Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Update: It is almost that time of year again - CQ WW DX Contest time!

It is almost time for the CQ WW SSB DX Contest which kicks off on Saturday, October 25 at 0000 UTC and runs until Sunday, October 26 at 2359 UTC.

I fully plan to be in the contest this year looking for new countries to add to my DXCC totals. Might even work a state or two I need to finish off the ARRL Triple Play award I have been working on.

I also plan to have a presence during the CQ WW CW DX contest that starts on
Saturday, November 29 at 0000 UTC and concludes on Sunday, November 30 at 2359 UTC. I hope to finish out the countries I need for an ARRL CW DXCC award.
 
These are two of my favorite contest and are a lot of fun to participate in at any level. Several years ago I won 1st place in my category, but since I am on a country hunt, I won't be submitting a contest log for these two amateur radio contest.
 
Complete details can be found on the CQ World-Wide Contest website at http://www.cqww.com/.

Late Breaking News from the ARRL Contest Newsletter:-

CQ Communications has reconsidered its initial policy on stations operating in Crimea for the CQ World Wide contest. Logs will be accepted and counted for the country indicated by the call sign of the station. This aligns CQ policy with DXCC policy. See the CQ website for complete details.
 
On a related topic, found this that was posted to the ARRL website on 17 Oct 2014:--

CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs

CQ has announced that it will no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. CQ Magazine said that “after considerable deliberation,” it has decided to follow the lead of the US government and the United Nations and will consider the embattled Crimea region to be a part of Ukraine, “until such time as the political situation there is resolved.” In addition, contacts made by others with Crimean stations using Russian-Issued call signs will be removed from contestants’ logs without penalty. “No contact or multiplier credits will be given,” the CQ announcement said.

“We fully realize that our action may very well disenfranchise several Crimean contesters who use Russian prefixes instead of Ukrainian prefixes,” CQ said. “As regrettable as that may be, our action is consistent with international law, as well as with our own rules.”

CQ sponsors several major international operating events, including the CQ World Wide SSB and CW contests. The first contest to be affected by the new policy would be the CQ World Wide SSB Contest, which takes place this year over the October 25-26 weekend.
 
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

ARRL DXCC Desk Manager Bill Moore NC1L injured in accident



I was stunned this weekend to learn the news that a longtime friend Bill Moore, head of the DXCC Desk at the ARRL in Newington CT, was seriously injured in a car accident two weeks ago.




The following news is from K5FUV, Bill Kennamer. 

"DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about two weeks ago.  His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms.  Recovery will be difficult and slow, and is not expected to be total.  Bill would like to hear from his friends.  He is currently in the Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford, but cards and well wishes should be sent to 92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, CT 06111”.

From Bernie, W3UR/1 Hartford, CT

"Friday K5FUV, Bill Kennamer, and Bernie McClenny, W3UR/1 visited Bill at the rehab hospital.  We spent a few minutes with NC1L, Bill, who was extremely glad to see us.  I gave him one of the ARRL Centennial Convention coins and told him how successful the event was going.  He was very happy to hear the news and the greetings from his friends.  Bill’s sister-in-law Gina was there in the hospital and asked us to tell Bill’s friends that he would love to hear from them.  So if possible let’s all show Bill our love and concern for our dear friend by sending him our QSL with good wishes. I know Bill and the family would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Bill Moore
92 Reservoir Road
Newington, CT 06111


 

Thursday, May 08, 2014

New Summer 2014 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available


“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 should you listen to 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 Summer 2014 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Amazon bestselling author 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 edition is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over the last 20 years. This one of a kind electronic e-book is now being 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.
 
Here are a few of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased the first edition (Winter 2013-2014) of this book.
Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer: Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found nowhere else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.
Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka: I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.
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NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski, Jr.: This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year. 
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson: When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).
 
Good value by DrP: This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.
I like this one by Charles: I have only had a brief chance to scan through this book. From what I have seen of it I will enjoy getting in to it.
 
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 http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.
 
The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Summer 2014 edition is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K6YKNFM. The price for this latest edition is still 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.

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

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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.