JOLLY_VANADIO

M/V “Jolly Vanadio” – IU1UDB/MM

Dear Sparks,

following reported by OM Geoff POWELL – M1EDF:

Just received message the above vessel c/s IBHC anchored at Cassellon de la plana I am informed he will email on departure date estimate 2 days , no more information only that op is Alvaro Maria Brignone call sign IU1DUB , see qrz.com.. bye . Geoff..

BST RGDS

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Collisione CLS VIRGINIA and ULYSSE

Collision between Ro-Ro ‘Ulysse’ and ‘CLS Virginia’

Dear Sparks,

in the era of High Technologies employed on ship’s bridges we still can assist to these dramatic scenes…what will happen with the next employ of the A.I.???

You can still verify the scenario on marinetraffic.com

Bunker oil tank breached in collision

In the collision of the ‘Ulysse’ with the ‘CLS Virginia’ a bunker tank of the container ship was breached. Propulsion fuel spread into the sea, causing a pollution of nearly 4 kilometers length and a few hundred meters width. The spill moved away from the coast of Corsica with a drift in northwesterly direction. The Cross Med deployed a team aboard a police helicopter to the site. A second team, composed of experts from the French Navy, boarded the ‘CLS Virginia’ with a Cayman helicopter. The tug ‘Abeille Flandre’ left Villefranche-sur-mer and arrived on site around 3 p.m., followed by the ‘Jason’ in the night. The ‘Ailete’ with a team of experts from CEPPOL will reinforce the forces on Oct 7. Also the French tug ‘Altagna’ joined the scene. The ‘Nos Taurus’ sailed from Livorno, the ‘Bonassola’ from Genova and the ‘Koral’ frm Sardinia. All these ships were equipped with oil booms and skimmers to recover the oil since dawn. Work to separate the ferry from the freighter, both ships lying in pos. 43° 14.99′ N 009° 28.46′ E will be planned further during the day. French report with photo:

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A Tunisian roll-on/roll-off ferry, the Ulysses, collided with the Cypriot registered container ship,the CLS Virginia, off Corsica. Picture: Stanislas Gentien/Gendarmerie Nationale/AFPSource:AFP

BST RGDS

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ANTENNE ONDE COURT

Marine Communications back to Short Waves

Dear Sparks,

article in French language from facebook account: “Radios du monde” after original article an English translation with Google:

Retour de la marine sur les ondes courtes.
De plus en plus de secteurs se rendent compte à l’usage des ondes courtes, pour remplacer les liaisons satellites, apporte bien des avantages.
Comme nous vous l’avions signalé, le secteur financier en est venu aux transmissions de données point à point sur ondes courtes pour relier les places financières de Francfort et de New-York. Les liaisons satellites et terrestres étant moins rapides (distances plus longues pour le satellite et retard du aux points de présences pour le réseau terrestre).
C’est maintenant le secteur naval qui revient aux ondes courtes pour des raisons de sécurité et de fiabilité : La radio à ondes courtes va être utilisée pour les transmissions de données des navires vers le rivage et entre les navires en tant que service alternatif, voire complémentaire, aux communications par satellite.
Un nouveau réseau est en cours de mise en place, il est dédié à l’Internet des Objets (IoT – Internet of Things) et associé à une sécurité de niveau militaire. Il est destiné exclusivement à la transmission de données et offre un service de messagerie sécurisé qui peut être utilisé globalement, même en l’absence de couverture satellite ou en cas de défaillance du système sur les satellites.
Ce réseau radio à ondes courtes n’a pas la complexité ou les problèmes des communications par satellite, il est constitué d’un maillage de plusieurs stations de base et de terminaux sur les navires.
Contrairement au maillage des GSM, chaque station installée sur un navire devient une station de base et un centre de communications pour l’ensemble du réseau.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

Return of the navy on short waves. More and more sectors are realizing the use of shortwave, to replace satellite links, brings many benefits. As we pointed out to you, the financial sector has come to point-to-point, shortwave data transmission to connect the financial centers of Frankfurt and New York. Satellite and terrestrial links are slower (longer distances for the satellite and delay at the presence points for the terrestrial network). It is now the naval sector that returns to shortwave for reasons of safety and reliability: The short-wave radio will be used for transmissions of data from ships to the shore and between ships as an alternative service or even satellite communications. A new network is being set up, dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) and associated with military-level security. It is intended exclusively for data transmission and provides a secure messaging service that can be used globally even in the absence of satellite coverage or in the event of system failure on the satellites. This short wave radio network does not have the complexity or the problems of satellite communications, it consists of a mesh of several base stations and terminals on the ships. Unlike GSM mesh, each station installed on a ship becomes a base station and a communications center for the entire network.

Best regards,

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MARGARETHA cut

M/V MARGARETHA – UR3IDD/MM

Dear Sparks,

today 27 Sept. 2018 had a QSO with UR3IDD/MM on board M/V MARGARETHA in the Atlantic on her course between Port Arthur (USA) and Norway, it is long time I am following this Maritime Mobile station but the ship was sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and the sigs were very low, today for first time I have heard her with a nice signal on frequency 14019.0 kHz at time 12.57 UTC, the OM is very active when off watch.

Good watch and best rgds,

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MINERAL BRUSSEL

UR5FA/MM – Bulk Carrier “MINERAL BRUSSEL”

Dear Sparks,

tonight at 21.00 UTC worked on 10.116.0 kHz OM Oleg (former Radio Officer now Chief Mate) and he is on board the big Bulk Carrier “MINERAL BRUSSEL”, Oleg is just out of Gibraltar bound to Canada (Sept-Iles), Oleg arrived with RST 559 working QRP with an FT 817, at the moment he is still on the air.

MINERAL BRUSSEL psn

Below a video of the ship when named “TOM SELMER” (video taken near Cape Good Hope).

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webmaster

Portishead Radio QSL cards

Dear Sparks,

past July have been activated by a group of former Portishead Radio R/O’s some special callsigns to celebrate the 90th anniversary of one of the main coast radio station of the world, callsigns of special activation were GB0GKA, GB0GKB and GB0GKC. This morning I received my QSL card for the QSO with GB0GKB operated by R/O Larry Bennet and below the magnificient card.

GB0GKB

Many thanks Larry and good luck!

73’s

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EGDC DECODER

INMARSAT-C reception for amateurs

Dear Sparks,

with less than 100 Euro is possible to build a simple system to receive EGC messages from INMARSAT-C satellites, you can buy on the web the necessary products, since last year there was a distributor in U.S. selling a simple antenna known as DIY antenna, it is not necessary to have a big gun system or a paraboloid one, INMARSAT signals at our latitude are very strong and with the help of a small LN-Amplifier put at the feed point of the antenna you have enough signal everywhere and in any WX, ,it is only necessary to put the antenna pointing the South from your home (for people living in Northern emisphere) you know the INMARSAT satellites are geostationary on the equator, for people in Europe it is possible to receiver two of these satellites of the constellation the IOR (Indian Ocean Region) and the AOR-E (Atlantic Ocean Region – East). From the 18th of September there will be a migration for both of the two mentioned satellites but they will be still available, there will be necessary only to adjust the azimuth of your antenna, it will be easier to receive the IOR Sat will migrate at 15°East, the AOR-E will migrate at 52°West, anyway after this brief introduction some pictures below, the EGC message shown has been received about 10 minutes ago.

DIY ANTENNA

DIY antenna

LNA 1.5 gHZ

LNA (Low Noise Amplifier) it is available on e-bay and it is powered by the 5 Volts of your RTL SDR dongle

TRL SDR STICK

Common RTL-SDR dongle stick available on the web

SDR SHARP

SDR SHARP software for tuning your RTL stick (AOR-E) is on frequency 1.541.450.0 kHz with less 2 kHz in USB

PAN PAN MESSAGE

Message received few minutes ago

GL es GW,

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SV Apostol Andrey

RT9K/MM – Sailing vessel “Apostol Andrey”

Dear Sparks,

our friend Giampiero IZ6FCK reported following Maritime Mobile activity from Arctic waters:

From August 25 to October 1, a russian team will work on the air from the sailing yacht “Apostol Andrey” on the crossings between the islands from Arkhangelsk to Cape Chelyuskin with callsign RT9K/MM.

Some info using a translator:

http://litau.ru/jacht

https://www.rgo.ru/ru/article/legendy-arktiki

Best regards,

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SIDER_BOSTON

M/V SIDER BOSTON – YU2AX/MM

Dear Sparks,

tonight on frequency 14.020.0 kHz OM Zele is on the air from M/V SIDER BOSTON and below the marinetraffic PSN. Zele when on board is very active on CW mode.

PSN SIDER BOSTON

Gud watch and best regards,

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MIKHAIL_SOMOV

M/V MIKHAIL SOMOV in Arctic waters – RW1AI/MM

Dear Sparks,

R/O Mike is on board I/B Mikhail Somov sailing in Arctic waters to supply provisions to russian scientific bases before the winter. Mike is often active, at the moment he is working on 14.022.5 kHz and QTH Loc is MP09 (along the coast) as shown in the picture below. Good watch!

MP09

Best regards,

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