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Report #002 08/06/99

Emergency radio systems in Virginia, Maryland, Pennslyvania, and Deleware.
Apparently all is not well with various emergency radio systems in parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennslyvania, and Deleware. In spome cases old equipment prevents police and fire personnel from contacting their respective dispatchers or each other. Many of the counties want to go to the 800 mHz frequencies but they are confronted with "dead zones" in certain locations and the FCC claims newly issued frequencies could overlap causing more interference. The FCC states that regional advisers are responsible for preventing interference through review of public safety frequencies in use. (AP item)


Harris to Develop Nationwide Marine Communications Network
Harris Corporation has nabbed a $55 million contract to help establish a wireless national martine communications networkk that will for the first time enable boaters throughout the U.S. to place phone calls, send/receive faxes, and even check e-mails -- all from a next-generation marine radio. (RF Globalnet Newsletter)


North American commercial radiotelegraph stations, WCC, WNU, KFS, and KPH have discontinued their CW operations.
On 12 July 1999 each of these Globe Wireless stations sent a final CW transmission:
IN 1901, CALL SIGN WCC WAS ASSIGNED TO THE SOUTH WELLFLEET MASSACHUSETTS WIRELESS TELEGRAPH FACILITY OPERATED BY GUGLIELMO MARCONI. MORSE CODE SIGNALS FROM WCC HAVE BEEN HEARD AROUND THE WORLD EVER SINCE. TODAY WE RETIRE WCC FROM WIRELESS TELEGRLAPH OPERATIONS. WCC WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE MARITIOME COMMUNITY IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE GLOBAL RADIO NETWORK OPERATED BY GLOBE WIRELESS.

WNU NOW CEASES RADIOTLELEGRAPH SERVICE AFTER EIGHTY-SEVEN YEARS OF CONTINUOUS OPERATION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE MARINER THROUGH OUR ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICE AS PART OF THE GLOBE WIRELESS NETWORK.

WE NOW CLOSE THE RADIO TELEGRAPH OPERATION OF STATION KPH. SINCE 1904, STATION KPH HAS DISTINGUISHED ITSELF AS ONE OF THE MOST WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED CALL SIGNS IN THE WORLD, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS PART OF THE GLOBAL RADIO NETWORK OF HF STATIONS.

THIS IS THE FINAL CW TRANSMISSION FROM STATION KFS - THE LAST COMMERCIAL RADIO TELEGRAPH STATION IN NORTH AMERICA. APPROPRIATELY, WE CLOSE CW AND EMBARK ON A NEW ERA OF COMMUNICATION WITH SAMUEL F.B. MORSE OWN WORDS OF 155 YEARS AGO = NW CL 73 = WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT.


July/August Loggings in frequency order (kHz) with comments and UTC time.

4530 Raspy dots and dash, Link 11 data xmsn at 0034
12180 Had to listen to this SW Bcst stn for several moments before realizing OM/EE was annouoncing ad for Y2K Supermarket which sold wind-up radios, etc. 1901
13189.4 CW mode, SS text. Seguridad & Veracruz in heading, poss Mexican Police or Military. 0034
13233.6 RTTY 75/850 enclrypted xmsns w/strings of Y's apparently between msgs. 1950
13451.6 RTTY 75/500, secondary freq for 14843 kHz. Cuba relay sent 91 grp msg to JMS w/heading of 11177 00127 69536 04135 00919 and final grp of 04088. 2240
13489 Sounds like warble jammer on top of u/i signal. 1906
14647 (in here, auto CW xmsn at 2308) .... ... 03 QW GR54 BT; KL5Z NR 82 BU GR 01 BT; KL5Z NR 92 QW GR 51 BT; EB8R NR 03 QW GR 54 BT. Then VVV DE 4XZ BT AR AR NW QTC 1 NR 82 BT NR 82 BU.V TQ7U 821030 KL5Z GR 01 BT APAPA EXIAK UCLML SFDXQ NYBQR XLKLX HBJLW NGPRX NQWYJ EXIAK BT BT Msg was then rptd. Note that GR given as 01 but was actually 10 grps.
14843 RTTY 75/500, Cuba relay of poss RR Dipl to unlocated stn JMS. Had just completed msg at 2230.
14930 VVV VVV VVV 8BY 8BY 8BY 476/300/970/612/033/161 at 1845
16988 RTTY 102/847, encrypted xmsn at 1918
17049 VVV DE 4XZ 4XZ BT BT in CW (Mossad??) at 1834
20193 Signal sounds like a jackhammer. If it is a jammer it is doing a good job because I can't hear anything under the jackhammer sig. 1948


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