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Offline IZS4

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Phone patches
« on: February 05, 2019, 1431 UTC »
Does anyone every hear Phone patches on HF anymore? I remember hearing some about 15 years ago, but I've been away from SWL for a bit. If so what frequencies are typically used? Thanks

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Re: Phone patches
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 1602 UTC »
The last one I head was a guy on an oil rig in that time period talking to his girlfriend on and off for roughly a three week period. Problem was his wife was listening in, too. Darn those cheap sw portables!

That was about the same time period you're talking about. They were in the 6280-6290 range.

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Re: Phone patches
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 1648 UTC »
Problem is how did you know his wife was listening in  :-X
Most times & frequencies posted are only an approximation.
Due to adulteration of the E.N.I.G.M.A. "designators" by others and not a match in the Conet Project they are never used.
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Re: Phone patches
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 1805 UTC »
The last one I head was a guy on an oil rig in that time period talking to his girlfriend on and off for roughly a three week period. Problem was his wife was listening in, too. Darn those cheap sw portables!

That was about the same time period you're talking about. They were in the 6280-6290 range.

They seem to still be active in Latin America, I've heard them in the 6600-6900 kHz range and other places, mixed in with freebanders/outbanders.  6790 kHz and other 67xx frequencies seem to the most popular.  I've heard several QSOs (in Spanish) that sounded like a husband talking to his wife about domestic matters, have even heard the children talking to the husband in the same QSO.  Hard to say if they're "true" phone patches or jury-rigged deals (somebody holding the mic up to a landline telephone somewhere, etc).
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Re: Phone patches
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 1815 UTC »
Typo- Every=Ever
Thanks for your replies. The last time I heard one it was between a man and his assumed spouse. Just standard domestic conversation kids, health, bills etc.

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Re: Phone patches
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 1817 UTC »
The guys on the rig let the girlfriend know about it later when she kept calling for him.

I wonder if the guys on the rig were angling for phone patch sex and the girlfriend wouldn't play?

I couldn't believe the two of them were so open about it while it was going on? You had to be able to hear them from Greenland to Guyana.

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Re: Phone patches
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 2121 UTC »
The guys on the rig let the girlfriend know about it later when she kept calling for him.

I wonder if the guys on the rig were angling for phone patch sex and the girlfriend wouldn't play?

I couldn't believe the two of them were so open about it while it was going on? You had to be able to hear them from Greenland to Guyana.

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« Last Edit: February 05, 2019, 2127 UTC by sat_dxer »
Most times & frequencies posted are only an approximation.
Due to adulteration of the E.N.I.G.M.A. "designators" by others and not a match in the Conet Project they are never used.
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