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DPRK-flagWith North Korea back in the news, I thought it would be a great time to check in with the Voice of Korea. Their English language broadcast from Pyongyang can be heard daily from much of the western USA. The frequencies to monitor are 9335 and 11710 kHz during the morning hours, and again in the late evening on 13760 and 15180 kHz.

15180 kHz – Response to US bombers over South Korea — DPRK strategic rocket forces ready to strike US targets and general threats of nuclear war.  

9335 kHz – Full broadcast from March 26, 2013 at 1500 UTC.  

9335 kHz – Full broadcast from March 29, 2013 at 1500 UTC.  

9335 kHz – Full broadcast from March 30, 2013 at 1500 UTC.  

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Kim Jong-ilOne of the great things about HF/shortwave monitoring is the fact we can listen to various stations from around the world. While many broadcasters have moved on to Internet streaming, there are still interesting stations to be heard. One of them is the Voice of Korea which broadcasts from Pyongyang, North Korea. The Voice of Korea gives outsiders a good opportunity to experience genuine broadcasts directly from the DPRK. With the passing of Kim Jong-il, I figured this would be an interesting time to tune in and was certainly not disappointed.

Here is a recording from the 12/21/11 VOK news segment on 13650.  

The North Korea Tech has an excellent recording from the Voice of Korea broadcast where Kim Jong-il’s passing is announced over the air.

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F/V Wizard Medevac

On Nov 7, 2011 the USCG Communications Station Kodiak received a call from the 150-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel Wizard regarding a 28 year old crew member that had collapsed and was showing signs of dehydration and shock. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter operating in the area was able to medevac the man from the boat and transport him to emergency medical personnel in Cold Bay. The Wizard is one of the crab fishing vessels featured on the hit show Deadliest Catch and is captained by Keith Colburn.

The US Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak released the audio recording from the distress call and can be listened to below.

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New messages on 10405 kHz regarding arms embargo ops being conducted by NATO. The signal was heavily jammed but still able to hear what’s being said for the most part. This was recorded using a remote receiver in Switzerland. Special thanks goes out to the great folks on Utility DXers Forum for the heads up.

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Lately there has been some exciting stuff monitored from the Mediterranean region out of Libya. One of them being the Commando Solo broadcasts from a Lockheed EC-130J aircraft c/s “Steel 74″operating in the region. Part of the mission has been to broadcast warning messages to the Libyan Navy advising sailors to leave their ships or face deadly consequences. Frequencies 6877 and 10405 kHz USB have been used over the past week.

Here’s a recording taken this morning via remote SDR in Germany.  

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Here are some high frequency audio recordings of radio traffic monitored after the Japan earthquake. Communications are in both Japanese and English.

5708 kHz USB Japanese Rescue aircraft. I believe the callsigns are Rescue 81 and Rescue 93. Talked about switching to frequency Papa 33 Sierra.  

6640 kHz USB Hawaiian 457 wkg Hawaiian Dispatch in regards to earthquake status and conditions are Haneda International Airport. The Hawaiian Airlines dispatcher gives the flight a prepared statement to read to passengers.  

6727 kHz USB Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces. Mostly weather for airports.  

6751 kHz USB Many flights giving position reports around Tokyo and other areas along the coastline. Aircraft were most likely conducting recon flights and assessing damage from the tsunami.  

6742 kHz USB This frequency had Japanese sounding aircraft and other related traffic. Also noticed some data bursts (or encryption) on a regular basis.  

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Hearing Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces on 6751 kHz in USB mode. Both aircraft and ground stations very loud here in California. One aircraft gave position of 36.59N 140.53E putting them near the tsunami zone. More activity from Japan SDF on 6727, 5690 and 5693 kHz USB all related to earthquake. Japanese SAR traffic has also been logged on 5680 kHz USB.

nickcarr in #wunclub reports 6742 kHz USB is another frequency with station wkg Japanese sounding aircraft and on 6773 kHz USB heard frantic comms with some screaming. Tokyo MWARA traffic has been monitored on 6655 kHz USB. Vambo from #wunclub reports 6640 kHz USB busy with phone patch traffic for airliner diversions.

Here in California this morning, we have activity from Air Force Rescue 212 on 5711 kHz USB wkg Moffett Rescue. They have also been in comms with CAMSPAC on 5696 kHz USB. Activity related to tsunami threat in western USA.

I will post more frequencies as they are found. More Japanese earthquake related HF frequencies can be found on the Milcom Monitoring Post blog and the RadioReference Wiki.

March 17 update: Just logged Coast Guard 1701 up with Sector Honolulu and CAMSPAC Pt Reyes on 5696 kHz USB. Flight departed Barbers Point and en route to Yokota Air Base, Japan. I am also hearing Japanese activity on 4736 kHz USB with both voice and data modes.

March 16 update: I am currently hearing Japanese comms on 9034 kHz USB. The format sounds related to the activity on 6742 kHz.

March 12 update: Reception starting to pick up into Japan. Hearing activity on 5680 and 5708 kHz USB at this moment. (0852Z)

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Tropical Cyclone Yasi

As Tropical Cyclone Yasi makes landfall in Australia, the coverage from ABC Queensland has been carried live via Radio Australia’s SWL station. Here is an audio clip of the emergency information broadcast monitored on 9580 kHz.  

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13348 USB San Francisco ARINC phone patch w/ talk about ash from the Klyuchevskoy Volcano located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.  

13339 kHz USB San Francisco ARINC w/ volcanic weather advisory.  

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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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