NAVTEX

NAVTEX is an international automated medium frequency (518 kHz) direct-printing service for delivery of navigational and meteorological warnings and forecasts, as well as urgent marine safety information to ships. It was developed to provide a low-cost, simple, and automated means of receiving this information aboard ships at sea within approximately 200 nautical miles of shore. (source NOAA)


I already did some NAVTEX DXing in Europe, and since noise levels in my location are reasonably low on medium wave I decided to start scanning 518 kHz over here too. The software I use is Frisnit NAVTEX Decoder. There is a Java version, but the Windows version under Wine runs very well, if not better, on Linux.

Taiwan is located in area XI-B and the current schedule is here.

A screenshot of the Frisnit decoding software.

These are the stations I have received and identified so far:

BB00-Kholmsk-UFO (tent)

FA91-Bankok-HSA

GA34-Naha-JNB

HB44-Moji-JNR

IB69-Yokohama-JGC

JA04-Otaru-JNL

KA23-DaNang-XVT

KE01-Kushiro-JNX

LE70-HongKong-VRX

MA05-Sanya-XSI

NE96-Guangzhou-XSQ

OA77-Fuzhou-XSL

PB55-Keelung-XSX

QA71-Shanghai-XSG

RA90-Dalian-XSZ

SA26-Tianjin-XSV

UA65-Penang-9MGV

VA18-CHUKPYONG-HLx

WA37-PyongSan-HLx

XA04-HoChiMinhVille-XVS

490 kHz

FB53 - DaNang - XVT

KA32 - Pyong San - HL..