Saturday, August 29, 2009

ITU Monitoring Database Extract #7 (4500-4800)

4504.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4505.00 Fishermen J3E
4505.50 DHJ67 G.A.F. German J3E MIL
4511.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4511.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4518.50 LZW (VARNA R) A1A
4520.00 Sea Surv. Radar P0N
4520.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4521.00 RGO73 F1B 81 Bd
4525.00 ? F1B 100 Bd Reversals
4528.00 Mil J7D Link-11
4530.00 ? F1B Reversals
4530.00 Mil J7D Link-11
4530.00 ? F1B Reversals
4531.00 Mil J7D Link-11
4534.00 FDG2 J3E USB
4534.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4540.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4544.00 Mil J7D Link-11
4545.00 Fishermen J3E
4550.00 ? F1B 50 Bd
4553.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4555.20 GCG Cuxhaven F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4557.70 D Beacon A1A [MX cluster]
4557.80 P Beacon A1A [MX cluster]
4557.90 S Beacon A1A [MX cluster]
4558.00 "C" A1B [MX cluster]
4558.00 GTMN A1A Tac c/s
4558.10 A Beacon A1A [MX cluster]
4558.30 RLB27 R7B WTK 200
4559.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4559.98 YHF2 R3E USB [E10]
4560.00 TAH F1B
4560.00 YHF2 R3E USB [E10]
4560.00 RKR74 F1B
4560.00 YMA35 F1C
4560.00 TAH F1B 170Hz, 100Bd
4565.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4565.00 GXQ J7B
4566.40 CPK (Santa Cruz) F1B 100/200 Bd FSK/PSK
4566.40 VCT (GW, Tors Cove) F1B 100/200 Bd FSK/PSK
4567.00 Fishermen J3E
4578.00 IDN G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4578.10 IHJ21 J7B
4583.00 DDK2 (Hamburg) F1B 50/75 Bd ITA2 Meteo
4587.00 F1B
4591.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4601.40 GYA F1C WEATHER FAX
4601.50 22 F1B IRL-ARMY
4610.00 GYA22 F3C Northwood FAX
4616.00 BMF F3C Taipei Meteo FAX
4620.00 MKL AMCC Northwood J3E
4625.00 UZB76 B7D Data Modem
4633.50 D5PP A1A Tac c/s
4638.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4640.00 Fishermen J3E
4644.80 FUO G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4645.00 Tallinn Volmet J3E QRM by J2D
4645.00 FDE26 J7B STANAG
4648.00 SYN2 H3E [E10]
4650.00 Fishing J3E
4652.00 ? J7D Link-11
4658.70 Mil G7D 2400 STANAG 4285
4660.50 Fishing J3E Fisher Boats
4661.00 Fishing J3E Fisher boats
4663.00 Khabarovsk Meteo J3E
4664.00 Fishing J3E Fisher boats
4666.00 Fishermen J3E
4670.00 Fishing J3E
4670.00 Fishing? J9W Scrambled
4670.00 Fishing J3E Singing in Spanish
4670.00 Fishermen J3E Italian Language
4672.00 St Petersburg J3E
4675.00 TFW Iceland Radio SE H2B Selcal +1Hz
4675.00 Shanwick Radio J3E
4675.00 VFG Gander Radio J3E
4675.00 Bodo J3E
4680.00 ARINC J1D 1800 Bd ARINC HFDL
4680.00 Fishermen J3E
4700.00 I-1-F J3E
4703.00 Danish Air Force J3E
4703.00 German Air Force J3E MIL
4712.50 Mil F7B 100 Bd
4720.00 Fishing J3E Fish Boats
4721.00 Fishing J9W Scrambled
4724.00 AFA USAF Andrews J3E
4732.00 MKL F1B
4737.25 Fishing J3E
4742.00 Architect J3E UK Mil?
4742.00 1-M-V J3E MIL
4742.00 TaskCom J3E
4744.50 J??T - J3E MIL
4760.00 9-Y-I J3E MIL
4766.50 Fishing J3E
4767.00 Fishing J3E
4769.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4770.00 UDB F1B
4772.00 ? J7D Link-11
4774.00 Fishermen J3E
4775.03 FDY A1A
4780.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4784.00 TWL J7D MIL-188-141A ALE
4791.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4799.00 OZB3 A1A Tactical c/s Rus Mil

STS-128 Is On Orbit

3rd time is the charm. The BRV's should be heading in with the spent solid boosters any time now.

STS-128 WX Still Go

20 minutes left in the built in T-9 hold, still on schedule for a launch at 0359 UTC.

STS-128 On Schedule

The crew has entered the vehicle. Launch time remains 11:59 PM EDT (0359 UTC). Weather is, to quote NASA, "Trending in the wrong direction." Lots of popup thunderstorms, though so far none close enough to cause launch constraints.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Air Recon Taskings for 8/29

000
NOUS42 KNHC 281415
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NTIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1015 AM EDT FRI 28 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 29/1100Z TO 30/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-092

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. TROPICAL STORM DANNY
FLIGHT ONE - TEAL 70
A. 29/1800Z, 30/0000Z
B. AFXXX 1005A DANNY
C. 29/1430Z
D. 38.5N 72.5W
E. 29/1700Z TO 29/2330Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY.....NEGATIVE.

3. REMARKS: G-IV FLIGHT FOR 29/0000Z CANCELED
BY NHC AT 28/1130Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
JWP

STS-128 On Schedule

Tanking is going smoothly for tonight's launch of Discovery. Despite a rather threatening sky, the prediction is that weather will allow a 60% chance of launching. If so, the time is 11:59 PM EDT (0359 UTC).

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Air Recon Taskings for 8/27-28

000
NOUS42 KNHC 261745
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NTIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
0145 PM EDT WED 26 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 27/1100Z TO 28/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-090

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. TROPICAL STORM DANNY
FLIGHT ONE - TEAL 70
A. 27/1800Z
B. AFXXX 0505A DANNY
C. 27/1430Z
D. 27.4N 74.1W
E. 27/1700Z TO 27/2130Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT TWO - NOAA 49
A. 28/0000Z
B. NOAA9 0605A DANNY
C. 27/1730Z
D. NA
E. NA
F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

FLIGHT THREE - TEAL 71
A. 28/0600Z
B. AFXXX 0704A CYCLONE
C. 28/0230Z
D. 29.1N 74.8W
E. 28/0500Z TO 28/0930Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: 6-HRLY FIXES
BEGINNING AT 28/1800Z.

3. REMARKS: NOAA WILL CONTINUE FLYING RESEARCH MISSIONS
EVER 12 HRS ON DANNY THROUGH 28/0800Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
JWP


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000
NOUS42 KNHC 271415
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NTIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1015 AM EDT THU 27 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 28/1100Z TO 29/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-091

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. TROPICAL STORM DANNY
FLIGHT ONE - TEAL 70
A. 28/1800Z, 29/0000Z
B. AFXXX 0805A DANNY
C. 28/1515Z
D. 31.8N 74.4W
E. 28/1700Z TO 29/0001Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT TWO - NOAA 49
A. 29/0000Z
B. NOAA9 0905A DANNY
C. 28/1730Z
D. NA
E. NA
F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

FLIGHT THREE - TEAL 71
A. 29/0600Z, 1200Z
B. AFXXX 1005A CYCLONE
C. 29/0245Z
D. 35.1N 73.3W
E. 29/0500Z TO 29/1200Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: CONTINUE 6-HRLY FIXES.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
JWP

STS-128 Launch Set for 8/28, 0359 UTC

NASA is still trying to figure out what happened with the valve during tanking. The new launch target is just before midnight Friday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

STS-128 Scrubs Again

NASA has scrubbed today's STS-128 launch for a bad valve found during tanking. No new launch target has been set, pending review of the situation.

Presumably a 24-hour turnaround would put it around 12:50 AM EDT on Thursday, but that's all speculation on my part. Nothing has been announced.

STS-128 Is Go for Tanking

Mission Management Team has decided to try, try again. Today's weather has a 70% chance of allowing launch at 1:10 AM EDT on Wednesday (0510 UTC). 10780 and 6751 kHz USB will be worth checking as we get closer.

ITU Monitoring Database Extract #6 (4300-4500)

4304.20 Mil G7D STANAG 4285 in bursts
4306.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4307.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4312.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4312.00 (OSN54) G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4316.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4317.90 DHS US COAST GUARD F1C Meteo Fax 120 RPM
4319.12 P F1A shift 250 Hz
4322.00 MGJ Faslane F1B
4322.00 MGJ J7B
4322.01 GYA F1B
4325.00 FUE (Brest) F1B 50 Bd
4325.78 R A1A Bcn?
4330.00 4XZ (Haifa) A1A
4331.00 4XZ (Haifa) A1A Morse
4338.00 FUE (Brest) F1B 50 Bd
4338.00 LFI Rogaland F1B
4347.00 No C/S given (SAB) F1B GW 200Hz 100Bd
4347.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4347.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4352.40 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4353.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4355.70 Unid J3E
4363.00 Fishermen J3E
4363.00 3AC Monaco Radio J3E
4369.00 WLO Mobile J3E Patch?
4370.00 Unidentified J1B piccolo
4372.00 ZAV Vlorë Radio J3E
4373.00 Unidentified J3E LSB in russian
4376.00 DKNS A1A Tac c/s
4376.40 No C/S given (8PO) F1B GlobeW. 200Hz 100Bd
4380.00 Izmail R. J3E Btwn 2 chan.
4380.00 Fishermen J3E
4380.00 No C/S J3E in russian
4384.00 Unidentified J3E Simplex in french
4387.00 RMP Kaliningrad A1A Cw
4388.00 "Paul" J3E Spx (local lang.)
4388.00 Unidentified J3E In english
4390.00 J3E in russian
4392.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4403.40 ? G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4411.00 Murmansk R. J3E in Russian
4411.00 Russia J7D IDLING MS5
4419.00 Unidentified J3E Simplex in Dutch
4421.00 MVH5 A1A Tac c/s
4424.40 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4426.00 Canadian CG J3E St Johns Coast Guard
4430.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4438.00 J7D MS5
4438.81 ? F1B ARQ
4447.00 SNN299 F1B 75 Baud
4450.00 RTV2 F1B 75 Baud
4455.80 FUB F1B 220 Baud
4455.80 ? F1B ARQ-E Betas
4456.00 Unid A1A Number Groups
4458.00 F1B 40.5 Bd
4460.00 Fishermen J3E
4461.00 FTJ2 H3E [E10]
4465.00 RLA55 F7B 50 Baud
4466.00 F1B 50 Bd
4466.70 Mil G7D 2400 Baud Data Modem
4469.00 Mil J7D Link-11
4475.00 ? F1B 50 Bd Reversals
4476.00 P A1A [MX]
4479.98 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4480.00 Fishermen J3E
4480.00 ? J7D MS5
4483.20 SVJ4 F1C Meteo Fax
4487.40 ? G1D Simplex Network
4490.00 ? F1B 100 Bd Reversals

STS-128 Scrubs

BRD just announced on 6751 USB that tonight's launch has scrubbed due to persistent bad weather. Next opportunity is 0110 EDT (0510 UTC) on Wednesday, September 26.

KSC Weather Now No-Go

Someone wasn't crossing their fingers. A storm cell has popped up right over Cape Canaveral, putting KSC on lightning alert and creating a red condition for launch.

We'll just all have to wait another couple of hours and see what happens.

Meanwhile, BRD (Booster Recovery Director) is making periodic comm checks with Freedom Star and Liberty star on 6751 USB.

Weather Now Green for STS-128 Launch

At approximately 0249 UTC, the dissipation of the thunder clouds made it possible for the meteorology office to clear all weather constraints on launch. Cross fingers, toes, and whatever else you have.

STS-128 Keeps On Truckin'

Count remains on schedule.

Both Booster Recovery Vessels, Freedom Star and Liberty Star, are now doing periodic checks with Cape Radio on 6751 kHz USB.

STS-128 Still On Schedule

The crew just left the building and boarded the shiny Airstream motor home ("Astrovan") for the trip to the pad. Lightning is go at present but the proximity of anvil-top clouds still precludes launch.

These are expected to dissipate by 1:36 AM. Weather is still predicted to be 80% favorable for launch.

I'm hearing Cape Radio on 10780 USB right this second, doing radio checks with Freedom Star. He was just sent to 6751 USB.

Freedom Star (Booster Recovery Vessel) is loud and clear on 6751, working Cape Radio which is also lima-charlie.

Monday, August 24, 2009

STS-128 Begins Tanking

Weather has permitted the fast filling of Discovery's huge external tank. Launch count remains on schedule. Check the usual frequencies such as 10780 and 5711 kHz USB for downrange and booster recovery activities.

STS-128 Count Continues

Discovery remains on schedule for a launch tonight. It's an ISS mission, so there is the usual short launch window, with a target time of 1:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time. That's 0536 UTC.

Tanking begins this afternoon, lightning permitting. Since the launch is in the middle of the night, Florida's famous summer lightning is less likely. Weather is predicted to be 80 per cent "go."

Sunday, August 23, 2009

ITU Monitoring Database Extract #5 (4000-4300)

4000.00 Fishermen J3E French Language
4001.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4005.00 Mil F1B 50 Bd
4005.04 ? A1A CW
4008.00 Fishermen J3E
4012.00 Fishermen ? J3E
4012.00 ? F1B 50 Bd
4014.00 R7B
4016.00 ? J3E
4017.00 ? F1B 75 Bd Secure
4017.35 G7D
4020.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4020.00 UVG5 F1B 50 Baud Reversals
4021.00 5ROP [Tac c/s] A1B "XDCJ DE 5ROP SK"
4022.00 Fishermen J3E
4022.00 IDR F1B Italy
4025.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4030.00 Russian Mil J7D 120 Bd MS5
4031.00 "P" A1B [MX]
4031.00 ? J3E Italian Language
4034.00 F1B 50
4040.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4042.00 Mil? F1B 75 Bd
4043.00 Mil? F1B 50 Bd
4044.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4050.00 Mil? F1B 50 Bd
4050.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4051.00 P F1B
4055.00 Russian Mil J7D 120 Bd MS5
4057.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4065.00 Fishermen J3E
4067.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd
4069.80 G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4071.00 Fishermen J3E
4074.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4075.40 Mil F1B 75 Bd
4079.00 RMP A1A Russian CW
4080.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4080.00 Mil J7D 120 Bd MS5
4084.00 Mil J3E
4084.40 Mil F1B Secure
4084.80 ? G7D 2400 Bd
4086.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4090.00 Fishermen J3E
4093.40 ? G7D 2400 Bd
4094.36 ? F1B 100 Bd Secure
4095.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4098.30 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4109.00 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
4110.00 Russian Fishermen J3E
4114.40 ? G7D 2400 Bd
4115.60 IDR J3E J2D, 3K00
4117.40 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4128.00 French Fishermen J3E
4135.00 Fishermen J3E
4140.00 French Fishermen J3E
4154.50 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4157.00 Mil J3E Arabic
4161.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd Data Modem
4166.50 Unid F1B 100/200 FSK/PSK
4185.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4188.50 Ship To (HLF) F1B 100/200 Bd FSK/PSK
4194.50 Ship F1B 200 Bd
4197.00 ? F1B 75 Bd Secure
4199.00 ? J7D 120 Bd
4200.00 Fishermen J3E
4202.97 ? F1B 40.5 Bd RTTY
4205.00 ? G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4206.00 PY 14 / ?PZA J3E
4207.50 219 1000 Lyngby R. F1D DSC
4207.50 366 9995 CAMSLANT F1D DSC
4207.50 366 9998 New Orleans F1D DSC
4207.50 271 1000 Istanbul F1D DSC
4207.50 366 9997 Miami F1D DSC
4207.50 366 9991 Boston F1D DSC
4207.51 237 1000 Olympia R. F1D DSC
4208.00 Unidentified J3E In Russian; DSC band
4210.50 UFZ F1B
4210.50 UFL F1B
4210.50 TAH (ISTANBUL) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE B
4210.50 A9M (HAMALA) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4210.50 IAR (ROMA) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4212.00 IDR3I/IDR2I F1B
4212.00 UGC (ST PETERSBURG) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4212.00 UDB (KHOLMSK) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4212.50 XSV F1B
4212.92 WLO Mobile F1B TOR 170Hz 100Bd
4213.50 NOJ F1B
4213.50 IDR3I F1B
4214.00 IGJ/IDR Roma F1B Baudot 850Hz 75Bd
4214.50 CBV F1B
4215.00 XSG F1B
4216.00 TAH (ISTANBUL) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4216.00 XSG (SHANGHAI RADIO) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4217.00 UFH F1B
4218.50 LZW (VARNA) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4218.50 XSG Shanghai R. F1B
4219.00 TAH (ISTANBUL) F1B 100 Bd SITOR MODE A
4223.00 Mil F1B 100 Bd
4225.00 No C/S given (WNU) F1B GlobeWireless [Mkr]
4227.00 IGJ J7D
4227.00 IDR8 (ROMA) G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4230.00 PBC94 J7D
4230.00 Unid G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4233.80 RFLIE G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4234.96 NMF Boston F1C Fax 120rpm IOC 576
4238.00 VTP Visakhapatnam A1A Indian Ny
4240.20 G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4242.00 Unid J3E Spx in english
4243.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd
4243.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
4243.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd
4244.00 DAO4A (Kiel) F1B 100 Bd GlobalLink
4250.00 CIT A2A 392Hz
4250.50 HEB24 Bern F1B GlobalLinkNtwk
4251.00 French Fishermen J3E
4255.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4259.00 No C/S given (SAB) F1B GlobeWireless, Goteborg
4259.00 XSG A1A
4262.00 No C/S given (LFI) F1B Globe Wireless, Rogaland
4262.00 HEC/LFI/9MG Berne R F1B GlobaLink
4262.00 No C/S given (LFI) F1B Globe Wireless, Rogaland
4265.20 DAO Kiel Mail F1B GlobalLinkNtwk
4267.90 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4270.00 PCD2 H3E [E10]
4270.85 CFH (Halifax) F1C Meteo FAX 120 RPM
4271.00 Halifax R. F1B Baudot 800Hz 75Bd
4279.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4280.00 PBB Den Helder F1B Baudot 850Hz 75Bd
4280.00 PBC34 Goree Island F1B Baudot 850Hz 75Bd
4282.96 XSV Tianjin R. A1A QSA
4283.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4286.00 Beacon? A1A Repeated H
4290.40 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
4296.80 FUE (Brest) G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285

Friday, August 21, 2009

Air Recon Taskings for Saturday 8/22

000
NOUS42 KNHC 211430
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1030 AM EDT FRI 21 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 22/1100Z TO 23/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-085

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. HURRICANE BILL
FLIGHT ONE -- TEAL 71
A. 22/1800Z
B. AFXXX 1203A BILL
C. 22/1200Z
D. 34.6N 68.8W
E. 22/1600Z TO 22/2030Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT TWO -- TEAL 72
A. 23/0600Z, 1200Z
B. AFXXX 1303A BILL
C. 23/0400Z
D. 38.6N 67.6W
E. 23/0530Z TO 23/1200Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: A FIX AT 23/1800Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
JWP
5

ITU Monitoring Database Extract #4 (80M Utility)

Keep in mind that various portions of the 75/80 meter band are shared in much of the world, and so most of these utilities are probably not "intruders" to the amateur spectrum. The band gets especially heavy utility use in Europe.

3500.00 "2016" J7D ALE
3530.00 Russian Navy F1B Idles 36.6/50 Bd
3532.00 Mil B7D Link-11
3553.80 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3555.00 Fishermen J3E
3555.80 Mil F1B 149.55 Bd ARQ
3560.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
3572.00 PDK33 G1D 4 Phase QPSK DGPS
3578.96 DK0WCY (Kiel) A1B AT Propagation Beacon
3593.70 D Beacon A1A Morse [MX]
3593.90 S Beacon A1A Morse [MX]
3608.00 ? F1B 50 Bd RTTY
3626.50 FDI22 F1B 50 Bd ITA2
3676.00 ? F1B Secure
3681.00 Mil A1A 5 LTR GPS
3688.00 Mil A1A
3690.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
3699.50 P Beacon A1A CW Marker
3699.50 Mil? F1B 50 Bd
3699.50 P A1A CW [MX]
3705.00 ? A1A Letters
3712.00 Mil B7D Link-11
3731.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3736.00 Russia? J7D 120 Bd MS5
3756.00 The 'Pip' A2X Status Monitor [XT/S30]
3764.40 PBB F1B
3764.41 PBH F1B
3764.42 PBA F1B
3772.00 P Beacon A1A Russian Mil
3782.00 CTP (Ories) F1B 75 Bd ITA2
3787.50 FDI22 F1B 50 Bd ITA2
3800.00 Fishermen J3E
3802.50 Mil J7D 125 Bd (ALE?)
3811.00 ZMLG A1A Mil CW
3813.00 Fishermen J3E
3813.50 ? B7D 75 Bd
3814.49 FDI22 (Narbonne) F1B 50 Bd ITA2
3815.00 Mil G7D 44.44 Bd 39 TONE
3822.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3824.00 ? J7D 120 Bd
3824.50 ? J7D 120 Bd MS5
3825.00 Dutch Fishermen J3E North Sea
3831.00 Cyrano J3E
3840.00 YHF R3E [E10]
3843.00 Dutch Fishermen J3E North Sea
3843.80 Fishing? F1B 100 Bd Secure
3843.81 ? F1B 46.2 Bd
3855.00 DDH3 (Hamburg) F1C Meteo Fax 120RPM
3857.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3864.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3870.00 Mil G7D STANAG 4285
3881.04 FAV22 A1A French Morse Practice
3890.00 UQB A1A Russia
3894.00 RFI A1A Russia
3898.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3900.00 Reykjavik J7D HFDL 1800 Bd
3902.00 Fishermen J3E
3905.00 Spanish Fisherman J3E
3906.50 ? F1B 100 Bd
3916.50 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3955.00 HCJB A3E Ecuador

ITU Monitoring Database Extract #3

These extracts are maybe a tenth of the information in the ITU monitoring database, which is copyright and way too big for this blog anyway. Some of the monitoring stations are better than others, and some of the information is just plain wrong.

I pass along the stuff I find interesting as someone's educated guess, not as the absolute truth.

The sheer bulk of this and any other attempts that have been made at logging everything found on HF should permanently destroy the myth that "There's nothing left on short wave utility."

3340.00 RIO4 F1B
3340.02 UZC2 F1B Call sign in F1A
3361.50 FTJ2 H3E [E10]
3366.00 ? F1B 50 Bd Revs
3386.00 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3412.95 Shannon Volmet R3E
3413.00 Shannon Radio J3E VOLMET
3420.00 Fishermen J9W Scrambled Speech
3435.50 Fishing J3E
3458.00 ? J3E Russian Language
3465.00 French Pirate J3E Non-Conformity RR5
3470.00 Fishing? J9W Scrambled Speech
3475.00 Spanish Fishermen J3E
3476.00 Shanwick Radio J3E Clg Gander
3485.00 VFG J3E Gander VOLMET
3485.00 WSY 70 J3E New York VOLMET
3487.00 Fishermen J3E
3494.00 Stockholm Radio J3E LDOC

Awesome Photo of Bill from ISS

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/e20_bill.html

Air Recon Taskings for Friday 8/21

000
NOUS42 KNHC 201530
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1130 AM EDT THU 20 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 21/1100Z TO 22/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-084

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. HURRICANE BILL
FLIGHT ONE -- TEAL 74
A. 21/1200Z
B. AFXXX 0803A BILL
C. 21/0645Z
D. BUOY DROP MISSION
E. 21/1000Z TO 21/1500Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT TWO -- TEAL 72
A. 21/1800Z
B. AFXXX 0903A BILL
C. 21/1330Z
D. 27.8N 66.5W
E. 21/1600Z TO 21/2130Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT THREE -- NOAA 49
A. 22/0000Z
B. NOAA9 1003A BILL
C. 21/1730Z
D. NA
E. NA
F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

FLIGHT FOUR -- TEAL 70
A. 22/0600Z
B. AFXXX 1103A BILL
C. 22/0100Z
D. 30.8N 68.1W
E. 22/0400Z TO 22/0830Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: CONTINUE 12 HRLY FIXES.
A POSSIBLE G-IV MISSION FOR 23/0000Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
JWP

Thursday, August 20, 2009

ITU Monitoring Database Extract #2

Last one for a bit - it takes time formatting this stuff (so Blogger can strip it again).

3230.0 Unid G1D 200 Bd PSK
3232.0 Sardinia G1D 100 Bd BPSK
3234.0 RMP A1A Russia
3239.81 Unid F1B 50 Bd RTTY
3250.15 Unid G1D 100 Bd MSK
3252.5 Unid J7D 120 Bd MS5
3259.8 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3261.0 Unid A1A CW
3264.4 Unid J2D SAB, Globe Wireless, Goteborg
3264.4 Unid F1B SAB, channel marker
3267.0 Unid A3E Hispanic language
3269.0 Fishermen J3E
3270.0 MIW2 H3E E10
3270.0 ULX2 H3E E10
3270.8 Unid J7B Poss. Jammer
3272.0 Unid A3E Non-conformity rr.5
3276.0 Mil A1A CW Tactical c/s
3279.0 Unid A1A CW 5ltr gps
3282.0 Unid J3E 2 Males, German Language
3282.0 Unid F1B 50 Bd reversals
3287.0 Unid A1A CW
3289.0 GFA21 G7D STANAG 4285
3292.0 Unid F1B 75 Bd RTTY
3293.15 Unid G7D
3296.0 ? F1B 50 Bd RTTY
3296.0 Unid J3E Pirate?
3298.81 Unid F1B 86 Bd ARQ-E CRC4
3299.99 Unid F1B 50 Bd
3300.0 RUU76 F1B
3300.0 EUH87 F1B 100 BAUDS
3302.8 Mil G7D 2400 BD STANAG 4285
3305.1 Mil? G7D
3307.9 ? J7B
3308.0 Mil G7D 2400 BD STANAG 4285
3312.0 Unid F1B
3312.0 Mil J7D Link-11
3315.0 Unid A3E
3316.0 ? F1B
3319.0 * J7D Link-11
3319.99 Unid A3E
3328.8 TPN3 G1D 100 Bd DPSK
3330.0 CHU R3E Canadian Time Standard
3331.2 ? G1D 100 Bd DPSK
3332.2 Unid F1B Globe Wireless
3333.0 Fishermen J3E 2 males
3334.0 ? J9W Scrambled Speech
3334.0 F1B
3334.97 Unidentified A3E
3335.0 G7D
3335.0 Fishermen J3E
3335.0 Radio East Sepik R3E Pidgin
3336.0 Fishermen J3E
3336.94 Unid A1A
3339.0 LDBO A1A CW Tactical C/S
3340.0 RIO4 F1B Russian
3340.02 UZC2 F1B Call sign in F1A
3341.0 Unid A1A Mil CW
3341.0 Unid J3E Voice

ITU Monitoring Database Extract #1

This is the first in an irregular series of extracts from the International Telecommunication Union monitoring database.

This database, distributed in .dbf and .pdf formats, is a list of HF receptions by several participating monitoring stations. There are many thousands of intercepts logged here, some more reliable than others. If nothing else, they debunk the myth that "There's nothing left on HF."

Nothing had been posted from this program since April of this year. This changed on August 18, when more of 2009 was added. The full data is available at the ITU Monitoring site.

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Freq...Traffic........Mode..Remarks

2870.0 Spanish Fishermen J3E 2 Males
2872.0 Gander/Shanwick J3E Aero
2899.0 Gander/Shanwick J3E Aero
2946.0 Fishermen J3E 2 Males
2962.0 Santa Maria J3E Aero
2967.0 Fishermen J9W Scrambled speech
2971.0 Shanwick radio J3E
3000.0 Unid J3E Fishermen?
3013.5 Fishermen J3E Spanish language
3015.0 Fishermen J3E Dutch language
3016.0 Shanwick Radio J3E Aero
3016.0 New York Radio J3E Aero
3016.0 Santa Maria Radio J3E Aero
3052.0 Unid A1A
3055.0 Fishermen J3E
3066.0 Mil J7D Link-11
3108.0 Unid J3E Russian language
3116.0 Unid J3E Russian language
3140.0 Fishermen J3E
3145.0 Fishermen J3E
3150.0 Israeli Intelligence PCD H3E E10
3150.0 French Fishermen J3E French language
3150.0 H3E Clandestine
3156.01 Unidentified A1A CW
3159.5 Unid F1B 100/200 Bd FSK/PSK
3163.0 Unid J7D 120 Bd MS5
3166.0 ? J9W Scrambled Speech
3174.96 Unid F1B 96 Bd
3182.0 ? J9W Scrambled Speech
3184.0 Unid G7X
3194.0 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3223.0 Mil G7D 2400 Bd STANAG 4285
3224.0 Mil F1B 75 Bd RTTY
3226.0 XPK G1D 125 Bd ALE
3226.0 OYA25 A2B

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hurricane Bill Advisory #18 [Bill is HUGE!]

000
WTNT33 KNHC 192030
TCPAT3
BULLETIN
HURRICANE BILL ADVISORY NUMBER 18
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL032009
500 PM AST WED AUG 19 2009

...BILL REMAINS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE...NOW MOVING NORTHWESTWARD...

INTERESTS IN THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BERMUDA SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF BILL.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED STATES...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.

AT 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BILL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 57.6 WEST OR ABOUT 335 MILES... 535 KM...NORTHEAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND ABOUT 970 MILES...1565 KM...SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.

BILL IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH...32 KM/HR...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO WITH A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST FORECAST BY LATE FRIDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 135 MPH...215 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. BILL IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

BILL IS A LARGE TROPICAL CYCLONE. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 85 MILES...140 KM...FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 230 MILES...370 KM.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT WAS 947 MB...27.96 INCHES.

LARGE SWELLS ASSOCIATED WITH BILL WILL BE IMPACTING THE ISLANDS OF THE NORTHEAST CARIBBEAN SEA DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. LARGE SWELLS ASSOCIATED WITH BILL SHOULD ALSO BEGIN TO AFFECT BERMUDA AND PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN COAST OF THE UNITED STATES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

...SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST INFORMATION...
LOCATION...19.8N 57.6W
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...135 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NORTHWEST OR 305 DEGREES AT 20 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...947 MB

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 1100 PM AST.

$$
FORECASTER BLAKE

Air Recon Taskings for Thursday 8/20

000
NOUS42 KNHC 191500
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1100 AM EDT WED 19 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 20/1100Z TO 21/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-083

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. HURRICANE BILL
FLIGHT ONE -- TEAL 70
A. 20/1800Z
B. AFXXX 0403A BILL
C. 20/1430Z
D. 22.5N 62.0W
E. 20/1600Z TO 20/2030Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT TWO -- NOAA 49
A. 21/0000Z
B. NOAA9 0503A BILL
C. 20/1730Z
D. NA
E. NA
F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

FLIGHT THREE -- TEAL 73
A. 21/0000Z
B. AFXXX 0603A BILL
C. 20/1730Z
D. NA
E. NA
F. 24,000 TO 30,000 FT

FLIGHT FOUR -- TEAL 71
A. 21/0600Z
B. AFXXX 0703A BILL
C. 21/0200Z
D. 24.4N 64.4W
E. 20/0400Z TO 20/0830Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: CONTINUE 12 HRLY FIXES.
A POSSIBLE G-IV MISSION FOR 22/0000Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
JWP

STS-128 Launch Set for 8/25, 0536 UTC

The Discovery launch target is early morning on August 25, less than a week from today.

NASA has determined after study of the foam shedding problems on the External Tank that the vehicle is safe to fly. One open issue remains, but the electronic unit involved has been replaced and tested, and the issue will most likely close on the 23rd.

This is another mission to the ISS. It will last 13 days and deliver equipment and supplies.

Participants are:

CDR: Rick Sturckow
PLT: Kevin Ford
MS: Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez, Danny Olivas, Christer Fuglesang (ESA)
ISS Crew: Nicole Stott.

Stott is replacing Tim Kopra, who is finishing his ISS mission. He will return home on Discovery.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Air Recon Taskings for Tuesday/ Wednesday

53rd Weather Recon "Hurricane Hunters" are flying two missions a day into Bill, which is now a high Category 2. Ana taskings have been canceled. NOAA's P-3 and Gulfstream IV are beginning frequent research flights into Bill.

TEAL aircraft are often heard on US Air Force HF-GCS, and also making morale or logistical patches on Air Force MARS (13927 kHz USB).

NOAA uses normal civil aircraft frequencies for oceanic air control. Their Gulfstream IV flies at 45,000 feet, while the NOAA P-3 and 53rd WRS WC-130Js operate at 10,000.

Here are the two latest TCPODs (Tropical Cyclone Plans Of the Day):

000
NOUS42 KNHC 181530
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1130 AM EDT TUE 18 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 19/1100Z TO 20/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-082

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. HURRICANE BILL
FLIGHT ONE -- TEAL 71
A. 19/1800Z
B. AFXXX 0203A BILL
C. 19/1530Z
D. 18.8N 56.5W
E. 19/1700Z TO 19/2130Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT TWO -- TEAL 72
A. 20/0600Z
B. AFXXX 0303A BILL
C. 20/0400Z
D. 20.6N 59.0W
E. 19/0500Z TO 19/0930Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: A FIX AT 20/1800Z

3. REMARKS:
A. AN 18/1800Z TASKING ON BILL WAS ADDED.
B. THE P-3 AND THE G-IV WILL FLY FOUR MORE TWO-PLANE RESEARCH MISSIONS INTO BILL DEPARTING FROM TBPB [Grantley Adams Airport, Barbados] AT 18/2000Z, 19/0800Z, 19/2000Z, AND 20/0800Z.
C. 18/0000Z, 0600Z, AND 1200Z TASKING REQUIREMENTS FOR ANA WERE CANCELED BY NHC AT 17/2010Z.
D. 18/1800Z, 19/0000, 19/0600Z AND 19/1200Z TASKING ON ANA CANCELED AT 18/1110Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
SEF/JWP

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000
NOUS42 KNHC 171545
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1145 AM EDT MON 17 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 18/1100Z TO 19/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-081

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. TROPICAL DEPRESSION ANA
FLIGHT ONE -- TEAL 70
A. 18/1800Z,19/0000Z
B. AFXXX 0402A ANA
C. 18/1500Z
D. 21.5N 75.0W
E. 18/1700Z TO 19/0000Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT TWO -- TEAL 71
A. 19/0600Z,1200Z
B. AFXXX 0502A ANA
C. 19/0200Z
D. 23.0N 78.0W
E. 19/0500Z TO 19/1200Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: POSSIBLE 3-HRLY FIXES 0N ANA BEGINNING AT 19/1500Z. A FIX AT 19/1800Z AND 20/0600Z ON HURRICANE BILL.

3. REMARKS: NOAA WILL BEGIN FLYING 5 RESEARCH MISSIONS IN A ROW ON HURRICANE BILL AT 18/0800Z WITH THE P-3 AND G-IV. TAKEOFFS WILL BE EVERY 12 HOURS.


II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
JWP/SEF

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hurricane Time!

After a slow start, three named storms popped up in a two day period. Ana is pretty much gone, Claudette is now a depression causing heavy rain in the Southeastern US, and Bill is a rapidly strengthening hurricane. Bill's the one we have to watch.

The Hurricane Frequency List is under revision. There won't be major changes this year.