ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 15

March 2003
Articles, newsreports and Items of interest :enigma2000-owner@yahoogroups.com

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ENIGMA 2000 newsletter Mar 03
Articles, news reports and items of interest: enigma2000-owner@yahoogroups.com Issue 15
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Welcome all to Issue 15, March 2003. We once again thank all our contributors for their ongoing support.

It was noted (GD) that our "Spooks" fraternity had a busy Christmas Day with TX's being made by, amongst others, E3, E5, E7, M3, M8a, M10, M12, M13, M76, S7, S10d. Unknown how this compares with previous years.

A number of contributors have remarked that generally they have found conditions to be very poor over the past 2 months, this has been the case at my QTH also - to the point of me climbing up onto the roof and checking all the antenna connections and applying the Sig Gen to the main HF Rx to make sure it had not "gone deaf".

Solar Activity is still dropping, as mentioned in Issue 14, but had a slight increase during the 2nd week of Jan, peaking at 142 on 11th, but continued reducing down to 50 by 25th Feb. Only one Proton Enhancement/ Geomagnetic Storm has been reported since end of Dec, with negligible disruption, so overall the expectation was for some settled and reasonably good Rx conditions - in practice this didn't happen.

Oops, Geomagnetic Storm warning just arrived, 13.00z 4 Mar.

In the past during times of escalating international tensions, despite our monitoring activity, no dramatic increases in "Numbers" activity has been reported, (except after the assassination of an Israeli Prime Minister) however, lately one station has gone into overdrive during the current Iraq crises, and a couple of other CW's have an increased activity level.

See the M76 entry in CW section. One wonders if this is just co-incidence but it certainly is giving us a good opportunity to further study its habits and hopefully give us more clues as to its nature.

NEW. (GD) Control List, provisional addition, XFR.

Sounds similar to a "croaking frog" or "brrrt brrrt" currently on 7380kHz USB at 08.00z +- (S10/M10 freq), 7992kHz USB c20.00 - 22.00z and 18864kHz varying times (E3a freq)

MoK reported that on 3 Mar, starting c21.30z, on the Royal Signals ALE freq of 7992kHz, this station did some very odd things.

[ It played the "croaks" at a series of decreasing pitches (speeds?), sounding like a decreasing diatonic scale, each pair being of slightly longer duration than the previous. At the end of this series it started speeding up quite quickly and the final few seconds sounded exactly like our well known "bubble jammers" ]

Further investigations ongoing, Ed.



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