[time-nuts] !0 MHz standard frequency intruder
n1hac at Alum.Dartmouth.ORG
Fri Jun 29 01:40:04 UTC 2012
Others are hearing it too:
On 6/28/12 7:33 PM, EB4APL wrote:
> I'm receiving, maybe from less than a month, a new station on 10 MHz
> which claims it is an "experimental time signals station".
> The weird thing is that they transmit music between the minute time
> marks, heavily interfering with the other standard stations which
> share this frequency. Currently I receive there WWV, the Italian
> official standard frequency and time station IBF and its Brazilian
> counterpart PPR (BTW PPR broadcasts local time instead of UTC). They
> transmit continuously 24 hours a day.
> Every 15 minutes a female voice says that this is an experimental time
> station, gives a web page and its locator. While I agree that anybody
> could run an standard frequency and time station, given official
> license from their local authorities (and after international
> coordination, I suppose), I think this is a truly "pirate" station
> because among their weird "programming" , I also notice:
> - Their carrier is currently - 4 Hz off.
> - The second ticks are offset enough to be perceived by ear with
> respect to known standards.
> The transmission is in USB with full carrier (I don't have the
> designation on hand). The format is:
> - The whole sequence begins at multiples of 15 minutes.
> - At second 52 they transmit something like a 2 second burst in FSK
> (It can be a fake signal without any useful information).
> - At second 54 begins 1 sec ticks.
> - Tick at second 59 is omitted, then only the tick for sec 0 is
> - After the 0 sec tick a male voice announces the hour and minute. The
> voice has an intonation like a news or sports speaker.
> - A female voice makes an announcement about being an experimental
> time station, gives a web page and its locator.
> . The ticks are discontinued and replace by music.
> - The first music in a 15 minute cycle is from Peer Gynt, it is
> replaced with other music the next minutes.
> - The next minutes lack the female voice announcement until next cycle
> All speaking is done in Italian language.
> If I copied the locator correctly, the transmitter location is near
> Pisa, Italy.
> Did anybody noticed this transmission? I receive it in Madrid, Spain.
> Ignacio, EB4APL
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