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Meaning of Morse code signals

Is there any meaning or cause of that two letter signals?--dotz 20:03, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't know about meaning, but i know that letters are code. Take a look here. J.i.gorkij 20:35, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
So PN and other were codes for somebody calling anybody by radio. Looks like some war remnants - distress calls?.--dotz 20:50, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
They appear to be the first letters of the two words making up the names of the radio broadcasts. [User:monkeytroll]] 20:58, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Likely, yes. They could be on loop (seems so), so who knows whether or not the original senders are still alive. However, I would certainly guess that the messages were sent by old military units, possibly around the time the bombs fell.Cubicle Ninja 21:02, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Is really strange, why someone was using weak radios to broadcast these messages. Message "requesting back-up", "we are under fire" or "bombs have been launched, everybody to his Vault" will be more clear. But about these weak signals - Maybe they are weak, because power sources of their emittors are 200 (and more) years old. J.i.gorkij 21:02, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
As I said, I would guess that they are on a loop. Possibly for fear of chinese spying on them they didn't reveal much information.Cubicle Ninja 21:05, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
But this messages are so strange... They sounds like "Hello. I am here. Bye!" You think that is code in code? J.i.gorkij 21:08, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
My map says I've turned on all but one. If I knew more about the military I might be able to shed more light on this, but for the moment the messages are a mystery. I guess something the way of the mysterious farm, just a strange thing you find. However, there are so many there most be some sort of purpose we can uncover. Cubicle Ninja 21:12, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
There is one possibility - After nuclear holocaust, lone radio amaters tried to get some answers from anyone. But where they get code names? And why is messages from various radio stations similar? (I'm just guessing.) J.i.gorkij 21:20, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
The reason for the codes being the same is pretty logical. It's Morse Code convention. "CQ CQ CQ", say it out loud... "Seek you, seek you, seek you". "DE" French/Spanish for "from" (it's shorter, see the note here). Then the callsign... could be HAM radio station ID, could be the sender's initials. (Note that the words like "Echo Foxtrot" and so on are the NATO phonetic radio alphabet. And then "K" is the conventional way in Morse Code of saying "I'm done sending for now, listening for answers". The CQ and callsign bits are repeated to reduce possible errors from not hearing a code correctly. Andycapp 08:16, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
I'll list all the code names I've found.
Echo Foxtrot
Oscar Zulu
Papa November
Sierra Romeo
Sierra Victor
Yankee Bravo
Only one is missing. They all sound like military code names.Cubicle Ninja 21:27, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Small army groups holding positions around capital city, asking for respond from U.S. government (or army) after detonation of bombs? J.i.gorkij 21:32, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
That is what is sounds like. I'm wandering the wastes right now, I'll investigate the last post then try to make sense of the codes coming out of each. Might find out something interesting.Cubicle Ninja 21:35, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Oh, I miss books in this game. Like Bethesda's Morrowind - many books to read, hunting information, trying to uncover the secrets nd much more... I wish mod, which will change this. J.i.gorkij 21:39, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Books got changed into terminals, sadly if you suck at science then this game isn't as fun for the mystery solving kind.Cubicle Ninja 21:41, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Okay last broadcast station investigated, code name Alfa Lima?Cubicle Ninja 21:50, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
"Alfa" Lima, or "Alpha" Lima? Dafpants 02:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
I have colected 8 broadcast stations. You miss Kilo Bravo. J.i.gorkij 21:54, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
No I've found all the broadcast stations. I must have not turned that one on. Interestingly, I found a way under the Alfa Lima transmitter, inside I found a mostly clothed skeletal corpse in front of a radio. So possibly not military signals, but they are appearing to be signals sent from bunkers when the bombs dropped.Cubicle Ninja 22:01, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Yes and take a look here. Note is very interesting. And I guess why? Maybe because of loneliness? J.i.gorkij 22:06, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Just found another entrance beneath Sierra Romeo, I'm thinking all these transitions were from bunker survivors.Cubicle Ninja 22:10, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Woah scratch what I said about bunker survivors. Inside Sierra Romeo I found two Chinese Remnant Spies, ghouls though it appears they died of starvation. Cubicle Ninja 22:15, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
They must been really good organized, but not from army. They see like amaters, but they all use the same code. (I don't mean Morse code, that's not strange, I mean letter code.) And I don't think they are all Chinese spies - one station can be owned by spies, but 8 stations, near capital city, and they don't attract attention? J.i.gorkij 22:19, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, it appears that the Chinese spies took over Sierra for their own uses, since they are ghouls meaning they must have been exposed to radiation, while all original bunker radio guys appear to already be skeletal.Cubicle Ninja 22:28, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
I feel sorry for these Chinese. Yes, they launched the bombs, but their leaders didn't kill only America, but also many of their people. I wonder, how China look like... And another countries... J.i.gorkij 22:30, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Found the entrance to Oscar Zulu, two skeletons, same story as the rest though there is a DC journal of medicine down there.Cubicle Ninja 22:34, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Just got into Echo Foxtrot. Really they all just appear to be bunkers with little rewards inside (books).Cubicle Ninja 22:40, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
So they were owned by survivalist... (If you know book Postman by David Brin - this people in Fallout seems to be like Nathan Holn's survivalist in that book) Maybe, before war, there were people, who didn't trust media campaign about Vaults and took their survival to their own hands, building small bunkers. That can explain, why every survivalist have been using the same signal and why they had code names. When bombs started to failing, they took shelter inside their bunkers and when situation become more stable, they tried to call their "comrades" in other bunkers. J.i.gorkij 23:00, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
They all seem to be connected to the WKML Broadcast Station, and the station bunker it's self has the biggest reward (Bobblehead). It's possible the owner of the broadcast station was paranoid and set up all these bunkers beneath his relay towers through out the DC area. Who knows who actually got to use them.Cubicle Ninja 23:14, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
I've found something in the towers, not all are morse code, one of 'em(near north-west end, forgot the name, I am sorry) there is a man saying where he is. I couldn't quite make out what he was saying, but I didn't see a place on my pip-boy that had a resemblance. He also said something about the station and he stated that his young boy was sick and requested help, could the towers be linked, could he have been at all those towers requesting a signal from someone else? Maybe when no one came or answered he went to a new station, etc.
I don't know what happening, but I love all theese mysterious things in fallout 3!

My guess is that they are navigational beacons possibly set up by chinese sleeper agents or infiltrators to aid invading forces, shortly before or after the bombs fell. One of them was later found by a survivor and reprogrammed with a distress message about a sick boy. Perhaps also the nuclear generators have insufficient remaining power to run the transmittors but enough to run the ham radios, the pip-boy then is detecting just the stray RF coming from the ham radios themselves. Also I've found 2 new ham radio mewssages, one in a building somewhere receiving morse in a foreign language ("auchin dich hinein devodgrut bridkt") - as far as I can tell, my morse is a bit rusty. The other in operation anchorage in the generals tent, which says "war never ends". 08:56, September 11, 2009 (UTC)

I think they are likely pre-bomb signals, which is somewhat hinted by the fact they are still listenable in OA --r3in198.53.213.34 07:04, November 17, 2009 (UTC)

CQ means calling anyone

Agatha's station

Have someone info of this station? I want to complete the list... J.i.gorkij 21:24, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Agatha's station is part of a quest.Cubicle Ninja 21:28, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Which quest? Have this quest page on wiki? J.i.gorkij 21:33, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Yeah let me bring it up...Agatha's Song Cubicle Ninja 21:35, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

old lady brodcasting violine music?--dotz 21:39, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Yes, exactly. J.i.gorkij 21:40, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
But she plays pretty good... :D --D4rkSh4d0w 19:59, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

Chinese Radio Beacon

I am curious about this station. How can radio in capital city broadcast message about Chinese, winning the war? U.S.A. must have been in very bad position, if they had chinese soldiers in their capital city. J.i.gorkij 21:58, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Heh, If you go into Mama Dolce's Processing plant, you'll find a lot of chinese commando ghouls, remnants of a espionage mission in the US.Cubicle Ninja 22:01, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

The Chinese Radio Beacon is a random encounter. It will appear on your pipboy. Once you find the dead remnant, you can "tcl" below the ground to find the radio and interact with it. The one cubicle ninja is speaking of is the People's Republic of America Radio station. You can pick it up around the citadel and arlington. Kingclyde 20:30, 27 April 2009 (UTC)kingclyde


One more thing - I have thought about adding songs to major radio stations. If you know name of songs, which are radios playing, can you add them to pages about radios? Thanks... J.i.gorkij 22:03, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

One of the songs is Called "I dont want to set the world on fire" its also the "theme song" in the vid in the begin. Its by Glenn Miller. The weird part is alot of these songs are from the 1940s. But were in 2227. 17:26, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Actually it is not sung by Glenn Miller but by The Ink Spots--Kingclyde 17:33, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Official naming

We should use official naming/spelling as seen in-game for all the radio stations, not ad hoc names like it is now. --Voidvector 12:48, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Disappearing Glitch & RefIDs

Having encountered instances wherein the radio stations would fail to come back online properly after going to DLC areas, I think it would be helpful for us to compile a small database of refIDs for radio stations. Example: "Vault 101 Distress Signal" = MS16Vault101ExternalRadioREF = 83512. PC players could enable these markers via console commands to resurrect the radio stations they lost.-- 02:00, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

I support this idea, I lost Agatha's station after visting one of the DLC locations and would like to know how to get it back.