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Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:08 am

FlyingScotsman wrote:
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FlyingScotsman wrote: No problem buddy :D do you have any idea what it means or if it's important?
From what I understand they're a way to send short messages to global stations in a reliable and secure method - so could be anything from "NK just launched a nuke, get your boys on the plane and go kill Kim" to "Bob, Jane's just gone into labour, congrats mate!", or "Exercise is cancelled due to weather, enjoy the weekend".

Someone with more experience may be able to provide more insight into the type of messages transmitted :)
Ahh i see, well lets hope it's the latter then :lol: hopefully someone could clear up the audio, could potentially be useful.
Like someone alluded to earlier, the encryption involved is such that it's basically impossible to determine anything about the contents, but the metadata can suggest clues as to their nature. The fact that humans deliver the messages vocally attaches an enormous amount of such metadata, even though often subjective. I'm still confounded and bewildered that continues to be the standard operating method for that reason
Quantifiable and objective data like message length, regularity and period, signal strength, callsigns and origin offer more reliable, but usually less insightful context.

Imagine a locked briefcase being delivered by courier across town. Without knowing anything about the context, a perceptive detective could figure out a lot about the situation by following the driver and observinge from pickup to delivery.

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Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:12 am

Encyclopath wrote:Like someone alluded to earlier, the encryption involved is such that it's basically impossible to determine anything about the contents, but the metadata can suggest clues as to their nature. The fact that humans deliver the messages vocally attaches an enormous amount of such metadata, even though often subjective. I'm still confounded and bewildered that continues to be the standard operating method for that reason
Quantifiable and objective data like message length, regularity and period, signal strength, callsigns and origin offer more reliable, but usually less insightful context.

Imagine a locked briefcase being delivered by courier across town. Without knowing anything about the context, a perceptive detective could figure out a lot about the situation by following the driver and observinge from pickup to delivery.
It's worth noting that the people reading the messages out do not have knowledge of the content, however they would be influenced by the body language of the people providing them with the messages and the general vibe around the station. So you might not hear someone trembling as they give out a message ordering a pre-emptive nuclear strike, but you'd pick up on the tension in the room.

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Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:28 am

Good point, that also brings up the point of accidental communication from background conversation, or "hot mic" situations.

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Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:17 am

Encyclopath wrote:Imagine a locked briefcase being delivered by courier across town. Without knowing anything about the context, a perceptive detective could figure out a lot about the situation by following the driver and observinge from pickup to delivery.
But he was bewildered to discover once opened that the briefcase did not in fact contain an alien head or nuclear launch codes; but instead quite surprisingly, one slice of pizza! With a bite out of it!

Bad joke, okay, I'll definitely be listening later tonight w/ what's going on in Armenia vs. Azerbaijan though.
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Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:39 am

All stations call from Smuggler for Region Alpha.
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Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:46 am

jayfeather31 wrote:All stations call from Smuggler for Region Alpha.
Googled "Region Alpha USAF" and this came up, interesting read: http://labyrinth13.com/USAF%20EAM%20Broadcasts.pdf

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Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:29 am

Everyone here knows one of the main Armenian frequencies on WebSDR right?

(It's 6450 USB...)
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Oswald wrote:
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jayfeather31 wrote:All stations call from Smuggler for Region Alpha.
Googled "Region Alpha USAF" and this came up, interesting read: http://labyrinth13.com/USAF%20EAM%20Broadcasts.pdf
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JohnStone wrote:
Oswald wrote:
hrng wrote:
Googled "Region Alpha USAF" and this came up, interesting read: http://labyrinth13.com/USAF%20EAM%20Broadcasts.pdf
GREAT FIND!
Indeed.
I concur. This is extremely helpful.
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Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:14 am

CW going out over Russian Air Force frequencies.
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