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Messages - Strange Beacons

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Spy Numbers / Re: Intercepting numbers stations by Langley Pierce
« on: December 14, 2018, 1522 UTC »
If you haven't tried it already, then Abe Books is a good place to look: https://www.abebooks.com

Huh? / Re: Buzzcocks co-founder Pete Shelley dies at 63
« on: December 07, 2018, 1732 UTC »
Ah, very sad news. The Buzzcocks have been rocking my world since the 70s. RIP Pete, and thanks for the music.

Other / Re: Great Morning For DXing!
« on: November 03, 2018, 1348 UTC »
Nice to hear that other people still enjoy a bit of AM DXing. I have fond memories from my childhood of picking up stations at night from areas that I normally would never hear. It always felt like something magical and led to me wanting to learn more about the how and why of that. Thanks for sharing this.

HF Mystery Signals / Re: Sounder or radar or..
« on: October 14, 2018, 2228 UTC »
This signal is often heard. This Sunday it was at 6815 kHz. I've switched modes (AM/USB) at minute 1.16.

It's quite loud so headphone users might wanna turn down the volume.
Thanks in advance.


Nice clear copy of this signal. And yes, once you switched over to AM/USB, it took on the classic sound of RADAR.

Utility / Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« on: September 30, 2018, 2359 UTC »
Thanks for the replies. Sad to hear that WLO is not going to be available anymore.

Man, RTTY is my favorite digital mode, but it is becoming almost extinct on the air, at least from the commercial side of things (weather, news, etc.).

Utility / What's up with WLO Marine?
« on: September 30, 2018, 1710 UTC »
I've been a fan of demodulating the RTTY/SITOR-B weather and anti-piracy transmissions from WLO Marine for years. However, it appears that they are no longer active.

I just checked the WLO Marine / Shipcom website and the page is now mostly blank, except for a post dated September 30, 2018 that says "Coming Back Soon."

Anyone know what the story is with this?


Curt / W9SPY

Utility / Re: Bangkok meteorogical radio, INTERVAL SIGNAL 6765kHz
« on: September 20, 2018, 0046 UTC »
Great catch and nice radio. I recorded the same interval signal via a Web SDR and was surprised to hear that part of the transmission was in English (with an Aussie accent).

HF Beacons / Re: Wild Beacons
« on: September 12, 2018, 0335 UTC »
If this is a poll, then Wild Beacons would get my vote.

HF Beacons / Re: 4 MHz Western USA Beacons
« on: September 12, 2018, 0328 UTC »
Report: A look at the timing cycle of the 4102 kHz "Windy" Morse telemetry beacon

Outstanding report and great graphic on this unusual beacon. I tuned in tonight and heard a pretty clear copy of it, using Token's Web SDR.

Question: Who can tell me what kind of kit may be available to build a beacon like this? Or is it all done by scratch?

Curt / W9SPY

Spy Numbers / Re: F06
« on: September 04, 2018, 1442 UTC »

Yes, tried Rivet and it worked. Thank you.

Curt / W9SPY

Fishing Drift Net Beacons / Re: Asian Drift Net Beacons 2MHz...
« on: September 01, 2018, 1747 UTC »

I would love to hear any recordings that you might have of these drift net beacons.

Curt / W9SPY

Curt, I have a video on my YouTube channel.  Beacons like this are heard here pretty regularly.


Excellent catch, thank you Token.

Fishing Drift Net Beacons / Re: Asian Drift Net Beacons 2MHz...
« on: September 01, 2018, 1746 UTC »
Curt, just added some more from last night and this mornings tune around, that will do it I think, they are scattered all over 2MHz this way. 

Nets adrift in the Pacific raping/harvesting our precious resource of all fish stock, not just the ones the fishermen are after.  The net is not selective it what it catches, should have been banned decades ago.

The majority of these beacons are made by two companies in Taiwan and one in Japan, variety of power levels can be set, found the website for one of them a couple of years or so back, interesting read.

Not sure where you are in USA but you should be able to hear them with a decent LW or SW antenna, I run quite a decent length of wire this way.  Will try and record one for you via my mobile phone and post it here for you, think the file size maybe too big though but will give it a try.

Jack VK2XQ. ;)

Awesome, thank you for the recordings, Jack.

And I live in Seattle, Washington, so chances are, I should be able to tune some of these in. I use an IC-7300 with an Alpha Loop antenna and can generally tune in 160 meters just fine. So, I should be able to catch some of these.

And by the way, I'm a life-long lover of the ocean (ex-Coast Guard, ex-Merchant Marine), so I share your feelings about the damage that nets can do to our fish populations. I've personally seen too much marine life caught in the many "ghost nets" that are abandoned and floating around out there.

Curt / W9SPY

HF Beacons / Re: 4 MHz Western USA Beacons
« on: September 01, 2018, 1644 UTC »

Close look and clear audio of the chirping long dasher around 4096 kHz.

Received on the coast of northern California, in the afternoon local time.

Log report
2221UTC 27AUG2018
4096.07 kHz - dash, 5.155 second duration, 5.155 second interval, good readable, with initial chirp signature.
Tentatively identified as Coxie ?

I was scanning HF this morning in the 4 Mhz range and discovered a strange signal at 4096 kHz. I made a recording of it and then immediately came to this forum to see if there was any information about it, where I then saw your post. (Excellent information on this signal and thanks for posting it).

Curt / W9SPY

Spy Numbers / Re: HM01 log, August 2018
« on: August 31, 2018, 2205 UTC »
Nice work on keeping such detailed logs on this signal. I commend thee!

Curt / W9SPY

General Radio Discussion / Re: WWV Petition
« on: August 20, 2018, 1558 UTC »
I signed, then tweeted this out to encourage others to sign. Thank you for posting the link.

Curt / W9SPY

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