Eighth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 18:06:07 +0100 MET)

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M26 - '98' updated profile

The station transmits irregularly with a speed of 10 WPM, and can easily be recognized because of its typical messages. The messages mostly started with '98' in the past but during its active periods in 1997 and last October most messages started with '99'. Other numbers were also copied, the majority in the 90's.

Format 1: (used before 1997)
98 + several 5FG, continually. The first groups in the various messages often start with the same figure(s). The final group is almost always 11111, but other groups of the same figures have been noted (55555 and 22222). Sometimes the station sends endless '98 98 98' for hours.

Example:
98 12744 13111 11111
98 07802 13111 11111
98 04742 11111 11111

Format 2: (used during October 1998, but also noted in 1997)
99 + one 5FG. The 5FG changes regularly. Before the next message appears, the station transmits series of 99's varying from 1 to 5 minutes. Note the '95 12345' sequence. This is probably a test message as it returns regularly.

Example:
99 10528
99 99 99 99 99
99 10500
99 99 99 99 99
95 12345
99 99 99 99 99
95 10510
99 99 99 99 99
99 10520

Every now and then groups of messages are being transmitted. The messages start with various 2-figure groups. The station repeats each xx xxxxx many times, then goes to next. When it transmitted all the messages plus a test message, it returns to the first one and starts all over again.

Example:
99 20388
95 12345
32 30356
99 10826

then repeats
99 20388
95 12345

etc etc

Besides the above mentioned types of messages, I copied the following in October:

92 31
31 31 31 + various 5FGs
34 34 34 + various 5FGs
32 32 32 + various 5FGs
34 34 34 + various 5FGs
99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99
99 20338

Freqs: 2379 2961 3153 3146 3159 4106 4439 4442 4445 5171 5196 kHz, always on two parallel frequencies.
October 1998 freqs: 4106 // 2961 kHz

So far all freqs were found in the 2,3,4 and lower 5 MHz bands (5100-5200). 2961 kHz is a regular since 1995.

Who, what, where???

I still have no clue....... The station was df'ed during its latest active period, but the time was too short for a good fix. So, what do we have?

Df from Gotland, Sweden: one hop NW Germany or two hops: SE England
Df from Holland: Goteborg, Sweden
Df from midwest Germany: due west (= Netherlands or S England)
Latvia sez: pretty sure that it comes from my west.

It is suggested that the station might be one of the RN Schools of Signals in SE England, possibly Portsmouth, Plymouth or London.

!!!!! Your comments and info are of course more than welcome !!!!!

See also Newsletter 49.

M63

"A2A" has settled down on its winter freqs and times. The daily morning transmission is now at 0600 UTC (presumably the same local time as summer, as most of Europe went off Daylight Saving a couple of weeks ago) on 3393 and 4313 kHz, the net replying on 3183 kHz. At that time 3393 kHz is quite weak in the UK, and presumably inaudible outside Europe; 4313 kHz is fairly strong. (tnx JD)

See also Newsletter 12.

New schedules for M29 and M53

Guy Denman informs us about the new skeds for M29 and M53:

M29 is on 4540 kHz at 1800 UTC and 4460 kHz at 2000 UTC
M29B is on 5810 kHz at 1300 UTC
M29B is on 5911 kHz at 1330 UTC
M53 is on 6820 kHz at 0800, 2000, 2100 UTC

See also Newsletter 17 for more about M53 and Newsletter 22 for more about M29.

Locations

M23 transmits on 11350 kHz from Syracuse, Italy. This station probably transmits from other locations as well.

M52 transmits from Trondheim, Norway

See also Newsletter 14 for more about M23 ans Newsletter 22 for more about M52.

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