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Report #091 08/01/13

WORLD'S LAST COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH SYSTEM
(Excerpt from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter)
169 years after Samuel F. B. Morse sent those famous words, "What hath God wrought?" the last telegraph system has shut down, India's state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd (BSNL) network. The electric telegraph has now been relegated to the history books. In 1837, Samuel Morse, together with his assistant Alfred Vail and US physicist Joseph Henry, invented the single-wire telegraph. There were [previous multi-wire telegraphs developed, but none proved commercially successful. Morse and Vail also developed the Morse Code during this period. The telegraph was first demonstrated publicly in 1844 when Morse and Vail demonstrated their improved telegraph system over a federally-funded line stretching from Washington to Baltimore. The first commercial telegraph line became operational just two years later. Two days after the line went live, the Pony Express was dissolved as obsolete as it just couldn't compete with the much quicker delivery time of the transcontinental telegraph.

WLO MESSAGE
The following message was transmitted on 4342 kHz by Maritime station WLO, Mobile, AL at 20302 UTC:
CQ DE WLO
THESE TRANSMISSIONS ARE PART OF THE MARITIME H... S... RADIO SOCIETYS NIGHT OF NIGHTS 2013. SHIPCOM STATIONS WLO AND KLB AFRE PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS AN.... HISTORIC EVENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SHIPCOM VISIT US ON THE WEB AT WWW.SHIPCOM.COM
RECEPTOR REPORTS VIA EMAIL TO WLO RADIO AT ....COM OR VIA POSTAL SERVICE TO WLO RADIO C/O SHIPCOM 7700 RINLA AVENUE MOBILE, AL 36619 USA.

NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER
This U.S. Coast Guard facility is located in Martinsburg, WV and on June 28th 2013 there was a change of command as Captain Anthony Lloyd passed command to Captain Jeffrey Novotny. The National Maritime Center issues credentials to everyone who works in any capacity on any commercial vessel that carries passengers or freight for hire. According to an article in the Martinsburg Journal, the center evaluates and issues more than 60,000 merchant mariner credentials in a year in support of the nation's 216,000 merchant mariners.

UNIDENTIFIED SIGNALS
I enlisted the help of Mike Chace, Monitoring Times columnist and Ary Boender, author of the Numbers and Oddities newsletter for IDs for several signals I could not identify. Mike identified the slow varying tones on 9076 kHz as U.S. Army MARS using J765A weak signal mode. Similar type tones but not related to 9076 were heard on 14756 and 16927. Mike identified those as being coast station WPG located in Indiana. Make said he contacted the owner but the latter was not forthcoming with the purpose of the transmissions. Ary advised me that the hand sent CW I was hearing on 5253 was probably Russian Navy. Another U/I signal was a slow auto Morse transmission of W0ER/B EM36 3WTS. Perry Crabill answered my query with the following: "It appears to be an amateur radio propagation beacon operated by W0ER; the /B indicates a beacon. EM36 is probably the Grid Square designation for his QTH, and the 3WTS may indicate a power of three watts. Most amateur beacons are within ham bands, but I believe that the FCC does allow hams to operate beacons outside the amateur bands under certain conditions." Many thanks to all 3 SWLers for their assistance.

NDB LOGGINGS
216 CLB Wilmington, NC at 130205
248 UL Montreal-Dorval, QC, Canada at 160231
273 ZV Septiles, QC, Canada at 130209
317 CBE Cumberland, MD at 130212
332 YFM La Grande 4, QC, Canada at 130213
340 YY Mont Joli, QC, Canada at 130216
351 YHKQ Waskaganish, QC, Canada at 130217
363 RNB Millville, NJ at 130218

OTHER LOGGINGS
2000 OM/EE in USB NY Radio w/aviation wx for Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, etc 130231
3330 CHU Canada Time Stn, Ottawa, Ont 130245
3581 W1AW with Morse code practice at 120251
4317.9 FAX Prob NMG, New Orleans, LA 120255
4369 Prob WLO, Mobile, AL OM/EE in USB w/wx (also on 4396) 152312
4593.5 USAF/MARS in USB w/checkin of stns in WV, Pa, etc 152317
6378 DE 4XZ Haifa Radio, Israel 180251
6606 DE 4XZ Haifa Radio, Israel 180253
8135 Cuban cut numbers transmission 302320
8190 Raspy MCW with XXMMOOTTO repeated over and over. 152333
8431 TAH, Istanbul, Turkey in CW foll by ARQ bursts 152348
8471.5 WLO, Mobile, AL in RTTY 47/173 w/wx forecast for Gulf of Mexico 161238
9080 Several OM/SS in USB. One saying has problem and discussion following about some boxes and cost of one was was in Bolivares (currency of Venezuela) 162318
12065 SW Bcst OM/EE announcing Rugby game played in Australia. 171100
12842 CQ DE HLO QSX 12 MHZ K, Seoul, Korea 171109
12934.6 CAQ DE HLG QSX 12 MHZ K Seoul, Korea 171112
13471.6 M51 activity 5L grps auto morse 160223
13528.8 P Russian Military beacon, Kaliningrad 230300
14100 International Beacons W6WX, Mt Umunhua, US; KH6WO Laie, Hawaii; CS3B Santo Da Serra, Madeira; OA4B Lima, Peru 160213
16332.0 Russian Military Beacon C, Moscow 230308
16332.8 Russian Military Beacon P, Kaliningrad 230309

HM01 LOGGINGS
HM01 is the newly assigned mode name give by the ENIGMA Group for the Cuban Intelligence traffic. It is the announcement by YL/SS followed by RDFT transmissions. The HM stands for Hybrid mode which is what the combined transmissions have been designated.
9155 07022 03631 37672 18653 62111 66161 Hrd 280945 and 291741
9240 Same grps, hrd 290945
11435 Same grps, hrd 311640
11530 Same grps, hrd 251721, 291741, and 311656
11635 Same grps, hrd 261839, 291758, 311757, 312114
16180 Same grps, hrd 252148 and 272129

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