Can you help Paul ID this station?


Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Walker, who is seeking your help. Paul writes:

Well, I think I have an ID but I also think I’m wrong.

I had weather in english by a female computerized voice on 6518.80USB. Heard on 04/10/16 at 910PM AKDT (0510UTC 04/11/16) in Galena, Alaska using a Tecsun PL880 and 80 foot longwire.

Here’s the audio, all 7 minutes and 3 seconds worth:

Click here to listen on YouTube.

It was fairly clear and pretty steady here in the middle of central Alaska.
It was giving weather for the Caribbean and apparently the only hit I can find online for either both from Eibi and Google says that 6518.80 USB belongs to Punta Carretas, Uruguay.

If that’s really what I heard, A.) It was strong and B.) Why was it in english?
I suspect I didn’t really have them and it was from somewhere else. This signal is just to be good to be Uruguay, but a DX says they are the only things that come up in a search for 6518.80 USB but the times I heard them don’t match.

If you can help Paul, please comment!

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5 thoughts on “Can you help Paul ID this station?

  1. Dale Moore


    Could you have heard WLO Mobile Radio on 6519? My resources show this is broadcasting from the US, targeting the Caribbean, in English. Likely to have weather content. Googling WLO Mobile Radio will easily give some very informative information. Full disclosure, I have not tuned this, but I now have it on my target list! Good luck.

  2. Richard Langley

    Similar to:
    For commercial and government SSB stations, their registered frequency is more than likely an integer multiple of 1 kHz. If you tune in the station and the displayed frequency differs from the registered frequency, it might mean that your receiver’s frequency calibration is off. One way to check is to use WWV, WWVH, CHU, or some other station with a tightly regulated carrier frequency. Tune the station in using LSB or USB (USB only for CHU) for natual-sounding audio and see how far off the displayed frequency is. Reset the receiver’s frequency calibration, if possible, or simply note the offset for a paper correction.


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