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All Along the Watchtower Radio, 6925 USB, Dec 08, 2012, 0618.  S7 or so.

At 0619 heard "this is a test transmission of All Along The Watchtower Radio".

(edit)  Off at 0623


No ID, 6925 U, Dec 08, 2012, 0314 UTC, short intro section of the Pink Floyd "Is There Anybody Out There", then off.

Back on same song 0316z, but now in AM, the USB signal was better.  This time it sounds like they are playing the whole song.

(edit)  Changed back to USB about 0346.

(edit) 0414z ID, Dr Benway at Undercover Radio.

(edit)  0416, shout out to Token (yaah me), Kilokat7, and glimmer twin


HF Beacons / 2 MHz beacons, Dec 05, 2012, 0244 UTC
« on: December 05, 2012, 1814 UTC »
Last night I grabbed an image of all 4 of the 2 MHz dashers I know of.  Did not have such a picture in my log/folder so thought it would be worth grabbing ;)  Dec 05, 2012, 0244 UTC.

2008.4 kHz Dasher
2018.3 kHz Dasher
2027.17 kHz Dasher
2097.3 kHz "A" Beacon


HF Beacons / Dasher 7950 kHz, 1630 UTC, Nov 30, 2012
« on: November 30, 2012, 1652 UTC »
1630 UTC, Nov 30, 2012.

Have what appears to be a dasher beacon on 7949.98 kHz.  Dashes are about 1 sec long and 15 seconds apart.  About S3 here on the peaks, but average is between S1 and S2.  Most dahses are copiable, although some fade to just in the noise.


(edit)  last pulse sent at 1657:36, less than 5 minutes after posting here.  Not saying there is any connection or anything ... ;)

Utility / Possible new radar, 7735, 8050, and 16110 kHz
« on: October 27, 2012, 1458 UTC »
A signal was reported in the #wunclub IRC channel on the 25th of October.  It appears to be a new Radar or a previously unreported mode of an existing Radar.  My guess at this point is that it is a new system.

I have seen this signal so far on 3 frequencies, 7735, 8050, and 16110 kHz.  I assume more frequencies will be found as time goes on.  The signal appears to set on one frequency for an extended time, sometimes for hours, before moving on to the next.  So far it has only been seen on one frequency at a time.

The signal appears to be a simple pulsed type Radar.  It has a PRF (Pulse Repetition Frequency) of about 9.1 Hz (110 millisecond PRI, Pulse Repetition Interval).  Although I have not yet gotten a good recording to determine Pulse Width, the PW appears to be about 900 microseconds (based on the spectrum peak to first null measurement of about 1.1 kHz).

So far I have not seen an indication that the system beam steers.

The signal appears to be from Europe or that general area.

This signal is very similar to the old Russian Woodpecker except it has a slightly narrower pulse width and does not appear to use pulse compression.

Spectrogram capture showing PRI of 110 msec here: http://www.pbase.com/token/image/146959548/original.jpg

50 kHz span spectrum capture of the 7735 kHz signal, using Max Hold, shows the general spectrum shape and the peak to null delta: http://www.pbase.com/token/image/146959634/original.jpg

25 kHz span spectrum of the 16110 kHz signal, again using Max Hold, showing the same general peak to null delta, indicating approximately the same pulse width:  http://www.pbase.com/token/image/146968669/original.jpg

Video of the signal on 16110 kHz here, with several different demodulation modes used to show what it sounds like in AM, USB, and CW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnvwLhu0HOA

Mojave Desert, California, USA

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6930 USB, 0213, 10/11/2012
« on: October 11, 2012, 0228 UTC »
6930 kHz LSB and USB, started about 0212z, no ID so far

0213  "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song", signal was in LSB
0214  A Dolly Parton Song, switched to USB between the songs

Since then all has been in USB, still up at 0227z.  Been S8 to S9 the entire time.

(edit) off air at 0245z, never heard an ID or anything except music.


HF Beacons / TR beacon, 6976.34, October 07, 2012, 0107 UTC
« on: October 07, 2012, 0111 UTC »
The occasional Pirate Beacon TR is up on 6976.34 kHz right now, October 07, 2012, 0107 UTC.  As normal a good signal into here.


HF Beacons / MarinDit 8193.71 kHz, Oct 6, 2012, 2145 UTC
« on: October 06, 2012, 2156 UTC »
The MarinDit is doing a pretty good job today.  8193.71 kHz and well out of the noise at 2145 UTC.


(edit)  Video of the MarinDit here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXWYxmnN_RU

If you look closely (might be hard, as dark as the recording came out, on my original it is clear) you can see the 2nd harmonic of Hexie to the left of the MarinDit and the 2nd harmonic of the "Inyo-Wooper" (Chip?) to the right.

HF Beacons / 2nd harmonic of the Inyo-Wooper, 8194.42 kHz
« on: October 06, 2012, 2135 UTC »
The 2nd harmonic of the Inyo-Wooper (on 4097.21 kHz) was very noticeable today on 8194.42 kHz.  In fact, at about 2125 the harmonic was more clear and stronger than the primary.  Interesting to notice the expected corelation of the drop ratios on each freq, on 4097 the drop is about 90 Hz, and as expected on 8194 the drop is about 180 Hz.


HF Beacons / Unknown dasher, 2008.43 kHz
« on: September 29, 2012, 1247 UTC »
Yet another 2 MHz dasher that does not appear to be on my list.

This dasher does not run continuously.  It transmits for about 1 minute and 27 seconds, about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

1206 UTC,   2008.43 kHz,   About 3.65 sec dash spacing (about 16.5 dash/min), and about 1.0 sec dash length, transmits about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds for about 1 minute and 27 seconds.


HF Beacons / Unknown dasher, 2018.32 kHz
« on: September 29, 2012, 1243 UTC »
Another dasher that does not appear to be on my list.

This dasher does not run continuously.  It transmits for about 2 minutes and 12 seconds, every 7 minutes.

1208 UTC,   2018.32 kHz,   About 1.22 sec dash spacing (about 49 dash/min), and about 0.22 sec dash length, transmits about every 7 minutes for about 2 minutes and 12 seconds.


HF Beacons / Unknown dasher 2025.16 kHz
« on: September 29, 2012, 1221 UTC »
I have what appears to be a dasher that is not on my list of beacons.  It looks like it has been on continuously since I first saw it about 40 minutes ago, but it has faded to undetectable a few times in that time.

1125 UTC    2025.16 kHz   0.9 sec spacing (67 dash/min), dashes about 0.16 long

Is this one that has been around for a while but I just missed?


Hello all,

This morning (May 28, 2012) I heard a Chinese language numbers station that I have not heard before live.  Around 1408 UTC a carrier came up on 11493 kHz.  The frequency was a little odd for a BC (broadcast) station so I parked an RX (receiver) on it to see what came about.  This carrier went on and off several times before stabilizing at about 1412 UTC.  Starting about 1414 UTC I heard broken audio on the carrier.  The audio sounded like a YL (female) in Chinese language, but the audio was very bad, my assumption was a BC station with problems.

About 1415 the audio cleaned up, and it became clear it was a YL repeating the same phrases over and over in Chinese, I started recording about 1415:25.  Each cycle in the audio ended with something similar to “oh sie”.  At 1418:48 the last cycle ended with a different word.

The carrier continued with no modulation until 1419:08 when a different sounding YL voice came up in Chinese and started repeating a similar sounding phrase to the first half of the transmission.  This message ended at 1427:07, 4 minutes and 59 seconds after it started.  It also ended with a different word, as had the first message.

Looking at the ECL (Enigma Control List, a catalogue of known and designated numbers stations) and listening to audio examples I believe what I heard was V16.  Each cycle ending in something like “oh sie”, 5 minute transmission (per message).  The description in the ECL contains little other than that.  The Enigma newsletters since 2000 (the oldest on the web site) say nothing about the station.  Neither do any of the Numbers and Oddities / Spooks newsletters I can get hold of.  I am still looking through the old Wunclub newsletters, but so far found nothing there either.

Here is a video of my reception this morning, it starts in the first message, includes the gap between the messages, includes the first minute or so of the second message, and then I jump to the last 45 seconds of the transmission.

Here is an example courtesy of the Enigma 2000 web site, the note on the web site says it is 1977, but I suspect that is a typo:

Another example from the Conet Project CD, released in 1997.

They sound like the same station to me.

This station has not been reported since before 2000.  No idea if it has been gone all that time or just not reported.  I know I stumbled on it completely by accident, was not even looking for a numbers station at the time.

Mojave Desert, California, USA

Captain Morgan SHortwave up on 6925 AM about 0337 UTC, May 6, 2012.

ID at 0340 UTC.
0341 Put the Lime in the Coconut
0344 Play that Funky Music

Same program as last night maybe?

About S5 here in the Mojave Desert, but lots of static crashes tonight, so only fair reception.


Sounds like KDOOM testing on 6966 kHz at 0128 UTC, May 4.  First was some CW then voice, music, whistles, clicks and such as things were switched and adjusted.  Audio started out pretty bad but got a bit better.  Heard KDOOM ID in both voice and CW.  Signal was not bad, maybe S7 here.  Off about 0131 UTC, just a short test I guess.


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