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Date: Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 16:29
QTH: San Antonio TX
Date: 2014/04/13 at 15:16z

Logged WWV on 25.000 MHz.

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From the ARRL Website:
WWV’s 25 MHz Signal Back on the Air
04/07/2014

WWV silenced its 25 MHz signal in 1977, but it’s back on the air “for old times’ sake” — officially on an “experimental basis.” Resurrecting the long-dormant standard time outlet operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was Matt Deutch, N0RGT, the Lead Electrical Engineer at WWV. It all came about after Dean Lewis, W9WGV, lamented the loss of the 25 MHz signal in an e-mail to Deutch, who surprised him by subsequently putting the signal back on the air on April 4 for about 3-1/2 hours.

A listener in Scotland posted his reception of the WWV 25 MHz signal on YouTube.

WWV began another 25 MHz test starting on April 7, and Deutch told ARRL that WWV-25 probably will remain on the air for the rest of the week. “So hopefully a few more people will hear it,” he said.

Lewis said he’d told Deutch late last week that 10 meter propagation has been so good at this point in Cycle 24, and he uses the various WWV frequencies as propagation beacons on a daily basis.

“He responded that ‘for old times’ sake,’ they’d put the [25 MHz] signal back on the air for a while. I assumed, of course, that he was kidding, and so I didn’t check. Matt wasn’t kidding!”

NIST said the 25 MHz broadcast consists of the normal WWV signal heard on all other WWV frequencies, at the same level of accuracy. The transmitter in Fort Collins, Colorado, can put out 2500 W into a “broadband monopole,” although Deutch said the transmitter was running 1200 W. WWV has invited listeners’ comments and signal reports.
Author: "kkn50" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 02:19
Today Mar 24 about 19:00 Hrs Pacific from Lake Tahoe Nevada
i was logging all the Japanese or Other Asian traffic which was booming in just as the sun was getting ready to set and (33.250 MHz/150.0 Hz) a female spoke in very clear english "Mustang Zero-Six" this is "Guardian Radio" i looked up callsigns and didnt help much.
It just made me wonder if Osan Airbase in S Korea was coming in along with Asian comms from 29 MHz
thru 36 MHz.?????

Anybody heard of this callsign?
Im continuing to search everything related to try and figure it out.
Never heard it before at same time Asian Traffic was full quieting.
Author: "gvranchosbill" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 16:45
Sounds like mobile tank operations, open mic for the past hour or so on 31.05 FM

I'm copying this now at 10:45AM MST from Northwest Montana...
Author: "blantonl" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 16:43
https://soundcloud.com/mancow-1/9750...-15-mil-low-30

Musical type signalling. It has been showing up on other frequencies as well. At one point it was continuous for ten minutes at least.
Author: "mancow" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 19:40
30.5 talking about locksat being due and sweeping a leg etc... really strange sounding stuff.

Talking now about switching your outside leg to 3700 of ROV frequency. They have a 151.4 (150) tone and sound Military but nothing like any US military I've heard. Possibly Canadian.
Author: "mancow" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 18:31
I was in this location on Sunday, March 9, and picked up the following on just a BCD436HP and an Austin Spectra vehicle-mounted antenna.

Various hits on ham freqs 29.6, 29.62, 29.64, 29.66, and 29.68 MHz, with various tones.

29.77 with tone 146.2 - other than the tone, this matches Bushwick Car Service in Brooklyn, NY.

29.77 with no tone, had someone reciting numbers in Spanish. Now unsure if this was perhaps the car service reciting an address.

30.58 with tone 114.8 - tone does not match anyone. Spanish speaker with a phone ringing in the background. Taxi/car dispatch?

30.66 with tone 77.0 - sounded like the same as the freq above. Spanish and ringing phones.

30.68 with tone 100.0 - Could not tell what language other than it wasn't English. Could have been Spanish again.

30.74 with tone 107.2 - matches Bell Car Service in Brooklyn, NY. Of note is the fact this sounded like the same office (ringing phone sounded the same) as the above two/three "Spanish taxi guys".

31.06 with tone 91.5 - matches La Mexicana Express Car Service in Brooklyn, NY.

31.24 with tone 136.5 - matches Eastern Car Service in Brooklyn, NY. Geez, these car services are popular with low band....

31.44 with tone 100.0 - matches Continental Car Service in Brooklyn, NY.

31.96 with tone 82.5 - matches International Car Service in Brooklyn, NY.

33.16 with tone 77.0 - no matches with tone. Spanish again with telephones and numbers.

33.52 with tone 77.0 - no matches with tone. Too faint for me to detect what it actually was.

33.62 with tone 136.5 - matches Lower Providence Township FD Dispatch (PA).

33.70 with tone 151.4 - matches Cattaragus County FD (NY).

33.82 with tone 110.9 - matches Hubbardston FD, Worcester, MA.

33.82 with tone 141.3 - matches Calvert County (MD) FD. Possible reference to "Hickory Ridge Trail" in transmission.

33.90 with no tone - matches Lancaster, PA FD/EMS. Heard dispatch to Pittfield Township, 804 Estelle Drive.

33.94 with tone 179.9 - matches Waterford FD (New London, CT).

33.96 with no tone - matches Fire Alert for Westchester County, New Rochelle, NY. Heard Ambulance and Engine 25 sent to 1270 North Avenue.

35.04 with tone 110.9 - back to the car services again with 11th St Car Service in Brooklyn, NY.

35.10 with tone 141.3 - no match by tone, but again Spanish and telephones in the background, so presuming it's dispatch for all these car services in NYC.

35.32 with tone 141.3 - no match by tone, again, Spanish & telephones.

35.82 with tone 114.8 - matches Puerto Rican Car Service in Brooklyn, NY.
Author: "Jay911" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 17:41
what are the best times of the day to listen to skip? i can hear chp here clear as a bell sometimes during the day but none after sun set its like the band just closes us after sunset and i dont hear any skip what so ever then
Author: "reconrider8" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Monday, 03 Mar 2014 22:35
Anyone else getting a strong data signal on 30.000 MHz? I don't think it's local noise. It wasn't there a bit ago.
Author: "mancow" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Saturday, 01 Mar 2014 13:11
Wow a rare winter band opening
From here in Ct. I was able to check into my morning Cape Cod weather net on 146.955 using 1 watt this morning (usually use 100 watts). Hearing Cape Cod Canal Coast Guard at S6.
Boston federal stuff coming in here also ;)
Spring is upon us, lol
Bob
Milford, Ct.
Author: "pro106import" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 23:19
FEB 25 & FEB 26 2014
RX location Lake tahoe,Nv-Pacific Time Zone
Comms from Central Time Zone

30.2250 MHz/146.2 Hz
"Bearcat" to "Emergency Operations" have you "Alpha @ One Seven Zero Zero"
"Have you Alpha @ One Seven Zero Five" turns out to be 2 Hours ahead of my current time 15:05 PST.

Calsigns heard:
"EAGLE-11 to Mercy Ops have you Alpha @ local"
"PALDIN-09 Mercy Ops" requesting fuel for Aircraft #5xxx (Not confirmed as Paldin, could be similar sounding, searching for others)
"PALDIN-02 Mercy Ops"
"AIRCRAFT-06"
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Scanner is decoding 151.4 Hz(150.0 Hz) just fine but this is one two freqs with 146.2 Hz.
Signals are loud and clear with some comms coming from Alaska and Illinois.
Could this be a Govt Contractor using these tones?
Female speaking english with no accent/dialects.
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30.1750 MHz/146.2 Hz
"Wolverine Base" to "Wolverine X-Ray" Helo Operations.

Anybody know who this is using tone 146.2 Hz
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http://www.preventionweb.net/english...le.php?id=1074
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/countries/
http://www.mercycorps.org/events/ins...gency-response

Upon seaching Mercy Ops found this with links to training (U.N. Type stuff)


This may be a good thread for Military monitoring?
Author: "gvranchosbill" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 23:02
FEB-25-2014 @ 15:30 PST

In search mode, search stopped on [32.4250MHz/150.0Hz]
Lots of Air/Air traffic between Helicopters.
Ladd (Ladd AAF) and Blair Lake Strip (Blair Lake Bombing Range) were mentioned along with
"Butte" and reference to "Mushroom Cloud"
Pilots were concerned about what looked like a Mushroom Cloud and when on deck at Ladd will inquire.

32.425 MHz 150.0 Hz US Army Fort Wainwright/Ladd AAF Helicopters Air/Air
Author: "gvranchosbill" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 00:02
Several people have asked what antenna I use. Here is a good article about dipoles.

Dipole Antenna | Dipole Aerial Theory | Tutorial
Author: "kkn50" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 20:43
Just received my first F2 WQJW689 33.420. in King County Washington came in all the way to Hendersonville TN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Author: "slatescan" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Monday, 17 Feb 2014 03:47
The VHF Band is wide open tonight to South Florida and Cuba. I am hearing several new repeaters and frequencies.
Author: "BamaScan" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 18:30
I am seeing quite a bit of secure traffic between 30 and 33 today. There was quite a bit yesterday as well but today is better. I have noticed what appears to be frequency hopping signals in the waterfall as well. Does anyone know what SINCGARS looks like on an SDR? Could this be it or is it likely something else?

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Date: Friday, 31 Jan 2014 19:00
After more than a decade of silence, the Newhall County Water District serving Newhall, California has renewed their low band license and as of this morning started repairs on their radio system. Comm techs have been performing radio checks from multiple locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, so far the worst complaint seems to be minor feedback.
Author: "bryan_herbert" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Sunday, 05 Jan 2014 02:32
VHF Low Band Log: 2014/01/01 - 2014/01/04
North of San Antonio, Texas
Uniden BCD996XT Scanner with Dipole Antenna

FREQ....SQ....DESCRIPTION
29.7700 146.2 Taxi dispatch in Spanish <band open to northeast US>
30.5800 114.8 Taxi dispatch in Spanish <band open to northeast US>
30.6200 136.5 KNJN421 Aladdin Fuel Service, Bayport, Long Island, NY <ID'd by Paul>
30.6400 167.9 Probable Hirsch Fuels Inc, Hauppauge NY
30.6600 77.0 Taxi dispatch in Spanish <band open to northeast US>
30.6800 100.0 Taxi dispatch in Spanish <band open to northeast US>
30.7400 107.2 Bell Car Service, Brooklyn
30.8000 88.5 WQIY406 Evelyn Car Service Brooklyn, NY
31.0400 173.8 Great Neck Taxi, Long Island
31.0600 91.5 WPIN347 Oscar Macareno (Taxi), Brooklyn, NY
31.2400 136.5 WPYF511 Luis Palaguache Taxi, Brooklyn, NY
31.3200 131.8 Taxi dispatch in Spanish <band open to northeast US>
31.4400 100.0 Carlos E. Bolano Taxi, Brooklyn NY
31.8800 127.3 Taxi dispatch in Spanish <band open to northeast US>
31.9600 82.5 WPWC364 International Car Svc., Brooklyn NY
32.1800 77.0 Taxi, Alajuela, Costa Rica <ID by Bartels>
33.1600 77.0 WNVB462 Arecibo Car Service, Brooklyn NY
33.5800 114.8 KNCS289 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Yarmouth Municipalities MA
33.5800 131.8 KCD975 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Charlton MA
33.5800 179.9 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Ledyard CT
33.6200 131.8 KBT465 South Worcester County Fire Net, MA
33.6400 114.8 KNAW393 Fire Dispatch - Bourne MA
33.6800 114.8 KCF564 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Mashpee MA
33.6800 127.3 KBQ744 Fire Dispatch - Northbridge MA
33.7000 114.8 Fire Dispatch - Farnsville, Chatham MA
33.7400 107.2 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Barre MA
33.7800 77.0 WPQJ815 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Cheshire Co NH (callsign given as KCF415 but correct callsign is WPQJ815 per RadioReference member "217")
33.8000 179.9 KXV431 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Windham Co CT
33.9000 179.9 EMS Dispatch - Possible CT
35.9200 85.4 Van Service
49.4600 67.0 Pike Electric <nationwide contractors>
Author: "kkn50" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 05:51
I do not know for sure if this is the correct place for this question. If not please advise me where to post. I could not find a troubleshooting section. I am new to all of this.

I received a BCT15X & Centerfire Deluxe Discone antenna. I have the antenna on a pvc pipe in the room with the scanner at present, I will mount outside at a later.

I have also acquired a used BCT8 from a local pawn shop. It works fine with the Centerfire or telescopic indoor antenna.

My concern is that the new BCT15X keeps cutting in and out, badly, even on the local frequencies in town. The Signal Meter flashes on and off in unison with the reception sound. It is very annoying. I plugged the telescopic antenna that came with the set in and moved the scanner a few feet away from where I had it set, and it still does the same thing. So it is the same with either antenna . Does not matter if the Centerfire is used or the telescopic indoor antenna.

The BCT8 is even and strong for the same local frequencies. Telescopic antennae or plugging in the Discone. It does make that waving noise if it hits on something that is static. I hit L/O to skip those. But it will pick up the surrounding area and county ok

So basically, I can have the BCT8 with telescopic antenna and the BCT15X with the Centerfire on the same local police frequency. The BCT8 is clear and steady. The BCT15X is in & out & in so bad I can not listen to it. What are the causes? Can it be a setting? I hope it something I can resolve myself. I would hate to have to return it. My wife bought it for me from Amazon for Christmas.

Any assistance would be very much appreciated.
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Date: Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 05:46
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Author: "jjl0412" Tags: "Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum"
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Date: Monday, 30 Dec 2013 22:12
I can recall skip rolling into Ohio on 44.74-45.10 years ago but with the changeover to Hi band and Now trunking, are any States still using low Band radios. Id like to know if anyone can get skip, probably not this time of the year but I'd be willing to punch in the old vhf to see if they are still coming in. Used to be gangbusters over the OSP low bands. Happy New Year
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