Twelveth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 15:23:05 GMT)

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Memory Lane EC3Y/DEA47 [M15]

One of the now defunct German stations was EC3Y. Unlike a number of other German stations in the 80's, this one used a Spanish callsign instead of an official German callsign. According to the German PTT they used the Spanish callsign because the transmissions were beamed towards Spain. Not very likely, imho. The callsign changed to DEA47 later on. This callsign belonged to the BFST (Bundesamt fuer Telekommunikations Statistik) in Husum, which is believed to be an alias of the BND.

EC3Y/DEA47 was a Morse station and most of the time it transmitted "VVV DE EC3Y" and later "VVV DE DEA47" strings. Only a few 5FG messages were sent each day.

The station was only heard on Mon-Fri during office hours (0900-1700 CET which is 0800-1600 UTC).

See also Newsletter 13.

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