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518 KHz Navtex DX: NMO Honolulu, HI.

Posted by kilokat7 on December 26, 2012

I’ve started messing around with Navtex decoding again after giving up a couple of years ago.  This time around I’m using YaND combined with the Perseus SDR and have been achieving nice results during overnight decoding sessions.  Some of the more distant “regulars” are NMQ Cambria (California), NMC San Francisco (Point Reyes), NMW Astoria (Oregon), ZBM Bermuda & NMR San Juan.

I received a DXer’s Christmas present on December 24th with the captures shown below of station NMO from Honolulu, HI. at a distance of 4,321 miles – a new distance record for me.  Times shown below are UTC.

2012-12-24 10:29:22> ZCZC OA64
2012-12-24 10:29:28> SECTOR HONOLULU BNM 291-12
2012-12-24 10:29:36> HI ISLANDS – ISLAND OF OAHU FIREWORKS DISPLAY
2012-12-24 10:29:51> 1. THERE WILL BE A FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM 2330W 31 DEC 12 – 0030W
2012-12-24 10:29:52>
2012-12-24 10:30:04> 01 JAN 13 IN POSN 21-16.40N 157-50.14W, APPROXIMATELY 1500 FEET
2012-12-24 10:30:05>
2012-12-24 10:30:17> SOUTH OF WAIKIKI BEACH. ALL VESSELS ~AA~ ~ACCAK~CL~ ~~FTIKS~MC~~~~CF
2012-12-24 10:30:41> ~~{}
2012-12-24 10:30:47> THROUGHOUT UNTIL CANCELLED. Y
2012-12-24 10:30:54> E~TD~JDWHX~V~~C~~Z~{}XX
2012-12-24 10:30:56>
2012-12-24 10:30:58> NNNN

2012-12-24 10:31:16> ZCZC OE12
2012-12-24 10:31:28> 1. THE FOLLOWING SECTOR HONOLULU SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
2012-12-24 10:31:29>
2012-12-24 10:32:05> ARE STILL IN EFFECT AS OF 14~~~~~~{}~~~~~~~{}
2012-12-24 10:32:05>

2012-12-24 10:32:45> ZCZC OA38
2012-12-24 10:32:55> SECTOR SFN~~~ACUT~MMPUZQKCAGM~II~~~~ONDFMF{} ISLAND OF MAUI
2012-12-24 10:33:04> 1. HAWAII EXPLOSIVES AND PYROTECHNICS WILL BE
2012-12-24 10:33:10> CONDUCTING A NEW YEARS
2012-12-24 10:33:20> EVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY 800 FT OFF SHORE FROM WAILEA,
2012-12-24 10:33:23> MAUI COMMENCING
2012-12-24 10:33:33> AT MIDNIGHT 31 DEC 12. A 420 FT FALLOUT ZONE CENTERED
2012-12-24 10:33:36> ON POSN
2012-12-24 10:33:46> 20-40.983N 156-269733W WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL THE ALL
2012-12-24 10:33:50> CLEAR SIGNAL
2012-12-24 10:34:00> HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE DISPLAY OPERATOR. VESSELS ARE ADVISED
2012-12-24 10:34:03> TO REMAIN
2012-12-24 10:34:12> CLEAR OF THE FALL OUT ZONE DURING THE SHOW.
2012-12-24 10:34:20> 2. CANCEL AT TIME//011030Z JAN 13//
2012-12-24 10:34:21>
2012-12-24 10:34:24> NNNN

2012-12-24 10:34:43> ZCZC OE79
2012-12-24 10:34:55> 1. THE FOLLOWING SECTOR HONOLULU SAFETY{}
2012-12-24 10:34:56>
2012-12-24 10:35:05> WRE STILL IN EFFECT AS OF 21150Z DEC 12:
2012-12-24 10:35:14> 284-12 HAZNAV DTG 040440Z DEC 12
2012-12-24 10:35:16> TQWOQA~
2012-12-24 10:35:16>
2012-12-24 10:35:25> MMMMGFYPAZYVJMM{} 1{}
2012-12-24 10:35:26> 29~72~~
2012-12-24 10:35:29> ~8~~~~.~?~~..9#
2012-12-24 10:35:35> .9.#+~~~~~~{}
2012-12-24 10:35:38> 293-12 FI~EWBRVS
2012-12-24 10:35:39> N
2012-12-24 10:35:39>
2012-12-24 10:35:53> TNVNMWHHMMCI~~~~JKZN~PGAMWPXM AGM~I{}ORAQW FIREWORKS DTG -00001Z DE
2012-12-24 10:35:55> C 12
2012-12-24 10:36:00> 295-12 HAZOPS ~~ ~ ~LG~
2012-12-24 10:36:13> 2~~(613-.20/~,~&.~88~~~~?,7+3(:8&…..$-+$ …………2##..-8~~8~(( PFGAH~C~M~
2012-12-24 10:36:13>
2012-12-24 10:36:26> ~O~~~KN~{}R SECTOR HONOLULU BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS HAVE
2012-12-24 10:36:28> BEEN
2012-12-24 10:36:31> CANCELLED.//
2012-12-24 10:36:32>
2012-12-24 10:36:35> NNNN

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The Big Q acknowledges listeners

Posted by kilokat7 on December 23, 2012

Many thanks to The Big Q for the kind shout-out and “audio QSL” during your broadcast last night on 1710 KHz.  Happy Holidays 😀

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“The Big Q” heard again on 1710 (and 1720)!

Posted by kilokat7 on December 22, 2012

After rambling on about 1710 in my last post, and complaining that I haven’t had a decent reception of  “The Big Q” in a long time, the station made a strong showing early this morning fulfilling its usual early morning time slot. Captured on the overnight SDR recordings, here’s The Big Q on 1710 KHz at 0525 UTC., but only lasting about 5 minutes:

 

 

Thanks to SDR recording technology, I captured this reception several hours later, but up on 1720 KHz.  This is the first I’ve heard the station use 1720, free and clear of any interference from Radio Celestial or the Hudson County TIS station:

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1710 KHz: 2012 Review

Posted by kilokat7 on December 19, 2012

As readers may already know, I tend to obsess a bit over hearing pirates on 1710 KHz.  For me, it’s a nostalgic reminder of earlier days when pirates were occasionally heard just above the MW band before the X-Band existed.  It’s been coined the phrase “pirate clear channel 1710” by another DXer.  Indeed 1710 KHz was a fairly clear channel from my vantage point but 2012 has brought some new full-time residents to the channel, for better or worse, along with the absence of another.  The Hudson County, New Jersey TIS station continues to be heard throughout the night in these parts while Radio Celestial from the Bronx continues to blast away about 25 hertz to the high side of 1710.  Both stations make reception of anything else difficult at best here during late night listening sessions.  Long-time Haitian pirate Radio Soleil Int’l. from Brockton, Mass. was not heard at all here this year.  I can only assume they have dropped off the air, or something has drastically changed with their equipment.  In Soleil’s absence, we have two new full time contenders vying for listenership on 1710: Chicago’s “W807” and religious Radio Conquista from Siler City, NC.  W807 has been logged as far away as Detroit and has been a visitor here most nights since its first known re-appearance on October 6th, 2012 (though the roots of the station go back to the 90’s).  Radio Conquista, though never heard here, also seems to get out well.  It’s been logged in Florida on more than one occasion by another 1710 DXer.  The pirate clear channel also saw some activity from Pirate Radio Boston in October – a welcome surprise!  Doctor Benway of Undercover Radio continues to pursue the channel, when the mood strikes him, and has been heard a few times this year reaching out to medium wave listeners.  Of course 1710 can’t be thought of in the Midwest without the The Big Q coming to mind, popular for its nostalgic AM radio format, airing of Chickenman episodes, and classic oldies music spun by the Midnight Man.  Unfortunately, despite loggings as recent as this week, it remains very difficult to receive unlike previous years when it could be found on 1710 very early into the morning on occasion.  Something has obviously changed with the station this year and I can only hope the Midnight Man gets the problem sorted out and will return to normal business again soon.  1710 always seems full of surprises here, adding mystery to the frequency.  On November 23rd I heard a station relaying the Argentinian FM 92.7 station “La 2×4” that may have been Argentina’s “AM 1710” – a legal station in Buenos Aires that usually relays Radio Milagros FM 94.5  Other oddities include reception of  someone testing their gear – confirming that 1710 continues to draw interest.

Happy Listening in 2013!

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