CW Decoding Newbie: The Russians Are Coming!

November 15, 2017 @ ~ 20:14 ET
Freq: 7045.24 USB
Op Mode: CW
Radio: Token's SDR in the Mojave Desert of California

This is the night I decided to try using WebSDR and Fldigi (in a Virtual Machine Debian installation) to check out this HAM radio stuff. I was searching for some Morse Code signals so that I could test that I had Fldigi set up right. I found one that seemed active and finally got things to make sense. Well, sorta. The text did have some parts that were actually recognizable text. And others weren't.

So, I'm looking at this and saw what looked like a Russian name. I'm starting to wonder here. It sounded kinda political so I wondered if it was someone in Russia that was talking about stuff going on in their country. Or was it a Russian Official? I really couldn't tell! As the text continued on, there got to be mention of the US and even something about a President! It wasn't anything bad, that I could tell, but it made me wonder... What did I just stumble upon?! I googled some of the names and it seems like it was actually a Russian leader that had passed on in the late 1980s. That's when I wondered, is this some kind of history lesson, perhaps? I saw "MN" in the text and thought maybe it was from a university or school in Minnesota.

I let it continue but the signal was starting to weaken.

Then it said that "This concludes the" but I couldn't really make out the rest of it. I then also saw "WPM". Wait a minute... I must have stumbled upon one of those ARRL practice sessions! :D So it wasn't a Russian after all! Whew, that was a relief! :D

After forwarding the text to my friend who is a Ham Op, he noticed the ARRL Call sign W1AW; in the text. Now looking at it again, after the This concludes the I do see ARRL in there.

I guess you could say at first this had me going there a minute! If only I had really read the text more carefully, I think it would have been obvious early on what was going on.

Below is the full text copied from the CW session. I've hilighted everything that I could that seemed to be at least a little bit recognizable.

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TRAIN ANT * NIKITA SI A KHRE EHC A, FIRST SECRETARY OF THE PARTY M FROM THIS STRTEENG PT ITI AN. R
IKE ST LIN PR OA TO HI E OU ETING OF T IN TST Y, HE PROK EEDED TM F ER ES THE HIGHER ECHELONS WITH
MEN EAVOE ABLE TO IEIMSELF. EI NE IY IN 1 RI55M M HE FM RCED MALENKOV T EA RESIGT AS PREMIER AND
PUT T IKO DAI BS DGAT N IN HI E PLACE<AA>E WITH N THE NEXT THREE YEAA S KHRUI HC T V T TUSTED
FROM THE PRESIDIUM, A ISO KNO EN AS THE E NER EXEC EIVE COMMITTEE OF EHE GARTYM M HIS M WST
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TOGETHER WITH HIS LEAN NSI EAI OF TS E NART A , MADE KHRUSHCHEV UNDISW TTE MASTER OF THE SOVIET
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AHRUSHCHEIE EVERTED TO ST DINS ASSIT NMEN OI TOW PRIG IITY EO HEAVY INDI STRY. THIS OLIK Y DT
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PRESENTING THE GA ULTURAL PHASE OF TI GR TGRAA TO TSE K WNGE S7 AIDR 5 CSNSRESS WIL CA E ON THE
PA TY AND T PJW LET * AND T EE P OPL LA PERFORM MIRAE DES IESE WERE ABITIOUS R R* PD MA Y DISFD E*
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POWE I W T REA FNEU5HING CONTROI WV TSEIR EXTENSI E CO ONI S AE EEE**H EA UNION PROCEED W
MWVE W EAST A URNE END ESTABLISH A CM ENVL AEA OF IE O EE * E OLAND, EA T GERMANY* RUMANIAA I
BULGARIAT A I UNGI YMI GD CE EED*WVAKIA BECAEE E5 NEW IMPERIAL DEPENDENCIES OF THE SO T EET UE
ONA IN ITS EASTERN EUROPEAN I U, RUSSIA EN T<BT>ELX EEER N* ESLUITS CONTROL, DIR T TED ECONOI C
AK T ** AND U MRBADE ANE VATURAR OR EDUCATIONAE ECT UITX WHICH RAN CE TER TN E BA EC PHILOSO
DH C END OF E WPM <BT> VST E1AW<AS> AIMA I T D E A J A W E* T H I S C O N C L U D E S T H E A R R L T E
M D I R T F I C I N N Y Q U A I I I Y I N G R T S . P D A S E S U N TE I E C O S I C O E * P A O P T S Y T O A R A L Q
U A II I F T T I N N R A N , 2 2 S M A E N S T A E T MM N E W I N B T O N M *T EOA TEE 1 1 2 * E R I T E T H A W P
R ME A H I A T E F E LA P L E A S E E N D C A T E T H E D A T , T I M E A E TE E I E F R Q U I C E M O T M H I N E H
T H E T E X T W A S C T T I E D <AR> T H E N E EA T Q U D I F I T I N G R ET E S S E N T B K W 1 A E IT I L B E E
T TE E C E D B R 9 A T 0 I T M A T * S A N D D E C E M T E R * 9 A E P S * 0 Z AK W E S E <AR> O T S T S T A I NT
N TT 6 R B E H N O N O S M S E R E T I T , S A *E * 7 A T NW 5 MA R E Z M N 3 5 * 0 T H TI * T S E S P E S A I ES
L R S N N R O I 1 O T T O 3 5 W P M <AR> *