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[Website] Black Hills Radio Control
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drizjr
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Having hit a brick wall, I went back to triple check the decode of the lightning bolt and found that I had made a mistake. Sorry about that. Embarassed
The numbers are:
21 12 9 23
4 11 16 34
That's 23, not 2 3.
Back to the drawing board.

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SOLVED!
I knew it was a Beale Cipher!

With the revised numbers, it was just a matter of counting letters.
I came up with dearther. I thought it was a dead end, but it's not.

www.blackhillsradiocontrol.com/dearther.html

(Thanks drizjr, or I'd still be at it right now).
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damn... YOU beat ME this time Het... was coming back on to say.. lets break it down to letters. hahah..

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Ok, so now we have 3 "radio stations" each given with a lat long set.

I am guessing we have to catch the correct signal on each band to combine for another message.

Now we need to find where to get the signal combinatiions...

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I think the coordinates on the Dearther page are:

1. Whitewood SD
2. Sundance WY
3. Lodgepole NE

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ok so.. common denominator? a common show playing in all 3 locations?

ill go check red cloud again for any changes

Not seeing anything there.

We still need the password for areyouaborder as well...

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Triangulation
Weird voices on the radio...

There is weird, garbled talking on 27 MHz (HF). You can pick it up from all three nodes.

From node 1: Azimuth: 150.0
From node 2: Azimuth: 110.0
From node 3: Azimuth: 347.5

We need to triangulate this, and we'll get a coordinate, or possibly a name of a place...


PS: It sounds like a repeated message of people talking on a radio (like you see soldiers do in movies). It's garbled, and you can't understand it. I don't think you're meant to. It sounds like a foreign/alien language to me...


ETA - Finally, an area I can contribute in. I actually know quite a bit about radios, frequencies, and such...
Low frequency signals are less directional. This means that signals on low frequencies can be picked up pretty much regardless of azimuth (which is a fancy word for: "the direction you point your antenna in") This is what made this voice thing easy to find.
When you get up to the VHF and UHF ranges, you won't pick up the signal unless the azimuth is just right (this has to do with the fact that low frequencies travel along the ground, and high frequencies travel through the ionosphere... don't get me started).
So, for the higher frequencies, we need to actually know what we are looking for...

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Node 1 is not in a particular city. But it is near the cities listed above:

I'll post the maps on the Wiki.
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Maybe I'm just trying too hard to hear something, but part of the repeated message sounds like "Thunder Mountain...do you copy?"

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!!!

something else on 8mhz

it sounds like static.

node 1 at 195 az

ill check other nodes

node 2 verified at 185 azimuth

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OMg.. ihave 2 of them

i think its more morse code... maybe?

node 3

236 azi

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Weird Talking - the audio file.
due to popular demand

Here it is. I tried mucking with it a little (and god knows I have the right tools for the job), but no real result. It sounds a little like cross-band interference to me (which means the actual talking is on a higher frequency, and on some lower freqs, you can hear a garbled version of it...

Anyway, there is some major triangulating going on by xnb right now, so keep your fingers crossed...
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kolixela wrote:
OMg.. ihave 2 of them

i think its more morse code... maybe?


That cackling sound is just dead air. I listened to it for a while, and it's just random cackling. I've heard this sound before - unfortunately, it's just dead air.
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HetMasteen wrote:
kolixela wrote:
OMg.. ihave 2 of them

i think its more morse code... maybe?


That cackling sound is just dead air. I listened to it for a while, and it's just random cackling. I've heard this sound before - unfortunately, it's just dead air.



no

if you access all 3 it's a repeating message

the whole thing has a little click to it


and WHY would it be there on a channel if it wasn't something to explore.

i think the 3 combined makes something, i just dont have the software to capture the 3 streams. (and the 3 streams do not overlap, they seem to merge into 1 noise.. that's odd.)


Why have dead air on 1 channel on the whole area.

and doesn't dead air have to originate from SOMETHING broadcasting?


ANYWAY check it out

frequency 8
node 1 = az 195
node 2 = az 185
node 3 = az 236

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