Friday, February 28, 2014

USCP Begins Operating on New Radio System



Blog Editor Note: Here is the latest radio info on this system courtesy of Alan Henney and the Capitol Hill Monitors.
 
US Capitol Police TRS
Project 25 Phase 1 (Encrypted), Sys ID: 582, WACN: BEE00

Frequencies: 169.5750 169.8375 170.1375 170.3750 170.5750 171.0000 171.4125 171.7875 172.3875 172.6875 172.9625 173.1625 173.4750 173.8125 MHz
Press release below courtesy of Alan Henney and the Scan-DC group.
 
The ability to communicate via radio is one of the most critical tools a law enforcement officer can have at their disposal.  We are pleased to announce that on February 26, 2014, the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) fully migrated to a new radio system—an encrypted, 14-channel, digital trunked P25 radio system.  This critical life safety tool provides our officers with significant improvements that enhance our ability to perform our law enforcement mission. 

The new system offers greater interior and exterior coverage, more capacity, improved voice quality, greater interoperability, and greater network redundancy within the system.  This modernized and upgraded radio system is future-ready.  The new radios that the USCP are using on this system are the latest technology and are designed for continued state-of-the-art upgrades.

Chief Kim C. Dine says, “the safety of our sworn and civilian personnel is of the highest priority and we would like to thank the Members of Congress for providing this state-of-the-art critical life and safety tool for our agency.  This day marked a significant milestone for the USCP.”

Successful implementation of this new radio system involved partnerships with numerous entities and the USCP would like to thank our partners whose collaboration made this milestone possible.  The men and women of the Department are especially grateful for the support provided by the Congress, Congressional leadership, the leadership of the Appropriations and Oversight Committees, as well as their professional staffs, and the Capitol Police Board.  We are particularly thankful for their support in receiving funding, assistance, and supportive oversight of this critical life safety tool and the radio modernization program as a whole.

Additionally, the Department is grateful for our partnership with the Architect of the Capitol and Naval Air Systems Command in designing, implementing and executing this complex state-of-the-art digital and encrypted radio system.  Furthermore, we are grateful for the oversight and partnership of the Government Accountability Office during this transformational effort.  Their participation assisted the Department in both the technical and program management areas.

It is estimated that the shutdown of the old analog system will occur in approximately thirty days.  Over the next thirty days, we will employ several strategies to continue the smooth transition to a digital environment and ensure employee comfort and familiarity with their equipment while adapting to a digital radio system.  During the next thirty days, the USCP will continue to employ post-migration optimization measures meant to fine-tune the system while it is in use.

The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) is comprised of over 2,000 sworn and civilian employees. 
The USCP is the sole federal law enforcement agency in the Legislative Branch of government whose mission it is to protect the Congress, its legislative processes, Members, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism.  They protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities in a safe and open environment.






Wednesday, January 01, 2014

DSC Intercepts 8414.5 kHz - 1 Jan 2014 Btown (YADD)

Here is a list of ships I intercepted using the marine DSC messaging system on 8414.5 kHz overnight using the YADD decoder program.  All times are UTC. This was a lot of fun and Dirk Classens YADD program is pretty cool including the price "FREE!"
19 Flags monitored, 34 ships and 8 shore stations.

03:05:12 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 366576000 WRJP Container Ship R.J.PFEIFFER (United States) Area: California

03:18:19 CAT: DIS TO: COAST 002241023 ESP Malaga Radio  FROM: SHIP 248132000 9HA2192 Oil/chemical Tanker LUCKY SAILOR (Malta) Area: Mediterranean TC1: DISTRESS RELAY DATA: TIME:88:88  POSITION:9999999999  NATURE: Undesignated DISTR.MMSI: SHIP 123456789 COM: J3E TP

03:23:32 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 004773500 CHN Hong Kong Marine Rescue FROM: SHIP 636014645 A8VP6 Container Ship CMA CGM RAVEL (Liberia) Area: Japan Sea

03:49:28 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 002640570 ROU Constanta Radio  FROM: SHIP 214180204 ERBD General Cargo HELGA (Moldova) Area: Azov Sea

03:51:23 CAT: RTN TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 248360000 9HBH6 Chemical Tanker MITROPE (Malta) Area: Caribbean Sea

03:54:30 CAT: RTN TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 248360000 9HBH6 Chemical Tanker MITROPE (Malta) Area: Caribbean Sea FREQ: CH00830

04:20:19 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669998 USA COMMSTA New Orleans FROM: SHIP 636011637 A8AO9 Crude Oil Tanker PETROPAVLOVSK (Liberia) Area: Caribbean Sea

04:46:00 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 219432000 QUYQ2 Oil/chemical Tanker TASING SWAN (Denamrk) Area: Caribbean Sea

04:48:01 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669997 USA COMMSTA Miami  FROM: COAST 003669997  COMMSTA Miami DIST: 1104 Km

04:57:31 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 366576000 WRJP Container Ship R.J.PFEIFFER (United States) Area: California

05:06:25 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 366576000 WRJP Container Ship R.J.PFEIFFER (United States) Area: California

05:06:34 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 366576000 WRJP Container Ship R.J.PFEIFFER (United States) Area: California

05:08:47 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 366576000 WRJP Container Ship R.J.PFEIFFER (United States) Area: California

05:12:13 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 366576000 WRJP Container Ship R.J.PFEIFFER (United States) Area: California

05:19:22 CAT: UNK TO: SHIP 224959000 EAND ALGECIRAS SPIRIT FROM: COAST 0010011000  UNID

05:25:32 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 563648000 9V7493 ST KATHARINEN  FROM: COAST 003669998  COMMSTA New Orleans DIST: 825 Km

05:32:29 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538004748 V7YW3 FEDERAL TAMBO  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston DIST: 1385 Km

05:32:35 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669997 USA COMMSTA Miami  FROM: SHIP 375254000 J8B4758 Reefer BALTIC MERCURY (St Vincent Grenadines) Area: Panama Canal

05:41:32 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003160023 CAN Iqaluit Radio  FROM: SHIP 316002910 VDBS Fishing ARCTIC ENDURANCE (Canada) Area: Atlantic North

05:59:47 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 245702000 PCSV APOLLOGRACH  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

06:02:51 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 245702000 PCSV APOLLOGRACH  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

06:09:04 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 245702000 PCSV APOLLOGRACH  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

06:17:27 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 002241022 ESP Coruna Radio  FROM: COAST 002241022  ESP Coruna Radio DIST: 6354 Km

06:22:43 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669998 USA COMMSTA New Orleans FROM: SHIP 538001826 V7EL2 Crude Oil Tanker GENMAR ARGUS (Marshall Is) Area: Marcus Hook

06:29:12 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

06:31:21 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

06:45:02 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 477360200 VRAB9 ROSCO CYPRESS  FROM: COAST 003669998  COMMSTA New Orleans

06:46:27 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 477360200 VRAB9 ROSCO CYPRESS  FROM: COAST 003669998  COMMSTA New Orleans

06:46:42 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538001826 V7EL2 GENMAR ARGUS  FROM: COAST 003669998  COMMSTA New Orleans

06:47:00 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

06:50:09 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

06:53:18 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538001166 V7AV2 OVERSEAS ELIANE FROM: COAST 003669998  COMMSTA New Orleans

06:55:40 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:00:18 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 477360200 VRAB9 ROSCO CYPRESS  FROM: COAST 003669998  COMMSTA New Orleans

07:04:33 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:07:53 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 245702000 PCSV APOLLOGRACH  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:08:16 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 005030001 AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio FROM: SHIP 477440700 VRAE5 Bulk Carrier COOK STRAIT (Hong Kong) Area: Pacific South

07:15:57 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 005120010 NZL Taupo Radio  FROM: SHIP 477440700 VRAE5 Bulk Carrier COOK STRAIT (Hong Kong) Area: Pacific South

07:16:14 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 477440700 VRAE5 COOK STRAIT  FROM: COAST 005120010  NZL Taupo Radio DIST: 13117 Km

07:22:38 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 245702000 PCSV APOLLOGRACH  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:28:06 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:32:55 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 245702000 PCSV APOLLOGRACH  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:34:11 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:38:34 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:40:23 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669998 USA COMMSTA New Orleans FROM: SHIP 636091046 A8IW8 Crude Oil Tanker KIM JACOB (Liberia) Area: Mexico Gulf

07:40:52 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 235093324 2FQD9 DONATA SCHULTE  FROM: COAST 002711000  TUR Istanbul Radio DIST: 9139 Km

07:41:57 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 005030001 AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio FROM: SHIP 503767000 VHCG Landing Craft TOLL OSPREY (Australia) Area: Coral Sea

07:42:09 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 235057131 MVTW4 RTM WAKMATHA  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

07:46:17 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:49:02 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 006053814 ALG Annaba Radio  FROM: SHIP 357701000 3EWN3 Bulk Carrier KING WHEAT (Panama) Area: Gibraltar

07:49:45 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538002221 V7HF4 GREAT EASTERN  FROM: COAST 003669991  COMMSTA Boston

07:50:06 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669998 USA COMMSTA New Orleans FROM: SHIP 636091046 A8IW8 Crude Oil Tanker KIM JACOB (Liberia) Area: Mexico Gulf

07:57:44 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 311638000 C6FX7 Container Ship DOLE HONDURAS (Bahamas) Area: Pacific
North

08:05:15 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669998 USA COMMSTA New Orleans FROM: SHIP 477926200 VRDC8 Crude Oil Tanker DA PENG WAN (Homg Kong) Area: Mexico Gulf

08:08:07 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 477898700 VRDB3 OOCL YOKOHAMA  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

08:14:12 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669990 USA CAMSPAC Pt Reyes FROM: SHIP 311000171 C6AW3 Bulk Carrier ATLANTIC SUPERIOR (Bahamas) Area: East Pacific (Baja Mexican Coast)

08:16:04 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 00366000~  UNID   FROM: SHIP 636013625 A80H2 Reefer SOUTHAMPTON STAR (Liberia) Area: Atlantic North

08:16:32 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669997 USA COMMSTA Miami  FROM: SHIP 538001826 V7EL2 Crude Oil Tanker GENMAR ARGUS (Marshall Is) Area: Marcus Hook

08:20:54 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 002241078 ESP Madrid Radio  FROM: SHIP 245702000 PCSV General Cargo APOLLOGRACH (Netherlands) Area: St. Lawrence Gulf

08:33:52 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669998 USA COMMSTA New Orleans FROM: SHIP 226022000 FNDQ Research/survey Vessel CGG ALIZE (France) Area: Mexico Gulf

08:46:25 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 002712000 TUR Samsun Radio  FROM: SHIP 271000874 TCPK7 Bulk Carrier INCE INEBOLU (Turkey) Area: Atlantic North

08:46:41 CAT: RTN TO: SHIP 477938700 VRKU4 ZHUANG YUAN AO  FROM: SHIP 477938700 VRKU4 Asphalt/bitumen Tanker ZHUANG YUAN AO (Hong Kong) Area: Panama Canal TC1: J3E TP POS: 09.30°N 079.44°W

08:48:47 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 308512000 C6LU4 HOOD ISLAND  FROM: SHIP 308704000 C6JS Reefer DUNCAN ISLAND (Bahamas) Area: Atlantic North TC1: J3E TP FREQ: 08295.0/08295.0KHz

08:51:25 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 247119100 IBTE POLE   FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

08:52:37 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 247119100 IBTE POLE   FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

08:57:08 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669990 USA CAMSPAC Pt Reyes FROM: COAST 003669990  CAMSPAC Pt Reyes DIST: 3462 Km

09:08:39 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669993 HWA CAMSPAC Honolulu FROM: COAST 003669993  HWA CAMSPAC Honolulu DIST: 7274 Km

09:09:43 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 366557000 KGTX HORIZON ANCHORAGE FROM: SHIP 366557000 KGTX Container Ship HORIZON ANCHORAGE (United States) Area: Bering Sea

09:10:55 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669990 USA CAMSPAC Pt Reyes FROM: SHIP 366097000 WMLI General Cargo MAERSK ILLINOIS (United States) Area: California

09:11:19 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 366097000 WMLI MAERSK ILLINOIS  FROM: COAST 003669990  CAMSPAC Pt Reyes

09:11:46 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669993 HWA CAMSPAC Honolulu FROM: COAST 003669990  CAMSPAC Pt Reyes

09:15:15 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 311000171 C6AW3 ATLANTIC SUPERIOR FROM: COAST 003669990  CAMSPAC Pt Reyes

09:49:51 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 565528000 9VBU6 CHALLENGE PEGASUS FROM: SHIP 565605000 9VBU8  Oil/chemical Tanker CHALLENGE PHOENIX (Singapore) TC1: J3E TP Area: Panama Canal

09:52:06 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 256603000 9HA2887 AIN SNAN  FROM: SHIP 229007000 9HA2984 Container Ship JEBEL ALI (Malta) Area: English Channel

09:54:06 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 636012252 A8EI4 YM WEALTH  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

09:54:51 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 002510100 ISL Reykjavik Radio  FROM: SHIP 477192100 VREG3 Crude Oil Tanker SEARANGER (Hong Kong) Area: Atlantic North

10:11:03 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669998 USA COMMSTA New Orleans FROM: SHIP 636013817 A8PQ8 Lpg Tanker KAROLINE N (Liberia) Area: Pacific North

10:27:48 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003669993 HWA CAMSPAC Honolulu FROM: SHIP 353978000 3EQO Container Ship HYUNDAI GOODWILL (Panama) Area: Pacific North TC1: J3E TP POS: 41.37°N 139.26°W

10:28:01 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 503764000 VJN4016 MERMAID COVE  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

10:28:53 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 352501000 3EAM7 SEA HARMONY   FROM: COAST 005120010  NZL Taupo Radio

10:43:34 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 576318000 YJWO2 Anchor Handling Vessel STATIA RESPONDER (Vanuatu) Area: Caribbean Sea

10:44:29 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538003174 V7OW4 ROYAL CRYSTAL 7 FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

10:49:12 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 538003174 V7OW4 ROYAL CRYSTAL 7 FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

10:52:14 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 235069405 2BUG8 RTM TWARRA  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

11:10:28 CAT: RTN TO: COAST 002570700 NOR Bodoe Radio  FROM: SHIP 477700600 VRKC7 Bulk Carrier GOLDEN BULL (Hong Kong) Area: Norwegian Sea TC1: J3E TP POS: 67.31°N 009.02°E

11:15:59 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 441974000 D8CA SILVER EXPRESS  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

11:26:32 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 563162000 9V2006 CAPE STARS  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

11:36:40 CAT: RTN TO: SHIP 240296000 SYMS AMAZON BRILLIANCE FROM: SHIP 636014278 A8SR3 Crude Oil Tanker ISE PRINCESS (Liberia) Area: Caribbean Sea TC1: J3E TP  POS: 12.21°N 070.09°W

11:37:13 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 304050840 V2KA9 OMEGAGAS  FROM: SHIP 247182500 IBSK Oil/chemical Tanker MARIA M (Italy) Area: Biscay Bay

11:41:46 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 220479000 OVXR2 BRO NYBORG  FROM: SHIP 247182500 IBSK Oil/chemical Tanker MARIA M (Italy) Area: Biscay Bay

11:43:15 CAT: RTN TO: SHIP 240296000 SYMS AMAZON BRILLIANCE FROM: SHIP 636014278 A8SR3 Crude Oil Tanker ISE PRINCESS (Liberia) Area: Caribbean
Sea TC1: J3E TP POS: 12.21°N 070.09°W

11:45:01 CAT: UNK TO: SHIP 228330700 FMLM CHANTACO  FROM: SHIP 247182500 IBSK Oil/chemical Tanker MARIA M (Italy) Area: Biscay Bay

11:48:12 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 236355000 ZDHS9 ESHIPS AGAMID   FROM: SHIP 247182500 IBSK Oil/chemical Tanker MARIA M (Italy) Area: Biscay Bay

11:53:37 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 005030001 AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio FROM: SHIP 477892700 VRHL4 Bulk Carrier BULK INTEGRITY (Hong Kong) Area: Indian Ocean

11:54:00 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 477892700 VRHL4 BULK INTEGRITY  FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

11:56:20 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 372047000 3ELZ9 DL ASTER   FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

12:00:09 CAT: RTN TO: SHIP 636090529 ELZW7 HELENE RUSS   FROM: SHIP 538002349 V7IB3 Bulk Carrier CARDINAL (Marshall Is) Area: North Atlantic TC1: J3E TP POS: 29.42°N 050.35°W

12:03:10 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 311034100 C6YH8 JAWOR   FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

12:07:54 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 636014278 A8SR3 ISE PRINCESS  FROM: SHIP 240296000 SYMS Oil Products Tanker AMAZON BRILLIANCE (Greece) Area: Caribbean Sea

12:14:13 CAT: SAF TO: SHIP 503597000 VHME OKHA   FROM: COAST 005030001  AUS Charleville / Wiluna Radio

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DSC Intercepts 8414.5 kHz - 31 Dec 2013 Btown (YADD)

Here is a list of ships I intercepted using the marine DSC messaging system on 8414.5 kHz today using the YADD decoder program.  All times are UTC. Heard 32 ships from 19 countries today. This was a lot of fun and Dirk Classens YADD program is pretty cool including the price "FREE!"

Time UTC Msg Type To     From Callsign Ship Type Ship Name (Flag)

16:19:33 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,271041862 TCYN9 Bulk Carrier Cerba (Turkey)

16:45:47 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston  SHIP,258852000 LAKP6 Oil/Chemical Tanker Ravnanger (Norway)

16:55:18 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)

16:56:56 SAF COAST,003669997,USA,COMMSTA Miami  SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)

16:58:47 SAF COAST,005120010,NZL,Taupo Radio   SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)

16:59:18 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,366495000 WNFQ Oil/chemical Tanker Overseas Chinook (United States)

17:00:11 SAF COAST,003669995,USA,COMMSTA Portsmouth  SHIP,258852000 LAKP6 Oil/Chemical Tanker Ravnanger (Norway)

17:00:47 SAF COAST,005120010,NZL,Taupo Radio   SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)

17:01:43 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,366495000 WNFQ Oil/chemical Tanker Overseas Chinook (United States)

17:04:21 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston  SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)

17:08:58 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,366495000 WNFQ Oil/chemical Tanker Overseas Chinook (United States)

17:29:38 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston  SHIP,353360000 3EXS6 Bulk Carrier K. Coral (Panama)

17:37:31 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,338447000 WDF6180 Pusher Tug OSG Horizon (United States)

17:46:03 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,353479000 H3GR Passenger Ship Carnival Ecstasy (Panama)

17:51:29 SAF COAST,003669990,USA,CAMSPAC Pt Reyes  SHIP,636092249 A8ZF4 Bulk Carrier Pavian (Liberia)

17:53:13 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston  SHIP,353360000 3EXS6 Bulk Carrier K. Coral (Panama)

17:57:51 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,303603000 WDC5617 Multi Purpose Offshore Vessel DIONNE CHOUEST (United States)

17:59:21 SAF COAST,003669995,USA,COMMSTA Portsmouth  SHIP,338447000 WDF6180 Pusher Tug OSG Horizon (United States)

18:02:39 SAF COAST,003669997,USA,COMMSTA Miami  SHIP,567049000 HSJL Bulk Carrier LATIKA NAREE (Thailand)

18:05:51 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,354233000 J3E TP 16540.0/16540.0KHz 3FVM2 Bulk Carrier BULK DISCOVERY (Panama)

18:13:07 SAF ALL SHIPS     SHIP,477144100 J3E TP 08291.0/08291.0KHz VREO4 Bulk Carrier NORD RELIABLE (Hong Kong)

18:14:16 SAF SHIP,477144100     SHIP,441823000 DSRG4 Bulk Carrier CK BLUEBELL (Korea)

18:22:59 SAF SHIP,477144100     SHIP,375439000 J3E TP 08291.0/08291.0KHz J8B3453 Lpg Tanker MAPLE 3 (St Vincent Grenadines)

18:23:20 SAF SHIP,375439000     SHIP,477144100 J3E TP 08291.0/08291.0KHz VREO4 Bulk Carrier NORD RELIABLE (Hong Kong)

18:25:57 SAF SHIP,375439000     SHIP,477144100 J3E TP 08291.0/08291.0KHz VREO4 Bulk Carrier NORD RELIABLE (Hong Kong)

18:26:34 SAF SHIP,477144100     SHIP,375439000 J3E TP 08291.0/08291.0KHz J8B3453 Lpg Tanker MAPLE 3 (St Vincent Grenadines)

18:36:56 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston  SHIP,538003786 V7TD9 Crude Oil Tanker LEYLA K (Marshall Islands)

18:37:15 SAF SHIP,~~3669998     SHIP,354233000 J3E TP 16540.0/16540.0KHz 3FVM2 Bulk Carrier BULK DISCOVERY (Panama)

18:37:46 SAF SHIP,354233000     COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans J3E TP 08291.0/08291.0KHz

18:38:20 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston  SHIP,538003786 V7TD9 Crude Oil Tanker LEYLA K (Marshall Islands)

18:52:59 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,564111000 S6AA9 Oil Products Tanker TORM SARA (Singapore)

19:12:31 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,636015005 J3E TP 29.21øN 094.54øW A8YA2 Oil/chemical Tanker STOLT OCELOT (Liberia)

19:26:05 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,357299000 3FPR4 Oil/chemical Tanker AMELIA (Panama)

19:41:07 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)

19:44:21 SAF COAST,003669997,USA,COMMSTA Miami  SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)

19:54:30 RTN SHIP,477728900     COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans J3E TP 02123.5/02148.0KHz

19:56:15 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,226022000 FNDQ Research/survey Vessel CGG ALIZE (France)

20:00:09 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,345070223 XCKJ9 Diving Support Vessel AZTECA (Mexico)

20:13:26 SAF COAST,006221111,EGY,Alexandria Radio  SHIP,370805000 3FYI4  Oil Products Tanker LIWA (Panama)

20:23:36 SAF SHIP,403526001     SHIP,403526001 J3E TP 26.05øN 084.44øW  HZEX Ro-Ro Cargo BAHRI TABUK (Saudi Arabia)

20:24:37 SAF COAST,003669992,PTR,San Juan Radio  SHIP,354530000 3EQT Container Ship MSC CARMEN (Panama)

20:26:33 DIS COAST,002241078,ESP,Madrid Radio  SHIP,355638000 DISTRESS RELAY 3FYG5 Chemical Tanker FAIRCHEM SWORD (Panama)

20:42:01 SAF COAST,003669997,USA,COMMSTA Miami  SHIP,310467000 ZCDL3 Oil Products Tanker COMPASS (Bermuda)

20:43:41 SAF COAST,003669995,USA,COMMSTA Portsmouth  SHIP,352375000 H9LL Container Ship NYK LAURA (Panama)

20:44:25 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans  SHIP,226022000 FNDQ Research/survey Vessel CGG ALIZE (France)

20:47:55 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,311641000 C6FX9 Container Ship DOLE COSTA RICA (Bahamas)

20:51:11 SAF SHIP,478358400     SHIP,538003041 V7NZ3 Bulk Carrier STAR COSMO (Marshall Islands)

21:05:50 SAF SHIP,563587000     SHIP,311638000 C6FX7 Container Ship DOLE HONDURAS (Bahamas)

21:24:39 SAF COAST,006052117, UNID    SHIP,304011010 V2LI General Cargo ANJA (Antigua Barbuda)

21:46:52 RTN SHIP,~~6013000     SHIP,316013000 J3E TP 06227.0/06227.0KHz CGHL Icebreaker HENRY LARSEN (Canada)

21:47:07 RTN SHIP,316013000     SHIP,316013000 J3E TP 06227.0/06227.0KHz CGHL Icebreaker HENRY LARSEN (Canada)

21:47:37 RTN SHIP,316013000     SHIP,316013000 J3E TP 06227.0/06227.0KHz CGHL Icebreaker HENRY LARSEN (Canada)

21:50:00 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,311638000 C6FX7 Container Ship DOLE HONDURAS (Bahamas)

21:54:22 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO  SHIP,366941510 WDB7380 Pusher Tug MORTON S.BOUCHARD IV (United
States)

DSC Intercept - 31 Dec 2013 SVVF Asphalt Star

© Maximilian Müller Photo courtesy shipspotting.com


 
Received DSC transmission (using YADD)

8414.5 1655 SVVF Greek  Asphalt/bitumen Tanker (MMSI 239939000) with  SAF message for WLO Mobile 003660003. 

DSC Intercept - 31 Dec 2013 LAKP6 Norwegian Ravnanger

Linked photo courtesy of MarineTraffic.com
Received DSC transmission (using YADD)

8414.5 1645:47 LAKP6 Norwegian Oil/Tanker Ravnanger (MMSI 25885200) with  SAF message for USCG COMSTA Boston 003669991.

DSC Intercept - 31 Dec 2013 TCYN9 Cerba

Linked photo courtesy of MarineTraffic.com
Received DSC transmission (using YADD)
8414.5 1619:33 TCYN9 Turkish Bulk Carrier Cerba (MMSI 271041862) with  SAF message for USCG COMSTA New Orleans 003669998.

Based on latest information the Cerba has just left New Orleans and is in the Gulf of Mexico.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Big Changes coming to Popular Communications Magazine and CQ Magazine

The days of the printed general radio hobby magazine (i.e. Monitoring Times and Popular Communications) has ended. Only e-zines The Spectrum Monitor and CQ Plus will be available in February 2014.

Courtesy of the BADX list and K1TW:

CQ has announced it is combining Popular Communications, World Radio, and CQ VHF into a single digital publication to be called CQ Plus starting in February.  The print editions of PopComm and CQ VHF will be phased out and World Radio will disappear totally.

At least this explains the huge mystery of what is going on at CQ (as we discussed at the holiday party). I guess CQ was spread too thin with too many digital publications to manage.  Maybe this will work but I think, if I understand it, there will now be just one digital subscription to CQ Magazine which will include CQ  plus and maybe a print edition of CQ without Digital Plus.
And to confirm the story this from the ARRL website:

CQ Communications Inc has announced plans to realign its publications lineup and to launch a new online supplement to its flagship magazine, CQ Amateur Radio.

“The hobby radio market is changing,” said CQ Communications President and Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, “and we are changing what we do and how we do it in order to continue providing leadership to all segments of the radio hobby.”

Effective with the February 2014 issue of CQ, said Ross, content from the magazine’s three sister publications — Popular Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Onlinewill be incorporated into CQ’s digital edition as a supplement to be called CQ Plus. The print editions of Popular Communications and CQ VHF will be phased out, and WorldRadio Online will no longer exist as a separate online publication. Current Popular Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online subscribers will be converted to CQ subscribers and receive CQ Plus at no additional charge. Details will be posted on each magazine’s website.

CQ Communications says the change will offer hobby radio enthusiasts a single source for articles from shortwave listening and scanner monitoring to personal two-way services and Internet radio, as well as Amateur Radio. Richard Fisher, KI6SN, currently editor of both Popular Communications and WorldRadio Online, will be editor of CQ Plus.

“Our primary audience is ham radio operators, but very few hams began their radio involvement as amateurs,” Ross said. “Most of us started out as shortwave listeners, broadcast band DXers, CBers or scanning enthusiasts. Many continue to be involved in many different aspects of the radio hobby in addition to Amateur Radio.” Ross said consolidating four specialized publications into one will keep “multidimensional readers” informed on all aspects of the radio hobby, at the same time exposing non-hams “to all the excitement and opportunities that Amateur Radio has to offer.”

The expanded material will be an integral part of the digital edition of CQ and will be included as part of a standard digital subscription. Each month’s digital edition will continue beyond where the print edition ends, offering supplemental material on all aspects of hobby radio communication and selected columns carried over from the other magazines. The added digital content will make full use of the multimedia opportunities presented by digital publications.

A preview of the February issue’s table of contents is available on the CQ website.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Teak Publishing Adds 2014 Air Show Guide to Their Growing e-Book Catalog


 
 
Every year, from March through November, millions of people hit the road to watch the excitement and thrills as military and civilian aero teams put their high performance aircraft through their paces to entertain the crowds and perform at air shows all over the world. Anyone who has attended one of these events will tell you it is thrilling to watch the close quarter flying of the Blue Angels delta formation or the hair-splitting maneuvers of the Thunderbird opposing solos.
While attending the show and enjoying the sights and sounds is an exciting experience that is only half the fun. You can add another whole dimension to that visual experience by monitoring the performing teams’ radio communications.
With a radio scanner in hand you will experience a whole new perspective of the show that few attendees will ever experience – pilot audio from the aircraft cockpit. While everyone else at the air show is just watching and listening to the public address system narrator, you’ll be able to hear what’s happening inside the cockpit, up in the tower and on the ground with the hundreds of players that keep these screaming, state of-the-art air machines thundering through the skies.
But you can’t tell the players without a program, and to indulge in monitoring the air show experience you need a current and well researched list of frequencies that the various performers may use during their performance.
In our new Teak Publishing Air Show Guide e-Book, former Monitoring Times Assistant Editor and Milcom columnist Larry Van Horn delivers the hundreds of frequencies you’ll need if you’re within receiving distance of any air show in 2014.
From the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds precision flight teams to the U.S. service parachute and search and rescue demonstration teams, to the many other military and civilian demo teams from the U.S. and abroad, Larry has the list of frequencies each unit uses. Now you can bring the excitement you see at the show to your ears. Listening to the nonstop action at the air show on over dozens of radio frequencies is the real fun of being there.
But wait, there’s more! Larry also tells you which scanners work best at the air shows, what features you’ll need and which models can cover the military as well as civilian frequencies used at all air shows. There is also a chapter on tips for enjoying a great day at the air show.
You will also get frequency lists for other possible frequencies in use at the air show including GMRS, Family Radio Service, DoD Intra-Squad Radio frequencies, and even Civil Air Patrol VHF/UHF frequencies and call signs. We also include an up-to-date air show Internet resource guide and the latest information from U.S. Department of Defense on the various team activities in 2014. We even have frequency listing for overseas military teams and civilian aeronautical demonstrations teams.
Finally you will get the latest schedule information for 2014 for the three major flight demonstration teams: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. We will also include with each show location, the latest ATC (Air Traffic Control) frequencies for each facility hosting a show, when known. This schedule information only covers the United States and Canada.
This is the 15th edition of this guide published by this author. The first 14 editions appeared each March in the pages of the former Monitoring Times magazine and were one of the most popular features in the magazine.
This edition of the Teak Publishing Air Show Guide is now the most comprehensive collection of air show information and frequencies ever published for the radio listening hobby. When the Air Force T-Birds and the Navy Blue Angels, dozens of other precision flight teams, skydiving teams and vintage aircraft crews are in the air and on the air, Larry has all the frequencies for them all in this new eBook!
Frequency updates, correction and late additions between editions of this e-Book will be posted on his Milcom Monitoring Post blog at: http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/.
And, the good news is that you do not even need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps.
There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all of the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle e-book allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.
The Teak Publishing Air Show Guide is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Teak-Publishing-Show-Guide-2014-ebook/dp/B00HAI4V8C/
The price for this first e-Book edition is US$2.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.
For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.
You can learn more about the author by going to his author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.
So if you are an air show enthusiast or military monitoring junkie, this is one eBook you will want in your electronic reference library. This is the one new e-book that will provide you with the inside information on the hottest frequencies in use by all the participants for the whole air show season.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Teak Publishing Adds Another New e-Publication to Their Growing Catalog

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/International-Shortwave-Broadcast-Winter-2013-2014-ebook/dp/B00H8X7LHM/.
 


“War Revives Shortwave Radio's Appeal: Communications: Many consumers, eager for news from the Persian Gulf are snapping up machines that fell out of fashion long ago.” – Los Angeles Times 1991

That LA Times headline above says it all about the appeal even today of a radio hobby that is over 80 years old – Shortwave Radio Listening.

So why shortwave radio? The best source of global information continues to be shortwave radio. Throughout the world, shortwave remains the most readily available and affordable means of communication and information. It lets you listen to voices from around the world. You'll also learn about the lives and concerns of people from all walks of life, from soldiers, to farmers, to retired scholars. It provides coverage nearly instantaneous of news and events from around the world.

If you live in the U.S., you can easily listen to shortwave broadcast stations from countries like North/South Korea, Iran, Australia, Cuba, China, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Japan, England, Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United States and many other counties if you have a good shortwave receiver, and you know when and where to listen!


The new International Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Gayle Van Horn W4GVH, is that all important information resource you need to tap into the worldwide shortwave broadcast radio spectrum. It is a 24 hour station/frequency guide to all the stations currently broadcasting on shortwave radio. This unique shortwave resource is the only publication that offers a by-hour schedule that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for each broadcast station.

This new e-publication is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine over the last 20 years. This one of a kind electronic e-book will now be published twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.

If you enjoy listening or monitoring HF shortwave stations, and you miss the monthly English frequency listings formerly published in the late Monitoring Times magazine, and multilingual station listing in the old MTXpress electronic magazine, this valuable tool will now be your new guide to listening to the world.

Frequency updates between editions will be posted on her Shortwave Central blog at: http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/.

And, the good news is that you do not even need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps.

There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all of the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle e-book allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/International-Shortwave-Broadcast-Winter-2013-2014-ebook/dp/B00H8X7LHM/.
The price for this Winter 2013-2014 edition is US$4.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.

You can view the complete Teak Publishing book catalog online at http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/. Click on the Teak Publishing radio hobby e-book link at the top of the blog page.

You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Van-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs and many more interested in listening to a global view of news and events as they happen. 

If you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to hear what is happening outside the ham bands on that transceiver or portable shortwave radio in your shack, then this new e-book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.