Second edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 22:15:09 +0200)

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Welcome to the second edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter.

We received some very encouraging reactions from you and I think that you'll like this edition as well. What do we have for you this time? First of all an item written by Toby Andersson (we have more of his crypto items for future N&O's), further a round-up of the numbers stations, logs, and profiles.

Let us know what you think of N&O. We like to hear from you. Tell us what you want to see in this column and send us all you have about numbers stations, spy and covert stuff, other weird stations, etc.

Have fun! -Ary-

Worldwide Jam Session

I want do a 'Jammer Special' next month. I already asked for your help with regards to this item, but because the response was extremely low, I try it once more. Whenever you find a jammer -on a utility, HAM or broadcasting station frequency-, be so kind to report the following info back to me. Thanks for your cooperation!

  1. Jammed frequency
  2. Time in UTC and date
  3. Type of jammer (if known)
  4. Who's being jammed (if known)
  5. Your location (city and/or country)
More on this topic can be found in Newsletter 3

It's ticking, but what is it?

A strange ticking sound can be heard in Europe, 24h a day, on 4041.5 kHz. The signal strength varies only slightly and is S1-S3, night and day. It sounds like someone is practicing morse with chopsticks on a wooden table :-)

Irregular ticks, nothing like a timesignal station. It sometimes speeds up and then goes back to a relaxed ticking sound. The ticks are ca. 333 msec apart, or a multiple of 333 (eg 666, 999)

Beside 4041.5 kHz, the station was also active in May on the following frequencies: 4690.5, 14005, 16000.5, 17003, 18002 kHz, all in the European mornings between ca. 09.30 and 11.30 UTC.

Because of the extreme short transmissions it is very difficult to DF the station.
Ideas anyone???

See also Newsletter 5

Language, what language...???

For those of you who are not familiar with foreign alphabets, there is a magnificent list available called ''Phonetic/spelling alphabets for various languages'' maintained by Gwillim Law. You can download it from : http://www.mindspring.com/~gwil/phon.menu.html or I can send you a copy by e-mail if you like. The list does NOT include figures, but I can also supply a list of 0-9 counts in the relevant languages.

The Skylark revisited

I received the following interesting reaction to the 'Skylark' article in last month's column. Thanks for sending it!

A Romanian, who heard a recording of this station, made the following observations: The tune is very well known over there, it is commonly played in the countryside at weddings, parties, etc. He said that it was a tune that every Romanian would instantly recognize. He also said that the OM reading the numbers had an accent that seemed to indicate that he spent time in either Britain or the USA, maybe the last ten or so years. But it was a native speaker, just someone who developed an accent from living abroad.


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