TOPIC list (information follows topic below):
2. Shortwave Radio Listening:
2. Radio Scanning/Monitoring:
3. SDR resources:
4. Future topics?
1. Weather topics
New York State Weather Mesonets go on the air!
The dawn of a new statewide weather-station network is on the horizon. Announced back in early 2015, the New York State Mesonet network will constitute 125 weather stations when completed, averaging about two stations per county. As of September 2016 there are already over 100 stations on line. The stations collect 3-D, high-resolution data from both surface and atmospheric levels and send that data to emergency-management officials and weather forecasters so they will have an edge on the unexpected. Each site also contains a high-resolution video camera for a live look at the weather.
The sites report changes in weather every five minutes, with the potential to observe and record changes in air, soil moisture, wind and ice. The new stations also monitor radiation patterns.
These observations are then sent to SUNY Albany, the National Weather Service and the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Then, the observations are disseminated to the public on the Mesonet’s website, nysmesonet.org. The FEMA-funded Mesonet project was awarded in the wake of recent national disasters, including Superstorm Sandy.
Check out some of the sites near you (just click a site close to you on the map): http://www.nysmesonet.org/mesonow#?stid=JORD
Thew complete story of the NYS Mesonet project: http://www.nysmesonet.org/about
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)
- be a weather reporter from your own home or just see the data from thousands of others around North America.
Space Weather - http://spaceweather.com/
Home personal weather station monitoring - a possible topic for an upcoming night? What kind of weather station do you own? What do you like or NOT like about it?
2. Shortwave Radio Listening:
Have some fun with Short Wave Listening (SWL)
On a recent CNY Hobby NET we have been chatting about Short Wave Listening (from 150 khz to 30 mhz). So I thought I would put together a small primer on shortwave. Many of us got our start as SWL's when we were young and have stories about our favorite experiences and equipment. Personally I have always been intrigued by listening to all types of radio from around the world.
I recently have read and heard many comments on the rapidly disappearing SWL Broadcasters that are being replaced by newer technologies. Don't give up yet, as there are still a lot of communications to be heard. You can easily find quite a few broadcasters and all kinds of utility, marine, aircraft and military communications on the low bands.
There are many ways to listen. From a portable radio right up to high end communications receivers. Most of our HF rigs are great radios for exploring the low bands. Antennas can be as simple as a built in telescoping antenna, a piece of wire, right up to large outside wire dipoles and large commercial antennas designed for the low bands. Take a tune around the low bands, you never know what you might find!
A few of my favorite frequencies:
- 6604 khz USB VOLMET Aircraft HF weather reports for the North Atlantic
- 8864 khz and 13291 USB, Aero - Gander air traffic control (ATC)
- 8846 khz USB, Aero - Carribean air traffic control (ATC)
- 6925 and 6955 khz , various Pirate Radio stations (learn more: http://www.dxing.com/pirate.htm )
- 11175 and 8992 khz USB. These are the USAF Global HF System primary calling frequencies. The "local daytime" frequency is 11175 and 8992 is the "local nighttime" frequency.
- 11670, 6000, 6165 khz USB Radio Havana - catch the DXers Unlimited show on Tuesday evenings
...to name just a very few!
...What are your favorites?...please send us an email at UpstateHam@gmail.com
Some Short Wave Listening (SWL) Resources:
Nice primer with lots of SWL tips and links: http://swling.com/index.htm
Monitoring Times "Hot" 1000 HF Listening Frequencies
Some tips on when and where to listen:
Shortwave Central blog:
North American Shortwave Association - Nice book to download: Radio Monitoring A How To Guide:http://www.naswa.net/journal/areybook
HFunderground forums (Pirate stuff):
ShortWave radio schedules:
If your interested in radio monitoring in general, I highly recommend The Spectrum Monitor magazine (http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/ ). This is a PDF format magazine written by many of the former editors and writers of Monitoring Times magazine.
2. Military Air Monitoring
Check out listening to some cool Military aircraft here's a few of my favorites:
267.800 Mhz AM - tactical frequency for aircraft practicing various missions over the northeast US.
324.600 Mhz AM - in flight channel for various aircraft over the northeast US.
138.625 Mhz AM - Drone practice activity, upstate NY and Adirondacks
MQ-9 Reaper drones - Syracuse:
Listen to local Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing which began daily training flights of its MQ-9 Reaper drones from the airport in June 2016. Hancock Airport became the nation's first commercial airport with federal permission to launch and land unmanned aircraft. Under terms of an operating agreement with the FAA, the unarmed Reaper drones will operate only when in the sight of a separate plane piloted by the Civil Air Patrol.
Listen to the local Syracuse Tower (120.300mhz AM) and Approach/Departure (126.125mhz AM) frequencies for the drones and chase planes getting airspace guidance from controllers.
"Python-01" MQ9 drone doing touch-and-go maneuvers at the Syracuse airport (KSYR) with "CAP-9120" Civil Air Patrol chase plane. Also have heard many other test flights to Ft. Drum and Lake Ontario military test areas. You may also hear "Cobra-01" a second drone now flying from Syracuse.[August 2016]
Top 100 Military Frequency List (Chris Parris)
"In the October issue The Spectrum Monitor (http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/index.aspx), I posted my attempt at an updated version of the Top 100 Nationwide Military frequency list. I started this years ago, and have updated it with some new frequencies that might be heard anywhere in the US. If you have any additions, corrections or suggestions, please let me know!"
I will be updating the list as things change, and you can find the most updated version on the front page of the Fed Files Blog -? http://mt-fedfiles.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
Top 100 Military list:
40.5000 ? FM ? FM Guard – All Agencies & Services
41.5000 ? FM ? Army – FM Common ?
121.5 ? AM ? VHF Guard – All Agencies & Services
123.025 ? AM ? Helicopter Multicom
123.05 ? AM ? Multicom ?
123.075 ? AM ? Helicopter Multicom?
123.1 ? AM ? VHF Search & Rescue (SAR) Common
123.4 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air
123.45 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air
126.2 ? AM ? Military Control Towers VHF Common
129.525 ? AM ? Air Force - Special Air Missions VHF Common
130.65 ? AM ? Air Force - Air Mobility Command VHF
136.375 ? AM ? Customs and Border Protection VHF Air “Company”
138.3 ? AM ? Air Force - VHF Common
148.125 ? AM ? Air Force - NORAD VHF
148.125 ? FM ? Civil Air Patrol
148.150 ? FM ? Civil Air Patrol
156.800 ? FM ? Coast Guard - Marine Channel 16
157.050 ? FM ? Coast Guard - Marine Channel 21A
157.075 ? FM ? Coast Guard - Marine Channel 81A
157.100 ? FM ? Coast Guard - Marine Channel 22A
157.125 ? FM ? Coast Guard - Marine Channel 82A
157.150 ? FM ? Coast Guard - Marine Channel 23A
157.175 ? FM ? Coast Guard - Marine Channel 83A
165.2375 ? FM ? Customs and Border Protection
166.4625 ? FM ? Federal Government Common
226.1 ? AM ? USAF - AIR-TO-AIR
226.2 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air [SIERRA ONE]
226.4 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air [SIERRA TWO]
228.8 ? AM ? Air Force - NORAD Common
234.5 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air
234.55 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air
236.6 ? AM ? Military Control Towers UHF
237.9 ? AM ? Coast Guard - Air Operations Secondary
238.9 ? AM ? Aerial Refueling
239.8 ? AM ? Air Force - Weather
241.0 ? AM ? Army - Air Common
242.4 ? AM ? Army & Army Guard - UHF Common
243.0 ? AM ? UHF Guard - All Agencies and Services
251.9 ? ? AM ? Search and Rescue (SAR)
252.1 ? AM ? Air Force Reserve - Command Posts
252.8 ? AM ? Air Force - Air Mobility Command
255.4 ? AM ? FAA Flight Service Stations - UHF
271.5 ? AM ? Air Force - Air Combat Command Air-To-Air
277.8 ? AM ? Navy Fleet Tactical Common
282.0 ? AM ? Coast Guard - Air Operations Common
282.425 ? AM ? Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine
282.7 ? AM ? Aerial Refueling ?
282.8 ? AM ? Search and Rescue (SAR) Common
300.6 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air [REMINGTON]
303.0 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air [WINCHESTER / THIRTY-THIRTY]
308.35 ? AM ? Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine
311.0 ? AM ? US Air Force Air - Combat Command (ACC) Command Posts
319.4 ? AM ? US Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC)
321.0 ? AM ? US Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC) Command Posts
326.15 ? AM ? Coast Guard Air to Ground Primary
324.6 ? AM ? Aerial Refueling
333.3 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air [QUAD THREE]
333.35 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air [QUAD THREE-FIVE]
333.55 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air (FULL HOUSE]
340.2 ? AM ? Navy Control Towers UHF
342.5 ? AM ? Air Force - Weather
345.0 ? AM ? Coast Guard - Air Operations Primary
349.4 ? AM ? Air Force - Air Mobility Command Common
350.025 ? AM ? Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine
351.2 ? AM ? Air Force Reserve - Command Posts
352.6 ? AM ? Aerial Refueling
360.2 ? AM ? Navy Control Towers UHF
364.2 ? AM ? Air Force - NORAD Air Intercept Command and Control
372.2 ? AM ? Air Force - Dispatch Common
375.2 ? AM ? Air Force - Weather
376.025 ? AM ? Air Force - Air Mobility Command Common
376.075 ? AM ? Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine
379.05 ? AM ? Coast Guard - Air to Ground Secondary
381.3 ? AM ? Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC) Command Posts
384.1 ? AM ? Air Force - NORAD Air Intercept Command Secondary
384.55 ? AM ? Informal Air-To-Air Common [PISTOL FIVE]
385.0 ? AM ? Navy - Port Control Common
385.9 ? AM ? Air Force Air Combat Command - Logistics
390.15 ? AM ? Aerial Refueling - Boom Common
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Some other freqs (all AM) to plug into a scanner and listen for:
323.000 ZBW - Looking for G-G-T flight plan route
377.100 ZBW - For clearence into the Adirondack Airspace
225.725 Brief A/A
Track some of those flight on ADSB exchange flight tracker at: http://www.adsbexchange.com/
3. Radio Scanning/Monitoring: COMING SOON!
4. SDR resources: Software Defined Radio (SDR) information:
Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system where components that have been typically implemented in hardware (e.g. mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc.) are instead implemented by means of software on a personal computer or embedded system. While the concept of SDR is not new, the rapidly evolving capabilities of digital electronics render practical many processes which used to be only theoretically possible.
Link to some interesting SDR info: