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The best way to describe Utility (Ute) monitoring is to use negative logic; it excludes CB, Amateur and Short Wave Broadcast. This includes, but is not limited to, aeronautical stations, digital signals (outside of the specified amateur bands), military, maritime, federal and other users.
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The purpose of this section is to gather and group HF Utility Monitoring information in a single location. For information on antennas, please see the [[Antennas]] Wiki. Our [[HF Propagation]] article has links regarding how HF (and higher) signals travel great differences. It's an important topic to understand if you wish to be successful in this game.<br>
 
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The RR forum for this topic can be found [http://www.radioreference.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=79 here]
 
The RR forum for this topic can be found [http://www.radioreference.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=79 here]
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== Aircraft ==
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Aircraft utilize HF communications when VHF (Line of Sight) communications is not sufficient. The primary usage of HF is for Trans-oceanic flights. Trans-oceanic flights communicate with ground stations via HF for position reports and other purposes.
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Another utilization of HF communications is for HFDL or High Frequency DataLink.
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Finally Military Aircraft (MILCRAFT) utilize HF for operational and training.
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* [[ICAO HF Aeronautical Stations|MWARA frequencies]] - Aircraft use these stations to communicate over water when out of VHF radio range.
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* [http://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/MWARA MWARA Frequency map on HFunderground]
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* [[HFDL]] misnamed HF Datalink, it's really an HF version of [[ACARS]]
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==ALE (Automatic Link Establishment)==
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* The [[ALE]] page has a listing of all the packages that decode ALE.
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* The [[ALE Networks]] page consolidates a listing of active ALE networks.
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== Digital Decoding ==
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* [http://www.chace-ortiz.org/umc/ Utility Monitoring Central]
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* Here's Marius Rensen's popular [http://www.hffax.de HF FAX] site for FAX/SSTV information
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* What is [[Link-11]]? 
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* [http://i56578-swl.blogspot.it/ diario SWL]
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===Audio Samples of Digital Signals===
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* [http://myweb.hinet.net/home4/sferix/hfasia HF Asia Digital sounds website]
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* [http://www.kb9ukd.com/digital/ KB9UKD Digital Modes Samples]
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* [http://www.signals.taunus.de/DIG_intro.htm Signals Digital Modes section]
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* [http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/g4ucj/html/digital_modes.html G4UCJ's Radio Website]
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* [http://www.mixw.net/index.php?j=signals MixW digital signal examples]
  
 
== Hurricane Related Frequency Lists ==
 
== Hurricane Related Frequency Lists ==
 
* [http://www.ominous-valve.com/hurricne.txt Hugh Stegman's Hurricane Frequency List]
 
* [http://www.ominous-valve.com/hurricne.txt Hugh Stegman's Hurricane Frequency List]
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* [http://www.hurricanefrequencies.com/ Bill Snyder's Hurricane Frequencies]
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* [http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfsitor.htm NOAA HF Sitor schedule information]
 
* [http://www.shipcom.com/frequencies.html ShipCom LLC synthesized weather broadcasts]
 
* [http://www.shipcom.com/frequencies.html ShipCom LLC synthesized weather broadcasts]
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== Military ==
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See our [[HF Military Communications]] page for more information about monitoring the military on HF.
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== MW (AM Band) Rejection Filters ==
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* [http://www.iceradioproducts.com/filtersrf.html#bcb ICE BCB Filters]
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* [http://www.kiwa.com/bcb.html Kiwa Broadcast Band Rejection Filter]
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* [http://www.kiwa.com/bcblw.html Kiwa Broadcast Band Filter for Longwires]
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* [http://www.parelectronics.com/swl_filters.htm PAR BCST-HPF Filter]
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** [http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/mt2001reviews.html#PAR%20AM%20Broadcast%20Filter PAR AM Broadcast Filter review from MT]
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* [http://www.scannermaster.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=39 Scanner Master Filters page]
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* [http://www.stridsberg.com/prod02.htm Stridsberg Engineering Filters]
  
 
==Other Websites ==
 
==Other Websites ==
 
* [http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/ShortWave.aspx Armed Forces Network]
 
* [http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/ShortWave.aspx Armed Forces Network]
 
** What was once known as the Armed Forces Radio and TV Network (AFRTS)
 
** What was once known as the Armed Forces Radio and TV Network (AFRTS)
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* [http://people.zeelandnet.nl/cor19vs CL's shortwave listener's service]
 
* [http://www.docksideradio.com/ Dockside Radio]  
 
* [http://www.docksideradio.com/ Dockside Radio]  
* [[DXing Digital Utilities]]
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* Interested in hearing marine stations/ships on HF? Check out the [[HF Maritime Communications]] article
* [http://www.hffax.de/ HFFax.de]
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* [http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/ MT Milcom Blog by Larry Van Horn]
* [http://www.itu.int/cgi-bin/htsh/glad/cga_callsign.sh?lng=E ITU Callsign Prefixes]
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* [http://mt-utility.blogspot.com/ MT Utility World Blog by Hugh Stegman]
* [http://www.itu.int/ITU-R/index.asp?category=terrestrial&rlink=terrestrial-monitoring&lang=en ITU International Monitoring]
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* [http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/Monitoring%20NASA%20and%20Space%20Communications.pdf Monitoring NASA and Space Communications (PDF)]
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* [http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/mttopHF.html MT Top 1000 Frequencies]
 
* [[NATO Common Channels]]
 
* [[NATO Common Channels]]
* [[Online Utility Stations]]
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* [http://www3.sympatico.ca/hehilgen/vax498.htm Southbound 2 Net page by Herb Hilgenberg VE3LML]  
* [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/reconlist.shtml NHC Aircraft Reconnaissance]
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* [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ftp/pub/forecasts/recon/MIAREPRPD Tropical Cyclone Plan of the Day]
* [http://www.swld.com.au/default.htm Short Wave Listener's Delight] specializing in Aus/NZ area
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* [http://home.planet.nl/~boend177/ Utility DXers Forum Home Page]
* [http://www.udxf.nl/index.html Utility DXers Forum Home Page]
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* [http://www.ominous-valve.com/uteworld.html Utility World]
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* [[VOLMET]] Aeronautical stations broadcasting weather worldwide
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* [http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/eam.html What is an EAM? by Jeff Haverlah (MT Website)]
 
* [http://www.dxinfocentre.com/ William Hepburn's DX Information Centre]
 
* [http://www.dxinfocentre.com/ William Hepburn's DX Information Centre]
 
* [[WUN Links Archive]]
 
* [[WUN Links Archive]]
  
; Blogs
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== Manufacturers==
* [http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/ Milcom Monitoring Post by Larry Van Horn]
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* [http://www.aorusa.com/main.html AOR USA]
* [http://mt-utility.blogspot.com/ Utility Planet by Hugh Stegman]
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* [http://www.etoncorp.com/GeneralMenu Eton]
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* [http://www.icomamerica.com/ Icom America]
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* [http://kiwa.com/ Kiwa Electronics]
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* [http://www.sangean.com/ Sangean]
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* [http://www.tentec.com/ TenTec]
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== Software ==
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* [[Radio Control Software#Other_HF_Related_Control_Packages|Receiver Software Control]]
  
; Receiver Control Software
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==Receiver Modifications==
* [[Amateur Radio Transceiver Control]] - many ham transceivers can be controlled via a PC
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* [http://www.qth.com/inrad/ INRAD Filters and Enhancements]
* [[Receiver Software Applications]]
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* [http://www.kiwa.com Kiwa Electronics]
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* [http://www.mods.dk Mods.DK]
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* [http://www.sherweng.com/ Sherwood Engineering]
  
==Past Natural Disasters==
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== Receiver Reviews and User Opinions ==
All of these heavily used HF during recovery, rescue and SAR operations
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* [http://www.uhf-satcom.com/sdr-iq/ A brief review of the RF Space SDR-IQ Software Defined Radio]
*[[Hurricane Gustav]]  
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* [http://ac6v.com/swl.htm#RX AC6V Receiver Reviews and Surveys]
*[[Hurricane Hanna]]
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* [http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/AOR_Radios AOR Receivers]
*[[Hurricane Ike]]  
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* [http://www.dxing.info/equipment/ DXing.Info Equipment Page]  
*[[Hurricane Katrina]]  
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* [http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/8 EHam Receiver user reviews]
*[[Hurricane Rita]]  
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* [http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/Icom_Radios Icom Receivers]
*[[Hurricane Wilma]]
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* [http://www.radiointel.com/phil/phils_06_buyguide.pdf Phil's Buyers Guide 2006 (PDF)]
*[[Haiti Earthquake 2010]]
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* [http://www.radiointel.com/reviews.htm RadioIntel Receivers page 1]
*[[Hurricane Irene]]
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* [http://www.radiointel.com/radioinfo.htm RadioIntel Receivers and Accesories page]
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* [http://www.mwcircle.org/res-receiver.htm R Netherlands Receiver Shopping List (archive by MWCircle)]
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* [[Realistic DX394 Receiver]]
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* [http://www.sherweng.com/table.html Receiver Test Data from Sherwood Engineering]
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* [http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/Yaesu_Radios#Receivers Yaesu Receivers]
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== US Federal Goverment ==
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* [[ICE]] - Monitoring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HF Operations
  
 
== Utility Related Clubs and mailing lists ==
 
== Utility Related Clubs and mailing lists ==
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* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cothen/ COTHEN]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HFmonitors/ HFmonitors]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HFmonitors/ HFmonitors]
* [http://www.hfunderground.com/board/ HF Underground Message Board]
 
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/iscanmarine/ iscanmarine]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/iscanmarine/ iscanmarine]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/low-level/ Low Level]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/low-level/ Low Level]
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* [http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/milcom Milcom]   
 
* [http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/milcom Milcom]   
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MilGovMonitoring/ MilGov Monitoring]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MilGovMonitoring/ MilGov Monitoring]
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* [http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/radio_clubs.html MT Radio Clubs and Nets page]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/odxa/ Ontario DX Association (ODXA)]   
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/odxa/ Ontario DX Association (ODXA)]   
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RadioMonitors/ Radio Monitors]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RadioMonitors/ Radio Monitors]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScannerTalk/ ScannerTalk]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScannerTalk/ ScannerTalk]
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/udxf/ Utility DXers Forum (UDXF)]
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* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/udxf/ Utility DXers Forum]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/utility_listening/  Utility Listening]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/utility_listening/  Utility Listening]
  
; Chat Rooms
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* IRC channel #wunclub
 
* #monitor on irc.starchat.net
 
 
 
  
 
 
[[Category:HF Topics]]
 
[[Category:HF Topics]]

Revision as of 02:11, 22 July 2015

The purpose of this section is to gather and group HF Utility Monitoring information in a single location. For information on antennas, please see the Antennas Wiki. Our HF Propagation article has links regarding how HF (and higher) signals travel great differences. It's an important topic to understand if you wish to be successful in this game.

The RR forum for this topic can be found here

Aircraft

Aircraft utilize HF communications when VHF (Line of Sight) communications is not sufficient. The primary usage of HF is for Trans-oceanic flights. Trans-oceanic flights communicate with ground stations via HF for position reports and other purposes. Another utilization of HF communications is for HFDL or High Frequency DataLink. Finally Military Aircraft (MILCRAFT) utilize HF for operational and training.

ALE (Automatic Link Establishment)

  • The ALE page has a listing of all the packages that decode ALE.
  • The ALE Networks page consolidates a listing of active ALE networks.

Digital Decoding

Audio Samples of Digital Signals

Hurricane Related Frequency Lists

Military

See our HF Military Communications page for more information about monitoring the military on HF.

MW (AM Band) Rejection Filters

Other Websites

Manufacturers

Software

Receiver Modifications

Receiver Reviews and User Opinions

US Federal Goverment

  • ICE - Monitoring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HF Operations

Utility Related Clubs and mailing lists

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