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1805 - SINPO 34323 on an SDR in Denmark. Announcements and jingles in Dutch.
1828 - A blast of STANAG on their USB for about 10 seconds.
(Periodic ~10-second STANAG blasts continue)

1906 - Moved frequency to 6270 suddenly.

Is OZ-Viola considered to be pirate? I thought it had some sort of authorization to transmit.

2110 - Very weak in northern Germany but SINPO 45455 in Austria. "Abracadabra". Sidebands are +/- 5 KHz.
2112 - Midnight Oil
2117 - Tina Turner
2120 - I recognize that voice!
2127 - Checked his signal in Canada and commented that he needed to do some work on his station. TX off immediately after.

EDIT: i just did some research and this appeared to be a US Navy "Special Mission" C-130.

I figured that given the callsign.

Airlines typically use their commercial name. Cargo lines as well. Military aircraft doing (what I assume are) general air transport work or perhaps carrying government officials or diplomats might identify as miltary aircraft on those frequencies. I was listening to one of the LAT frequencies the other day and heard "German Air Force xxx" working Gander for just the routine check in and to obtain a SELCAL code.

No, not too much. I know of a few changes but the allocation is in "chunks" (frequencies used are all within ~150 KHz of each other) so easy enough to find.

Very weak tonight and occasionally fading up to almost listenable on an SDR in Germany.

Signal has improved by 2144 UTC. ID by female, "across Europe on shortwave, this is Laser International."

Peskies / Scottish Peskies? 5000 USB 1815 UTC 18 Sept 2019
« on: September 18, 2019, 1827 UTC »
Zero beat to WWV and BPM's USB. Difficult copy with STANAG under them too. Heard on an SDR in Germany.

Convo seems to be a mixture of English and something else, with either "bahstahds", "laddie", "your fuckin' (insert noun here)" or "aye" tossed in every few phrases, which makes me think the non-English parts are Scottish Celtic or Scots.

Convo wrapped up by 1820 UTC.

And yeah, it is a good catch. It's rare to be listening and hear one emergency but it appears that you've heard two in 24 hours. That's a big deal.

i'm kinda new at this. i only became an SWLer this past summer. i assume from your reply this stuff is rare?

Yes, but the "stuff" he is referring to is actually hearing an emergency taking place while you are listening.

if so i was extremely lucky to catch it on my RSP1a SDR and MLA-30 magnetic loop antenna up here in Seattle. i know propagation conditions aren't the best right now but when they are at their peak is this stuff more typical?

Well, being able to hear the conversation is important but I don't think that this is what Josh was referring to. (See above.)

You are listening to one of the many transoceanic HF communication frequencies set aside for commercial aircraft. Each flight path zone has several frequencies allocated to it. (You probably already figured that out though.)


They do this so that at least one frequency of the many they are allocated will likely work well enough between aircraft scattered about and the land stations. They spend enough money on equipment, antennas and propagation forecasting to be sure that they can maintain contact. So it's not surprising that you can hear the conversations but it's much more unlikely that you hear an ongoing emergency in progress.

I hope that makes sense.

QRM from STANAG on ~6207-6210.5 KHz at 1955 UTC.

SINPO 32232 on SDR in Germany due to the QRM. If you adjust your receiver filters properly, it's 34333.

Propagation / Re: Hello Grand Solar Minima?
« on: September 16, 2019, 2206 UTC »
The sunspots must not be from California. The minima is not fashionably late.

SINPO 23332 on an SDR in Germany. Possibly some STANAG on the USB.

2003 - Blondie (live).
2004 - Blondie, "Heart of Glass" (live).

(Continuing with Blondie live )

2017 - Reception is much better on an Austrian SDR. Noting some over-modulation distortion.
2031 - ID and email address in Russia. "On shortwave from somewhere in eastern Europe, this is Radio Europe" repeated many times.
2034 - Noting carrier frequency as 3920.12 KHz.
2036 - Chuck Berry, "Little Queenie".

I am now listening to a 1970's funk song as I write this.

Not quite. It was Joe Cocker. Also, they seem to have returned to their usual now, so I edited that comment.

SINPO 33333 on an SDR in Germany. QRM from 5775 KHZ USB.

1943 - ID then Joe Cocker's "You Can Leave Your Hat On".
1949 - Tony Christie, "Don't Go Down to Reno".       (You don't have to tell me, Tony! ;D )
1953 - Female vocalist.
2106 - "Singing in the Rain".

ID at 1927 UTC. Reception really sucks in Austria but is great in Scandinavia.
1930 - ID and email address in Dutch.

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