Sunday, July 23, 2017

MARS net on 6968.5U had to move because of pesskies on 6970L 7-23-17 2300U

thats what it sounded like, maybe not... at 2301U both are comming as per usual.
side by side, which is anomalous in itself and worthy of logging.

Friday, July 14, 2017

it seems ive dropped off the map, i havent

im occupied working out presenting a homebrew methodology for independent SIGINT research. the -capture- and initial analysis portion of the field, not the digital decoding. thats not my specialty. i wont even pretend to be godlike there.
my experiences cataloging the worlds peskies has taught a lot on how to rig up an efficient workstation from reception to the cataloging itself.

oh the cataloging...

hundreds upon hundreds of 3x5 cards, man. cross-referenced by color chart.
like a resistor code. i will walk a user through my own setup and how to dramatically improve ones ability to process mass amounts of information like a professional SIGINT spook. that was absolutely dumb sounding. with therapy you will come to forgive me, but you will walk away more efficient with the time you spend with your gear, for sure.



Friday, June 23, 2017

so little time

sorry kids, not enough time in the night to document my favorites lately. its hard enough to manage these 3x5 cards. its hard being one of the worlds only resources for tracking these guys besides hfu. was hoping to have a beta soundboard up by now.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

polish speaking pesskie?

logged it a few nights ago during a grayline sweep.
around 6880 LSB 10pm local.

Monday, June 12, 2017

activity update

ok, been real distracted lately. band conditions are weird, 6 meters has been opening, so i havent been keeping up, lots of new voices heard lately, hard to keep up. apologies.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

GERRY!!call me or email me, dude.

i need a few words on a few things still open, please help me out real quick.

Friday, May 26, 2017

killer night for non-pesskie stuff

sry tonight i just cannot be bothered. conditions are very hot, and theres a few clandestines im looking for.

Friday, May 12, 2017

gqrx stuff

with gqrx as my main demodulator, my load average hovers around 7.50
and im missing packets from the netsdr as a result.
with spectravue under Wine emulation i never had load averages that high, at least the system is usable.
dont know if the volk test helped.
ive spent a vast majority of my time lately on getting to know gqrx, and i have figured out how to import a frequency list into its bookmarks, complete with color highlighting.
more logs this weekend.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

small hiatus for a few days, kali upgrade broke wine so spectravue wont work, using gqrx

trying to code up a remote control utility so i can finally have a scanner run on an SDR.

'expect' is stalling, 'nc' wont deal with carriage returns well.

Friday, May 5, 2017

6905 new guy "gabby" 5 may 0058utc

really leans the mic and goes on and on.
he is now Gabby. s6, minor fading. the other guy? who knows, i was stoked to nail a new contestant. gabby has a tell in his transmission. at the end before he unkeys the mic theres a mid-pitched warble in the audio before terminating.
other guy id'd as Humberto!!



local overpwered pesskie seen on 7150 in a fun turn of events -- 5 -5-17 1700utc

felipe hits the ham bands typical s9+20, no callsign, what could i expect. he mentioned he was mobile, btw. that much power in a car or truck. yeesh.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

6945 portuguese (brazilian) outbanders 042217 0050UTC

2 guys, yet unid'd.
adding them to the catalog.
guy 1, very brazilian, s8-ish, good punchy audio, call him Punchy Gracie.
guy 2, s3, flat audio. portuguese, not so much brazilian as Punchy is, lets call him Flat Pat.
they both key over each other, apparently not knowing radio etiquette. must be new, not much "roger" or "cambio" to signal the other with to say "go ahead, im done".

felipe s8 big signal on 6950L, 0029

looking to chat, calling "hoooola, hoooola" at 0029

Sunday, March 26, 2017

6900 L 27 march 0044 UTC

felipe working alberto, new id. hes slightly off frequency like felipe used to be, maye felipe gave him his old radio. "washington, capital" mentioned.

8903 u 3-26-17 739utc

unid spanish on 8903, kinda high up from normal nets. maybe new?
wish i could post a waterfall pic.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

lots of pesskies tonight, i tried to enclose a screenshot but its not very intuitive on how to accomplish in the blogger dashboard.





6883 lsb 22 march 2100 utc

couple of voices in portuguese, common in south american countries, probably legit fishermen, even though i cant understand any of it.
one guy rolls his r's real well, so we now call him Roller.

just heard "salvador" maybe a name or reference to el salvador.
propagation works well recently from the south american eastern coast, so its likely brazilian.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017


noted on 6900 LSB tonight "Off By 30" now has a proper name, "felipe".

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Off By 30" spotted on a higher freq tonight, 6960.030 LSB
Other op not id'd, too weak to discern anything unique.
So this could indicate another adhoc radio net to keep an eye on.

But it sounds brazilian due to the prolonged "ah" vowels that are driven from the diaphragm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

6.919 LSB is fairly hot right now with a brazilian net checking in on feb 22, 2253 utc, i can hear several distinctive operators, maybe 5.
including one speaking english apparently trolling the regulars. "276 Worldwide" i think. He chased them off before i could develop any additional intel on the network.
well, at least I know they are definitely not local due to frequency and dialect.

operators logged:
  1. SlapbackWhistler (whistles with slight slapback in audio processing stack)
  2. 276Worldwide (known troll from cb land)
  3. Tonguetwister ("badalalala pa lalala")
  4. DankSinatra (sings while drunk/high)
276 worldwide just shouted me out, omg.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

statement of purpose

"Pesskies", the scourge of shortwave radio? or just tech-savvy regular guys shooting the shit on the radio.

"Pesskies" is a wholesale term given to mainly Spanish speaking radio operators that are heard operating in the shortwave radio spectrum.
They typically use regions of the spectrum not normally available to radio amateurs(HAMS).

Pesskie is a transliteration of the Latin term Pescador, or fisherman. It also refers to the pesky irritated feeling experienced when hunting for clandestine or pirate radio broadcasts only to see a carrier pop up where 2 to 5 people begin talking in Spanish. "dammit, i thought it was a clandestine station or pirate, but its just those pesky rag-chewers again..."

20 or 30 years ago, the pesskies may well have been fishermen, or even drug runners operating on the high seas. Communicating via radio seemed expedient enough to keep in touch with fellow fishermen, or other narcotrafficos over a medium to longer distance. Smaller toy walkie-talkies just do not have the power to transmit over longer distances or on these restricted frequency bands, so more robust radios are needed.

Nowadays a quite different picture is painted.

Local to me near DC there are a few stations considered by many in the past to have been pesskies, but I have been stalking them over time and they aren't fishermen at all, just guys keeping in touch with friends and family with halfway decent equipment.

They don't have official callsigns, instead called by name, or on a few occasions by number.

so while its challenging to identify them by callsign, I have fingerprinted them via their radio persona, or their signal characteristics, by giving each operator a unique nickname:

"Off By 30" is always off frequency by 30 kHz
"Smartass 1" has a very sarcastic laugh
"Smartass 2" is a less annoying clone of "Smartass 1" with that silly laugh.
"Fishtank Guy" sounds like he is in a fishtank because of a slight slapback effect in his transmitted audio.
"Hector" not his name, but he always calls for Hector, so it stuck.
There are many more but these are the more colorful ones.

Rarely do i ever hear women, sometimes I hear kids in the background though.

the purpose of this blog is to document some of the things i have discovered while camping on known pesskie bands. there is only one other place that discusses this and thats HFU.

More much later on the subject. I'm all about HAARP right now.

We will eventually get into equipment, specific frequencies, schedules, operators and hopefully we will be able to tie it all together with some good old fashioned sleuthing.

There is a long-standing kinda unspoken thing where pirate radio enthusiasts do not attempt to ascertain the location of an illegal transmission.

I will not stand on ceremony here and when I discover a location of a pesskie, I will post it, because it matters to us as radio people where a signal comes from to help paint a better picture of how earth science is allowing us a glimpse into how the atmosphere works. I wouldn't do that with a pirate broadcaster though.

If the FCC isn't going to track homegrown pesskies with all of their equipment, then they wouldn't care where they are anyway, even if it gets posted here or elsewhere.

Again, I will not do this with pirate broadcasters. They are the vanguard of a type of an antagonistic voice not seen or heard for many many years and deserve that requisite amount of respect.

I will attempt to profile and deconstruct entire adhoc radio nets without the aid of the internet except for maps and propagation reports.

Before google thats how I did it anyway. It stayed in my head, but now I can finally share my ongoing observations.

We will also cover dialect. Most radio nerds will understand many dialects due to exposure to casual shortwave broadcast listening or just by living life, and its important to note when monitoring a radio net to help establish location and atmospheric propagation conditions (CONDX) from those locations which also help when stalking other types of radio transmissions.

Certain pesskies will eventually become beacons to help you plan your listening window. Like when you hear some dudes speaking Tagalog, you know DX will be rolling in from past the pacific islands and you can plan accordingly, looking for that clandestine you missed last month when you took a day off to hear a call for Reunification from North Korea Reform Radio, but conditions sucked and you wasted a day off.