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Author Topic: What's up with WLO Marine?  (Read 602 times)

Offline Strange Beacons

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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 However, it appears that they are no longer active.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?

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Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2018, 1900 UTC »
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Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2018, 1912 UTC »
"The WLO maritime coast station service, under new ownership, continues at a new location.
Currently offering automated data service. Further new services in development
PeterPKierans@gmail.com"
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Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« Reply #3 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.).

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Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2018, 1558 UTC »
Come to think of it I haven't heard the WLO beacon on 8.420MHz CW for a few weeks now, just dismissed it as poor propagation, maybe it's not even on air?

Would be a pity if its gone as a good propagation indicator in our evenings to the USA. :(
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Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2018, 2109 UTC »
That's sad, i also haven't heard 6318 CW from Seattle in a while. Could it been off the air or something?
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Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 0247 UTC »
That's sad, i also haven't heard 6318 CW from Seattle in a while. Could it been off the air or something?

I'm right by Seattle, so I tuned in and am receiving nothing.  Doing a little digging, it turns out KLB (6318 Seattle) is also owned by ShipCom, the owners of WLO.

So probably in the same situation.  :(
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Re: What's up with WLO Marine?
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 1850 UTC »
That's sad, i also haven't heard 6318 CW from Seattle in a while. Could it been off the air or something?

I'm right by Seattle, so I tuned in and am receiving nothing.  Doing a little digging, it turns out KLB (6318 Seattle) is also owned by ShipCom, the owners of WLO.

So probably in the same situation.  :(

That's a bummer :( I am gonna remove the frequency off of my pl-600 later on
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