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Hello and welcome to my 20 Minute Idler profile.

The 20 Minute Idler is a shortwave radio oddity, which was first discovered in 1998 by members of the shortwave radio group Enigma 2000. The station is well known to send a Radio Teletype (RTTY) signal in Idle Mode from the top of the hour, until 20 minutes past the hour where the transmission is switched off until the start of the next hour.

In the past this station was known to operate on many alternative frequencies simultaneously.

Known radio frequencies for the 20 Minute Idler are as follows:

4049 kHz 4301 kHz 4705 kHz 4705.5 kHz

5305 kHz 5305.5 kHz 5307.5 kHz 5308 kHz

6801 kHz

However many changes to the station have happened over the years of it's known operation, and only 5305kHz appears to be active today.

Known transmission times are from, 1500 UTC until 0700 UTC the following day.

Very little is known about this station, as it has rarely been known to send out any messages, and no radio call sign has been sent. It's real purpose is unknown, and it is unclear which country sends these transmissions.

This station has recently come to my interest, and all logs and information will be sent to the shortwave radio group Enigma 2000. The purpose of this profile is to post evening recordings of the station and activity on 5305kHz. Since I record the station when I am not present to monitor the activity. Almost anything can come up on the recordings, as they are all uncut recordings. I do go through the recordings to log data on the 20 Minute Idler's transmission times, but that does not mean that other transmissions won't come up on the recordings and some things could be missed.

To whom broadcasts on 5305kHz, no offense was intended. These recordings are for educational and entertainment purposes only.

For more information regarding the 20 Minute Idler, please visit Mr Rogers excellent Mystery Signals page:

http://www.brogers.dsl.pipex.com/page8.html

Do you have information on the 20 Minute Idler?

Please send me an e-mail to: thespectre3000@hotmail.com

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  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0000z To 0835z 21-11-2014 20 Minute Idler Evening Activity 21/11/2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0000z 21/11 [Idle Tone] 0020z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0100z 21/11 [Idle Tone] 0228z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI (1 Hour 28 Minute TX) 0305z 21/11 [Idle Tone] 0322z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0359z 21/11 [Idle Tone] 0420z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0500z 21/11 [Idle Tone] 0520z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0600z 21/11 [Idle Tone] 0624z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0700z 21/11 [Idle Tone] 0720z Weak QRN4 QSB3 FRI (Not Monitored 21/11 1500z to 22/11 0000z)
    20MinuteId... 08:35:15 181 0 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0000z To 0830z 20-11-2014 20 Minute Idler Evening Activity 20/11/2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz (Not Monitored 19/11 1500z To 0000z) 0000z 20/11 [Idle Tone] 0120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU (1 Hour 20 Minute TX) 0200z 20/11 [Idle Tone] 0220z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 0300z 20/11 [Idle Tone] 0322z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 0403z 20/11 [Idle Tone] 0420z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 0500z 20/11 [Idle Tone] 0520z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 0559z 20/11 [Idle Tone] 0619z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 0700z 20/11 [Idle Tone] 0725z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU
    20MinuteId... 08:30:48 208 0 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0100z To 0802z 19-11-2014 20 Minute Idler Evening Activity 19/11/2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0100z 19/11 [idle Tone] 0120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED 0200z 19/11 [Idle Tone] 0220z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED 0305z 19/11 [Idle Tone] 0322z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED 0401z 19/11 [Idle Tone] 0423z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED 0501z 19/11 [Idle Tone] 0520z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED 0600z 19/11 [Idle Tone] 0621z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED 0700z 19/11 [Idle Tone] 0720z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED (Not Monitored 19/11 1500z To 0000z)
    20MinuteId... 07:02:30 203 0 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 1600z To 0020z 18-11-2014 20 Minute Idler Afternoon Activity 18-11-2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz (Not Monitored 18/11 1500z) 1600z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 1620z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 1700z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 1720z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 1800z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 1821z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 1900z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 1920z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 2000z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 2020z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 2100z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 2120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 2200z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 2220z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 2300z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 2320z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0000z 19/11 [Idle Tone] 0020z Fair QRN4 QSB3 WED
    20MinuteId... 08:20:51 183 3 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0000z To 0800z 18-11-2014 Evening Activity 18/11/2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0001z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0019z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0102z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0200z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0220z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0259z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0321z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0359z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0420z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0459z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0519z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0559z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0619z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE 0659z 18/11 [Idle Tone] 0719z Fair QRN4 QSB3 TUE
    20MinuteId... 08:00:53 143 0 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 1500z To 2246z 17-11-2014 Afternoon Activity 17/11/2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 1500z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 1524z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 1600z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 1620z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 1700z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 1720z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 1800z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 1826z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 1900z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 1926z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 2000z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 2023z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 2100z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 2121z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 2206z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 2235z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON 2300z 17/11 [Idle Tone] 2324z Fair QRN4 QSB3 MON
    20MinuteId... 07:46:08 158 0 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0001z To 0912z 16-11-2014 20 Minute Idler Evening Activity 16/11/2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 1500z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 1520z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 1600z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 1620z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 1700z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 1720z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 1800z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 1820z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 1900z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 1920z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 2000z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 2020z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 2100z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 2120z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 2200z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 2220z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 2300z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 2320z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SAT 0000z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0021z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN 0059z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0120z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN 0200z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0219z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN 0300z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0319z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN 0400z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0419z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN 0500z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0519z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN 0600z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0619z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN 0659z 16/11 [Idle Tone] 0719z Fair QRN3 QSB3 SUN (Not monitored 16/11 1500z to 17/11 0700z)
    20MinuteId... 09:12:43 165 0 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 0100z To 0542z 15-11-2014 20 Minute Idler Evening Activity 15/11/2014 Activity Logs In E2K Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 1500z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 1520z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 1600z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 1620z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 1700z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 1720z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 1800z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 1820z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 1900z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 1920z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 2000z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 2020z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 2100z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 2120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 2200z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 2232z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 2312z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI (2 Hour 8 Minute TX) 0200z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 0220z Fair QRN4 QSB3 SAT 0300z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 0319z Fair QRN4 QSB3 SAT 0400z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 0419z Fair QRN4 QSB3 SAT 0500z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 0520z Fair QRN4 QSB3 SAT 0600z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 0620z Fair QRN4 QSB3 SAT 0700z 15/11 [Idle Tone] 0720z Fair QRN4 QSB3 SAT
    20MinuteId... 05:42:33 309 0 Downloads 0 Comments
  • 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz 1157z To 0845z 14-11-2014 20 Minute Idler Evening Activity 14/11/2014 Activity In E2K Log Format: 20 Minute Idler 5305kHz: 1500z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 1520z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 1600z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 1620z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 1700z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 1720z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 1800z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 1820z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 1900z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 1920z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 2000z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 2020z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 2100z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 2120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 2200z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 2220z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 2300z 13/11 [Idle Tone] 2320z Fair QRN4 QSB3 THU 0000z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0020z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0100z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0120z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0200z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0220z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0300z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0320z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0400z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0420z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0500z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0520z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0600z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0620z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI 0700z 14/11 [Idle Tone] 0720z Fair QRN4 QSB3 FRI
    20MinuteId... 08:48:13 222 0 Downloads 0 Comments
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