UNIDENTIFIED STATIONS

On this page I will introduce any unidentified signals I have received. Hopefully there are few, but if there are, it would be appraciate if you would lend a helping ear and let me know if you have a clue as to what station it is I did not recognize...


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  2338 kHz, DSB (January 12, 1999, 03:00 UTC)
When I tuned in to this station at 02:40, they were playing anglosaxon pop-music (sounded like Chris Rea, but I am not completely sure), what sounded like a complete album (or part of it at least) with the original silence between the separate songs. Then at 03:00 there was what sounded like a commercial identification jingle, followed by a religious interval signal (WYFR I think it was) and some religious sounding songs, one of which was interrupted by a strange announcement. The recording offers the period between 03:00 and 03:05 (the middle part has been cut out by me... you'll recognize the short silence). Anybody got a clue? The language used was Russian, that much is certain.

  4632 kHz, USB (January 5, 1999, 09:25 UTC)
This station broadcasts a more or less identical message over and over again. The language is slavonic (Polish, as Christher Lehtonen has informed me - Thanks!), but that's as much as I have been able to establish. It does sound like ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) messages.

  4870 kHz (January 13, 1999, 03:45 UTC)
This station changes frequency every few minutes (without worrying too much if they may cause interference to other stations - they are probably convinced that their own cause is more important than whatever else) in an effort to steer free of the jamming station, that is bound to follow a few minutes later. The language sounded (to me) like Farsi, which would make it a good candidate for the Voice of Mojahed, a station which is moreover known for its tactic of changing frequency..

  4870 kHz (January 19, 1999, 06:20 UTC)
This station is absolutely not related to the one just above this logging. This present station just broadcast a very short message, completely consisting of numbers in Russian and the whole message lasted for just 1 minute and 45 seconds. The whole message is included here. the transmission is probably in Upper Side Band, but that could not be ascertained, since the frequency was shared with the broadcasting station from Cotonou/Benin (which is the French talk you can hear).

  5185 kHz (February 10, 1999, 16:30 UTC)
This station (or rather these stations) was (were) received by my friend Larsen from Germany, who told me the sound in the background sounds a lot like the Backwards Music Station (see in my "Numbers" section for a recording of this station) and I must agree with him. Though it would initially seem the language both men sounds like Czech, Larsen has now  (January 15, 2000) informed me that this is definitely Polish.
Is this a normal ship-to-shore communication? Why are they on this frequency, where the Backwards Music Station is known to broadcast?

  5740 kHz (January 13, 1999, 03:45 UTC)
All I heard from this station is approx. 15 minutes (from 03:30 UTC). The language sounded Middle-Eastern in a way, but I don't have as clue as to what station this is. There is however on the same frequency a jamming transmitter, which suggests this is a clandestine station broadcasting against one of the regimes in the region. The transmission broke off quite abruptly, as can be heard in the recording.

  6185 kHz (July 3, 1999, 18:13-approx 18:20 UTC)
I was just listening to this frequency in LSB, because I heard a very faint signal (probably in Arabic), when suddenly a carrier appeared with a pop tune, followed by an identification in a slavonic language (possibly Croatian or Serbian), identifying as Radio Zelija or something like that. A song followed in probably the same language, and than in less than 10 minutes the tranmitter just disappeared, and has not been heard until now (20:00 UTC on the same date).

6895 kHz (October 30, 1999, 09:30 UTC)
This station, sounding like a Cold War jammer, was first heard on October 28 and last on October 31, 1999 (around 08:00 UTC). The funny thing about it, is that underneath there was no station to be jammed (except some utility transmission for short periods). Another strange detail is that it was heard both in Australia, Europe and North America (both on the west and on the east coast) and moreover with a remarkable signal strength, though not at all moments of the day. Of course the "laws of physics" (as Dr. "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek used to say) still apply to propagation. Judging from the numerous reports for this station, one would think it originated from Eastern Europe, probably in a northern part (Northern Russia e.g.) and a suggestion has been made that it is of military origin.
Most of the time the signal was as in the middle part of the present recording. The only two exceptions I have heard were the high-pitched sounds in the beginning (which had begun a few seconds before I began recording) and the one hum near the end.

  8737 kHz (June 4, 1999, 16:40 UTC)
This is probably some kind of utility station, but due to the very weak signal, I was unable to identify it. The identification sounded like «Baltic Radio» and according to Michael Schaay's SW section of RAM (Dutch Radio Amateur Magazine) the frequency is being used by the Baltic Shipping Co. of St. Petersburg. But still..

  11247 kHz (May 12, 1999, 21:45 UTC)
This station gave meteorological information (of the type one hears from Shannon or Gander) in English for the region of the Adriatic Sea (e.g. for airports in Italy and for Split [Croatia]).