ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 3

March 2001
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Firstly unidentified transmissions from IB in Chita; the first sent on 27/12, the second on 04/01:

[Had E15a assigned provisionally but on investigation it bore no resemblance to E15 classification. Now provisionally E25, which may change when station habits fully known].

1451Z to 1507Z 27/12 9450kHz AM OM/EE/4F

 

222 222 222 ... ... ... .rptd for 2mins
message 1 message 1 message 1
5431 0013 5210 7610
... ... ... .QRM... ... ... .9535 4370 5210
end of message
message 2 message 2 message 2
4314 1191 1610 0841 3767 3160 6189 8396 1376 1502 0635 8076 9323 7150 1183 7675 1247 7154 1610
repeat repeat repeat
4314 1191 1610 0841 3767 3160 6189 8396 1376 1502 0635 8076 9323 7150 1183 7675 1247 7154 1610
end of message
end of transmission
1352Z to 1354Z 04/01/01 9450kHz AM OM/EE 4F

 

OM sent 4F in English with strong Arabic (?) accent:

I heard only:

...10 0572 8492 6769 0944 7612
end of message
end of transmission

[Very weak signal].

Simon Mason has posted MP3 files of the station on his site and informs us that the station can also be heard at 1245Z as well.

[SM-tnx for info].http://www.btinternet.com/~simon.mason/page410.htm

Various successful attempts were made to catch this one on 16/01. The signal was poor and apparently jammed at 1355Z when a hetrodyne tone came up on freq obviating the entire transmission.

ENIGMA 2000's South West monitor made this remark:

"E25, The 4 reports on yesterdays TX all indicate a poor signal (N Russia, UK, S Italy, Eastern Germany). Somebody must be getting this as a clean signal."

For further information on this new station, and the way in which its transmissions have evolved, see E25 listing.

Yet another apparent unknown was heard, this time by Ary [N&O] 2309kHz 25/01 2045Z to 2100Z

He reported, via the Spooks reflector: "I have put a sound sample on the N&O website of the station that I mentioned last night. It transmitted on 2309 kHz from ca 2045 UTC and closed down at 2100

UTC. Every minute a new message in an unid language."

See http://home.luna.nl/~ary/to hear the .wav sample

However the station is probably Polish, Ary informs us later, with the call-up UWAGA [attention].

Nonetheless, would any Polish speaker reading this please listen to the .wav and share with the others what they hear. See also N&O33

Another possible unknown has been heard on 4760kHz 2134Z 16/02 by Gary Sawyer who describes it as: "adeep male slightly robotic voice. It's on the BC frequency for ELWA Monrovia." Could it be E07?

On 1stFeb BBC1 showed the film 'Mission Impossible'. Apart from D of Kent did anyone else notice in the scene involving the lift, the label with the word POZOR clearly marked upon it?

Onto the listings:

E03a

Had not been producing very good results in Great Britain over the past December. On 15/12 at 1300Z barely managed to reach S3[start-up missed] whilst the previous 1300Z transmission on 08/12 was barely audible at all.

However on 28/12 reception was markedly better and allowed almost a full observation of the entire transmissions between 1000Z to 1300Z. The start up of the first parallel transmission was missed but at least confirmation of the missing frequencies [not actually missing at all] was gained. It was noticed that the transmissions 1100Z to 1300Z inclusive started at H+02 and finished at H+44mins.

The barometer showed a depression of some 0.5" to 29.3" at this time. On 29/12 the barometer had risen 0.25" and only the 1000Z transmission on 20474 was barely recognised, the tune occasionally breaking through. Rest of the transmissions for 20/12 remained 'Nil Required Heard.'

The full 1000Z to 1300Z transmissions were heard on 01/01 and although the 20474//23461 transmission were weak [around S1] 18866 had risen to S8 for the 1200 & 1300Z transmission.

The 1300Z transmission on 18864 04/01 was particularly good in South London at S9 whilst it was reported from Sweden as being weak.

Schedule: Sun to Fri, [0000Z transmission first, ends 2300Z]

1000Z 20474//23461 [98523 02/01] [98523 10/01] [28136 16/01]
1100Z 18864//23641 [90671 28/12] [78111 10/01] [60619 11/01]
1200Z 18864//23461 [83963 28/12] [68357 10/01]  
1300Z 18864//21866 [16990 28/12] [80605 10/01] [77234 02/02]

the rest of the schedule [not usually audible in GB] is:

0000Z 18864//21866 [96171 16/01]
0100Z 19884//21866 [60619 18/01]
     
2200Z 18864//24644 [96171 17/01]
2300Z 18864//21866 [02169 15/01]

[All freqs 2200Z to 0100Z heard by JM in US]

Previously scheduled freqs: 17499 & 22108kHz apparently silent.

On 17/01 SD in Australia posted the schedule, confirming the above.

E05

On numerous freqs at scheduled times. Note clash with E03 [6959kHz] on 08/01 2200Z on freq of 6960kHz. Call 634 Count 146 925/47

9265kHz 2227Z 01/01/2001
   
5390kHz 1923Z 06/01/2001
   
9219kHz 2200Z 16/02/2001 491    
4635kHz 0200Z 17/02/2001 697/235 //5812kHz  
7620kHz 0300Z 17/02/2001
//9204kHz  
13444kHz 1800Z 17/02/2001 592/125   faint sigs

 

E06

4865kHz 2200Z 25/01/2001 [937/00000]      
5355kHz 2000Z 16/01/2001 [615/00000]       Tone at start then 7m break, up at 2010Z
5770kHz 2145Z 05/02/2001         Quality transmission, sl hint of echo.
5777kHz 2110Z 05/02/2001 [927/00000]       Null Message
9225kHz 2010Z 25/12/2000 [531/00000]        
10170kHz 1500Z 13/01/2001 [674/00000] 1400Z 27/01 [674/0000]  
10660kHz 1330Z 27/01/2001 [956/00000]        
11050kHz 1500Z 11/02/2001 192-478/131 47931        
13380kHz 1400Z 27/01/2001 [674/00000]        
13860kHz 1400Z 11/02/2001 192-478/131 47931        
16215kHz 1500Z 15/02/2001 192-478/131 47931        

 

E07

5900kHz 2120Z 08/01/2001 [985/000]        
6965kHz 2100Z 15/01/2001          
5102kHz 2140Z 15/01/2001          
7920kHz 2100Z 05/02/2001 [970/] 12/02/2001 ] [970/ ] poor quality Note: Male voice
6730kHz 2120Z 05/02/2001 [970/ ] 12/02 [970/ ] 12/02/2001   better tx Note: Male voice
5090kHz 2140Z 05/02/2001 [970/ ] 12/02 [970/ ] 12/02/2001 excellent tx Note: Male voice

 

E10 - Frequency usage - update

Widely reported to transmit from Israel (and possibly other locations) these are one of the easiest and busiest voice set ups around. With continuing problems in the Middle East I thought it might be worth updating the call sign and frequency information. Most stations can be heard in Europe between 17.00 and 02.00 UTC on a vast range of frequencies but do operate around the clock.

Using the article in ENIGMA Issue 17, and logs from the 'Spooks' database plus my own logs I will attempt to produce an up to date snapshot.

High - traffic Stations; ART EZI JSR KPA PCD SYN ULX VLB & YHF
Low - traffic Stations; CIO MIW
Non - traffic Stations; BAY GBZ HNC OEM NDP ROV TMS ZWL

 

High traffic Stations

High traffic stations commence on the hour & half-hour, only calls assigned to these frequencies are used and none are interchangeable with any other call.

ART EZI FTJ JSR PCD ULX YHF
3417 6840 2628 2270 3150 2743 2844
5437 9131 4463 5091 4270 4880 3840
6986 11565 7358 7540 6500 6270 4560
  13533     8805 7760 5820
  15980         7918
  17410         9202
  19715         10648
  20474          
  21930          

 

Comments:

7322 is active at 2030z. 7358 is active at 2100z.

 

Low-traffic stations

2120 3090 4015 5170 6370 7445 8025 9270 10125 12376 13190 [14000 [15016 [17170
2515 3270 4165 5230 6658 7605 8127   10352 12747 13921 [14750   [17966
2540 3485 4360 5339 6745 7613 8465   10820 12950   [14866    
2953 3640 4665 5380 6912 7811 8641   10970          
    4780 5530                    
      5629                    

 

Comments:

 

Non traffic Stations

These calls do not have fixed start or end times.

BAY GBZ HNC OEM NDP ROV TMS ZWL  
5530 5170 4114 5339 6658 4604 4015 3940  
    6575 6911   6438 5339 5000  
            6911 5715  
              7000  
              14000 see earlier comments.

Comments:

ABC was heard on the 3rd of May 2000. It was never heard again. Most probably it was a test transmission.

I hope this update will be useful. Comments and feedback on any aspects of E10 are welcome.

[Thank you for the contribution of this article].

E11

7820kHz 1030Z 26/12 zero message.

 

E15

14000kHz 1405Z 31/01

 

Bad sigs with CW QRM

E17

4783kHz 0215Z 16/01 243 243 169 169 00000 [ends 0245Z]

 

E18

5155kHz 2200Z 14/12 307 140 groups, 088 + 5Fgs. Note: LSB

 

E23

See previous issue2. May need use of Single Sideband to resolve. [Tnx M].

E25

See start of this section. Try narrow AM to assist with harsh BC QRM

9450kHz 1345Z 16/01 poor copy; for 447?

Log for 17/01:
1343Z Music up.
1350Z Station heard, 222etc
1354Z message message
[In part: 70 7517 5701 5751 1198 0978 0316
1359Z 227 227......end of message.
1359:30Z Music off.

'A better attempt today [18/01], I put the set onto usb which made a considerable difference 1.25kHz up. I also tried nfm, an improvement but of course the qrm from the nearby BC station [9455kHz] did cause some problems.'

On 18/01 E25a is heard on at 1240Z:
Music intro 5 minutes then:-
440 220 67 70 69 70
440 749 67 63 69 70
440 639 67 63 69 70

appeared to be alternate repeats, for 5 mins.
Then E25, new voice
440 R5,
Message Message Message, first 4f gp then music restarts and voice cuts out.
Restarts over music.
440 message
23 x 4f gps
repeat
23 x 4f gps
end of message
440-11
???, 442-19, 449-20, 440-20, 442-19, 442-20, 442-19, 449-20, 442-19, 449-20, 442-19, 449-40, 447-17???
end of transmission
music stops 1259z

Then at 1340Z [18/01]:
It started up again at 13.40z, different music - this time with vocals and had a different voice to the 2 in the 12.40 TX, and a slower delivery.
13.40 music
13.45 222R27, TX stopped
restarted 13.47 222R17
13.49 Messagex 3
19 x 4f gps
repeat
19 x 4f gps
at gp 6 of repeat the music restarted and another weak unid numbers TX appeared in the background.
end of message
227-20R9
end of transmission
13.56.

Other weak TX still going, unidentifiable, at 13.58 a strong Bubble Jammer fired up for 30 seconds. 'This little beastie is going to be interesting.'

Further observations disclosed a variation in transmissions as:

E25a transmission Friday 19/01/01.
1240 Carrier, no music, 1244 to 1249 745 71 72 repeated, no ending.
1340 to 1355 Nothing heard.

E25 transmissions Saturday 20/01/01
1245Z 9450kHz S5
440 x 33
1774 0124 2410 5140 0541 7457 9215 3140 4632 4413 1443 3543 1907 5194 4944 6976 9214 3602 2545 2302 7450 0140
Repeat, repeat, repeat
0124 0124 2410 5140 0541 7457 9215 3140 4632 4413 1443 3543 1907 5194 4944 6976 9214 3602 2545 2302 7450 0140
End of message
442 19 449 20
x 4
1256Z end of transmission

E25a 1332Z 9450kHz S7
905 19x 33
1337Z transmission ends.
1340Z to 1400Z Nil required heard.

E25 transmissions Sunday 21/01/01
1245Z 9450kHz S5
As 20/01/01 1245Z transmission. [440]
1330Z 9450kHz S9
As 20/01/01 1332Z transmission. [905 19 different voice, live transmission]
1334Z end of transmission.
1340Z to 1400Z Nil required heard.

With exception 1534Z Chirpsounder on 9450kHz, nil required heard until close down 1600Z.

No transmissions heard on 23/24/25/01, heard again on to 1330Z to 1333Z, 905 21, 27/01 1245Z to 1250Z sending 725nn 73 74 75 76

10/02 at 1245Z to 1250Z very poor sigs OM repeating 745 47 744 94 11/01 Nil required heard in South London. Still heard to date, if not a little intermittent. Times to check are 1230Z, 1245Z, 1330Z and 1345Z for around 15 mins. A carrier can sometimes be heard for 30s prior to transmission.

Observations on 17/02 revealed E25 transmitting at 1230Z to 1236Z.
274x 22, 475 x 4 followed by 4f groupings x 20.

E25a followed from 1246Z to 1251Z 17/02
745 95 96x 22

In both cases the signals were atrocious.

Reports on this one please. See 'STOP PRESS' for additional 9450kHz useage news.

G04

4110kHz/2105Z & 4210/2135Z Dec [42668 24/12 S9]

On 28/12 this transmission was heard on 4890 and 4990. The 28 group message remained the same from 03/12. On 31/12 the groups were heard on 4110 & 4210 [S London].

On 04/01 freqs were found to be 4880 and 4980 at 2105Z and 2135Z.

HFD noticed that this freq is high for Jan, usually being below 3500kHz. [Jan00 freqs were 3440 & 3340kHz]. On 07/01 HFD reported that G04 was heard at 2105/2135Z on 4120/4220 kHz. "Lousy frequencies. I could hardly understand anything but the message seemed the same as Thursday 04/01 (26735...). On 4220 I could hear an overmodulated M29, too."

4120 and 4220kHz were used on 11/01. Audio was better in LSB and message same as that on 04/01 [reports AF in Eastern Germany - tnx]. Data and CW QRM from OST maritime on 4220kHz. 14/01 only 4120kHz at 2105Z heard GB. HFD reported 2135Z from Germany.

Feb freqs: 4280kHz/2105Z & 4380kHz/2135Z, 25 groups "60321 53271 77516 ..." no "9", reports Axel Kruse.[Anybody catch the E10/G04 clash on 4276kHz at 2105Z 04/02]?

G07

5376kHz 2110Z 25/12 742/000
5081kHz 2130Z 25/12 742/000

May have changed day/freq/time since last year. Reported as not being heard in 2001 to date.

S06

6820kHz 2114Z 08/01/2001 176/00000
10830kHz 1600Z 13/01/2001 724/00000
10635kHz 1140Z 22/01/2001 ends 00000 bad reception.

S6A

4990kHz 2000Z 05/02/2001 671

 

S10E

A good strong signal readily monitored in Great Britain on 10642kHz at 1300Z USB.

The transmission at 1300Z on 19/12 was an excellent signal. Transmission on 11/01 at 1300Z was also an excellent signal. The 6 day transmission cycles are expected to start 08/02, 08/03, 05/04.[Thursdays]. Logs required of this one please [and M10E the Morse equivalent].

S17C

Continues daily at 1250Z for seven minutes on 8190//9385 with a strong, steady signal although around 07/01 the signals have been only fair with some background.

S21

7019kHz 1130Z Thurs AM [nil required heard 11/01]

Parallel frequency required.

V02

9115kHz 0600Z 26/12 AM [start 0558Z 663/01 584/02 01/65 02/72]
7890kHz 0200Z 27/12 AM  

Can any one confirm 8186kHz [0700Z 18/02 Mark Slaten US] as a further V02 tx?

V02A [DGI Cuba]

Once again the debate about V02a headers has appeared on the Internet. There is no doubt that the last figure of V02a is a repeat indicator - as I have always claimed, and not a priority indicator. The examples given over the Internet do not relate to the term "repeat indicator", for they merely illustrate the standard scheduled repeat sequence, i.e. messages are routinelyrepeated one hour after the primary transmission, but on a different frequency -a characteristic found in certain other Families - so such indication is unnecessary.

There would be no logic in changing headers under such circumstances, not to mention changing the tape within 15 minutes ! The header suffix increases incrementally each time the message is carried over, for example, on the following day. In such cases the same message is very often accompanied by one or two quite different messages to those which accompanied it on its first day. (These in turn, may or may not be carried over). It is correct to assume that the three messages are identical, but only in so far as the standard repeat sequence is concerned, i.e. as given in the examples chosen.

e.g. In the example: 0300 - "14011 70963 07761" means that message 1401 and 0776 are being sent for the first time, and message 7096 is now being carried over for a second time. All three messages are, of course, routinely repeated at 04.00.

This profile has remained consistent over at least 8 years, and I have 1000s of intercepts which prove this. However, a mere week's systematic monitoring should be sufficient for verification. Note M08 follows the same pattern, but V02 does not. Incidentally, header suffixes rarely exceed 3, even in this vast sample; none exceed 7. Further analysis is need to determine their frequency levels, but this would be very time-consuming.

If you would like examples or further clarification, please contact me via ENIGMA 2000. Hope this clears up the confusion. M.G.

V02A

12215kHz 0200Z 22/12 AM 16/02 0200Z AM  
12165kHz 0200Z 25/12 AM        
6855kHz 0300Z 25/12 AM        
5135kHz 0100Z 17/02 AM 17/02 0200Z AM usb South London GB
5417kHz 0300Z 6/1/01 AM 17/02 0300Z AM
4505kHz 0200Z 27/12 AM        
4028kHz 0500Z 29/12 AM 17/02 0200Z AM  

 

V07

9283kHz 0710Z 14/12 AM    
10355kHz 0730Z 14/12 AM    
11420kHz 0750Z 14/12 AM    
9280kHz 0710Z 6/2/01 AM [234] Note: Female voice
10355kHz 0730Z 6/2/01 AM [234] Note: Female voice
11420kHz 0730Z 6/2/01 AM [234] Note: Female voice

 

All V07 transmissions were preceded by a blank carrier and in the cases of the 0730 & 0750 transmissions part of the traffic. 0724Z/10355kHz 'Uno, uno, uno'; and 0744Z/11420kHz Uno, uno , uno' also.

V13

8300kHz 1500Z 28/12 AM New Star Broadcasting. Flute tune. Weak with QRM. Heard in South London.
9725kHz 1400Z 22/01 AM New Star Broadcasting, Flute tune. Weak with BC QRM. Heard SW England.

XPH

Dec freqs Tuesdays and Fridays :
[comments refer to transmissions on 29/12]
11024kHz 0700Z ended 0704Z QRM speech splatter S9+
12224kHz 0720Z ended 0723Z data QRM until 0721Z S9+
13924kHz 0740Z ended 0743Z good clear transmission S9+
 
[comments refer to transmissions on 19/12]
6848kHz 2100Z ended 2105Z S9+
6934kHz 2110Z ended 2115Z S9+
5776kHz 2120Z ended 2125Z S9+
5927kHz 2130Z obviated by R.Prague transmission.
4637kHz 2140Z ended 2145Z S9+
5359kHz 2150Z ended 2155Z S9+
[Open carrier always up on freq prior to traffic]
 
Jan freqs Tuesdays and Fridays :
[comments refer to transmissions on 16/01]
11462kHz 0700Z ended 0704Z S9+
13362kHz 0720Z ended 0724Z S9+
14362kHz 0740Z ended 0744Z S9 QRM from BC station, German lang.
 
6924kHz 2100Z 0-msg (hfd) 09/01
7447kHz 2110Z 0-msg (hfd) 09/01
5784kHz 2120Z 0-msg (hfd) 09/01
5735kHz 2130Z ended 2134Z*
4627kHz 2140Z ended 2154Z*
4557kHz 2150Z  
[Open carrier always up on freq prior to traffic]
*monitored by AF

 

Feb freqs Tuesday and Fridays :
14890kHz 0700Z
15790kHz 0720Z
16290kHz 0740Z
 
7970kHz 2100Z
6745kHz 2120Z
5395kHz 2140Z

 

XPH freqs courtesy of VM and GD, thanks.

Re XPn freq 6865Hz 2100/2300Z Tuesday, mentioned in issue 2 resulted in 'nil required heard'. Would appreciate new freqs and/or times used for February/March 01.

Thanks to all those for their logs including Rob of Essex, GD, Mick of Strathclyde, D of Kent, AF, AK & HFD of Germany, Gerald of Sussex, K of Kent, S, C and M, SD in Au, also spy numbers robot.

Please send your voice logs to either enigma.box@centrenet.co.ukor e2k_news@hotmail.com


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