A few days ago I logged a station calling for a radio check on 251.850. As I was not able to pick out the callword, I decided to ask around hoping someone else could help listen for clues. A few hours later it was determined the station was most likely the USCGC Drummond (WPB-1323). Special thanks to Scott and Bryan from the RadioReference forums for the extra pairs of ears.
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Excellent signals yesterday and today from two US Coast Guard cutters working off the California coast. USCGC Boutwell and USCGC Aspen both active in ANDVT and clear voice on 5693 kHz, also known as SVN Alpha. Not too often do we have clear comms on this frequency, so this is a real treat!
While most of the communications remain on VHF, there have been a few reports of activity on HF as well. Several people have reported hearing phone patches and fishermen discussing the BP oil spill on 8650 USB.
Another frequency to keep plugged in is 5320 USB. This is used by the US Coast Guard and was quite active last night and this morning. Reception here in California wasn’t all that great, but I did manage to snag a little audio.
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