Texas Radio Bloggers Discover Bizarre ‘Beacon of Hate’
"TAKE ALL THE WIFES FROM THE PORN AND RELIGIONS CAMELS U TOOK MINE FOR 15 YEARS!"
"AMERICANS ARE F***ERS KILL THEM ALL OFF FOR REAL!"
There is something in the radio world called "DX'ing". Essentially, this hobby entails listening to various radio and television signals (usually via shortwave) and attempting to locate and identify the broadcaster.
Inevitably, anyone participating in this hobby is sure to uncover some really strange and interesting signals. However, a hobbyist in Fort Worth got a little more than he bargained for. And he still can't figure out exactly what his find is all about.
Steve Yates is a Ham radio operator (call sign AA5TB) and he operates a web site that documents his bizarre discoveries as he navigates the Ham and Shortwave bands.
One, in particular, however is especially perplexing.
"It has been fun just trying to figure out the purpose of the transmission and the meaning of its message," Steve writes in his blog.
But why anyone would bother to dedicate transmitting equipment to these coded messages is anyone's guess.
The channel broadcasts in Morse code. And its sole purpose appears to be beaming racist messages worldwide. Oh, and something about camels. Over and over again.
"The 30m band is shared with commercial and military users throughout the world but I can't think of any legitimate purpose for this signal, particularly when the message content is considered," Steve says.
"If the messages were directed to someone real I really would have expected some sort of encryption to have been used. It is for this reason that I believe the messages were meant to simply play with our minds. I am curious as to why anyone would devote transmitting equipment for so long to such a small audience."
Steve isn't the only broadcaster that has heard the signal, appropriately nick-named "The Beacon of Hate". Other enthusiasts in Texas have chimed in on his blog to confirm that they have heard it as well. A user in Vancouver, Washington reports that he's heard it too.
So, just who is this mad radio operator and where is he or she? No one has figured that out yet. But another Ham, Chuck Rowlett made a YouTube video about it and you can check it out here as he translates one of the Morse code messages:
More decoded messages can be found at Steve's page here.