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HF Beacons / Dasher, 4069.95 kHz, Dec 5, 2013, 0100 UTC
« on: December 05, 2013, 0113 UTC »
What appears to me to be a new dasher is up on 4096.95 kHz.  This does not appear to be the same one that has been sending M and RR, and turning on and off, over the past week or so.  This one is a simple dasher, with a 2 second dash and a 2 second off time (4 seconds dash to dash).  Power level is not supper strong, but pretty steady, about in line with Kelsie (if that is what it is) on 4069.27 kHz.


Spy Numbers / VC01, Chinese Robot, 4165 kHz, Dec 03, 2013, 1500 UTC
« on: December 03, 2013, 1506 UTC »
The Chinese Robot, VC01, is up on 4165 kHz, USB, at 1500 UTC on December 03, 2013.  This station has been aaround this frequency for the last few weeks, including excursions to 4175 and 4156 kHz.  It has also been up on 8715 kHz near daily, for a couple of months now.


Sounds like RML, but not heard an ID yet, 6925 kHz, USB, at 0143 UTC, December 03, 2013.

0143 UTC   Ocean Size, Janes Addiction
0144 UTC   Superfreak, Rick James
0148 UTC   ID, Red Mercury Labs and shout outs


I have only been monitoring casually lately.  I periodically tune to one of the Asian numbers stations, just to see if they are still chugging along.  Last month, early October, 2013, I noticed I was not hearing much from V24 or M94.  My assumption was that the schedule I built up at the beginning of the year was just not accurate anymore, and a new schedule was needed.  So I started to monitor closely, and build up a new schedule to publish.

What  I found is that V24 has almost ceased operation, and no M94 transmissions have been sent, that I am aware of, in over 6 weeks.

Examples of activity levels.  In May of 2013 I heard 62 V24 transmissions, and 4 M94 transmissions.  In the last 6 weeks, the second half of October combined with all of November, I have heard eight V24 transmissions and no M94 transmissions at all, in the past I would have expected there to be on the order of 90 V24 transmissions and 6 or more M94’s.  In that 6+ weeks (part of Oct and all of Nov) monitored every known V24 and M94 frequency, past and present, 24 hours a day.  I also looked for new frequencies, and so far found no indication of any in use.

It appears that V24 / M94 has either greatly reduced operations or it has moved a large part of its operations to frequencies / times I have not been able to locate.

V24 and M94 receptions, 16 October to 29 November, 2013.

V24   6310 kHz   05/11/2013   1430 UTC
V24   6310 kHz   06/11/2013   1430 UTC
V24   6310 kHz   06/11/2013   1530 UTC
V24   4900 kHz   08/11/2013   1300 UTC
V24   4900 kHz   12/11/2013   1300 UTC
V24   4900 kHz   13/11/2013   1300 UTC
V24   6310 kHz   15/11/2013   1430 UTC
V24   6310 kHz   16/11/2013   1430 UTC


Chamber Pot Radio up on 6925 kHz USB, S6 here.  Several "interesting" songs, as well as a shout out to Harry.


I have been on travel for a while, and away from the radios, so not sure when this beacon might have started.  Also, while I did not log it so I don’t remember the exact date, I did tune to the Inyo-Whooper (very close to the same frequency) a couple of weeks ago, and the Whooper was there, but not this “new” beacon.

Might be of interest to note that this morning the Inyo-Whooper is not present, could this new beacon be a Whooper replacement?  The rough bearing I have to it is consistent with the area the Whooper was in, but the bearing is just that, rough, at best.  Then again, there was snow in the area of the Whooper for the last couple days/nights, it might just be waiting for the sun to do its thing.  Call this tentatively a replacement for the Inyo-Whooper.  Hexie (4096.3 kHz) and Coxie (4095.9 kHz) are both present, although Coxie is pretty drifty, moving from 4095.8 to 4096.1 in 10 minutes.  Later it shifted more than 1 kHz in a few seconds.

The “new” beacon sends two dashes.  The group is sent every ~6.5 seconds.  The first dash is slightly shorter than the second, first dash ~0.59 sec, second dash ~0.74 sec.  The pause between the two dashes is ~0.55 sec.  This might be the letter “M”, but since the dash and gap times are pretty close it also might be a slow “I”.

The frequency is 4096.55 kHz.

Signal level in here is good at S4 to S8 through the day.


General Radio Discussion / The cat is out of the bag ;)
« on: November 03, 2013, 0606 UTC »
Surfing Youtube this evening, and what did I run across?  Someone who stumbled on the HFU in the path.



KPZL, Puzzle Radio, on 6933 kHz CW.  Weak and still a bit early to make much out, but clear ID in CW and catching bits and pieces of it.  "vampires roam on halloween" "all and seething with spite" "steganographia happy halloween KPZL puzzle radio", etc

Restarting 2334 UTC it sounds like.


The network of CW pulses I call “Pips” in my logs has been active the last couple of days, but on higher frequencies then I have seen in the past.  I assume the good high freq conditions has driven them up a bit.

For those not familiar, some past threads on this network (there are more threads, these were just the first few I found):


The Pips network uses various pulse widths and timing sending dits or dashes on multiple frequencies.  These dits have been seen as short as 0.062 sec to as long as 3 seconds.  Pulse spacing has been seen from 3 to 10.5 seconds.  All pulse widths and pulse spacing’s within a given transmission window are constant.  The Pips are sent sequentially, normally cycling from low to high frequency.  I mean it transmits a pulse on one frequency, cycles to the next higher freq and sends another, then to the next higher for another, etc.  The pulse width and pulse spacing can be used to predict a possible number of frequencies used.  For example a 0.7 sec long pulse width spaced 7.0 seconds apart allows for 10 possible pulse positions, and apparently 10 frequencies.

There appears to be two or more sources for these Pips (I have only seen 2 that I am confident in, and so I think only 2, but there could be more).  Sometimes the two sources share a limited set of common frequencies.  This can result in some frequencies having “different” and shorter pulse spacing, as each pulse from the two nodes are on separate timing.  However, the pulses on all freqs are in sync, as on the shared frequencies the pulse timing between the two sources does not walk in relationship to each other.  And pulses on shared frequencies are always deconflicted, they never overlap or collide, and so far (on shared freqs only) I have never seen them be timed so that one starts just as the other ends, there is always at least one pulse width between the pulses from the two sources, and normally several pulse widths.  Normally out of say 32 frequencies only one or two will be shared (double pulse) meaning it is often possible to find almost twice as many frequencies in use as any one source should be able to provide based on pulse spacing.

Over the last couple days not only has the frequency been higher than seen (by me) in the past but also more frequencies have been shared.  The pulse width has been ~0.7 sec long, and the pulse spacing has been ~7 seconds, allowing for 10 frequencies for each source.  11 frequencies total have been in use (during the time periods that I have reasonable confidence I have found all freqs), with only 2 frequencies being single pulse and 9 being double pulse.

In all of the below (1) means single pulse on freq, (2) means double pulse on freq.

Oct 29, 2013, tuned to in progress at 2350 UTC, transmissions ended ~17 minutes later at 0007:30 UTC, Oct 30.
21800 kHz  (1)
25702 kHz  (2)
26088 kHz  (2)
26479 kHz  (2)
26879 kHz  (2)
27279 kHz  (2)
27688 kHz  (2)
28104 kHz  (2)
28525 kHz  (2)
28953 kHz  (2)
29388 kHz  (1)

After the above transmissions the network shifted frequencies, Oct 30, 2013, up at ~0010 UTC, off 0041:27 UTC.  I only found 8 of the probable 11 frequencies, I now think they were at a high enough freq that propagation had faded for me on them (possible unfound freqs of 29388, 29555, and 29828 kHz).
16430 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
16680 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
17973 kHz  (2)
18510 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
19070 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
20240 kHz  (2)
25702 kHz  (1)
26879 kHz  (1)

The next day, Oct 30, 2013, 2150 UTC, tuned to in progress.  Continued to 2206:10 UTC.  Ended before I completed my frequency search, I had searched from 32000 kHz down to 20000 kHz before it ended, the two possible missing frequencies were likely below 20000 kHz.
20270 kHz  (2)
20570 kHz  (2)
20875 kHz  (2)
21179 kHz  (2)
21479 kHz  (2)
21819 kHz  (2)
22147 kHz  (2)
25702 kHz  (1)
29388 kHz  (1)

10 seconds after the above ending it came back up on a new set of frequencies.  Oct 30, 2013, 2206:20 UTC to 2242:30 UTC.
21800 kHz  (1)
22497 kHz  (2)
23158 kHz  (2)
23858 kHz  (2)
24579 kHz  (2)
25330 kHz  (2)
26088 kHz  (2)
26879 kHz  (2)
27688 kHz  (2)
28525 kHz  (2)
29388 kHz  (1)

23 seconds after the above ended it came back up on a new set of frequencies.  This set matched the set used in the last transmission sequence the day before.  Oct 30, 2013, 2242:53 UTC to 2317:00 UTC.  Not seen again after this set Looked for it off and on for the next several hours.
16430 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
16680 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
17973 kHz  (2)
18510 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
19070 kHz  (2)  This freq used by Pips in the past
20240 kHz  (2)
25702 kHz  (1)
26879 kHz  (1)
29388 kHz  (2)
29555 kHz  (2)
29828 kHz  (2)

My log can create reports based on anything I want it to.  I should have it make an HTML table of all the freqs used, with indications of the dates and times.  This can show how this signal uses many different freqs, but also has a few it keeps coming back to over time.  For example the 4 frequencies marked as used before in the last segment above, the Pips used those back in April of 2012, but with a 0.063 second pulse width and a 3 second pulse interval.


Late Show Movie ID and sign on, 0123 UTC, 31 Oct, 2013.  10 over S9 here, sounds good.

0127 UTC ID and "Episode #4"


North American Shortwave Pirate / WPOD 6925 USB 0038 UTC 31 Oct 2013
« on: October 31, 2013, 0044 UTC »
Up about 0038 UTC on 6925 USB, Bomb Iran song.  Into Benny Hill show theme, and then White Punks on Dope (WPOD) ID at 0041 UTC.  Very nice signal, well over S9.  Good audio levels, can tell there is an open mic, can hear ops yelling time to time ;)


Just in from a day of shooting and party stuff, turned the rig on and lo, someone on an odd freq.  Why, it sounds something like Red Mercury Labs, but such an odd and evil place to find him.  And then, out of the darkness, a familiar voice.  'Tis the voice of RML indeed, speaking of lost bearings, and finding themselves on the tripple 6.

You are being heard RML, but many may be taking the long sleeps.


Wolverine Radio, 6945 kHz, USB, October 20, 2013, 0125 UTC.  S9 or a little better.  Seems to be an "up" theme tonight.

0125 UTC, Wolverine ID
0126 UTC, Come up and See me Sometime, Ethal Waters
0129 UTC, Wake up and Live, Cab Calloway
0131 UTC, Step it up and Go, no idea who it is though
0134 UTC, Wolverine ID
0134 UTC, Breaking up the House, Tiny Bradshaw
0137 UTC, Farther Up the Road, Bobby Blue Band
0140 UTC, All Shook Up, Elvis


UNID, 6940 kHz, USB, October 17, 2013, 0202 start time, S8 or a little better.  Looks like maybe the same station that was on 6925 for one song earlier...and I still say it looks like RML ;)

0202  Shoot to Thrill, AC/DC
0205  Don't COme Around Here No More, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
0212  RML ID, and said he was not on 6925 earlier, guess a person can't win them all.  Hey RML, they voted to reopen just one minute ago, tomorrow they will reopen the gov.


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