Ninth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 22:31:34 +0100 MET)

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Various modes

Polytone station [XPH]

Last month I asked if anyone could tell me when the first polytone station appeared. Costas replied and told me that spy Professor Hugh Hambleton was arrested by the Canadian RCMP in 1979 and that they found out that he had a decoder for the Polytone transmissions and a Satellit 2000 radio. So the XPH transmissions started at least in the mid '70s.

See also Newsletter 10.

The pip [XT]

This station is one of the oddities that is around for many years. It transmits from a site very near to Krasnodar.

The station uses two frequencies, 3757 kHz (night time) and 5448 kHz (day time). They change frequency at 1400 UTC (1700 Moscow time).

Most of the times only the 'pip' is transmitted, but sometimes the pip suddenly stops and a male voice makes announces like this:

Tol'ko dl'a 963 648 451 861

Translated into English, this means: "Only for 963 648 451 861" (numbers were different each time), and then pips appear again.

I recently received a very interesting anecdote about this station. "Several years ago I entered the duty officer's room in the Army recruiting office ('voenkomat' in Russian). I noticed the radio receiving equipment there, and the same pips were coming out of the loudspeaker. Leaving the office, I saw the antenna intended for 3-5 MHz band on its roof. So, obviously the signal belongs to the army framework." <thanks for the info OM, it is much appreciated!>

See also Newsletter 10.

Any additional info is most welcome.


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