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More Russian aviation comms! This time we have Petropavlovsk ACC working on 2964 kHz. I accidentally ran across this one while seeking out North Korean SWL broadcasts in the 2 MHz band a few months ago. As you can hear from the audio clip, the controller came in quite clear and spoke English. The planes were too weak to copy, but it was surprising enough to catch anything on such a low frequency, so I can’t complain too much.

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Khabarovsk ACC is quite busy on 6692 kHz and often heard during the late night and overnight hours here in California. While most communications on this RDARA frequency are in Russian, I have heard English used when talking with American planes. Nevertheless it’s something different to monitor.

Here is a recording of radio traffic monitored on 6692.  

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11306 kHz (USB mode) is an excellent frequency to monitor if your interested in hearing Boeing test and delivery flights. Aircraft typically come up to conduct HF radio and selcal checks with Boeing Seattle. Most flights use Boeing ### for their callsigns, however registrations have been noted on delivery flights.

The Boeing Test Flights Blog is an excellent resource that provides additional information about recent flight activity and FlightAware can be used to find out when aircraft are flying.

I’ve even logged the Boeing 787 Dreamliner up on this net.

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Back in March I ran across some comms between NASA 817 and Gander Radio on 8891 kHz. The NASA callsign sparked my interest, along with the fact this aircraft was flying at 1,500ft over the north pole, so I headed to Google and learned NASA 817 was a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-70 taking part in the the Spring 2010 IceBridge Mission. To learn more about IceBridge 2010 see the following links.

NASA – IceBridge – Spring 2010 Greenland
NASA Heads to Arctic to Measure Ice : Discovery News
NASA – Airborne Science Program – DC-8

Thankfully my recorder was operational, so I’m making the audio available for your listening pleasure. Pretty exciting to catch this aircraft during a totally random monitoring session just before local sunrise.

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While listening to Gander OAC on 8891 kHz last night, I noticed that somebody kept whistling at random. It definitely sounded intentional but thankfully the culprit signal was weak and did not appear to cause any problems with working airliner traffic. I have uploaded a short audio clip of this jamming which can be listened to below.

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The Boeing 787 has been doing some test flights off the coast of California and Mexico. Lately they have been heard on 8843 kHz working San Francisco ARINC. I have also logged them on the Boeing Test Flight frequency of 11306 kHz talking with Boeing Seattle. To find out when the Boeing 787 and other flights are up see FlightAware.com.

Below is audio recorded from 8843 kHz as they coordinate with San Francisco radio for various clearances.

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Had some good reception tonight and was able to pick up Shannon Volmet on 5505 kHz with a broadcast regarding the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.

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