Quality vs. quantity: real radio monitoring vs. total disinformation

Here at Klingenfuss Publications, we do real radio monitoring on a regular basis from various parts of the globe - and we have done so for more than 50 years! Our extensive worldwide network of experienced cooperators uses state-of-the-art products such as PROCITEC and WAVECOM digital data signal analysis + classification + decoding + display + identification + reception equipment. This leading technology allows us to exchange standard .w40 or .w41 or .w51 or .w61 or .wda files via normal e-mail.

Decoder quality comparison by N0SYA on UDXF
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Our global collection of "life" message texts, data files, fax transmissions and HF e-mails currently covers more than 22,000 screenshots and constitutes the largest pertinent database worldwide. What's more, only we - and nobody else! - regularly upload the latest monitoring screenshots on our website.

Oddly enough, there is no other author in this field who includes at least a few screenshots from real radio monitoring in his or her books or CD's. Now why is that? For the simple reason that there is no comprehensive real radio monitoring executed out there at all! While these people offer gigantic frequency lists covering tenthousands of entries, these concoctions are perfectly useless to serious radio listeners since they merely represent dull data compilations copied - of all things! - from the Internet and not based on real radio monitoring.

Real radio monitoring using the very latest digital data decoding software
The new go2monitor/ go2signals decoder - at a cost of some 30,000+ EUR -
runs up to 32 classification / recognition / decoding / recording channels!
All those signals here are perfectly identified and listed in our latest publications ...
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The Internet, however, is not only a just too convenient medium for copying and plagiarizing information, but above all constitutes a worldwide promotion platform for incompetent and stupid people, idiots, and outright maniacs. These guys usually have no idea of economy, foreign languages, geography, politics, radio, and related fields. As a result, you will find on the Internet an incredible amount of intentional disinformation, misleading interpretations, pure speculation, and wrong conclusions ...

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2012

  1. Tarnok is unable to identify a routine FAX station that has been around for ages
  2. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2011

  1. Tokyo is, again and again, unable to identify a routine FAX station that has been around for ages
  2. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2011

  1. Tokyo is unable to identify a routine FAX station that has been around for ages
  2. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2011

  1. München is unable to identify a routine FAX station that has been around for ages
  2. The station is not in "I"
  3. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2010

  1. Rambouillet is unable to identify a routine FAX station that has been around for ages
  2. The station is not "EN MER"
  3. The station is not in TUR
  4. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. Tarnok is unable to identify a transmission that has been around for years
  2. It is totally useless to give working shift times such as 0000-2359 instead of actual reception times
  3. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. Rambouillet is unable to identify its own colonies correctly
  2. The station monitored is located in the French colony Crozet Island
  3. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. Rambouillet is unable to identify its own colonies correctly
  2. The station monitored is located in the French colony Martinique
  3. MTN is Mauritania and thus incorrect
  4. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. The station monitored is located in Johor Baharu, Malaysia
  2. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. Klagenfurt and Tarnok are unable to identify a transmission that has been around for years
  2. It is totally useless to give working shift times such as 0000-2359 instead of actual reception times
  3. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. Rambouillet and El Casar are unable to identify a transmission that has been around for ages
  2. Denmark is a country of its own and not "D"
  3. It is totally useless to give working shift times such as 0700-1400 instead of actual reception times
  4. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. Tarnok is unable to identify a station that has been around for ages
  2. The station monitored is located in Istanbul
  3. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2009

  1. Both Baldock and Tokyo are unable to identify a station that has been around for ages
  2. Emission is F3C and not F1C and certainly not from "Las Pinas", read Manila!
  3. The station monitored is located in the Democratic Republic of China on the island of Taiwan
  4. Taiwan has never been a part of Communist Undemocratic China
  5. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2008

  1. Tokyo is unable to use a bearing correctly
  2. The station monitored is located in the French colony New Caledonia, not in France
  3. New Caledonia is indeed 156° from Tokyo
  4. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2008

  1. Tokyo is unable to identify a radiofax transmission of Chinese (!) characters correctly
  2. The station monitored is located in the Democratic Republic of China on the island of Taiwan
  3. Taiwan has never been a part of Communist Undemocratic China
  4. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2007

  1. The correct frequency is 9064.0
  2. F1B frequency shift is 200 Hz
  3. It is totally useless to give working shift times such as 0600-2359 instead of actual reception times
  4. Emission is not PACTOR
  5. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2007

  1. Tokyo is unable to identify a radiofax transmission of Japanese (!) characters correctly
  2. 9MG is the callsign of Georgetown Radio on Pulau Pinang in Malaysia
  3. Singapore, the origin of this transmission, is no longer a part of Malaysia. Selamat malam. The Tunku would rotate in his grave!
  4. F3C frequency shift is 800 Hz
  5. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!
  6. The Centre de Controle des Radiocommunications Mobiles at Ophain in Belgium has been our customer for many years (see here) and is thus able to supply correct information

Radio monitoring information provided by government telecommunication administrations in 2007

  1. See above for errors by Tokyo
  2. 9MG is the callsign of a radio station in Malaysia, not in Thailand
  3. Singapore, the origin of this transmission, is no longer a part of Malaysia. Mahathir would rotate in his grave (belum, Ence' ...) Good morning!
  4. The correct identification and parameters from real radio monitoring can be found only in our products!

Admiralty List of Radio Signals 2007/2008
These transmissions have ceased about 15 years ago...
Surprise, surprise!

World Meteorological Organization Publication # 9 Edition 2007
Totally outdated transmissions schedules - as usual!
These transmissions have ceased about 15 years ago ...
Surprise, surprise!

World Meteorological Organization Publication # 9 Edition 2007
Totally outdated transmissions schedules - as usual!
These transmissions have ceased about 20 years ago ...
Surprise, surprise!

World Meteorological Organization Publication # 9 Edition 2007
Totally outdated transmissions schedules - as usual!
These transmissions have ceased about 35 years ago ...
Surprise, surprise!

... and this "quality" of "data" is today the very mainstay of cheap frequency lists offered by other publishers! The deplorable effects of this "working method" are

  • Tenthousands of phantom and fantasy frequencies are published for the sole purpose of quantity.
  • Stations which ceased operation many years ago continue to be listed in self-appointed "leading" publications (you name it - we're tickled to death ...) comprising hundreds of extincted stations and thousands of inactive frequencies. Just a few examples - only the tip of an iceberg:

    - "German MFA Bonn": for many years the capital city of Germany has been Berlin, believe it or not even our bladigarmen moved over there, and surprise surprise, they don't use "Rs-Arq" any longer. Madonna!

    - "ASECNA": it seems that some guys don't even know what ASECNA stood for - politically and strategically! - and that this French regional colonial network, as a consequence, did never ever include "Addis Abeba" or "Plaisance" or "Lusaka" let alone "Ho Chi Minh City" and so on. Obviously, these guys have never been on a radio monitoring mission in Africa and elsewhere, they don't speak let alone understand any foreign languages or cultures, and they have absolutely no idea of foreign economies and politics. As they say in "Plaisance", the home of that extinct animal, where we've been 17 (seventeen!) times so far: ASECNA on HF is as dead as a Dodo! We're tickled to death!

  • This, by the way, goes for traditional worldwide radio broadcast handbooks on as well: our new Shortwave Frequency Guide - currently in its nineteenth edition! - has set a new quality standard in the field of easy-to-use broadcast station lists and up-to-date transmission schedules as well.
  • Feedback and repercussion of that "data" through, you guess it? the Internet! spreads that disinformation in no time all over the world. This is the very vicious circle that we revealed already 25 years ago with one particularly notorious frequency list and certain monthly club / radio magazines from, again!, the United States of America - and we significantly designated this vicious circle "The CFL Loop"!
  • The final result of that infamous business attitude? We have experienced it again and again: the unsuspecting user of such bad frequency lists is intentionally disinformed, largely frustrated, and totally confused. With the exception of some reliable websites maintained by international organizations and selected utility radio stations, our long-time experience is: hands off the Net - and its infamous "clubs" and "newsgroups"!

    On the contrary, the quality of our products is based on

  • the technical skill of the contributing radio monitors. They are fully familiar with the traffic procedures of the various radio services monitored. Consequently, they are young enough to be able to keep abreast with the latest developments in information technology and digital data transmissions, but nevertheless have sound experience of the work done at radio stations of the intercepted utility services. This can be obtained only through long periods of practical monitoring work;
  • experience of these radio monitors in the identification of radio signals. This is one of the most difficult tasks, partly due to the infrequent transmission of identification signals and partly due to the use of abbreviated, tactical or unofficial call signs. In the case of complex digital data transmission and teleprinter systems there is difficulty both in the decoding and the identification of such signals;
  • the monitoring work itself, i.e. the establishment of methodical working procedures such as shift plans;
  • the amount of time invested for monitoring;
  • the quality of the equipment used: we use several antennas and high-end receivers. Needless to say, we routinely test - and use! - the full range of the very latest PROCITEC and WAVECOM digital data decoders at a total value of more than 110,000 EUR;
  • the availability of reference material such as certain official publications, plus the experience to interpret it;
  • proficiency in economy, geography and politics and related fields, with profound background knowledge and talent of deduction;
  • proficiency in foreign languages: Mr. Joerg Klingenfuss speaks Creole, French, German, Italian, Malay, Valsesiano, and Walsertütschu, plus English with its main forms Amlish, Bringlish, Frenglish, Hinglish, Inglish, Manglish, Singlish, and several dialects. Our experts worldwide speak Arabic, Bhojpuri, Cantonese, Creole, English, Farsi, French, German, Hakka, Hindi, Iban, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, and Turkish, plus dozens of local and regional dialects. Click to enlarge!
  • By consequence, Klingenfuss Publications offer the most up-to-date manuals for radio monitors worldwide, regularly confirmed by the comprehensive list of references. The selection from our long list of professional customers - as reprinted here - reads like the Who is Who? in this fascinating field. This target group, in particular, says: "We have seen more comprehensive frequency lists in circulation, with 30,000 or 40,000 entries. The greater part of the contents is incorrect and/or useless. Believe it or not, they don't even provide a call sign or SELCAL identification column. Only if it's in Klingenfuss, it's real!"

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    Baraawe
    Bau
    Kuala Baram
    Kismayoo
    Kuching
    Long Tanah
    Lundu
    Marka
    Marudi
    Miri
    Muqdisho
    Penrissen
    Sematan

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    Gunung Kinabalu
    Kota Kinabalu
    Lahad Datu
    Lambir Hills
    Marib
    Muqah
    Ranau
    Sada
    Sana'a
    Sandakan
    Semporna
    Ta'izz
    Tawau

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    Les Saintes
    Pointe-a-Pitre
    Pulau Tioman
    Singapore

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    Bengkulu
    Caracas
    Gunung Leuser
    Jakarta
    Maracaibo
    Medan
    Padang
    Palembang

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    Fort de France
    Roseau

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    Bella Bella
    Bitung
    Comox
    Gorontalo
    Manado
    Manning
    Port Hardy
    Prince Rupert
    Singapore
    Tofino
    Vancouver

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    Batu Rakit
    Curepipe
    Dabong
    Georgetown
    Gerik
    Marang
    Merang
    Pulau Langkawi
    Pulau Perhentian Besar
    Pulau Pinang
    Kota Bharu
    Kuala Besut
    Kuala Kerai
    Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Terengganu
    Kuantan
    Le Morne
    Plaine Champagne
    Pulau Kapas
    Rose Hill
    Tamarin
    Singapore

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    Baie du Cap
    Bel Ombre
    Black River
    Blue Bay
    Centre de Flacq
    Chateau du Bel Ombre
    Flic en Flacq
    Georgetown
    Le Morne
    Le Petrin
    Mare Vacoas
    Pulau Pinang
    Port Mathurin
    Singapore
    Tamarin

    So much about the "quality" of self-appointed "terrorism experts" and "global communication specialists" that have never been out there in the real world. Selamat malam!