Twenty-fourth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2000 19:17:53 +0200)

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A2A [M63]

« Sample traffic. Can someone id this station...... » I asked this question last month about the cw station on 3393 kHz, logged by Alf.

If I would have looked better, I should have seen that this is A2A ! The frequency is A2A, and the callsigns that Alf mentioned are all A2A's out stations (P9I, J3R, P8W and C7N). Thanks for waking me up, John :-)

A2A was recently heard on:

See also Newsletter 25.

M76

M76 is now on 3280 and changes callsigns for each transmission. Times remain the same.

M76 was very busy on Saturday 18 March 1750. Longest transmission heard so far, 1 hour and 7 minutes. Messages a lot longer than usual.
R1S8 DE JWQE QTC 97 20 = 069/25 068/44 067/43 066/33 065/42 064/33 063/32 062/30 061/9 059/9 038/17 032/12

Sunday 19 March even longer, 1 hour and 26 minutes
uQ43 DE I7VJ QTC 99 33 = 073/29 072/30 071/30 070/28 069/25 068/44 067/43 066/33 065/42 064/33 063/32 062/30 061/9 059/9 038/17 032/12

See also Newsletter 30.

BWP16

Igor sent us a log of an unid morse station, most probably Chinese military.

9367 kHz, c/s BWP16, time: 0235-1250 UTC, date: 12-03-2000
A bizar message, isn't it? Clues anyone???

51hd de bpw16 qru as
cl k =
msg rmks (2la27 10080) = = f2ooc f2ooc f2ooc f2o9o f2oor
f2100 f2103 f2100 f200c f200a f200s fxooc fxooc fxooc fxo98
fxoor fx107 fx11o fx107 fxooc fxooa fxoos h2ooc h2ooc h2ooc
h235o h235o h2375 h227o h234o h2ooc h2ooa h2ooo m2ooc
m2ooc m2ooc m2265 m200r m200r m2310 m2280 m200c
m200a m200s f100c f100c f100c f100a f100b f100a f100a f100a
f100c f100a f100o h100c h100c h100c h100a h100b h100a h100a
h100a h100c h100a h100o feooc feooc feooc feooa feoob feoob
feooa feooa feooc feoob feooa heooc heooc heooc heooc heoob
heoob heooa heooa heooc heoob heooa fbooc fbooc fbooc fbo57
fbo76 fbo82 fbo74 fbo8o fbooc fbo58 fbo44 fsooc fsooc fssoc
fso57 fso76 fso85 fso83 fso80 fsooc fso58 fso44 hsooc hsooc
hsooc hs11o hsoob hs1oo hsioo hs1oo hsooc hsoob hs11o esooo
esooo esool esooo esool esool esool esooo esool esool fmooc
fmooc fmooc fmo32 fmo32 fmo4o fmo37 fmo3o fmo37 fmo33
fmooc fmo58 fmo23 ar k
nil gb sk

Time station [M18]

Thanks to a tip from Igor and Erwann, I have found M18 again. It has been quite a while that I heard this station.

I copied M18 on 4073 kHz at 2204 UTC. The transmitted time was UTC+4: 0204 0205 0206.... etc. Each group is repeated 8x.

Igor reported an interesting blooper. M18 on 3803 kHz at 1737 UTC. Time given: UTC+???: 3237 3238 3239 etc, in other words 32 hours local time!

See also Newsletter 36.

Russian air defence [M21]

M21 has changed its frequencies and can be heard on 6864.5 and 3314.5 kHz, the latter is best heard during the European nights. <info Artho and Iron Eagle>

See also Newsletter 25.

M03

There was a strange M3 transmission on Wednesday 8 March at 0900 on 7255. The call was 211/31 and the first and last 2 groups of the message were 77777 77777. 211 is on the air since at least 13 October 1998 and it has never had a message sent. It is only on each Tuesday morning at 0815. The end of the same message was also heard on 10720 at 0800 on Tuesday so it must have been sent to 211 at 0745, yet at 0815 the usual 211/00 call was made.

See also Newsletter 30.

North Korean army [M82]

Thanks for the station profile, Igor!

Callsigns:

Mode

automatic CW or MCW, speed about 15-18 wpm

Frequencies:

4700 kHz (jvg de bml) 1100 1630  
4430 kHz (ecz de tti) 1830    
4885 kHz (mgb de mvl) 1030 1730 2130
5599 kHz (kmc de gpw) 1600 1730  
5155, 10311 kHz (wbg de mwc) 1500 1700 1930

 

Format:

vvv jvg de bml (5 min)
qsa 5 qsa ? qtc 961 (simulation of duplex)
qtc nr 961 37 29 t124 2ttt 143 2t9 = 77813 13444 222t1... k
abv abv
qtc nr 961 37 29 t124 2ttt 143 2t9 = 77813 13444 222t1... k
cmg cmg qtc 751
qtc nr 751 2 29 t124 193t 463 t21 = 2132t 71237 k
abv abv
qtc nr 751 2 78 t124 193t 463 t21 = 2132t 71237 k

 

Explanation:

qtc nr 961 37 29 t124 2ttt 143 2t9 = 77813 13444 222t1... k

961 recipient
37 number of groups
29 ?
t124 date (24 January in this example)
2ttt time when the message was prepared
143 ?
2t9 ?

 

M81

The format as published in N&O #23 was not correct. This station transmits 4FGs, not 5FGs! Here is the format again:

B42 B42 B42 de G21 G21 G21 (R5)
NR 1/25 GR 26 = =
26 4FGs = = ? ? = =

NR 1/25 GR 26 (repeat message) AR AR

The station was heard again on 3 March by our Russian friend Igor. He writes that the station is seldom heard in his region (Central Asia) and it would be interesting to know if someone else have heard this station too. The signal improved when the Yagi was turned to 240 degrees, which may indicate a possible location in India. Igor copied the station on 3-3 at 1633 UTC on 7323 kHz. If anyone knows who this is, please let me know.

c16 c16 c16 de k28 k28 k28 (rptd in 5 minutes)
qtc nr 1/16 gr 13 = =
1766 2941 3265 3618 4145 2336 6163 4128 0232 6737
2434 4749 4602 = = ? ? = =
nr 1/16 gr 13 = =
1766 2941 3265 3618 4145 2336 6163 4128 0232 6737
2434 4749 4602 = = ar ar
(each group rptd 2 times; 0 - 5 dashes)

See also Newsletter 29.

Unids

Artho, Jim and Geoff reported unid CW stations, most probably from Eastern Europe. Info is most welcome!

3207 c/s HD2X, 29 Feb, 2102 UTC.
HD2X 112 119 29 2339 112=701=PPPPP JaMCZ huNLQ...

4987 5 March, 0249 UTC.
The station transmitted 5FGs, no groups,including Cyrillic characters. The transmission ended with e e e sk sk k (2x)

Channelmarker

Russian Navy Arkhangelsk, channelmarker 'S'; still alive on 16331.9 and 20047.9 kHz.

See also Newsletter 25.

SNJ location

I received a note re the location of SNJ (profile in N&O #23). It is a station run by the Slovakian army, 2nd readiness net in Trencin.

SNJ was heard on 3337, 4026 and 5319 during the past weeks.


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