Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Andy, who writes:
I was just listening to an old B52’s music gig on YouTube when it got
to 51:57 mins in.
You can clearly hear NAWS DE CFH and some other stuff.
How did that get there–?
73 de Andy
Thanks for sharing, Andy!
Ah yes, Planet Claire! I actually heard the eB52s play this one live at a concert in the early 90s.
The “CHF” that you hear is the callsign of the Canadian Forces Station Mill Cove. This is a partial recording of a CHF broadcast listing frequencies for RTTY transmissions. The B52s have been known to incorporate radio feedback and snippets in their work. You can hear CW more clearly in this video:
In fact, when I saw the B52s live, Fred Schneider used a walkie talkie Morse Code button (the type that you could find on kids’ walkie talkies) for audio feedback in at least Planet Claire and Rock Lobster.
I bet there are some other B52s fans out there who will have even more insight! Thanks again, Andy!
If you do a search for B52’s music morse code, several links will come up talking about morse code in several movies and songs. It mentions the code in the concert you posted and explains the meaning.