Via Stian Tveit, QSL manager at Kystradio Sør, I got this informative QSL letter for my reception of Ørlandet Radio at 518 kHz, I sent my report to firstname.lastname@example.org, but you can also send your reports directly to email@example.com. Mind you, Kystradio Sør is only responsible for stations below 56N. The more northern stations are responsibility of Kystradio Nord.
Orlandet Radio, callsign LFO is one of three stations that broadcast NAVTEX information on 490 and 518 kHz. The others are Jeloya and Rogaland Radio, all controlled from Kystradio Sør.
I was not very active blogging I have to admit. Following the developments in Israel my mind is elsewhere, and I still find it difficult to focus my mind on pulling “difficult to read” radio signals out of my SDR IQ recordings…
I’m still monitoring the waves, and the computer picked up some signals from two countries under attack…
On October 7th I picked up this NAVTEX signal on 518 kHz from Haifa Radio, Israel, mentioning the blockade of the Gaza strip. As the message states “as of 03 January” I do believe that this is not related to the current war, but to a blockade that has been established earlier.
On October 10th I picked up another message. This one contains an Israeli Navy annoucnement about a safety zone around the Karish platform.
Another station that I didn’t receive for a while is Odessa Radio, Ukraine. I see a couple of warnings about drifting buoys in the Black Sea… probably nothing out of the ordinary, while buoys are there for safety they often break loose and appear in messages like this.