Fifth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 23:23:48 +0200)

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Editor: Ary Boender
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Hi gang, welcome to the fifth edition of N&O. I know I have said this before, but we really need your input. Please, send us your logs, info, schedules and other findings. Thanks!

I intend to do a series of profiles of intelligence organizations in the near future. Can anyone help me to info about the ex-DDR Stasi (Ministerium fuer Staatsicherheit -MfS-), especially their history?

Besides the usual station info and logs, I have the results of the Worldwide Jam Session for you and another cipher item from Toby, plus another Memory Lane story written by Simon Mason. But first a couple of short items:

The 'Ticking station' a.k.a. 'Dashless Morse station' revisited

Remember the ticking/clicking station that occupied 4042.4 kHz for a while during the past two months? (see N&O May 1998).

The clicks had no 'normal' pattern and it sounded like someone was practising morse by ticking with chopsticks on the table. No words were transmitted, just ticks/clicks. The station returned early August briefly on 5002 with its typical 'pock-pock-pock' sound.

Between 25 July and 3 August, I heard a morse station on this frequency transmitting the same irregular patterns but now in clear sounding morse. The signal was very good. On 2 August at ca 00.30, I copied another cw station. It transmitted the same weird irregular dots. I tried to find a pattern in the dots but couldn't find any. Again no letters or figures, just dots. There is definitely a short pause between groups of dots. I wonder if the groups represent digits. I pretended that they represent digits and jotted the numbers down. The following is the result of 18 minutes listening. Most groups consist of 1 to 4 digits. Longer groups have been copied by other listeners.

Note the huge amount of 5-dots groups. The first row states the number of characters in one group and the second row the digits formed by the number of dots, e.g. 5 dots equals the digit '5'.

Group Digit Group Digit Group Digit
1 5 1 10 1 3
2 5 5 1 5 2 2 7
2 7 2 2 4 1 2 1 8
1 5 3 3 1 4 1 8
1 5 1 5 1 1
4 1 3 1 3 1 6 1 5
2 2 2 1 5 1 1
2 2 2 2 4 1 1 1
1 4 1 5 1 5
2 1 3 1 5 2 5 5
1 5 1 5 1 5
1 5 1 4 1 5
2 2 2 1 9 1 5
2 4 1 1 5 2 1 3
4 3 1 2 2 1 5 2 3 1
2 2 2 2 4 1 1 5
1 5 2 4 1 2 1 3
1 5 1 5 1 4
1 5 1 5 2 5 5
3 2 2 4 1 5 4 5 10 9 1
3 5 5 5 2 1 3 3 5 1 9
1 9 1 5 1 5

In the evening of 13 August, the station transmitted lengthy 'messages' for hours. Here is one example:

Groups: 21
Digits: 7 5 3 4 25 23 2 10 1 14 3 77 7 42 51 17 22 17 41 2 5

Another change took place on the 14th when each group suddenly ended with a dash. This way it sounds just like a stripped Link-11 signal. Many ......- groups were transmitted.

Weird! Clues anyone?


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