UTILITY STATIONS

"Architect", UK (4742 kHz, December 24, 1998, 17:00 UTC)

Athena Radio, Greece
(Maritime Radio Telephone Service)(1965) -JdR-
And a more recent recording (8734 kHz, February 13, 2000, 18:42 UTC)

Bangkok Radio, Thailand
(8743 kHz, February 27, 1999)
    Part of this recording consists of the signature tune of this maritime station, because this often is the only recognizable part of the transmission. There is a voice identification in English from minute 2, if you listen very carefully...
     

British Post Office Point to Point Radio Telephone Network, London, United Kingdom
(1965) -JdR-

CHU, Canada
- Standard Time Station (14670 kHz, April 13, 1998, 01:45 UTC)

Cross Corsen
, France - Maritime Station (2677 kHz, December 13, 1998 23:05 UTC)
Antoine Rouhan helped me identify this station. It was broadcasting meteorological information for the North Sea, from "MétéoFrance, Toulouse". I have edited the complete transmission, which lasted approximately 3 minutes, so that both the beginning and the end are in this recording. The central part has been cut out. Merci Antoine!.

Cyprus Radio
(Maritime Service) (8737 kHz, June 4, 1999, 16:40)
With thanks to Michiel Schaay for helping me identify this station.

DCF77
- Standard Time Station, Mainflingen/Germany (77.5 kHz, August 26, 1999, 13:14 UTC)
     

Gander Radio, Canada
(meteorological information) (10051 kHz, May 12, 1999, 21:30 UTC)

Genua Radio, Italy
- Maritime station (2182 kHz, December 11, 1998, 2035 UTC)

Göteborg Radio, Sweden
(maritime service) (11,212 kHz, 1965) -JdR-

Hellenic Telecommunication Organisation, Greece
(1965) -JdR-

Kiev Meteo (2941 kHz, October 14, 2000, 23:24 UTC)

Moskva Meteo
(11297 kHz, January 5, 1998, 13:18 UTC)

MSF - Standard Time Station
, Teddington (Middlesex)/G.B. (60 kHz, August 26, 1999, 13:16 UTC)
     

Netherlands Coast Guard
(3673 kHz, April 6, 1999, 11:30 UTC)
The Dutch Coast Guard took over the short wave services of Radio Scheveningen, after their closure on December 31, 1998 (see below).

Oostende Radio
, Belgium (2761 kHz, June 23, 1999, 20:50 UTC)
As far as I know, this frequency is only used for transmitting "Security" messages at odd times. This recording is one of these messages, both in English and Dutch (Flemish).

RAF Volmet
- Meteorological information for the Royal Air Force (5450 kHz, May 8, 1998, 05:32 UTC)

Reykjavik Radio (8743 kHz, February 27, 2000, 22:40 UTC)
     

Roma Radio, Italy
(Maritime Radio Telephone Services) (1965) -JdR-

Rostov Meteo
(11297 kHz, January 5, 1998, 13:30 UTC)

Scheveningen Radio
, Netherlands - Maritime station (2824 kHz, December 11, 1998, 22:05 UTC)
In this message it is also announced that Scheveningen Radio will down definitively on December 31, 1998, at 16:00 local time, i.e. 15:00 UTC)

Seoul Radio, Korea (South) (8725 kHz, September 5, 2000, 20:10 UTC)

Szczecin Radio
, Poland - Maritime station (8746 kHz, May 1, 1999, 13:57 UTC)

Shannon Volmet
International meteorological information for civil aviation from Shannon Airport. (8957 kHz, December 5, 1998, 17:40 UTC)

St. Lys Radio, France
(maritime service) (1965) -JdR-

St. Petersburg Meteo
(11297 kHz, January 5, 1998, 13:38 UTC)

Tallin Volmet
(Estonia) - Meteorological information for the local airport (4645 kHz, December 14, 1998, 01:05 UTC)
From the first time I have heard this station (this present recording) all I have heard them transmitting is a non-stop repeated recording of approximately one minute, which only changes every now and again -obviously in connection with meteorological changes. This recording is the entire message as transmitted at the time of reception. I never actually succeeded in actually identifying the station, but fortunately an expert in the field was able to identify it for me (thank you, Ary). Information obtained later has told me that this station transmits so-called ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) messages: the information is composed entirely by a computer.

US Air Force High Frequency Global System
(11244 kHz, December 23, 1998, 22:05 UTC)
I'm afraid this is not a Utility Station, properly said, but, well, it's a signal that one may encounter on Short Wave. The message reproduced here is an EAM (Emergency Action Message) as I was informed by two friends. According to one of them these messages "are thought  to be able to convey anything from a simple command message to a specific nuclear war option". The messages are being transmitted by transmitters at various locations, which explains both the fact that two voices (male and female in this instance) gave the same message, and the "echo" on the female voice.

Valencia Radio, Spain
- Maritime station (2182 kHz, December 11, 1998, 21:15 UTC)

WWV
(15,000 kHz, 1969)
This station is being operated by the National Bureau of Standards and transmits from Boulder, Colorado; They also have a station in Hawaii (WWVH). The station transmits time signals and technical information about propagation, and at the same time serves as a very precise instrument for calibrating transmitting frequencies. It transmits on 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, 15,000 and 25,000 kHz. Reception usually was very weak in Europe, as can be heard from this recording.
As I had been wondering whether the station is still active (as the World Radio TV Handbook for 1998 doesn't mention them in their listings) I was very pleased when today (December 19, 1998) I was informed (Thank you, Tom) that WWV and WWVH are still active on 2.5, 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz, and that at their website you can find lots of useful information and a virtual tour of the WWV transmitter site.
This is another recording of this station, so that you can allow what it sounds like these days
(15,000 kHz, July 18, 1999, 02:30 UTC).

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