Twentieth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 19:44:29 +0100)

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Voice stations

Guangzhou [V09]

Igor Buhtiyarov sent us an interesting note about the Chinese station "Guangzhou" [V09]. He logged the following message on 27 October at 1700 UTC on 7750 kHz. Igor analysed the message and came up with a surprising result.

- the message as copied by Igor

nr 29 gr 25
1862 9453 8352 4681 5293 1570 0181 9081 5383 6927
0921 8532 7432 3760 4378 4250 2861 1761 0093 8607
2793 0307 9207 3538 6148

- arrange the groups in five columns

1862 9453 8352 4681 5293
1570 0181 9081 5383 6927
0921 8532 7432 3760 4378
4250 2861 1761 0093 8607
2793 0307 9207 3538 6148

- subtract the groups on the second line from the groups on the first line

1862 9453 8352 4681 5293
1570 0181 9081 5383 6927-

0392 9372 9371 9309 9376

- subtract the groups on the third line from the groups on second line.

1570 0181 9081 5383 6927
0921 8532 7432 3760 4378

1659 2659 2659 2623 2659

- subtract the groups on the fourth line from the groups on third line.

0921 8532 7432 3760 4378
4250 2861 1761 0093 8607

6771 6771 6771 3777 6771

- subtract the groups on the fifth line from the groups on fourth line.

4250 2861 1761 0093 8607
2793 0307 9207 3538 6148

2567 2564 2564 7565 2569

What we see here is that after subtraction the results in each column is about the same: 927x, 2659, 6771 and 2564.

Errors by the transmitting party or while jotting down the numbers may have caused the differences. The question remains however whether this is a coincidence or not. If this is the normal procedure, what is the purpose of these messages? Are these training texts, or real messages with check groups?

Anyway, we need a lot more messages to see if the theory holds. It would be interesting to check out 'Beijing' and the CW stations as well. They all originate from the same source and you may expect the same check groups in their messages as well. So, please send me all the messages that you can copy folks!

Thanks for your input, Igor. Most interesting!

See also Newsletter 24.

Czech station 2136

The Czech weekend station on 2136 kHz has now been logged on Monday and Tuesday at 1100 UTC. I don't know if this is a regular new sked or not. Reports please, ladies and gents!

See also Newsletter 21.

Edna sednitzer [G22]

G22 was copied on 21/10/99 at 2200 UTC on 4589 ID 886. I haven't seen a log in a very long time, but apparently the station is still alive and kicking. Logs and skeds are most welcome!

See also Newsletter 24.

Oblique [E11]

Guy reports another E11 transmission on Tuesday at 1300 on 8033 kHz. ID is 183/00.

See also Newsletter 30.

3-note oddity [G04]

Hans-Friedrich's monthly analyses

07.11.99 2105Z 3.910 kHz (Interference by an Irish broadcaster)
2135Z 3.810 kHz
^^^^
winter time

Message :

51817 70208 50801 45221 26272 10358 04707 80188 35713 56074 52546 35826 68122 78455 00125 82580 80606 61776 64233 78800 48444 36043 16347 12851 08638 81447
= 26 groups

Analysis:

Frequent groups :

First two figures : 00125 Last three figures: 36043
04707 56074
08638 68122
10358 00125
12851 80188
16347 70208
26272 45221
35713 64233
35826 26272
36043 16347
45221 10358
48444 48444
50801 81447
51817 78455
52546 52546
56074 82580
61776 80606
64233 08638
68122 04707
70208 35713
78455 61776
78800 78800
80188 50801
606 51817
81447 35826
82580 12851

Remarks :

Very strange transmission:

History :

Summer 2005 2035
Winter 2105 2135

See older N&O's for pre-1999 freqs

01/99 3415 3315
02/99 3905 3805
03/99 4520 4420
04/99 5310 5210
05/99 5570 5470
06/99 5720 5620
07/99 5680 5580
08/99 5730 5630
09/99 5320 5220
10/99 5320 5220
11/99 3910 3810
See also Newsletter 21.

Counting station [E05]

Several people reported 'strange behaviour' of E05. Don't worry guys, there is nothing wrong, you just copied a couple of test messages. Igor sent me one of the test messages that he copied.

Count 215

Text: 12345 23456 34567 45678 56789 67890 09876 98765 87654 76543 65432 54321 etc.

215 groups in total. Ends with slow dots.

See also Newsletter 22.

Nancy Adam Susan [E15]

On request E15's schedule

UTC frequency callsign
1100 18000 BEC Baker Edward Charlie
1200 17502.5 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 OSS Otto Susan Susan
See also Newsletter 34.

English man [E07]

Historic skeds analysis and new skeds by Hans-Friedrich

E07 Mon 95/01 1830 4630 139
E07 Mon 95/02 1830 5740 139
E07 Mon 99/05 2011 10774 172
E07 Mon 99/07 2003 12178 172
E07 Mon 99/08 2000 12172 174
E07 Mon 99/08 2010 10727 174
E07 Mon 99/08 2020 10727 174
E07 Mon 99/08 2040 9417 174
E07 Mon 99/06 2000 13383 343
E07 Mon 95/04 1800 9061 479
E07 Mon 99/03 2122 5267 825
E07 Mon 99/03 2141 4559 825
E07 Mon 98/12 2121 5108 915
E07 Mon 98/12 2141 4558 915
E07 Mon 96/01 2150 4631 916
E07 Mon 99/01 2110 5166 916
E07 Mon 99/04 2002 9982 919
E07 Mon 99/04 2010 8189 919
E07 Mon 96/02 2140 4602 946
E07 Mon 94/07 2000 8187 961
E07 Tue 95/01 1830 4630 139
E07 Tue 95/02 1845 5740 139
E07 Tue 94/06 1900 16237 342
E07 Tue 94/06 1920 16237 342
E07 Tue 94/07 1900 14742 507
E07 Tue 95/07 1900 14742 507
E07 Tue 95/05 2200 10662 616
E07 Tue 98/12 1833 6947 697
E07 Tue 94/08 1840 14449 944
E07 Tue 94/08 1900 13421 944
E07 Wed 99/07 2000 12150 144
E07 Wed 99/07 2010 11490 144
E07 Wed 96/08 2010 10727 174
E07 Wed 99/08 2000 12172 174
E07 Wed 99/08 2010 10727 174
E07 Wed 99/08 2020 10727 174
E07 Wed 99/08 2040 9417 174
E07 Wed 94/08 2200 9063 324
E07 Wed 93/08 2200 8142 342
E07 Wed 99/06 2000 13383 343
E07 Wed 99/06 2010 11424 343
E07 Wed 94/12 2300 5755 471
E07 Wed 94/12 2310 5077 471
E07 Wed 94/07 2200 10117 746
E07 Wed 98/12 2121 5107 915
E07 Wed 98/12 2140 4558 915
E07 Wed 96/01 2130 4631 916
E07 Wed 96/01 2150 4631 916
E07 Wed 93/09 2200 8159 921
E07 Wed 96/02 2140 4602 946
E07 Wed 95/04 1840 6939 ???
E07 Fri 94/01 2220 4632
E07 Fri 94/02 2100 7743
E07 Fri 95/04 1800 9061 479
E07 Fri 95/04 1800 9061 479
E07 Fri 95/03 2100 7727 783
E07 Fri 95/03 2100 7727 783
E07 Fri 94/02 2100 7743 785
E07 Fri 94/02 2200 4581 785
E07 Fri 95/02 2100 7743 785
E07 Sat 94/01 2110 5782 182
E07 Sat 98/12 2145 10275 624
E07 Sat 96/08 1940 15672 827
E07 Sat 94/09 0730 12220 921
E07 Sun 95/03 2000 6819 037
E07 Sun 95/04 2000 8118 165
E07 Sun 94/01 2110 5782 182
E07 Sun 95/01 2110 5782 182
E07 Sun 95/08 2000 9179 212
E07 Sun 95/12 2000 5318 216
E07 Sun 96/01 2000 5374 419
E07 Sun 96/01 2010 4474 419
E07 Sun 95/07 2000 10237 485
E07 Sun 95/10 2000 6788 561
E07 Sun 96/03 2000 6778 695
E07 Sun 96/03 2010 5775 695
E07 Sun 95/09 2000 7779 730
E07 Sun 94/08 2010 13472 827
E07 Sun 94/11 2110 5838 879
E07 Sun 96/11 2054 6739 879
E07 Sun 93/11 2100 6738 ???
E07 Sun 94/02 2055 8167 ???

What can we see?

139 1830 Mon Tue
174 2000 Mon Wed
182 2110 Sat Sun
343 2000 Mon Wed
479 1800 Mon Fri
827 1940 Sat Sun
915 2100 Mon Wed
946 2140 Mon Wed

Presently (End of October 99) we have the following schedule:

Mon/Wed Summer (04-09) 2000/2020/2040 resp. 2000/2010 SNF
Winter (10-03) 2100/2120/2140 resp.2100/2110

Can someone fill the blank frequencies?

12/98 5107 4559 915
01/99 5166 916
02/99 5267 4559 825
03/99
04/99 9982 8189 919
05/99 12178 10774 172
06/99 13383 11424 10387 343
07/99 12150 11490 144
08/99 12171 10727 9417 174
0/999 10327 8192 6957 319
10/99 6849 ???

Only in June 99 I heard a second E07:

Tue 2100/2120/2140 resp. 2100/2110 SNF
06/99 /12197/10947 320
See also Newsletter 25.

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