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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ Guest

    The US Coast Guard has asked QRZ to help on a cold case to track down a radio pirate who was responsible for a hoax that caused a large scale mobilization. They have provided us a recording of the traffic so that perhaps one of us might recognize the voice behind the microphone.

    We have an audio file on QRZ that you can examine at

    Here is the text of their request to the QRZ community:

    The US Coast Guard is looking for the person responsible for several hoax calls made around the United States on a VHF marine band radio. The attached audio was recorded in New York City on June 11, 2012.

    Please DO NOT email us with motives, theories or stories regarding other hoaxes. While we appreciate your insight, our goal here is only to identify the caller.

    If you recognize and can identify the voice on this call, please email CGISNE-WEB@USCG.MIL and provide your best contact information so investigators can contact you directly. Thank you.

    Note: if you have a suspicion of a person who might be responsible for this crime, please DO NOT SHARE THE PERSON'S NAME OR CALLSIGN HERE ON QRZ. Instead, contact the email address provided above.
  2. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've gotta ask Fred... has it been VERIFIED beyond a shadow of a doubt that it actually WAS the CG that contacted you to ask assistance?

    This sounds to me like a hoax in itself. It seems SO unlikely that the CG would ask amateurs if they can "identify the voice" behind the mic... that is just not believable to me... sorry.
  3. N4JTE

    N4JTE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I totally believe Fred has been asked to try this, however, I assume the ah that did this was probaly on vhf, and his voice is not familiar.
    I can recogonize many voices on hf and it is a valid exploration by the Coast Guard and I, for one, appreciate the thinking outside the box.
    We had this stuff on the Maritime Mobile Service in past years and always worked closely with the Coast Guard to differientiate real and bogus emergancies.
  4. KF5SAR

    KF5SAR Ham Member QRZ Page

  5. WA3FHM

    WA3FHM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I, for one, am offended that the Coast Guard would assume that a ham was involved. Why don't they contract a pleasure craft web site, or Freebanders are just as much a problem as they ever were; why settle for 26 MHz to 28 MHz when you can have even more fun on the marine band.

    Bill Medlock
  6. KF6ABU

    KF6ABU Ham Member QRZ Page

    wow. that caller sure did pile it on! explosions and everything.
  7. KS9Q

    KS9Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't think they are assuming it was a ham. I think they view ham radio as a resource to solve the problem. Fox hunt, anyone?
  8. KB2RMC

    KB2RMC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Offended?? They asked for HELP from the hams!! Wow, I wish the word offended would be removed from the English language. Everyone gets "offended" about EVERYTHING nowadays. THEY ASKED US FOR HELP!!!!
  9. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    We see frequent actions taken by the FCC against hams who violate the rules and regs it would be great if there were no violators but in the real world that is not the case. It is a tribute to our hobby that the USCG thinks so much of us to believe we could be of assistance.
  10. N6MEJ

    N6MEJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    They need to catch this jerk and put him in jail for a while.
  11. KD6SBR

    KD6SBR Subscriber QRZ Page


    I am offended you even replied!! (lol)
  12. KW0U

    KW0U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hope they contacted Pop Com and other radio listener sites as well. The more ears out there the more likely this fool will be caught.
  13. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's the kind of thing that should earn someone a LONG, LONG stint at Club Fed, making little rocks out of big ones.

    Here's hoping someone recognizes the cretin's voice. I think there is a considerable regional accent, and perhaps someone can identify the region. That may not indicate the location of the jerk, but might point to his origin.
  14. N0AMT

    N0AMT Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    It's legitimate. Not easy to spoof a DSN phone number, .mil email and IP address, and credentials. We checked. :)

  15. N4JTE

    N4JTE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Point being, was not probaly a ham operator, any fool can get on vhf channels and do this stuff, as can anyone do the same on an aircraft freq, or their local police freq, on this one, Fred is mentioning, there was a lot of diverted a lot of manpower for a fake emergancy.
    Any thing we can do to help obviously limited, with only a voice is what he has has posted!
  16. N4JTE

    N4JTE Ham Member QRZ Page

    It was NY and probaly playing on 2 meter repeaters.
  17. W7UUU

    W7UUU Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Creepy, pathetic and evil.

    What a bunch of crap. Why do people do this stuff? I don't get it...

  18. N0AMT

    N0AMT Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I understand your intentions Bob, and appreciate any help the amateur community can provide to the Coast Guard. That said, they're reaching out to us hoping that maybe we've heard this individual before and can positively identify the voice. They know the transmission was in New York, and contacting them to say that the person sounds to be from the Northeast region, or "They sound like a New Yorker." or anything of the like is probably a conclusion they've come to on their own through their own expert analysis/consultation.

    My point is that we aren't here to investigate this, or provide any "expert analysis." We are being asked essentially: "Can you identify to whom this voice belongs?"

    That said, we aren't moderating any of this. It's up to you if and what to send to the provided email address. :)
  19. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    We are being asked essentially: "Can you identify to whom this voice belongs?"

    The USCG isn't pointing a finger at hams, its asking for help.

    Doesn't anybody listen to marine traffic? Don't any of you guys monitor marine VHF? Scanner freaks?

    Along the Gulf coast of Florida here. there is LOTS of radio traffic on the Marine VHF channels, essentially 155-156.4 mhz. It can be very interesting.

    Channel 16 ie, 156.8 mhz is the officially designated International Distress calling channel which is monitored by the Coast Guard 24/7 as well as by vessels equipped with radios.

    The USCG Auxiliary has lots of hams in it. Many ham and non-ham member spend time monitoring Marine channel 16 as part of their public service, either from home, office, or at many USCGAUX Flotilla facilities that have been equipped to do so. If you're around a coastal area there is probably one nearby.

    A simple marine VHF transceiver are now very low cost, like a CB rig, even brand new they can be obtained for < $100.

    Most ham VHF transceivers, HT, mobile, base, have extended receive capabilities that cover that band. They can be "opened up" to transmit too.

    Have you EVER used the receive scanner function on your rig? Marine, air band, railroads. MURS, GMRS/FRS, Public Service channels. They are all programmed on mine. When I am mobile or just sitting at my desk I usually have a radio on with the squelch set and some band being scanned.

    I hear many of the same voices active on Marine VHF every day. USCG dispatch, Tow-Boats-US, SeaTow, commercial fishing, cargo and cruise ships, frequent recreational boaters.

    Very often the USCG radio watch person barks at minor offenders for using channel 16 for non-emergency purposes, usually inadvertently. But sometimes the warning is sterner as kids, teens, or other malicious or impaired users get feisty and try to play games.

    If more hams up in that area around Sandy Hook were monitoring Marine VHF and other bands, perhaps that distinctive voice from the recorded WAV file would re-appear and ring a bell to some one? The USCG has limited manpower and is usually listening only on channel 16 or its other few designated channels. Making a recording to compare suspicious voice is not too difficult for the typical ham to do on a PC or mobile device either.

    Hopefully this offender is not from the ranks of licensed amateurs. But, it wouldn't be surprising either.

    We never have repeater-jammers, pirates, or intentional QRM'ers, naaaa, LOL!
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2013
  20. KK6L

    KK6L Ham Member QRZ Page

    Um, just how are you going to Fox Hunt when the transmission already ended?

    Also, the caller was much too calm to be on a sinking ship with three feet of water, and his signal was too clear to be on a low-power radio at sea.
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