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Offline Looking-Glass

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3044 USB
« on: July 24, 2019, 1624 UTC »
Came across two men speaking in what appears to be Portugese at 1615z on 3.044MHz USB 25th July 2019, one was 5X7 report and the other 5X9 plus 10dB over.

Lot's of mention of Espanol, el Mundo, Europa and cambio and Spanish sounding numbers, but not Spanish language, maybe a vague variant or possibly Portugese.

Could be fishing trawlers in the Pacific, signals far too strong to be coming from Brasil or Europe.

Not often I hear this on 3MHz, usually Korean, Japanese or Chinese chatter from fishing boats etc.

Any ideas from the HFU team, Google no help. :)
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Re: 3044 USB
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2019, 1341 UTC »
Probably Portuguese or maybe you're hearing South American fishing fleets speaking a regional dialect of Spanish.  Cambio (usually sounds almost like gambio) is Spanish radio terminology for "over" or "back to you".  Cambio literally means "change".   El Mundo is "the world" but could have different meanings depending on the context.  The use of cambio indicates that whoever you were hearing were at least somewhat disciplined operators.  Unfortunately, Italian-speaking operators also use the term "cambio" (even closer to gambio pronunciation) but I'm thinking you're hearing South American fishing fleet communications.

3044 kHz is certainly within the range of fishing fleets.  In North America the Spanish and Portuguese speaking fishing fleets (and freebanders) are all over the HF spectrum. 
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