Ninth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

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

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'Nancy Adam Susan' [E15]

The 'Old Style Phonetic Alphabet Station', aka 'E15' is better known as 'Nancy Adam Susan', named after the first callsign that was ever heard.

The station was first copied in 1994 and is located in northern Egypt. They use an alphabet that was used by radio amateurs in the late 40's. It goes as follows:
Adam, Baker, Charlie, David, Edward, Frank, George, Henry, Italy, John, King, Lewis, Mary, Nancy, Otto, Peter, Queen, Robert, Susan, Thomas, Union, Victor, William, X-ray, Young, Zebra.

Format:
NAS (repeated for 1 minute)
QTC QTC QTC
NR 5 NR 5 NR 5
GR 41 GR 41 GR 41
followed by double 5-letter groups
RA RA

or, when there is no traffic:

NAS (repeated for 1 minute)
QRU QRU QRU

All the above is always spelled out:

NAS Nancy Adam Susan
QTC Queen Thomas Charlie (message for you)
QRU Queen Robert Union (nothing for you)
NR5 Nancy Robert 5 (group number 5)
GR41 George Robert 41 (number of groups). Note that the group number is in Arab style = reversed. So, GR 41 means 14 groups.
RA Robert Adam (also reversed. End of transmission)

Schedules:

UTC Frequency Callsign
1100 18000 BEC [Baker Edward Charlie]
1200 17502 WSP [William Susan Peter]
1230 11170 MSA [Mary Susan Adam]
1300 11000 BEC [Baker Edward Charlie]
1400 14000 FYP [Frank Young Peter]
1630 6716 MSA [Mary Susan Adam]
1700 14000 FYP [Frank Young Peter]
1730 5834 MSA [Mary Susan Adam]
1800 5834 WSP [William Susan Peter]
1900 4130 SAR [Susan Adam Robert]
2000 5530 NAS [Nancy Adam Susan]
2100 4130 MSA [Mary Susan Adam]
or occasionally OSS [Otto Susan Susan]
See also Newsletter 20.

Three-note oddity [G04]

Both Guy Denman and Hans-Friedrich Dumrese sent some interesting notes.

G04 transmitted on 22 Nov. an entirely different message to the usual. It was back to its normal self on 29 Nov. The message was...

03040 00030 59501 56743 44624 05295 33211 48066 72097 6169 15602 15205 28128 09248 53756 56143 52332 75244 84496 0882 52993 73344 99346 85050 31012 86287 43295 70821 50435 03040

As you can see the first and last group are the same. The second group most probably indicates the number of groups (30). Very odd....

Hans-Friedrich analysed the 6 December transmissions.

Message :
62125 45215 32125 95458 32125 74521 78547 85452 02125 95456 12545 62366 84547 84522 85455 12014 32155 84547 32558 42158 75488

Analysis:

Frequent groups :

3x 32125
2x 84547
3x 95458
4x #2125 (02125, 32125, 62125)
2x #5458 (75458, 95458)

 

First two figures : 02125 Last three figures: 12014
12014 02125
545 32
32125 32
125 62
155 32155
558 42158
42158 45215
45215 62366
62125 85452
366 85455
74521 95456
75488 95458
78547 75488
84522 74521
547 84522
547 12545
85452 78547
455 84
95456 84
458 32558

History :

Summer Winter
2005 2035 UTC 2105 2135 UTC
01/96 3227 3127 02/96 3409 3309
03/96 3419 3319 04/96 4581 4481
05/96 4165 4065 06/96 4340 4240
07/96 3935 3835 08/96 4165 4065
09/96 3930 3830 10/96 3280 3180
11/96 3270 3170 12/96 3285 3185
01/97 3230 3130 02/97 3245 3145
03/97 3275 3175 04/97 3936 3836
05/97 4245 4145 06/97 4376 4276
07/97 3930 3830 08/97 3935 3835
09/97 3915 3815 10/97 3315 3215
11/97 3265 3165 12/97 3255 3155
01/98 3255 3155 02/98 3265 3165
03/98 4435 4335 04/98 4745 4645
05/98 5410 5310 06/98 5730 5630
07/98 5840 5740 08/98 5755 5655
09/98 5310 5210 10/98 4685 4585
11/98 3940 3840 12/98 3380 3280

Attention: If you had the opinion that G04 changes frequencies AND message only at the first Sunday of the month, that's not true. During the last months Guy Denman has already noticed two exceptions:

Date Frequencies Messages heard by
Sep 6th 5310/5210 32587 05458 32125... HFD
Sep 13th
Sep 20th
Sep 27th 5310/5210 58545 65458 65454... GD (1)
Oct 4th 4685/4585 58545 65458 65454... GD, HFD
Oct 11th
Oct 18th 4685/4585 58545 65458 65454... GD
Oct 25th 4685/4585 58545 65458 65454... GD
Nov 1th 3940/3840 21025 95458 32125... HFD
Nov 8th
Nov 15th
Nov 22th 3940/3840 03040 00030 59501... GD (2)
Nov 29th
Dec 6th 3380/3280 62125 45215 32125... HFD
  1. The October message was transmitted on the last Sunday of September on the September frequencies.
  2. Special 30 groups message. None of the usual G04 groups. First and last (30.) group (03040) were the same. See the 2nd "00030" group (GC?)

Has anybody G04 logs from 13.09, 20.09, 11.10, 08.11, 15.11, and 29.11?

Please send them to Hans-Friedrich.

See also Newsletter 12

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