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Signal Kilo Bravo

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Sealed cistern WKML BT

Signal Kilo Bravo is broadcast from the WKML Broadcast Station located a bit southeast of signal Alfa Lima and far south of Fort Constantine.

The Lone Wanderer should head inside the station, and they will find the activation switch for the radio signal. Which is located on the wall to the right, behind the power generators.

Following the signal leads the Lone Wanderer to a Sealed Cistern at the foot of the drop-off, due south of the south corner of the WKML building. Entering the grate, they find themselves in a short drainage tunnel, blocked at the far end by sandbags. To the right side of the desk is the Explosives Bobblehead that adds 10 points to their Explosives skill.

Along with the bobblehead, they will find the following: one RadAway, two bottles of purified water, one stimpak, one Rad-X, a .32 pistol with 5 rounds in a box, a Stealth Boy a fission battery, and a lunchbox.

NotesEdit

  • It seems that the radio operator, now a skeleton, had taken her life with the pistol some time ago.
  • Entering the grate with Fawkes causes him to get stuck. Firing him seems to be the only way to escape.
  • Turning clipping off shows that there is nothing in the rooms past the sandbags that the players can see on their local map.
  • Turning clipping off will also reveal a hidden red 'X' under the sand bags. By right clicking on the object while in the console, the marker has a reference id named "Radio Signal Kilo Bravo"; the location of the transmission.

Morse code translationEdit

Like the signals from most of the other drainage chambers, it sends:

-.-. --.- -.-. --.- -.-. --.- -.. . / -.- -... -.- -... -.- -... -..

This signal, "CQ CQ CQ DE / KB KB KB K", was explained by Mark Lampert, the Bethesda sound designer. Quote [1]:

Parsing the message, we get the following:

CQ -- calling any station ("seek you")

DE -- 'from'. The reason this Spanish/French form of the word is used is simply to shorten it as it's a common word to use. Compare sending DE -.. . to sending FROM ..-. .-. --- -- Consequently, operating in CW means heavy use of abbreviations, dropping unnecessary letters, and other handy ways of compressing your message length by use of what are called 'prosigns' and 'Q-codes'.

<station id> repeated three times -- that way if you miss it the first time or copy a character incorrectly, there's a chance for error correction

K -- means 'over' and a reply is expected

Last, but not least, there's a pause as the station's operator momentarily listens for any replies. Hearing no replies, he/she resumes 'calling CQ'. Of course in this case our operator is long expired and we presume that the radio is simply transmitting a message from memory, operating for as long as it's still supplied with power.

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