Saturday, September 03, 2016

International Call Sign Handbook e-book now available at Amazon

Ask any radio monitor what information they consider important during any monitoring session, and usually two items will top their list: frequencies and call signs. If you can hear activity on a particular frequency, unless you can fully identify the participants transmitting on that frequency, you can’t fully appreciate or document the traffic you are hearing.
With millions of radio stations furnishing a variety of communication services throughout the world, it is necessary that their transmissions carry distinctive call signs or identifiers. Call signs have a four-fold purpose: They may identify the nationality of the station, the agency operating a particular station, the type of station, and the identity of each individual station being heard on the monitored frequency.
The need for station identifications/call signs can easily be illustrated here in the United States, which leads all other countries in the use of the radio spectrum, that now has some 85 different kinds of radio services operated by the government, military and civilians entities, providing air, sea, land and space communication services. There are hundreds of thousands of stations on the air and call signs and other forms of identification help the radio monitor sort through the various stations that are heard.
A call sign is defined as any combination of alphanumeric characters or phonetically pronounceable characters (trigraph), which identifies a communications facility, a command, an authority, an activity or unit. To aid the radio monitor in their listening endeavors, the International Call Sign Handbook series of books/e-books has been published.
Teak Publishing is pleased to announce their latest Kindle e-book -- the fourth edition of International Call Sign Handbook by Amazon Bestselling author Larry Van Horn, N5FPW. This e-book represents the most comprehensive collection of military and government station identifications ever published for the radio listening hobby. It is the result of year’s research, study and monitoring the HF/VHF/UHF radio spectrum, by the author. Many different radio monitoring disciplines have been used to compile the listings in this book. If you monitor the HF, VHF or UHF radio spectrum, there is something in this book for you.
The information presented in this book has also been gathered through personal correspondence, material published in the former Monitoring Times magazine, various radio publications, newsletters, public domain government and private internet web sites, but most have been gathered the old fashioned way via on-the-air monitoring. In addition, we have received generous support and contributions from many individuals in the radio hobby.
In addition to international and military/government tactical call signs, other types of identifiers such as Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) and Mode-S aircraft addresses have been included in this e-book. There is a chapter that had basic introductory material, as well as chapters devoted to call sign / words used by the Department of Defense including the US. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. There are sections that cover the various Military Auxiliary Radio Services and the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol auxiliary service.
There is also a chapter that covers call signs and ALE identifiers for the U.S. Coast Guard service. Sections in that chapter include a Coast Guard aircraft fleet list, miscellaneous U.S. coast guard calls, and also their international call signs.
Another large chapter covers various U.S. Government call signs. Sections in this chapter include the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol COTHEN radio system and ALE address list, plus call signs from the following department and agencies - Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Communications Commission, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), General Services Administration (GSA), Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD), Miscellaneous Listings, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Communications System (NCS), and U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) service.
One of the larger chapters is devoted to an international / worldwide call signs list. We have a sampling of government and military call signs from 75 counties and international agencies.
The latest craze in aircraft military is decoding Mode-S/ICAO24 radio signals and is included in this book. Our list in this edition covers primarily government / military aircraft and introductory material on Mode-S monitoring.
The last chapter of this book contains a large list of resource information, useful in interpreting the individual entries listed in the book. Sections on U.S. Navy ship/squadron classifications; U.S. Coast Guard cutter designators; a massive list of abbreviations and acronyms that appear in the book; a comprehensive country abbreviation list; and the latest Table of Allocations of International Call signs from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are included in the last chapter on the e-book.
The Teak Publishing 4th International Call Sign Handbook is now available for purchase worldwide from at
The price for this e-Book edition is US$6.99. This book is being released internationally. Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order the e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular website.
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For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (, The Btown Monitor Post ( and The Shortwave Central ( for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.
Information on other publications by the author is available on the author’s page at Amazon

About the Author

Amazon bestselling author, Larry Van Horn, a native of San Antonio, Texas, started his radio listening hobby in 1964, when he received his first shortwave receiver.
In 1971 Larry joined the U.S. Navy and served on U.S. naval warships and in the naval aviation community until his retirement in 1993. He retired in New Orleans with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
He was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1973 with the call sign WH6INU. Later, Larry upgraded to General Class and spent his early ham days operating out of the famed KH6SP ham shack in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with his his ham mentor and friend Butch Weber, WA4GIF, chasing DX and contesting.
Now a licensed Extra Class ham, holding the call sign N5FPW, Larry enjoys operating digital modes, contesting and chasing DX. Other aspects of the radio hobby that he enjoys include monitoring military communications (throughout the radio spectrum), federal government monitoring, chasing HF utility communications, satellite monitoring, and AM, FM and TV broadcast DXing.
Larry worked for Grove Enterprises in Brasstown, North Carolina, the publisher of Monitoring Times and Satellite Times magazines. His job on the MT staff was the magazines assistant / technical editor and staff journalist. He wrote for Monitoring Times magazine as a freelance writer and full-time staffer for over 30 years until that publication closed in 2013. Larry was the creative force behind a new publication Satellite Times magazine, and was the magazine’s managing editor, a position he held for more than five years.
He has written dozens of radio equipment reviews and several monthly columns in the pages of the former Monitoring Times including the Signals from Space, Utility World, Fedcom – Federal Monitoring column, Milcom- a military monitoring column, GlobalNet, First Look/MT Equipment/Book Reviews. Service Search, Ask Larry, and the magazine’s Whats New column.
Over the years Larry has also written 10 radio hobby books (some with multiple editions), dozens of magazine features, and numerous technical articles for a wide variety of communications publications and radio hobby club newsletters.
He currently resides in western North Carolina, with his wife Gayle W4GVH. They have one son, Loyd W4LVH, who is married and lives in South Carolina.
Larry is the founder and president of the Teak Publishing Company based in western North Carolina. His first e-book published under the Teak Publishing banner, the North American Enroute Aviation Guide, was an immediate Amazon #1 Best Selling Kindle eBook.

New Summer 2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

Shortwave radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Shortwave radio broadcast aren’t restricted by country borders or oceans, and can propagate thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, in over 300 different languages and dialects. These worldwide transmissions are monitored on internationally assigned radio frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz.

There are even broadcasts from the dark side, transmitted from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are wrapped in mystery and intrigue, and they usually exist to bring about some sort of political change to the country they are targeting. Programming may largely be half-truths or sometimes even outright lies, but it is essentially propaganda for their cause.

Listeners who live in the United States can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have an inexpensive shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket the travel the world via radio. The ISWBG is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” of the known longwave and shortwave radio stations currently broadcasting at time of publication. This unique radio hobby resource is the “only” radio hobby publication that has by-hour station schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas.

New In this sixth edition of the ISWBG is a lead story on clandestine broadcast and broadcasters with the latest schedules and frequencies you need to hear these intriguing transmissions. There is also an expanded special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum. This story covers services and frequencies outside the regular broadcast and amateur radio bands, and includes our new, exclusive Hot HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

Also new in this edition is increased frequency and station coverage of longwave broadcasters, selected medium wave broadcast frequencies used by international broadcasters, and all known international standard time and frequency stations transmitting worldwide.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Summer 2016 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from at The price for this latest edition is US$6.49. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular website.

This new e-publication edition is a much expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly published in the pages of the former Monitoring Times magazine for well over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is published twice a year to correspond with shortwave station’s seasonal time and frequency changes.

Don’t own a Kindle from Amazon? Not a problem. You do not need to own a Kindle to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps on literally any electronic media platform.

The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. There is a Kindle app available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; Android Phone; Android Tablet; PC; Windows 8; Mac Kindle Cloud Reader; Windows Phone; Samsung; BlackBerry 10; BlackBerry; amd WebOS. This means with a free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed*. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (, The Btown Monitor Post ( and The Shortwave Central ( for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of news and major events as they happen.

Whether you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to get in on the action outside of the ham bands, then this new electronic book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.

Here are a few of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased previous editions of this Amazon e-book.
Excellent Shortwave Introduction and Program Guide by Don K3PRN

Excellent, very reasonable guide to shortwave radio. As a long time shortwave listener, the listing of all shortwave stations by UTC time is very useful to me. I had previously a shortwave website that listed only English broadcasts rather than an all station listing with the language that will be broadcast. I would highly recommend this e book for all new shortwave listeners and those that interested in a very portable listing of all stations by UTC. I only hope that this will be updated twice a year for many more years.
Good Product by Radio Freq 

Since Monitoring Times stopped publishing shortwave radio schedules, there has been a dearth of resources for radio-heads. This guide nicely fulfills gap. It is very comprehensive.
It is nice someone is dedicated to SWL by Robert K. Mallory 

Very concise and well organized. Not much to choose from these days, it is nice someone is dedicated to Shortwave Radio Listening.
Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer

Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found nowhere else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.
Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka

I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.
NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski, Jr.

This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson 

When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (
Good value by DrP 

This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.
Shortwave Is Not Quite Dead by James Tedford (Bothell, WA United States)

It was barely breathing as of late, but there is still a lot you can hear on shortwave radio. You need more than a little dedication, and a better-than-adequate radio to hear what remains on the HF bands, but if you have those, you will be rewarded with a lot of interesting audio programming. This book is a good guide to what is currently available over the international airwaves.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Monitored a New Satellite Downlink

While doing some scanning in the shack had a digital signal pop up on 465.9875 MHz. After some additional research I found out that this is a downlink from the EUMETSAT Metop and NOAA polar orbiting weather satellites used to communication with Data Collection System platforms in the 401 MHz area.

There is even a software decoder produced by my good friend Bev-Ewen Smith.

BTW Bev has a done of monitor related decoding software packages at

This includes his very popular Planeplotter ADS-B software at  (Be sure to tell Bev that N5FPW Larry sent ya).

Anyway the 465.9875 downlink was very strong and should be easy for anyone to hear even on simple equipment.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Election 2016 Candidate/Famiy USSS Code Names

Each person under US Secret Service protection has an assigned code name assigned by the agency.

Now that we are rolling into the final stretch of the 2016 campaign the news media has uncovered code names for each of the candidates they will be protecting on the campaign trail.

Republican Candidates

Donald J Trump -- Mogul
Melania Trump --  Muse

Mike Pence -- Hoosier
Karen Pence -- Hunningbird

Democrat Candidates

Hilliary Clinton -- Evergreen
Bill Clinton -- Eagle

Tim Kaine -- Daredevil

Friday, July 22, 2016

Signature Flight Support Fxed Based Operator (FBO)

It is Freqy Friday here on the Btown MP and time for some civilian aero frequencies.

  One area of the civilian aero band that I have found fascinating and intriguing over my many years as a hobbyist is listening to and cataloging the 128.850-132.000 MHz aero subband  This subband is assigned to civilian Aeronautical Enroute services. It is where you will find airline company frequencies, private aero services such as FBO (Fixed Based Operators) and digital ACARS transmissions. With the advent of ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) we have seen a reduction is the amount of airline company traffic in this subband. But it hasn't gone away by any means. Here you will hear airline company traffic associated with sick passengers, maintenance issue reporting, airport gate traffic reports, occasional emergency situation comms and a whole lot more.

  This subband is managed by an Annapolis, Maryland, company known as ARINC. Established in 1929, ARINC is a major provider of transport communications and systems engineering solutions for eight industries: aviation, airports, defense, government, healthcare, networks, security, and transportation. ARINC has installed computer data networks in police cars and railroad cars and also maintains the standards for line-replaceable units.

  Previously owned by the Carlyle Group, in August 2013, it was announced that the company would be sold to Rockwell Collins. The sale was completed on December 23, 2013. As mentioned before it is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, and has two regional headquarters in London, established in 1999 to serve the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, and Singapore, established in 2003 for the Asia Pacific region. ARINC has more than 3,200 employees at over 120 locations worldwide.

  If you look in the FCC database for any of these frequencies you will see they are managed and licensed by ASR Inc (Aviation Spectrum Resources) which is part of ARINC. Some listings in the FCC db may even give you an indication of who is using a particular frequency assignment at a given airport. Others will not and you will have to do some research online or extensive monitoring to figure out who is using that frequency.

  One of the more interesting aero communications in this subband is associated with the FBO or Fixed Base Operators. A Field-base operator (FBO) is a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, etc.

  In common practice, an FBO is a primary provider of support services to general aviation operators at a public-use airport either located on airport leasehold property or, in rare cases, adjacent to airport leasehold property as a through the fence operation. In many smaller airports serving general aviation in remote or modest communities, the town itself may provide fuel services and operate a basic FBO facility. Most FBOs doing business at airports of high to moderate traffic volume are non-governmental organizations, i.e., either privately or publicly held companies.

  Biz aircraft, private aircraft and even government and military aircraft can be heard on FBO freqs. One of the more interesting comms I am hearing this year (an election year) are presidential and vice presidential candidate aircraft communicating with these FBOs.

  So here on Freqy Friday, the first Fixed Base Operator list I am posting is for a major player in the FBO business world - Signature Flight Support. Future post and a new reference page here on the Btown MP will have other FBOs, airline company freqs, and aeronautical enroute frequencies. So without further ado, let's get with it.

Signature Flight Support FBO

Frequency -- State Location (Airport Code) Airport

122.775 -- FL Kissimmee (KISM) Kissimmee Gateway Arpt
122.775 -- WA Spokane (KGEG) Spokane IAP
122.950 -- LA Lafayette (KLFT) Lafayette RAP
123.300 -- MT Belgrade (KBZN) Bozeman Yellowstone IAP
126.800 -- TX Midland (KMAF) Midland IAP
128.850 -- MO Kansas City (KMCI) Kansas City IAP
128.875 -- NV Las Vegas (KLAS) McCarran IAP
128.875 -- SC Hilton Head (KHXD) Hilton Head Island Arpt
128.900 -- FL Miami (KMIA) Miami IAP
128.925 -- CA San Francisco (KSFO) San Francisco IAP
128.925 -- IL Chicago (KMDW) Chicago Midway IAP
128.925 -- IL Chicago (KORD) O'Hare IAP
128.950 -- MN Minneapolis (KMSP) Minneapolis/St. Paul IAP
128.975 -- FL West Palm Beach (KPBI) Palm Beach IAP
129.000 -- KS New Century (KIXD) New Century Air Center Arpt
129.000 -- MD Glen Burnie (KBWI) Baltimore/Washington Intl Thurgood Marshall Arpt
129.025 -- WA Seattle (KBFI) Boeing Field/King County IAP
129.050 -- CA Santa Clara (San Jose) (KSJC) Norman Y. Mineta San Jose IAP
129.075 -- LA New Orleans (KNEW) Lakefront Arpt
129.075 -- NM Santa Fe (KSAF) Santa Fe MAP
129.275 -- TX T3 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Terminal 3 at Alpha 3
129.300 -- LA Baton Rouge (KBTR) Greater Baton Rouge Metro Arpt
129.575 -- MO Kansas City (KMKC) Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Arpt
129.600 -- NJ Morristown (KMMU) Morristown MAP
129.625 -- OH Columbus (KCMH) Port Columbus IAP
129.625 -- VA Charlottesville (KCHO) Charlottesville-Albemarle Arpt
129.700 -- OH Cleveland (KBKL) Burke Lakefront Arpt
129.725 -- CA Palm Springs (KPSP) Palm Springs IAP
129.725 -- CO Denver (KDEN) Denver IAP
129.725 -- CO Englewood (KAPA) Centennial Arpt
129.725 -- FL Ft. Lauderdale (KFLL) Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood IAP
129.725 -- IN Indianapolis (KIND) Indianapolis IAP
129.850 -- FL Opa Locka (KOPF) Opa-Locka Executive Arpt
129.875 -- TN Memphis (KMEM) Memphis IAP
129.950 -- IL Wheeling (KPWK) Chicago Executive Arpt
129.950 -- MI Detroit (KDTW) Detroit Metro Arpt
129.950 -- TX Wichita Falls (KSPS) Wichita Falls MAP
129.975 -- CA San Diego (KSAN) San Diego IAP
130.000 -- FL Tampa (KTPA) Tampa IAP
130.075 -- CA Fresno (KFAT) Fresno Yosemite IAP
130.150 -- NJ East Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-East
130.150 -- NJ West Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-West
130.225 -- AL Mobile (KMOB) Mobile RAP
130.225 -- NJ Trenton (KTTN) Trenton Mercer Arpt
130.225 -- OH Cincinnati (KLUK) Cincinnati MAP-Lunken Field
130.250 -- MA Boston (KBOS) Logan IAP
130.275 -- MD Frederick (KFDK) Frederick MAP
130.275 -- NC Asheville (KAVL) Asheville RAP
130.375 -- AL Huntsville (KHSV) Huntsville IAP
130.375 -- FL Clearwater (KPIE) St. Petersburg/Clearwater IAP
130.375 -- FL Orlando (KMCO) Orlando IAP
130.375 -- GA Savannah (KSAV) Savannah/Hilton Head IAP
130.375 -- TX Austin (KAUS) Austin-Bergstrom IAP
130.400 -- TX T1 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Terminal 1
130.425 -- DC Washington (KDCA) Ronald Reagan Washington Natl Arpt
130.450 -- FL Miami (KTMB) Miami Executive Arpt
130.525 -- MI Grand Rapids (KGRR) Gerald R. Ford IAP
130.550 -- AK Anchorage (KANC) Anchorage IAP
130.575 -- CA Oakland (KOAK) Oakland IAP
130.575 -- CA Van Nuys (KVNY) Van Nuys Arpt
130.575 -- GA Atlanta (KFTY) Fulton Co Arpt
130.575 -- KS Wichita (KICT) Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower Natl Arpt
130.575 -- NC Greensboro (KGSO) Piedmont Triad IAP
130.575 -- NC Winston-Salem (KINT) Smith Reynolds Arpt
130.575 -- NE Omaha (KOMA) Eppley Airfield
130.575 -- TX Houston (KHOU) William P. Hobby Arpt
130.575 -- TX San Antonio (KSAT) San Antonio IAP
130.575 -- VA Norfolk (KORF) Norfolk IAP
130.575 -- VA Roanoke (KROA) Roanoke–Blacksburg RAP
130.600 -- CA Long Beach (KLGB) Long Beach Arpt-Daugherty Field
130.600 -- CA Los Angeles (KLAX) Los Angeles IAP
130.600 -- LA Kenner/New Orleans (KMSY) Louis Armstrong New Orleans IAP
130.600 -- NJ South Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-South
130.650 -- NH Manchester (KMHT) Manchester-Boston RAP
130.750 -- CA Camarillo (KCMA) Camarillo Arpt
130.750 -- TX T2 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Dalfort Fueling
130.800 -- HI Hilo (KITO) Hilo IAP
130.800 -- HI Honolulu (KHNL) Honolulu IAP
130.800 -- HI Kailua Kona (KKOA) Kona IAP
130.800 -- HI Lanai City (KLNY) Lanai Arpt
130.800 -- HI Lihue (KLIH) Lihue Arpt
130.800 -- MA Bedford (KBED) L. G. Hanscom Field
130.850 -- NJ Newark (KEWR) Newark Liberty IAP
130.875 -- TX Corpus Christi (KCRP) Corpus Christi IAP
130.900 -- FL Boca Raton (KBCT) Boca Raton Arpt
130.900 -- GA Atlanta (KPDK) DeKalb Peachtree Arpt
131.000 -- IA Cedar Rapids (KCID) The Eastern Iowa Arpt
131.000 -- IA Des Moines (KDSM) Des Moines IAP
131.000 -- WI Milwaukee (KMKE) General Mitchell IAP
131.100 -- TN Nashville (KBNA) Nashville IAP
131.150 -- NC Morrisville (Raleigh-Durham) (KRDU) Raleigh-Durham IAP
131.175 -- AZ Scottsdale (KSDL) Scottsdale Arpt
131.250 -- FL West Palm Beach (F45) N. Palm Beach Co General Aviation Arpt
131.350 -- MN St. Paul (KSTP) St. Paul Downtown Arpt
131.350 -- MO St. Louis (KSTL) Lambert-St. Louis IAP
131.375 -- CA Santa Rosa (KSTS) Charles M Schulz Sonoma Co Arpt
131.475 -- CA Goleta (Santa Barbara) (KSBA) Santa Barbara MAP
131.500 -- CA Santa Ana (KSNA) John Wayne/Orange Co Arpt
131.500 -- GA Atlanta (KATL) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta IAP
131.600 -- TX Houston (KIAH) George Bush Intercontinental Arpt
131.625 -- SC North Charleston (KCHS) Charleston IAP
131.850 -- IL Waukegan (KUGN) Waukegan Natl Arpt
131.875 -- CT East Grandby (KBDL) Bradley IAP
131.875 -- VA Washington Dulles (KIAD) Washington Dulles IAP
132.000 -- FL Jacksonville (KJAX) Jacksonville IAP
132.000 -- NY White Plains (KHPN) Westchester Co Arpt

Thursday, July 21, 2016

From Pyongyang with love: North Korea restarts coded spy broadcasts

Reuters report by James Pearson  |  SEOUL

SEOUL (Reuters) - "Now we'll begin a mathematics review assignment for members of the 27th expeditionary unit of the distance learning university," the woman's voice crackled over the radio.

"Turn to page 459, question 35; 913, question 55; 135, question 86."

Isolated North Korea has restarted coded radio broadcasts, presumed to be targeted at its spies, for the first time in 16 years last month, South Korea said on Wednesday.

The messages, a recording of which was broadcast by South Korean TV channel KBS, were disguised as a mathematics lesson for distance learners and reappeared on North Korean radio station Voice of Korea in the early hours of Friday.

North and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, and tensions are running high.

North Korea, which has carried out a string of rocket and nuclear weapons tests in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, said on Wednesday it had conducted a ballistic missile test that simulates strikes against South Korean ports and airfields used by the U.S. military, apparently referring to three missile launches on Tuesday.

Those missile launches were seen as a show of force a week after South Korea and the United States chose a site in the South to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system to counter threats from the North.


The radio messages, also known as numbers stations, work by broadcasting strings of seemingly random numbers over shortwave signals to an agent in the field. The technique, a method of sending one-way secret messages, dates to the French Resistance in World War Two and is still in use by some governments today.

South Korea jams most North Korean radio frequencies but Pyongyang-based Voice of Korea broadcasts on shortwave signals which can be picked up far beyond the Korean peninsula, and are difficult to jam.

The receiving agent, armed with a radio and a pen, uses an easily concealed pad with corresponding letters on it to listen to and decrypt the secret message.

"(North Korean) numbers broadcasts have been on hold for quite some time but have recently resumed, something we think is very regrettable," Jeong Joon-hee, a spokesman for South Korea's unification ministry, told a media briefing on Wednesday.

It was not clear whether the signals were meant to deceive or deliver genuine instructions.

"I can't speak to their intentions, but we hope that the North will refrain from an old practice like this and behave in a manner that's conducive to improving South-North ties," Jeong said.

Seoul has also operated a numbers station, former agents told Reuters in 2013. Officials at the National Intelligence Service were not immediately able to confirm their use.

South Korea's station is known as "V-24" to amateur radio enthusiasts who have tracked the source of the signal to a location somewhere south of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas, and has been known to begin with a scratchy rendition of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 8.

South Korea : V24 --- XYZ
Korean Numbers Station

Enigma Code  : V24
Mode         : AM

Schedule; ** Broadcasting of about 8 minutes
 1300-1308, 1330-1338, 1400-1408, 1430-1438, 1500-1508, 1530-1538
Frequency: 4900, 5290, 5715, 5900, 6215, 6310 kHz (irregularly)

A snippet of the numbers transmission was aired by KBS TV

Monday, July 11, 2016

AMSAT News Service ANS-192

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:ans-editor at

In this edition:

* AMSAT Field Day Submissions Due July 11
* AMSAT Awards Update
* Two Radio Amateurs Set to Head for the International Space Station
* Australia CubeSat Testing Begins
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


AMSAT Field Day Submissions Due July 11

If you participated in Field Day and you plan on submitting your group's score, you have until 23:59 PM on Monday, July 11th to get those submission sheets in to AMSAT. AMSAT's deadline is sooner than the ARRL deadline for Field Day. Bruce Paige, KK5DO, will then prepare the story and send it off to the editor of the AMSAT Journal who will have it in the upcoming issue that goes to press shortly thereafter.

Please send your score sheet and photos to Bruce or

You will receive an email back that day or the next day when Bruce has received your submission. If you do not receive the email, he did not get it. Don't assume that because you sent it,it was received. Make sure you get the confirmation email.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards for the above information]


AMSAT Awards Update

Congrats to all who have earned an AMSAT Award since the last posting.

AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first satellite QSO
Vin'cius Leite, PU4VLT
Marcos Kazan, PU2MXU
Cleber Rodrigues PU3IBD
Pitor Gorecki, SP9RXP
Malcolm Harper, VE2DDZ
Italo Adriano B.C. Marcelino, PU7ASP
Marc-Andre Gingras, VA2EI

AMSAT Century Club Award
Carl Noll, KA4H #46

AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award
Ramirez-Ferrer, NP4JV #86  1000+

To see all the awards visit or

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO AMSAT Director Contests and Awards for the above information]


Two Radio Amateurs Set to Head for the International Space Station

Two Amateur Radio licensees are part of the International Space Station (ISS) crew increment bound for the orbiting outpost this week. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, astronaut Takuya Onishi,
KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos will launch early on July 7 (0136 UTC) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trio will spend approximately 4 months on station and will return to Earth in October.

An upgraded Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft will carry Rubins, Onishi, and Ivanishin into space. They will test modified systems for 2 days - 34 Earth orbits - before docking with the ISS on July 9. According
to NASA, the modified Soyuz is equipped with upgraded thrusters that are fully redundant, additional micrometeoroid debris shielding, redundant electrical motors for the Soyuz docking probe, and
increased power with more photovoltaic cells on the spacecraft's solar arrays. This week's launch will mark the first of at least two missions in which enhanced Soyuz hardware will be tested and verified.

Once the hatches between the Soyuz and the ISS have been opened, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, of NASA, and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka, RN3FU, and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos will greet their new crewmates.

The Expedition 48 crew members will continue experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science.

Rubins, Onishi, and cosmonaut Ivanishin will replace Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, KE5UDN; Flight Engineer Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, and Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, who returned to Earth in mid-June after a little more than 6 months in space.

NASA TV will cover the launch and the arrival online at, .


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American
Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, go to:

Also, join us on Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Follow us on Twitter: ARISS_status

[ANS thanks the ARRL and ARISS for the above information]


Australia CubeSat Testing Begins

Satellites are being tested at the Australian National University Mount Stromlo space facility in Canberra ahead of a mass satellite launch from the International Space Station later this year.

The three CubeSats to be rigorously proven as space-ready have been developed by researchers at ANU, the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

In one Australian experiment, space weather and solar activity will be looked at as they are important to GPS navigation, financial systems and electricity grids. A second CubeSat will carry new instruments to measure atmospheric water and carbon dioxide.

The third will carry four separate experiments including a specially designed receiver and electronics with the ability to self-repair if hit by radiation and something breaks.

The Australian CubeSats will be launched as part of the European Union's QB50 program of 50 satellites from 27 countries including Brazil, China, Europe, Russia and the USA.

[ANS thanks WIA News and Jim Linton VK3PC for the above information]


AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations, forums, and/or demonstrations).

*Saturday, 6 August 2016 ? Austin Summerfest in Austin TX
*Saturday, 13 August 2016 ? KL7KC Hamfest in Fairbanks AK
*Saturday, 20 August 2016 ? Spark in the Park in Wyoming MI
*Saturday, 3 September 2016 - Shelby Hamfest in Shelby, NC (ARRL North Carolina State Convention) - AMSAT Forum Only
*Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 September 2016 Boxboro Hamfest in Boxborough, MA (ARRL New England Division Convention)
*Friday, 23 September 2016 ? presentation at Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amateur Radio Club in Pasadena CA
*Friday and Saturday, 21-22 October 2016 ? CopaFest 2016, south of Maricopa AZ
*Saturday, 12 November 2016 ? Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in Marana AZ
*Saturday, 3 December 2016 ? Superstition Superfest in Mesa AZ
*Saturday, 14 January 2017 ? Thunderbird Hamfest 2017 in Phoenix AZ
*Saturday, 4 February 2017 ? Palm Springs Hamfest in Palm Springs CA
*Friday-Sunday, 10-12 February 2017   Orlando HamCation in Orlando, FL
*Friday and Saturday, 17-18 February 2017 ? Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Sucessful Contacts

* Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, telebridge via VK5ZAI
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut was Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact was successful: Wed 2016-07-06 14:28:20 UTC 77 degx
A successful telebridge contact this morning.  All 20 questions were answered, with time to spare for a round of thanks from the audience and a farewell from Jeff.

* A direct contact via DN1JKG with students at Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium, Bruchsal, Germany was successful Fri 2016-07-01.

The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium is one of the biggest schools of general education in the administrative district of Karlsruhe in Baden-Wurttemberg. More than 1,300 students are taught by over one hundred teachers.

Our focus is on a scientific profile with the succession of languages being English-French or English-Latin. Furthermore, science and technology is a major subject starting in year 8. About 85% of our students opt for this profile.

For four years now the Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium has been one of 44 model schools in Baden-Wurttemberg which allow students to take their A-levels at different speeds - either after eight or nine years of secondary education.

The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium is also participating in three different educational pilot projects. In the last two years leading up to their A-levels, students may take up Mathematics "plus" (an enhanced version of the subject Mathematics, six lessons a week) or computer science as a major subject as well as science and technology as a minor subject.

Additionally, there are optional subjects for senior students, such as for example psychology, philosophy, drama, and especially natural sciences like geology, computer algebra, computer science, and astronomy. The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium cooperates with partners in various fields,
especially the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In 2015 the town of Bruchsal organized the "Heimattage Baden-Wurttemberg" (Homeland Days of Baden-Wurttemberg).

The Justus Knecht-Gymnasium took part in different projects, e.g. "Heimat Erde" (Homeland Earth). Students of different years worked on the topic.Moreover there's a study team working together with the amateur radio operators of Bruchsal. They established radio communication, built a stratosphere balloon and prepared the radio link to the ISS.

(Note: above link is in German)

BadenTV video link (Also in German)

* A direct contact vie RZ9WWB with The All-Russian Public Organization Radio And Radiol?bitel 'Stva" The Russian Amateur Radio Union", in Ufa, Russia, was successful Thu 2016-06-30.

Upcoming Contacts

* ISS R&D Conference, San Diego, CA, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact is go for: Thu 2016-07-14 16:03:33 UTC 37 deg

Descriptions of the schools participating in the contact are shown below.

Lake Elementary School, Oceanside, CA
Lake Elementary School opened in 1989 in southeastern Oceanside. A top priority continues to be the use of technology by students and staff to prepare children for 21st Century College and Career readiness.

Community Montessori Charter School, Escondido , CA
CMCS currently serves approximately 375 students in grades K-8. Students attend one of five resource centers located throughout San Diego county, and are on a Montessori home study program.

Vista Magnet Middle School, Vista, CA
Students will be literate, reflective and critical thinkers in all areas of interaction who transfer knowledge and embrace diversity within a global society.

Monte Vista Elementary School, Vista, CA
Our vision at Monte Vista Elementary is to ignite a love of learning and a sense of curiosity in all students. We will promote academic achievement through high expectations and develop problem solvers who are technologically proficient.

Lilac School, Valley Center, CA
The Lilac Learning Community shares a commitment to exploring, developing and differentiating deliberate, effective strategies and practices for learning in a dynamic environment of collaboration, inquiry and diversity.

STAR Prep Academy, Los Angeles, CA
The STAR PREP ACADEMY is an extraordinary private middle & high school for students who seek an individualized approach to learning, based on their desired areas of specialization.

Westminster Christian School, Miami, FL
Founded in 1961, Westminster is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational Christian school serving 1,241 students from preschool through 12th grade.

* Frontiers of Flight Museum's "Moon Day 2016", Dallas TX, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact is go for : Sat 2016-07-16 15:54:09 UTC 88 deg

* Ufa, Russia, direct via  TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RS?ISS
The  scheduled astronaut is Oleg Skripochka RN3FU
Contact is a go for Thu  2016-07-23 18:50 UTC

Watch for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Dave, AA4KN, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

Upcoming High Altitude Balloon Flights Include Amateur Radio

The Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning e-mail list ( reports that two upcoming flights will include amateur radio payloads beyond the usual APRS  downlinks used for tracking.


2016-07-23 @ 09:00 MST

Arizona Near Space Research to launch: ANSR-101 from the
Williams Ham Fest, Williams, Arizona (35.2587, -112.185  Grid: DM35VG)

Tracking via APRS.FI: KA7NSR-6, KA7NSR-7
Telemetry: APRS: 144.340 MHz, Also 445.925, both digipeated to 144.39

2 crossband repeaters:

Uplink #1:   146.560 MHz CTCSS 162.2
Downlink #1: 445.925 MHz

Uplink #2:   147.560 MHz CTCSS 89.1
Downlink #2: 446.025 MHz

Live video streaming on 440 MHz and 2.4 GHz to ground station at Ham Fest.
Contact: Bill McLean


2016-08-06 @ 07:45 CDT

Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments (DePauw University) to launch BASE 90 from Rantoul National Aviation Center Airport-Frank Elliott Field Rantoul, IL (100 miles south of Chicago; 40.294, -88.142  Grid: EN50WH) during the Space Jam 10 Boy Scout Jamboree

Tracking via APRS.FI: WB9SA-11
Telemetry: APRS: 144.390MHz

Contact: Howard Brooks
Crossband repeater and SSTV downlink frequencies will be announced.

[ANS thanks the list for the above information]



In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org