ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 11

July 2002
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Frequencies preceded by 'c' have been taken from an analogue receiver.

E05

PoSW wrote

'I think the big news on the numbers scene is the ending of the E05 schedules with the 210/100 message; there were two sendings Monday to Friday which had been on since late last year and these were joined by two daily sendings, weekends included, in April. My observations are that the 210/100 message was last transmitted on Tuesday 28-May; I happened to be at home on this day and I made a point of checking the daytime E05s; I was also at home the next day but found no sign of any of the four 210/100 transmissions, and there has been no trace of them since. Late May also saw the end of several E05 - related data transmissions which had been on weekdays since late last year. These were of two distinct varieties, one a fast FSK type and the other with a pulsing noise. The schedules for these were;-
0700z 8,029kHz, "Pulse data" type; 0740z 12,197 // 15,822kHz,, FSK type and 0900z 6,891 // 8,125kHz, type.
All of these were first noticed in late December and were on each weekday on which I was able to check between January and late May. However they now seem to have all gone; there was no sign of any of these schedules on Monday 3 - June; I am sure they must have been connected in some way with the 210/100 E05.
Several other E05 schedules have also gone; - the Thursday and Friday 2100z on 8,080 // 10,321kHz,, was last heard in the first week of May and the long - standing (since early 1998) Sunday 1800z on 11,072 // 13.465kHz has not been heard since 26 - May - presumably the similar schedule on Thursdays has ended too. Also, the Saturday 1400z on 18,617 // 19,622 kHz, which had the habit of vanishing for a few weeks and then returning, had not been heard since 6 - April and I made a note in the log that it had probably gone for good; but, much to my surprise, it DID show up on Saturday 15 - June, "Call" 801, "Count" 130 - the first time I had heard it for over two months. I still can't decide if this schedule really does vanish for weeks at a time or if it is all down to propagation.'

PoSW noted these E05's during June:

6960kHz 2200z 03/06 [ 211/150] // 9090kHz
  2200z 05/06 [ 211/150] // 9090kHz
6970kHz 2100z 04/06 [783/139] // 8110kHz
  2128z 15/06 [201/ ] // 8110kHz
14739kHz 1500z 04/06 [787/215] //16198kHz
18617kHz 1400z 15/06 [801/130] //19622kHz Last heard by PoSW early April

 

PoSW ends his E05 log with

"It looks as if this message with the "Call" of 210, and consisting of 100 5F - or more correctly 3 + 2 - groups, the total transmission time within a second of 29 minutes, has served its purpose. Now I wonder what that was?
On 9-June-02, Sunday, no sign of E05 at 1800z on 11,072 // 13,465kHz; last heard on 26 - May. This schedule was first noticed in March 1998 but may now be no more!
Whilst 15-June-02, Saturday, 1400z 18,617 // 19,622kHz; this is the schedule which vanishes for weeks at a time; I last heard this one in early April! I have checked these frequencies at 1400z or just after on most Saturdays since then but there had been no trace of Cynthia until today. Weak but clear on both frequencies, 801/130."

[Tnx PoSW]

AnonUK has shared his April log with us, illustrating the vast number of 210/100 messages sent by Cynthia over that month:

Day Time F 1 F 2 ID C ID C ID C ID C

Sun

      31M   7   14   21  
  0800                    
  1200 13450 16090 NH   M   M   M  
  1500 14739 16198 M   M   M   M  
  1800 11072 13465 731 44 M   287 189 287 189
Mon       1   8   15   22  
  0800 10527 13996 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1200 13450 16090 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1900 9219 10527 M   210 100 210 100 210 100
  2200 9219 10527 M   M   M   M  
  2200 6960 9090 M   M   M   M  
Tue       2   9   16   23  
  0800 10527 13465 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1200 13450 16090 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1900 8086 9219 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  2100 6970 8110 273 179 585 128 585 128 535 115
Wed       3   10   17   24  
  0800 10527 13465 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1200 13450 16090 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1600 14739 16198 985 195 985 195 985 195 985 195
  1900 8085 9219 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  2100 6950 7585 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  2200 6960 9090 M   M   M      
Thu       4   11   18   25  
  0800 10527 13465 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1200 13450 16090 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1600 10423 12197 NH   M   M   M  
  1800 11072 13465 287 189 287 189 287 189 287 189
  1900 9219 10527 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  2100 8080 10321 499 54 499 54 074 ? 074 ?
Fri       5   12   19   26  
  0800 10527 13996 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1200 13450 16090 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  1500 14739 16158             828 215
  1900 9219 10527 210 100 210 100 210 100 210 100
  2100 8080 10321 499 54 499 54 499 54 499 54
  2200 9219 10527 M   M          
Sat       6   13   20   27  
  0800                    
  1400 18617 19622 M   M   M   NH  
  1600 14739 16198 M   985 195 985 195 917 175
  2100 6970 8110 585 128 M   M   853 115

 

Day Time F 1 F 2 ID C

Sun

      28  
  1200 13450 16090 NH  
  1500 14739 16198 828 215
  1800 11072 13465 287 189
  1900 8085 9219 210 100
  2100 6950 7585 210 100
Mon       29  
  0800 10527 13996 210 100
  1200 13450 16090 210 100
  1900 9219 10527 210 100
  2200 9219 10527 M  
Tue       30  
  0800 10527 13465 210 100
  1200 13450 16090 210 100
  1500 14739 19198 828 215
  1900 8086 9219 210 100
  2100 6970 8110 853 115
Wed          
  0800 10527 13465    
  1200 13450 16090    
  1600 14739 16198    
  1900 8085 9219    
  2100 6950 7585    
  2200 6960 9090    
Thu          
  0800 10527 13465    
  1200 13450 16090    
  1600 10423 12197    
  1800 11072 13465    
  1900 9219 10527    
  2100 8080 10321    
Fri          
  0800 10527 13996    
  1200 13450 16090    
  1900 9219 10527    
  2100 8080 10321    
  2200 9219 10527    
Sat          
  1400 18617 19622    
  1600 14739 16198    
  2100 6970 8110    

 

Message 210 C100 Logged 156 times to date

The repetitive 210/100 message has also been commented on by AF, PLondon , MikeofKent and JoA to name a few.

8110kHz 2100z 05/06 [Count 139]

 

After the marathon 200+ sendings [!] of the 210/100 message E05 activity decreased. However the following were monitored:

6970kHz 2200z 11/06 [919 Count 108 - 059 83] //8110kHz USB +20dB/9 S London.
  2100z 16/06 [435 Count 201] // 8110

 

Tom [US] reported via group that he could not hear the 2200z 11/06 transmission.

6970kHz 2100z 18/06 [435count 210] //8110
8110kHz 2100z 18/06 [435count 210] //6970

 

AF's June log:

6970kHz 2100z 11/06 [919]  
13906kHz 1200z 09/06    
14739kHz 1500z 06/02 [787] //16198
  1530z 23/06   //16198
  1500z 30/06 [080] //16198

 

E06

May's transmissions include:

6925kHz 2100z 18/05 [231-698/34=86896]
9120kHz 2200z 11/05 [724 00000]
9190kHz 2208z 24/05 [ends 380 380 157 157 00000]
14610kHz 1330z 04/05 [1230z NRH]
  1330z 11/05 [401 00000]
14780kHz 1400z 11/05 [658 658 658 00000]
14863kHz 1437z 09/05  

 

June freqs open with:

1230z 14930kHz  
1330z 12206kHz [both via AnonUK].

 

PoSW writes:

'The E06 English Man has increased in activity, especially on Saturdays; the weekly 1230 + 1330z transmission continues and the second and fourth Saturday in the month schedule at 1400 + 1500z is back. There is also another E06 schedule on the second and fourth Saturday at 1120 + 1220z, the second sending on a higher frequency than the first which is unusual. The call is always "761" no matter what the frequencies; this has been heard several times over the past few months and has always sent a four minute "No message" transmission until 8 - June when there was a full message with a group count of 108.'
12180kHz 1507z 08/06 [145/703 703 88 88] 2nd/4th Sats. Rpt of 14570kHz tx.
12205kHz 1330z 01/06 [378/694 694 52 52]
  1330z 02/06 [378/694 694 52 52]
14570kHz 1400z 08/06 [145/703 703 88 88] 2nd/4th Sats.
  1330z 08/06 [602 602 135 135]
14930kHz 1230z 01/06 [378/694 694 52 52]
  1230z 02/06 [378/694 694 52 52]
  1230z 08/06 [602 602 135 135]
12205kHz 1330z 01/06 [378/694 694 52 52]
  1330z 02/06 [378/694 694 52 52]
  1330z 08/06 [602 602 135 135]
15815kHz 1230z 04/06 [804 804 804 00000]
  1120z 08/06 [761/345 345 108 108]
17430kHz 1220z 08/06 [761/345 345 108 108]

 

PoSW noted TV QRM on the 12180kHz in his locale, also prevalent in South London and heard in Dartford too. [Tnx PoSW]

Other obs include:

12206kHz 1330z 08/06 [378-602/135=63717 00000] S8 variable to +20dB/9
14930kHz 1230z 08/06 [378-602/135=63717 00000] slt XJT QRM, S5 variable to nil.
  1230z 22/06 [378 512 60 12934] Rptd 1230z 23/06 via Gert

 

From AF's June log:

12205kHz 1330z 22/06 [370....] Very Weak
  1330z 23/06 [378 512 60 12934..]
  1330z 30/06 [378 621 49 87792..]
14930kHz 1230z 16/06 [378 145 23 11061..]
  1230z 22/06 [378 512 60 12934..]
  1230z 23/06 [378 512 60 12934..]
  1230z 30/06 [378 621 49 87792..]
14939kHz 1235z 29/06  

 

From the US we noted a report of a weak E06 via Spooks:

13283kHz 1400z 08/06

 

E07

Late April activity was logged by PoSW as:

11028kHz 2044z 22/04 [000 000]
  2040z 24/04 [920 920 920 1 1433 67 x2] Strong signal, low audio*
12217kHz 2020z 22/04 [920 920 920 1 1433 67 x2] Strong signal
  2020z 24/04 [920 920 920 1 1433 67 x2] Strong signal, low audio*
13922kHz 2000z 24/02 [920 920 920 1 1433 67 x2] Strong signal, low audio*

 

*Started 10s earlier than nominal time.

From Gert we receive this comprehensive log of activity:

7739kHz 0510z 03/05 [701 000 000]
  0510z 15/05 [701 000 000]
  0510z 22/05 [701 000 000]
  0510z 29/05 [701 000 000]
9042kHz 0530z 01/05 [701 000 000]
  0530z 24/05 [701 000 000]
12203kHz 2040z 01/05 [682-2738/62=05169]
13872kHz 2020z 08/05 [682-4582/74=93481]
  2020z 13/05 [682 - 457/39=51931]

 

For June:

8251kHz 0510z 19/06 [246 - 635/55 = 67015]
  0510z 26/06 [null msg 246]
14390kHz 2020z 03/06 [234 - 2513/29 = 46872]
16284kHz 2000z 05/06 [234 - 2513/29 = 46872]
  2000z 17/06 [234 - 268/47 = 67897]
  2000z 24/06 [234 - 114/36 = 78936]

 

as well as details of a sending of two messages in a special format:

16284kHz 2000z 26/06

 

234 234 234 2 for two minutes
518 64 518 64  
25486 ..... (64 grps)
234 234 234 2 (4 times)
114 36 114 36  
78936 ..... (36 grps)
000 000  

 

E10

April E10 General Observations [BMDartford]:

I had intended this month to only monitor and report on the more exotic side of E10 i.e. Special Headers, Changes to C/S and the more Rarer Networks, plus any unusual breaks from the expected pattern. On April 2nd, HNCK was heard on 6.575, with no change to previous network transmissions and still no message. ART on 5.435 was heard not to be sending the expected group message on two occasions, the 2nd and 9th April. EZI was sending, but failed to mention the group schedule in its initial part of the transmission on two occasions during the evening of the 12th April, on frequencies 19.175 and 9.130 unusual?

Not very much one might say. Then Eureka! On the 14th came VLBTMX 1504 and MIWTMX 1504 both sending just the Special Header with no group message both at the same time on their respective frequencies. Each station transmitted for 22 minutes. Apart from the first three letters the headers were identical. With reception being excellent I'm sure many will have heard these.

As to the more common networks I tried monitoring at various times during the evenings on different days, and as you can see from the log the same crowd of active and non active calls were always there, ART, CIO2 and VLB2 more so than the others.

For April 02 By Frequency

Frequency Changes

Noises

20th April at 20:14hrs a very powerful whistling noise was heard on 6.428 lasting for 2 minutes. Something sounding similar to a car alarm. A few moments before the main noise commenced it sounded like someone whistling to attract attention, tuning up I suppose? (Frequency used by ABC at times).

For May 02 By Frequency

General Observations & Comments

 

5 May KPA2 back on air again with a change of frequency 5.230. (Last heard on 18th Feb) Was still transmitting c/s at 00:33hrs 6 May 4hrs and 20mins later.
 
5 May CIO2 at 23:50hrs transmitting on 4 freq's 7.918, 6.912, 5.339 & 4.360
( Voted E10's Frequency Hog of the Year)
 
9 May Freq 5230. Special header from KPAZHAZ0905Z2050 a total of 16 digets in all transmitted for 1hr 19 minutes and then suddenly changed to KPA6, some 55 minutes later this also changed to KPA2, which was only called twice when it stopped at 22:16hrs.
  Looking at the SP Header one might be tempted to think that the 0905Z2050 could possibly be 9 May at 2050z a date time instruction. Then I went into the realms of fantasy and interpreted ZHAZ0905 as from Zechariah chapter 9 verse 5, I quote " Ash'ke-lon shall see it and fear, Ga'za also shall be very sorrowful" (This refers to the two towns in and near the Gaza strip), Ah well back to earth.
 
10 May 22:00hrs approx E10 sprang to life for the second night running with SYNSE on 7.605, 4.780.
  VLBSE on 6.930, 5.170, 4.015 & CIOSE on 6.912, 5.339, 4.360 all transmitting at the same time on the different frequencies. The last two nights corresponding perhaps to the current activity in the Middle East?
 
20 May From 21:03hrs to 00:37 21 May, the whole range of frequencies came to life with mainly null message senders. Many were heard 2/3 times but I only logged the initial call of the station. EZI2 on 9.130 was last heard on the 12 Dec 01 on 19.715 and JSR2 on 9 Feb 02 on 5.091 same freq.
 
22/29 May ABC on 6.428 (See log for timings) Eight consecutive evenings, each session lasting over four hours, and may have continued for much longer after I had stopped listening. I last heard ABC on the 18th Feb on this freq. Sequence remains the same no message. During this period all the xxx2 calls seemed to be less active on the other frequencies, though ART, JSR & FTJ were still evident. Again this might be put down to poor reception at my end. Though at 23:45hrs the 28th COI2,VLB2 & SYN2 all opened up using 8 different frequencies at the same time (See log) ending at 23:51hrs

 

Top Five For May CIO2, VLB2, SYN2, KPA2, ART.
C/Sign Variations VLBSE, CIOSE, SYNSE, KPA6
Special Headers KPAZHAZ0905Z2050
Rare Networks ABC
Longest & Shortest Group Message ART G133. ART G9.

©BMDartford [Tnx BM]

6428kHz was occupied by XJT transmissions at 0650z 31/05, but previously home to the delcet and repetitive tones of ABC's unusual non-stop transmission. [Tnx Tansy].

E11

The first transmission of May [02/05] was preceded [at 0740z] by a series of tones as well as the 'whistling up' of the tx and some cursory voice traffic apparently French. This QRM continued and caused slight difficulty in receiving the usual 232/00!

10125kHz 0800z 05/05 [232/00] Heavy QRM
  0800z 09/05 [232/00]
11116kHz 0800z 03/05 [232/00] Good sigs
  0800z 10/05 [232/00]
  0800z 24/05 [232/00] - continued 15s late [per JoA].
  0800Z 07/06 [232/00]
  0800z 14/06 [232/00]

 

The run up to the transmission on 10/05 brought thoughts of S17C to mind. At around 0740z an ICW signal battered out VVV = TTT, which in turn was followed by a loud tty like transmission. Happily this ceased prior to the repeated 232/00.

A suggestion from Gert and received via the ENIGMA 2000 Group for E11:

Tuesdays, 1030z 9610kHz and 1230z 9448kHz for 312.

His subsequent logs reflected this:

9610kHz 1030z 28/05 [312/00]
  1030z 18/06 [312 Null Msg] also via Gert
9448kHz 1230z 28/05 [312/00]

 

Whilst AF offers this for June:

9610kHz 1030z 04/06 [312/00]
9448kHz 1230z 04/05 [312/00]

 

E15

Possible sighting via 'Spooks' from Chris Acuff:

13202kHz 1435z 22/06

 

Any other

E17

From Bob in US:

9142kHz 0200z 08/05 [627x3 00000, repeating] AM

 

Issue 5 covered E17 in May last year, for which the following were heard:

9142kHz 0200z 08/05/2001 [0200Z 12/06/2001 249 650 197 rptd 0200z 13/06/2001 0200z 14/06/2001]
9220kHz 0602z 28/05/2001 [rpt 10708kHz 0400z 28/05/2001]
10708kHz 0400z 28/05/2001 [135x2 400x2 00000] also 0514z

 

E18

Gert of Holland wrote in to inform us that he had found E18 again:

7840kHz 2145z 09/05 [269-nr 178 gc 22 = 26151]

 

and suggests that this can probably be heard on the preceding Wednesday. Gert also notes this station follows CET. [Tnx Gert].

E23

From AF:

8188kHz 1155z 08/05 [?.40940 59201?]
  1200z 20/05  
  1210z 09/05 [in progress] selco
  0957z 27/05 [via AnonUK]
8188kHz 1155z 17/06  
  1155z 19/06  
  1155z 20/06  

G04

Continuing on from PLondon's re-discovery we are certain this Fraulien now follows a monthly 'schedule' on the first Thursday of each month. It follows the time change rule, but strangely the usual time of 2105/2135z became 2000/2030z in April last when this change took place.

March's freqs matched those used 03/01, whilst April's matched 04/00.

Freqs previously reported as follows [Date: 2105z freq 2135z freq]:

01/00 3440 3340
02/00 3920 3820
03/00 4520 4420
04/00 5210 5310
05/00 4830 4930
06/00 5220 5320
07/00 5360 5460
08/00 5320 5420
09/00 4760 4860
10/00 4580 4680
11/00 4270 4370
12/00 4110 4210
01/01 4120 4220
02/01 4280 4380
03/01 4750 4850
03/02 [poss 4750] 4850
04/02 5310  
05/02 4930  

 

In keeping with others observation of this recently emergent fraulein PoSW makes this comment on his reception 2-May-02, Thursday, 2000z 4830kHz. "G04 German YL with the rasping 3 - note call - up - once likened to a Rolf Harris Stylophone, if anyone is old enough to remember that - who now shows up on the first Thursday of the month - as predicted in issue 10! Strong signal, lower sideband suppressed, 34 x 5 figure groups and never uses the number "9" for some reason. Final "Ende ende" just before 2017z. 2030z 4930kHz repeat sending of G04, strong signal, on same frequency as a weak tropical broadcast station."

As predicted in NL10 the frequencies used matched those in 05/00 :

4830kHz 2000z 02/05 [87137]
4930kHz 2030z 02/05 [87137]

 

Both the above freqs were reported direct to E2k from JoA, DofKent and PLondon. The telephone was very busy. In keeping with past practice PLondon sat on the first expected sending from 1930z. At 1951z the carrier could be heard as a het tone and followed by a brief 'Achtung, Achtung '81737'. The carrier then closed prior to the 3 tones. This practice is normal with G04 as AF reported for April's sending 04/04 between 1950 to 1952z.

PLondon informs us that June's sending followed the predicted 5220/5320kHz. Unfortunately XJT was very nearby to 5220 and USB was selected to copy a pristine 'Achtung, Achtung ! 22148' message and repeat until 2017z when our starring Fraulien announced 'Ende Ende'.

Changing frequency to 5320kHz immediately the carrier dropped PLondon informs us of a peculiar annoying signal that sat on 5320. Sounding much like bursts of feedback ; a tinny, pulsed, screeching noise, described as 'that made by using a coarse file on a piece of metal not properly positioned in a vice' it sounded as though our Fraulien was going to have a bit of a battle on her hands for dominance of the frequency. Bang on 2030z the carrier raised followed by the 3 tones totally removing the unwanted sounds.

5220kHz 2000z 06/06 [22184] USB XJT QRM.
5320kHz 2030z 06/06 [22184] USB Strange sig on freq

 

First Thursday in July is 04/07, the expected freqs being 5360/5460 at the relevant times.

G06

E reports a G06 not entered in NL10:

9115kHz 2000z 06/05 [308 416 20 68697...]AM
11485kHz 1900z 07/05 [308 416 20 68697...]AM
11490kHz 1903z 06/05 [308 416 20 68697...]AM

 

Also heard by AF.

June's frequencies, via AnonUK:

10310khz 2000z 03/06  
12186khz 1900z 03/06  
12195kHz 1900z 03/06 [308 00000] From AF

 

G07

PoSW makes these comments concerning the G07 reported in our last issue 10; having been heard on Friday 15 - March sending a continuous count of 0 to 9 was the G06 YL with this pre - transmission routine. I have often noticed this with the Friday G06 - but never with the first Monday in the month one. The higher pitched voice does sound remarkably like the old G07 YL, which incidentally I have not heard for a couple of years. I think the operator at the controls of the Friday night G06 sometimes gets bored waiting for 1830z and starts messing around with the various functions of the device on which the message is stored; I recall one occasion when the voice suddenly changed into that of the S06 Russian Man for a short while. When the transmission proper began at 1830z the voice was of normal pitch and speed of delivery.

S06

PoSW sent the following in:

The S06 Russian Man has also been busy, especially on the second and fourth Saturdays in the month, early evenings UK time; on Saturday 8 - June for example there were two separate S06 transmissions on the air, one at 1600 + 1700z and the other at 1700 + 1800z.

PoSW's log for S06 reads:

[Tnx PoSW].

AnonUK informed us that S06 could be heard in May as: Monday & Tuesday 1850z on 11130kHz 1950z on 9230kHz. Also notifying us that the Wednesday morning [08/05] S06 at 0700z had moved to 14580kHz and was a very strong signal. AUK further mentioned that all the S06's heard have very poor modulation [and that the 0700z transmission may possibly on at 0600z for the first time].

9230kHz 2008z 06/05  
  1950z 07/05 [254 639 117 19329...]
  2000z 10/05  
  1950z 11/05 [254-780/95=72876]
  1950z 14/05 [254 254 00000]
  1950z 21/05 Gd Strong sigs 00000
  1950z 28/05  
11130kHz 1902z 06/05  
  1855z 07/05  
  1850z 14/05  
  1850z 28/05  
13480kHz 2110z 13/05  
14580kHz 0700z 08/05  
  0600z 15/05  

 

Gert advised us of the following freq:

7682kHz 1900z 15/06 [Null Msg 895]

 

AnonUK had problems finding the June Tuesday 1850z and 1950z transmissions but confirmed that the Wednesday slot remained unchanged:

11420kHz 1908z 11/06 also heard by AF
14580kHz 0700z 05/06 [ 729 Null Msg]

 

S10E

As was expected S10E, like its Morse sister M10E, re-appeared on 6th May.

10642kHz 1300z 06/05  
  1300z 07/05 [weak in Central London].
  1300Z 08/05 [weak in Central London]
  1300z 09/05 'selco'
  1300z 10/05 [reasonable sigs Central London]

 

Appeared as expected 3rd June.

10642kHz 1300z 03/06 Good strong sigs DofKent

 

Next appearance 1st July

S11A

9950kHz 1045z 25/04 [976-00] from AF

 

From Gert we have a possible hint of a new Thursday slot

4783kHz 0500z 05/02 [972/00] suggested via ENIGMA 2000 Group.
  0500Z 16/05 [972/00]

 

and asks if anyone has heard the Monday 0800z 8186kHz transmission lately? Answers please to E2k.

S17

The S17 format suggested a weekly schedule occurring on Thursdays and Fridays starting around 1015z and possibly again at 1250z with message groupings of 4 sendings, to three recipients daily [01/03 being 688, 351 and 401], producing a transmission of 12 actual messages. The actual sendings were preceded by a series of rapid tones and it seemed to end its schedule with rapid tones. The signal strength was fair to good in the SE of England.

Friday 01/03 produced this log from 7809kHz:

  1018z tfb 688 59897  
  1022z tfb 688 55719  
  1025z tfb 688 54235  
  1028z tfb 688 12774  
pause until 1033z tfb 351 11036  
  1036z tfb 351 04624  
  1038z tfb 351 35159 [3x 351 35159 or 351 59]
  1041z tfb 351 55047  
pause until 1056z tfb 401 21511  
  1059z tfb 401 62184  
  1103z tfb 401 20925  
  1106z tfb 401 37083  
pause at 1108:30z      
  1110z     rapid tones 7s only -finish signal [?] Nothing further heard Off watch 1300z 01/03

 

©DofKent

To date no further reports have been received of this station, the above log and apparent traits posted to allow identification if later heard.

S17C

DofKent rang in to say that there was no appearance on 8190kHz on 01/05. On 04/05 AF placed this info via Group:

6758kHz 1250z 04/05 [82046]USB

 

This frequency is heavily utilised by a tty station and the resultant signals on this freq have not allowed S17c to be observed since 04/05. Interestingly 6758kHz was a stated freq for OLX Cz station in 1991.

Despite the very poor conditions AF was able to inform us, and send a .wav of the 08/05 transmission as:

6758kHz 1250z 08/05 [98036?] or [58046-DofKent].
6760kHz 1250z 30/05 Briefly -- AnonUK
  1250z 31/05 Very weak PLondon

 

What is interesting is that AF is not troubled by the tty transmission at his location. AF managed to hear S17C as: S17C

6758kHz 1250z 04/05, 05/05, 08/05, 09/05, 10/05, 11/05, 12/05, 14/05, 18/05, 19/05, 20/05, 21/05, 23/05, 24/05, 26/05, 27/05. 28/05, 29/05, 30/05, 31/05

 

DofKent rang into say that he had used a loop from his qth to try to null out the tty without much success. It is possible that this interfering tty type signal is from GB? It may also be military in origin. If it is, could their Lordships please authorize a new freq so ENIGMA 2000 can get on doing what it does best!

What is apparent is that the S17C transmission is not aimed at Great Britain. The fact that it is of reasonable copy near to the Polish border whilst the GB monitors suffer this 'tty indignity' reinforces that view. DofKent was fortunate in 'just' hearing S17C 1250z 10/05 but was unable to extract the five figure group due to the audio being obliterated by the tty.

In addition to the contact near the Polish Border we were also contacted by another monitor in the CZ republic, who reported hearing S17C RS59 and without QRM from tty.

DofKent later rang to say that his observations on this station have been marginally better around 05/06 due to the apparent cessation of the strong tty QRM, although a weaker signal persists, it allows monitoring of S17C for the present.

6758kHz 1250z 22/06 [12048] USB

 

AF copied S17c throughout the month of June and offers his log. Note all transmissions were USB:

6758kHz 1250z 01/06, 03/06, 04/06, 06/06, 07/06, 08/06, 09/06, 10/06, 11/06,
13/06 [Late start at 1253z]
14/06, 15/06, 16/06, 17/06, 18/06,19/06,21/06, 22/06, 23/06, 24/06, 25/06, 26/06, 27/06
28/06 [very weak]
29/06, 30/06.

 

S21

4454kHz 1842z 30/04 [454 123 31 56729 ?000]
4854kHz 1842z 30/04 [454 123 31 56729 ?000]
5373kHz 1742z 07/05 [973 248 36 89122..]

 

V02

Audible in Great Britain via PoSW:

20-Apr-02, Saturday 0628z 8,097kHz regular Saturday morning V02 Spanish YL, transmission in progress, somewhat weaker than usual, slight CW QRM from French military "VVV VVV VVV DE FDC AR".
  0727Z 9,153kHz V02 in progress again.
21-Apr-02, Sunday 0704z 8,132kHz V02 in progress, had gone when checked again at 0715z.
25-Apr-02, Thursday 0538z 8,097kHz regular Thursday V02 in progress, good signal.
27-Apr-02, Saturday 0717z 9,153kHz V02, a very distorted, unreadable signal. transmitter fault.
28-Apr-02, Sunday 0800z 9,230kHz V02 warming up with "Atencion, seis nueve siete cero quatro" (697 04), then "Cero quatro seis tres" (04 63) repeated 5 times and into 5Fs at 0803z, with background buzzing noise.
1-May-02, Wednesday 0605z 8,010kHz V02 in progress, strong signal.
4-May-02, Saturday 0604z 8,097kHz V02 in progress, strong signal.
  0706Z 9,153kHz V02 in progress, good signal, no trace of the distortion noted on this one last Saturday.
6-May-02, Monday 0624z 9,331kHz V02 in progress, strength up to S7, ended just after 0642z with 3 x "Finale".
  0641Z 12,455kHz another V02 starting up while the one on 9,331kHz was still on - just! Calling "Atencion, quatro dos seis cero uno" (426 01), then "Cero uno seis cinco" (01 65) repeated 5 times and into 5Fs. Distinct background buzz, ended just before 0647z with 2 x "Finale", a short transmission.
  0759Z 9,268kHz and yet another V02! Started a few seconds after 0759z, carrier with typical V07 background buzz noted a few minutes earlier, calling "Atencion, quatro quatro uno cero cinco" (441 05), then "Cero cinco seis nueve" (05 69) repeated and into 5Fs.
15-May-02, Wednesday 0709z 9,063kHz V02 in progress, QRM from strong FSK/RTTY signal.
16-May-02, Thursday 0529z 8,097kHz V02 in progress, strong signal from Cuba this morning.
  0606Z 8,097kHz V02 still going strong, now with QRM from CW "VVV VVV VVV DE FDC AR".
  0719Z 9,153kHz V02 again, speech severely distorted.
25-May-02, Saturday 0717z 9,153kHz regular Saturday V02, QRM from some kind of utility transmission identing from time to time in CW with "HEC". [Berne Radio Switzerland].
29-May-02, Wednesday 0606z 8,010kHz V02 in progress, good signal.
30-May-02, Thursday 0532z 8,097kHz V02, good signal.
3-June-02, Monday 0609z   V02 in progress, good signal. [9331kHz?]
8-June-02, Saturday 0624z 8,097kHz V02 in progress, good signal.
  0711Z 9,153kHz V02 again, weak signal with severe FSK/RTTY QRM. [Tnx PoSW]

 

Rest US via 'Spooks'

6855kHz 0400z 02/06  
9212kHz 2212z 24/05  
9268kHz 0600z 25/06 [weak withQRM]
9286kHz 0600z 05/07  
10445kHz 0300z 06/03  
c10600kHz 0500z 06/03  
10875kHz 0817z 29/03 [Lousy audio] tnx E.

 

V02A

4028kHz 0300z 08/06 [ID 54712 24012 08382] USB
4035kHz 1000z 25/05 [83561 83381 46463]
4329kHz 0400z 05/06 USB
4479kHz 0300z 05/06 USB
4507kHz 1100z 25/05 [ 83561 83381 46463]
5762kHz 0433z 18/05  
  0200z 01/06  
  0200z 08/06 [ID 85432 54143 59592] USB
  0420z 08/06 [--- 53892] USB
5800kHz 0300z 03/06  
6826kHz 0900z 27/05 [48002 23452 61862] late start
7555kHz 0300z 26/05 [----- 72352 -----]
7583kHz 1000z 27/05 [48002 23452 61862]
8097kHz 0600z 04/05  
  0600z 08/06 [AM Extremely clear with handheld set in Wisconsin]!!!!!
9153kHz 0700z 25/05  
  0730z 01/06  
  0700z 08/06 AM
9331kHz 0600z 06/06 [Atencion 58561 59202 91983] AM
10126kHz 0300z 08/06  
  0400z 08/06 [ID 04333 51432 20972 (should be M08a sked)*]
      [*Further to the above this nearby M08a was noted:
10125kHz 0418z 08/06 [CW ----- ----- 51132 (note: the V2a at 0200z was silent whilst the scheduled M08a transmitted)].
10127kHz 0400z 11/06 [Attencion Attencion] AM

V07

April 02 sendings were 0600z 14387kHz, 0620z 16087kHz, 0640z 17487kHz. [Call 304]

AnonUK contacted e2k with these freqs on its first sending of May, Thursday 02/05:

14620kHz 0600z 02/05 [ID635 Null message]
  0600z 16/05 [635 000]
  0600z 30/05 [635 000]
16320kHz 0620z 02/05 [ID635 Null message]
  0620z 16/05 [635 000]
  0620z 30/05 [635 000]

 

Third frequency not heard in May but should be 17520kHz at 0640z.

17520kHz 0640z 16/05 NRH prev Null msg. Freq in 16m BC band with station nearby: BC QRM

 

PLondon informs us that June started with:

14620kHz 0600z 06/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
16320kHz 0620z 06/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
17520kHz 0640z 06/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
       
14620kHz 0600z 13/06 [635 635 635 000]
16320kHz 0620z 13/06 [635 635 635 000]
17520kHz 0640z 12/06 [NRH] Freq in 16m BC band with station nearby: BC QRM
       
14620kHz 0600z 18/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
16320kHz 0620z 18/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
17520kHz 0640z 18/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
       
14620kHz 0600z 20/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
16320kHz 0620z 20/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000]
17520kHz 0640z 20/06 [635 635 635 1 x8, msg then 000 000] Severe BC QRM

 

V08

The V08 1800z 6,647kHz Middle Eastern YL turned up as expected on the first Saturday

in May, (4th), [also heard by AF and E] but I could find no sign on the first Saturday in June (1st); this one may have appeared on the second Saturday (8th) instead, but I was so busy keeping track of an S06 I forgot to check! However, there was a V08 transmission noted in progress at 0803z on Wednesday 15 - May on 11,292 kHz, frequency appeared to vary.

V13

From Hideharu Torii via Spooks we became aware of the fact that this station is apparently no longer called 'New Star Broadcasting Station' but 'Star Star Radio Station.' As we get to hear more we will keep you posted. It says its email address is w2789@hotmail.com and its postal address is PO Box 12587, Taipei.

V21

6529kHz 0051z 20/03

XP

The third evening scheduled freq for April was stated in part in NL10 for which we apologise and publish in full here [2040z 9475kHz].

As previously stated XP uses tones of 305, 321, 337, 353, 369, 385, 401, 417, 433, 449, 465, 481, 497 and 513Hz.

April Freqs per AnonUK, JoA, PLondon

0600z 11083kHz 02/04 05/04 09/04 12/04 16/04 19/04 23/04 26/04 30/04
0620z 12183kHz 02/04 05/04 09/04 12/04 16/04 19/04 23/04 26/04 30/04
0640z 13883kHz 02/04 05/04 09/04 12/04 16/04 19/04 23/04 26/04 30/04

ID018

 

2000z 12180kHz 02/04 04/04 09/04 11/04 16/04 18/04 23/04 25/04 30/04
2020z 10970kHz 02/04 04/04 09/04 11/04 16/04 18/04 23/04 25/04 30/04
2040z 9475kHz NRH NRH NRH NRH 16/04 18/04 NRH NRH NRH

ID194

 

Other scheduled XP courtesy AnonUK/JoA

2010z 14890kHz 02/04 05/04 09/04 12/04 16/04 19/04 23/04 26/04 30/04
2030z 13420kHz 02/04 05/04 09/04 12/04 16/04 19/04 23/04 26/04 30/04
2050z 11580kHz 02/04 NRH 09/04 12/04 NRH 19/04 23/04 26/04 NRH

ID845

 

May Freqs per JoA, PLondon

0600z 11157kHz 03/05 07/05 10/05 14/05 17/05 21/05 24/05 28/05 31/05
0620z 12457kHz 03/05 07/05 10/05 14/05 17/05 21/05 24/05 28/05 31/05
0640z 13857kHz 03/05 07/05 10/05 NRH 17/05 21/05 24/05 28/05 31/05

ID148

 

2000z 14597kHz 02/05 07/05 09/05 14/05 16/05 21/05 23/05 28/05 30/05
2020z 13417kHz 02/05 07/05 09/05 14/05 16/05 21/05 23/05 28/05 30/05
2040z 125nnkHz NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH

ID545

 

Other scheduled XP courtesy AnonUK/JoA

2010z 15910kHz 03/05 07/05 10/05 14/05 17/05 21/05 24/05 28/05 31/05 *
2030z 14695kHz 03/05 07/05 10/05 14/05 17/05 21/05 24/05 28/05 31/05 *
2050z 13374kHz NRH 07/05 10/05 NRH 17/05 21/05 24/05 NRH 31/05 *

ID963

This second scheduled XP transmission on Friday 24/05 was plagued with problems. The 2010z sending started at 2014z finishing at 2017z. The carrier being heard at 2009z and somewhat later than usual. [S9 to +10dB over]. At 2022z we were treated to a few seconds of the second sending with the start and end tones only. At 2030z and on time the second sending was heard for 3 mins at S5. The third sending was the best at PLondon and started with no problem at 2050z. 252 and lodp for XP op!

*Friday 31/05 2010, 2030 and 2050z transmissions did not appear as the usual melodious tones that we expected. The raising of carriers and subsequent tones, as the norm, indicated the run-ups to each transmission. At each expected transmission time Morse was heard, the characters being sent reasonably slow. However the speed changed to fast as the message was sent. Contact was made with AnonUK who confirmed that the signals heard were a M12 transmission. This firmly established the tenuous link, suggested by AnonUK for XPH in NL10, with XP too.

The messages sent were [E&OE!]:

963 963 963 1 963 963 963 1 rptd
781 26 781 26
[26 Groups of five figs]
000 000 [sent as TTT TTT].

 

June Freqs per JoA/Plondon

0600z 11157kHz 04/06 07/06 11/06 14/06 18/06 21/06 25/06 28/06
0620z 12457kHz 04/06 07/06 11/06 14/06 18/06 21/06 25/06 28/06
0640z 13857kHz 04/06 07/06 11/06 14/06 NRH 21/06 25/06 28/06

ID148

 

2000z 14597kHz 04/06 06/06 11/06 13/06 18/06 20/06 25/06 27/06
2020z 13417kHz 04/06 06/06 11/06 13/06 18/06 20/06 25/06 27/06
2040z 125nnkHz NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH NRH

ID545

Surprisingly this June XP is using May's frequencies, the first evening transmission at 2000z 14598kHz actually being hailed by a carrier that came up briefly at 1926, 1929 and 1933z.

Other scheduled freqs courtesy AnonUK

2010z 16174kHz 07/06 11/06 14/06 18/06 21/06 25/06 28/06
2030z 14878kHz - 11/06 14/06 18/06 21/06 25/06 28/06
2050z 13445kHz - 11/06 14/06 NRH NRH 25/06 28/06

ID184

New XP Transmission leads to further analysis

We received an email from PLondon [no doubt up early to celebrate HRH's Jubilee!] at 0545z 04/06.

He writes, 'I had occasion to get up early and switched my receivers on at 0415z. I had previously set 12173kHz as a guard whilst I was going to search for XP at around 0552z. I was surprised at 0455z when it became apparent that a carrier had appeared on 12173kHz. Although its strength tickled the meter at S4 to 5 I recognised the threatened transmission as XP when two short tones were sent at 0458z. Sure enough between 0500z and 0502z a null message was sent [and repeated on 13473kHz at 0520z]. The recorded signal was analysed giving an ID148 [the same ID as used throughout May - and now starting in June]. The section sampled contained these tones [Hz]:
303/337/512/335/303/352/399/462.
Translated this breaks down as Space, 0, Repeat, 0, Space, 1, 4, 8.
[Eight characters used].

This is not the same as that sent [a full message] in May [0600z28/05] for ID148. A sampled transmission produces 300/352/300/350/399/461, Translated this produces Space, 1, Space, 1, 4, 8. [Six characters used]. This sequence is identical with that taken from 0600z 04/06, a full message sample.

The 2000z 04/06 transmission was a null message lasting only two minutes. However there was the same variation in the sequence: 303/338/514/338/303/416/403/416 or translated:

Space, 0, Repeat, 0, Space, 5, 4, 5. [Eight characters used].

I come to the conclusion that the six character sequence is sent when there is a full message, whilst the longer eight character sequence indicates the much shorter null message.

The discovery of the 0500z sending was an added bonus but raises further questions.

Is the ID148 a coincidence with the 0600z series sendings?

In June 2001, XP sent its 0640z message on 14973kHz. Such use would ensure that the ID would have been 149. On 04/06/02 the ID was 148. Does this mean that any subsequent full message will be sent on a frequency of say 148nnkHz; or will the full message never be sent because the 0500z transmission is an indication for the 06nnz series sendings?' AnonUK reported hearing the 0500z transmission again on 18/06 giving 1st and 3rd transmissions. The next 1st and 3rd sendings are: 2 & 16/07. Possible freq 0500z 11623kHz, 0520z 13423kHz.

[TnxPLondon].

12173kHz 0500z 04/06 [Null msg] 18/06 [Null msg]
13473kHz 0520z 04/06 [Null msg] -  
1n8nnkHz 0540z NRH      

ID148

12173kHz was monitored on Thursday 0500z 06/06 and Friday 0500z 07/06 but this early XP remained NRH with PLondon as did the same freq on Saturday 08/06.

XPH

Uses these tones, as measured by AnonUK:

Tone

Value

1304 Space
1234 0
814 1
844 2
879 3
914 4
954 5
1038 6
1089 7
1143 8
1202 9
992 Repeat
1271 Separator

 

XPH sends a preamble the same as M12, DK and GC. [The March one was 805, Space 131 Space 805 Space 131].

XPH is now believed to send in the evenings of Saturday and Tuesdays. PoSW found this evening schedule to be 1830z 14837kHz, 1850z 13372kHz, 1910z 11648khz. [Noted that the ID reflected the 3rd letter of freqs in the evening sendings].

May's freqs [per AnonUK], reports also via JoA:

1830z 16350kHz 04/05 07/05 11/05 14/05 18/08 21/05 25/05 28/05
1850z 14780kHz 04/05 07/05 11/05 14/05 18/05 21/05 25/05 28/05
1910z 13377kHz NRH 07/05 11/05 NRH 18/05 21/05 25/05 NRH

ID373
[Reported as 383 elsewhere; the tones were 879, 1089 and 879: translates 373]

Of the 11/05 transmission AnonUK contacted E2k with this interesting observation:

"It sent a message but between the DK/GC and the message is sent as another 3 figures, they were 365. The DK/GC was 612 58 612 58. You may have noticed that XPH DK is always 3 figures, but M12 is mainly 4."

[Excellent observation AnonUK].

Of the XP/XPH sending on 14/05 JoA discovered that two sendings of XP/XPH were as follows:
14/05: XPH 1830 tx. 1829:43, XP 2020 tx. 2019:43 [freqs were 16350 and 13417kHz respectively]

JoA uses an MSF linked clock for timing accuracy and queries if the XP/XPH stations use either the same timing method or the same control room. [Is the Russian time signal still available on 4995kHz]?

AnonUK informed E2k that the ending on 25/05 varied by not ending 000 000.

June's freqs [per AnonUK], reports also via JoA:

1830z 17455kHz 01/06 04/06 08/06 06/11 15/06 18/06 22/06 25/06 28/06
1850z 15930kHz 01/06 04/06 08/06 06/11 15/06 18/06 22/06 25/06 28/06
1910z 14470kHz 01/06 04/06 NRH NRH NRH NRH 22/06 25/06 NRH

ID494
[62 groups recorded 1st sending]

Whilst monitoring the 1850z frequency of 15932kHz PLondon intercepted a tone being sent at 1845z. This tone was viewed on the Spectrum amalyser in real time and measured at 1198Hz. This frequency corresponds to the figure '9'. Another 1200Hz tone was sent prior to to the 1850z sending on 18/06, again corresponding to the figure '9'. More work needs to be done on this to see if other tones correspond in this way or if this is just pure coincidence. [PLondon added that the tones he had encountered before on XP all seemed to be around 1200Hz, so this match may be pure coincidence].

As this is prepared for distribution another 1203Hz tone has been sent, there being no '9' in the July ID 383

PoSW informed E2k of these apparently new sendings of XPH:

Late evening (UK time) XPH, noted on Thursday 6 - June with a "No message" transmission, so two frequencies only;- 2120z 18,459kHz and 2140z 17,459kHz.

XPL

This rare station [rare to these columns anyway!] was heard by E as reported in last NL:

5784kHz 2121z 29/01

From the XPL sample sent in by AnonUK E2k were able to measure freqs used as 327, 332, 356, 359, 386, 391, 416, 426, 442, 456, 480, 496Hz. The low freq sounds heard are believed to be the product of more than one tone sent between 322 to 582Hz [much like the tones produced by the telephone tones].


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