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Spy Numbers / MC03 on 5139 kHz LSB, January, 2019
« on: January 13, 2019, 1729 UTC »
Chinese military station MC03 has been active this month on 5139 kHz, LSB mode.

The transmitter is using a keyed audio tone in LSB mode, instead of ICW (keyed unmodulated carrier).  You can tell by the audio harmonics of the 500 Hz tone used.

Video of the signal here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiQUa8_E8JA

T!

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Wolverine Radio 6955 USB 0057 UTC 12 Jan 2019
« on: January 13, 2019, 0113 UTC »
Wolverine a little down from normal here, about S5 or so, but still usable.  On the house sound system and wife is listening.

(edit)  Unfortunately peskies moved in, and are stronger than Wolverine is tonight.  Wolverine is S5'ish, and the peskies are S8.

T!

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HF Mystery Signals / Re: UNID 9000 kHz 1914 UTC 11 Jan 2019
« on: January 12, 2019, 2015 UTC »
The spectrogram picture posted looks to me like a featureless carrier, the "features" look like Doppler shift in reflected energy from aircraft.

I am no expert, but at a guess the TDOA results are all over the place because there is no modulation.  If there are indeed no features on the carrier, just a dead carrier, the Kiwi TDOA techniques, as I understand them, cannot be applied.  So yeah, you can TDOA away, but the answers will be wrong, or at best a lucky guess.

T!

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Spy Numbers / Re: Simon Mason Website
« on: January 06, 2019, 1710 UTC »
While the site is still a good tool, it has a lot of historical data, the linked site that carried the sound files has been inactive for a while.  That means that most of the linked examples have been dead links for some time.  And as sat-dxer points out you can hit the Wayback Machine for the web pages themselves, although not the sound files.

It really needs a lot of work to get sorted out, and Simon may not have the time to devote to doing that.  Really only he can answer that.

But if Simon just does not want to pay for server space I have an unlimited bandwidth server I would be glad to have host the site.

T!

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: Skippy Radio 6935 USB 1525 UTC 5 Jan 2018
« on: January 05, 2019, 1728 UTC »
I was not listening, so did not hear, but my SSTV auto upload page was tuned to 6935 USB, so it caught the SSTV.

The last 12 SSTV images the receiver driving that page catch are on this page  http://www.tokenradio.net/Radio/SSTV/SSTV.htm

It does delete the old ones though, so only the 12 most recent are on the page.

Since it will disappear from that page eventually, here is a more permanent link to the image :


You can see the Chinese OTHR really hit it hard, but that is an every morning thing here.

T!

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Spy Numbers / Re: V15
« on: January 05, 2019, 1525 UTC »
The transmitter for 6400 kHz was off air and V15 was not sent on that freq today.  Also, the 3320 kHz signal was VERY weak, but copiable, at my location in California.

T!

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Spy Numbers / Re: V24 logs, January 2019
« on: January 05, 2019, 1523 UTC »
05 January, nothing either for 5290 @ 1430 or 6215 @ 1500.

And looking at the past logs, 6215 kHz at 1500z has not happened in January for the last 3 years.  However 5290 kHz at 1430z did happen during that time periods.

If both of those time slots are out this year, the next historic V24 transmission will be 6310 kHz at 1530z on the 8th.

4925 kHz may, or may not, (it was reactivated in Dec after a period of inactivity) be used at 1430z on 11, 13, and 15.

The 1600z slots on 5115 and 5900 kHz are pretty safe and dependable, starting from the 11th.

5715 kHz at 1500z appears to have reactivated in Dec, so it may be up this month on the 19, 21, and 26.  But this slot has always been very hit or miss, often skipping months.  For example, last year it was active on months 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 and 12, but not on months 4, 5, 6, 9, or 11.

5150 kHz at 1400z on 18, 21, and 25, really appears terminated.

And 4900 kHz at 1530z on 23, 25, and 27, co-channel with the BC station, appears relatively dependable, but can be hard to hear under the BC at some locations.

I would say there is a good chance of 9 more V24 transmissions this month, possibly, but unlikely, as many as 15.

I have really thought, for some time, that V24 might have some unknown / unreported times and freqs in use.  Some months there can be VERY little activity on the known freqs / times.

T!

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Spy Numbers / Re: V24 logs, January 2019
« on: January 05, 2019, 0022 UTC »
Hopefully i will be able to wake up before 14:30 UTC (6:30 AM my time) tomorrow to catch 5290 kHZ

The last time they used 5290 kHz was in October of 2018, and they did not use it on the 3rd  of this month.  So, as MDK2 said, it probably will not be used on the 5th or 7th.

However, 6215 kHz at 1500z was used last month, and is very likely to be used this month.  So look for it at 1500z, on 6215 kHz, on the 5th, 7th, and 9th.

T!

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Spy Numbers / Re: V24 logs, January 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 1641 UTC »
I still say it is a slightly deep female voice and not an OM ;)

My video of this mornings V24 transmission (01 January, 2019, 1530 UTC, 6310 kHz).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7WNy3pWjhc

T!

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Spy Numbers / V24 logs, January 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 0317 UTC »
All, the last couple of months we have had multiple V24 logging threads, and they got a bit scattered with multiple freqs / days / times in each thread.  It might be a bit better if everyone posted their January, 2019, V24 logs in one thread.   Possibly this one thread ;)

If this works out it should result in all V24 Jan 2019 logs in one easy to find place.

Here is my latest V24 schedule.  Keep in mind several of these freqs have been skipped in the last couple of months, but every time I take them off the sched they come back for a month or two.



T!

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: WDDR 4015 USB 0022 UTC 1 Jan 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 0225 UTC »
Not super strong here tonight, the band is kind of flat.  But S6 or so, and good audio.  Excellent work WDDR!

Also, got a chance to try out my new automated Pirate SSTV page.  tonight I put together an automated page that uploads whatever SSTV from whatever freq that specific radio is tuned to.  The intent is to leave it on 24/7 on 6935 USB, and only tune it off when a specific station is tuned in.  Such as in this case, I tuned it down to 4015 kHz USB in time for the second SSTV image.

It will say at the top what freq it is tuned to.

http://www.tokenradio.net/Radio/SSTV/SSTV.htm

It is a work in progress, and so will change over the next little while, but nice that the first image it uploaded was a WDDR image ;)

(edit)  Has gotten a bit better as the evening went on.  Wife and I went to town to grab some ice cream in the middle of the show.  Was able to listen the whole way to and from town in the mobile, but in town some of the power line noise killed it.  Nice job WDDR!

T!

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Spy Numbers / Re: UNID CW at 4870 KHZ
« on: December 31, 2018, 1854 UTC »
Token - how did you determine the RIS9 callsign? I assume you too are able to receive this station?

Do you run the audio through a program or just know Morse well enough?

Yes, I can receive it most mornings.  And no, I did not use a program, I used my ears.  However, if you don't know Morse there are several programs that work pretty well, one of the go-to CW programs is FLDIGI.

T!

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Utility / MOVED: UNID CW at 4870 KHZ
« on: December 31, 2018, 1800 UTC »

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Spy Numbers / Re: UNID CW at 4870 KHZ
« on: December 31, 2018, 1756 UTC »
I moved this post to Utility because it is not an unknown type of transmission, it is just Morse in ICW.  The Mystery forum is really aimed at unknown types of transmissions, not necessarily unknown sources of transmission.

I initially moved this to Utility thinking it was Russian Navy (the RIS9 callsign got me), but looking at the format I think it is more likely to be Chinese M89.  So moved again, off to Spy Numbers this time, even though M89 is not really Spy Numbers, more military.  It is generally reported / lumped with "numbers" stations.

T!

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HF Mystery Signals / MOVED: UNID CW at 4870 KHZ
« on: December 31, 2018, 1752 UTC »

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