Is there anything I can do?" "just keep it under your hat" "what under my hat" - young man and YL talking about "the story in the papers this morning"

Fading getting worse as the minutes tick by.  Now basically unreadable (at 2107 UTC)....nope, as I type this, I am hearing bits and pieces of a YL talking and some background laughter then "that's what I said" at 2108 UTC.  OM and YL continue to talk with heavy fading.  Now closer to S4 signal. 

2109 UTC - noted a FSK signal on 6770 kHz USB or 6769.5 kHz USB.  Only slightly weaker than OTR at the moment (now 2110 UTC).  Can still hear OM and YL talking but the FSK ute signal is getting stronger.

Does any one chase/log/look for the many, mostly or assumed Asian, drift net fishing beacons on 1.7 to 2.6MHz CW which transmit usually on a four minute key off cycle?

They come into Eastern Australia very well in the hours of darkness and there are literally hundreds of them. 

Scattered around the vast Pacific Ocean bobbing around sending their low powered (10-25w) call sign every four or so minutes three times I have been logging quite a few.

Does any one else share this interest and if so what do you hear and when?

Are they exclusive to the Pacific or are they also being heard in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions too?

I know they're used in the Atlantic Ocean...as mentioned, the logs could be spread across the board.  Some versions of the radiobuoys/fishnet radio beacons also use the 26 to 30 MHz band instead of 1.8 to 4 MHz (I believe the allocation in ITU Region 2 is 1.6 to 4 MHz).  The 26 MHz region seems to be the most popular part although in previous sunspot peaks they've been heard in the 11 meter CB band, above CB channel 40 and in various parts of 10 meters.  I remember seeing a video on YouTube of a CBer in New Zealand who had come across a driftnet beacon transmitting on one of the 26 MHz New Zealand CB frequencies (26.450 MHz / 26450 kHz IIRC), probably of Asiatic origin. 

I do think the majority used operate in the 1.6 to 4 MHz region and the higher-frequency ones are less common. 

See also:


Utility / Re: March HF here and there 2-13MHz.
« on: March 15, 2019, 1719 UTC »
Nice logs.  I love listening to the yachtmen's nets on the 4 MHz, 6 MHz, 8 MHz and 12 MHz marine bands. 

The USCG transmitter in Virginia (NMN) on 6501 kHz USB is a real flamethrower.  Crazy how many meteo stations are on 6676 kHz.  That frequency and the nearby 6500-7000 kHz region is heavily pirated in ITU Region 2 (the Americas) by pescadores and 45 meter outbanders/freebanders out of Latin America.

Utility / Re: 6903 and 6807 USB
« on: March 13, 2019, 1249 UTC »
EAM-like messages have been heard in the 6765-7000 kHz region before, often with very strong signals and various operators (similar to what you've logged).

It could be MARS, or it could be military operator training or a communications/SIGINT exercise type deal. 

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: 15.555 usb 20:30 Usb 09 march 2019
« on: March 12, 2019, 1243 UTC »
WJHR is one of those stations that always makes me wonder.  They run 50kW but its SSB so their audience is significantly limited, I would think.  Plus if its just tapes of the same deceased preacher....similar to Brother Stair's broadcasts, only he's not dead yet.  That, and Brother Stair is on a dozen different shortwave outlets instead of having his own transmitter "in-house". 

I often come across 15555 kHz USB while cruising the bands hoping I've found something interesting, like another pescadore, freebander, etc.  or government/military/NGO net hiding in the broadcast bands and then I remember its just WJHR.

Peskies / 7400 kHz USB Spanish YL and OM 2150 UTC 8 March 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 2152 UTC »
7400 kHz USB 7.400 MHz USB, hiding in between big broadcast signals, hearing weak SS Spanish speaking chatter, a YL and an OM, the YL is the stronger of the two but still only a SIO 222 or so

Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: March 08, 2019, 1746 UTC »
On-going EAM at 1744 UTC with female operator on 11175 kHz USB.  Good signal on 13200 USB with some echo or long-path QRM.


At 1747 UTC, BLUEPRINT (same YL op) came back on with another ALL STATIONS, ALL STATIONS call, same echo/reverb-like QRM in the background (probably due to multipath).

At 1748 UTC, checked 13200 kHz USB and 15016 kHz USB, SIO 444 signals on those two frequencies as well, both exhibit minor multipath/echo QRM but the message is 100% readable.

6712 kHz USB is quiet, can hear something very faint on 6739 kHz USB, nothing on 4724 kHz USB and 8992 has a strong data signal on it with the EAM underneath (???)

At 1750 UTC, now male operator "message of 41 characters follows" (I missed the callsign while changing freqs)

Switched back up to 15016 USB at 1751 UTC (15016 kHz seems to have the best signal at the moment)

"Disregard this transmission, this is BLUEPRINT, out" at 1751 UTC.

1752 UTC - a second OM operator "All stations, all stations, this is BLUEPRINT, standby" into authentication sequence then alphanumeric message (on-going at 1753 UTC).  At 1754 UTC "This is BLUEPRINT, out"

Peskies / Re: UNID 6970 USB 2319 UTC 6 Mar 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 1515 UTC »
The peskies on 6925 kHz LSB are known play music over each other, either for fun or as attempted jamming?  Maybe that's what Chris heard on 6970 kHz? 

Other / Re: 6974.4 CW
« on: March 06, 2019, 2002 UTC »
That does make a lot more sense (4FG or 5FG), I thought "FFG" was a callsign or other identifier. 

Other / Re: 6974.4 CW
« on: March 06, 2019, 1307 UTC »
I did some Googling on 6974 kHz, 6974.4 kHz and 6975 kHz CW mode and came back with an old ENIGMA 2000 newsletter from 2005 talking about the M12 CW / ICW network operated by the Cubans using 6975 kHz. 

What's FFG? 

Other / Re: UNID russian 7050 LSB 0940 UTC 06 March 2018
« on: March 06, 2019, 1302 UTC »
More Russia vs. Ukraine ham radio war / jamming war on 40 meters.  The Russians sure do love their electronic warfare...and the Ukrainian militias sure do love their ham radio gear.

Glad VDOT is keeping the Hampton Roads area network on 1680 kHz AM alive. 

Probably means the other VDOT operated TIS stations on 530 kHz, 1610 kHz and 1620 kHz aren't going anywhere anytime soon either.  All the licenses are still active anyway, including WQOW385 (the license for the VDOT 1680 kHz TIS network).

So the Russians have moved from 7055 kHz LSB to 7050 kHz LSB or they're occupying both frequencies at this time?  Plus 3731 kHz LSB at night of course.  I've confirmed that via Russian and Ukrainian remote SDR receivers.

7.055 MHz / 7.050 MHz daytime - 3.731 MHz nighttime

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