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HF Mystery Signals / Re: All 1 PPS pip / pulse / tick logs here please
« on: December 26, 2019, 0332 UTC »
I'm not sure if it is the same signal that has been discussed in this thread, but I recently recorded a mystery "time signal" at 7475 kHz in AM mode.

No, this is not the signal being discussed in this thread.  The signal here is short pulses, like CW dits once per second, not a carrier with ticks on it.


Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6938 USB 2221 UTC 24 December 2019
« on: December 24, 2019, 2320 UTC »
S5 or so into the Mojave Desert of California.


Shortwave Pirate / Station 10-100 6953 USB 2310 UTC 24 December 2019
« on: December 24, 2019, 2318 UTC »
So far UNIDed station on 6953 USB.  Started with Walk this Way, then into a 10-100 SSTV transmission.  Nice and strong into the desert tonight.

Getting hammered by OTHR right now though.

IDed as 10-100 @2320 UTC.

Hard fade, from excellent copy to almost unhearable, about 2325z.

Here is the SSTV that went at 2313z or so.


Spy Numbers / V24 error transmission, 11 October, 2019, 4925 kHz
« on: December 16, 2019, 1635 UTC »
South Korean numbers station V24 is one of the last numbers stations that uses a very traditional format of a musical introduction to every transmission.  While this used to be a common practice, today only a few stations still do this.

For those not familiar with V24, for V24 a given song is used on a given frequency, each frequency, and time slot, has a unique song associated with it.  Each message, and song, is repeated 3 times a month, on 3 different days.  The next month the same song will be used in that given time / frequency slot, but the message will be new.

In October the operator apparently made a mistake and selected the wrong recording.  11 October, on 4925 kHz, should have been the first of 3 days using Dvoracs Slovic Dances, Opus 72, No 2, as its intro song.  Instead, they played "Me Gustas Tu" which had been used on the 3rd, 5th, and 7th of the month on 5290 kHz.  In fact, the whole transmission, both the music and the coded message, was a repeat of the earlier in the month transmissions.

Here is that transmission:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHP1cjIOV5g


General Radio Discussion / Re: YHWH
« on: December 16, 2019, 0131 UTC »
He has been quite active the last couple of years, not like just before he got busted, but still I have been hearing him most weeks.


Spy Numbers / Re: V07 for Dec 2019
« on: December 08, 2019, 1542 UTC »
V07 logs as received at my location Dec 08, 2019.


11594 kHz  0100z  08/12/19  [571  571  571  1  302  62 . . . . 000  000]  Off 1310z  S9  Token  SUN
10794 kHz  0120z  08/12/19  [571  571  571  1  302  62 . . . . 000  000]  Off 1330z  S9+10  Token  SUN
10194 kHz  0140z  08/12/19  [571  571  571  1  302  62 . . . . 000  000]  Off 1350z  S9+10  Token  SUN


This is a Chinese radar, it is a regular around here every morning.  I have seen as many as 14 operational at one time, and often see 8 to 10 at a time.  They are frequency agile, they move around as needed to leverage propagation, but they typically spend a lot of time on a given frequency, sometimes many hours at a time without shifting.  It also has multiple waveforms, meaning it can sound different at different times, it is not always the same although it is always similar.

TDOA cuts place the locations at various spots along the Chinese coast and Hainan Island.



Spy Numbers / V07 for Dec 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 1356 UTC »
It appears that V07 has been stable in frequency (no new freqs or times) for the last couple of months, possibly they are finished with their schedule changes.

So, V07 logs as received at my location Dec 01, 2019.


11594 kHz  0100z  01/12/19  [571  571  571  1  203  52 . . . . 000  000]  Off 1308z  S8  Token  SUN
10794 kHz  0120z  01/12/19  [571  571  571  1  203  52 . . . . 000  000]  Off 1328z  S9  Token  SUN
10194 kHz  0140z  01/12/19  [571  571  571  1  203  52 . . . . 000  000]  Off 1348z  S9+10  Token  SUN


Shortwave Pirate / Re: Wolverine Radio 6950 USB 0006 UTC 01 Dec 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 0038 UTC »
S7 into the Mojave Desert of California just as the SSTV started.  Sounded good on the house sound system, had it on for about 30 minutes before the SSTV went.  Thanks Wolverine!

(edit)  Heard the change to 4015 kHz.  On 4015 kHz just a little weaker, only about S6, but still decent.


Amateur Radio / Re: 3840 khz Bootlegger Net & Jammers (LSB) 05:30 UTC
« on: November 01, 2019, 2132 UTC »
There's even a 440 repeater in socal that carries much the same bunch with the same repertoire. Can't recall the freq but they're famous for having fcc investigations and so on.

You have a vfo, roll it somewhere else lest you become tainted.

I don't know about 440, but the 147.435 is a long standing generator of complaints.

And while there are definitely some illegal things that go on, you have to remember that some things you hear are bad form, inconsiderate, childish, crude, and unpleasant...but not illegal.


Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: October 28, 2019, 0055 UTC »
The ones used like this, Romeo, Sierra, Mike, etc, are not going to be ones you can look up.  They are probably assigned for a specific event or evolution, and may mean something completely different the next time you hear it.  This is not like "Skull" or "Red River", callsigns specific platforms or locations use for extended periods.


Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: October 27, 2019, 1706 UTC »
OK, checked the recordings, and I am pretty sure it is "for romeo force".

Here is a recording of the start of the transmission:  http://www.tokenradio.net/Radio/SharedFiles/AudTfer/HFGCS_Associate_for_romeo_force_4724_27102019.mp3

And here is the end of the transmission:   http://www.tokenradio.net/Radio/SharedFiles/AudTfer/HFGCS_this_is_associate_out_4724_27102019.mp3


Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: October 27, 2019, 1650 UTC »
When you guys record, is that done via an SDR app? I would like to be able to record Numbers stations due to my schedule.

There are many ways to record, a lot of "which is the best way" depends on how you are receiving.  Using a local traditional receiver, using a local SDR, using a remote receiver, etc.

In my case the vast majority of my listening and recording is done using a local SDR, an SDR at my location and locally controlled.  Many of my recordings are done at scheduled times and when I am not at the receiver to start or stop recordings.  So then the question is, do I want to record audio only?  Or do I want to record the I/Q from the SDR so I have more playback versatility?

Most of my SDR recordings are done as I/Q, and using an SDR program.  This is better than simple audio recordings because it allows me to adjust modes and filters on playback.  But the files can get pretty big and bulky.

When I record using remote receivers or local traditional receivers I record just the audio.  Then I do not use an SDR app, but just a standard audio app.  Something like Audacity can be used, or there are radio specific applications like ScannerRecorder (ScanRec).

On the rare occasions I do intentionally record the HF-GCS I typically do it audio only, using a traditional receiver (or receivers), and using ScanRec.  ScanRec allows triggered recordings.  I mean, when nothing is heard it will not record, and when a signal is heard it will start recording.  It also allows stereo recordings, with separate time tags for each channel.  So I can have one receiver, say on 8992 kHz, in the left channel, and another receiver,, say on 11175 kHz, in the right channel.  When a signal in either receiver triggers the squelch the program records both left and right, and time tags (in a text file) the start time and duration of each segment identified by channel.

It works pretty well, assuming the signal you receive is strong enough to break the squelch.  Since I am in a nice location to receive 4724 kHz loudly under a variety of conditions I often use that freq as a master trigger.  And yes, you can get 3 receivers into a 2 channel stereo recording and still ID each receiver in playback.  Whatever is in the left channel is one receiver, whatever is in the right channel is the second receiver, and whatever is in both channels equally is the third receiver.  I prefer to only do 2 channels into a recording, but sometimes you have to do 3 for whatever reason.


Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: October 27, 2019, 1559 UTC »
It may have very well been. For one reason or another I wrote down 4 Romeo 4. I just turned my receiver back on. It's quiet at the moment.

I will have to check my recording, I am pretty sure it will end up being "For Romeo Force".  I don't typically monitor or record the HFGCS freqs, but in the process of recording something else I happened to get that one I think.


Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: October 27, 2019, 1347 UTC »
13:1o 'Associate' 4R4 4R4  N F E E N G into other various letters & Numbers . 13:17 "Associate out'

Are you sure the "4R4" was not "For Romeo Force" instead of "4 Romeo 4"?


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