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

(Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 12:27:22 +0200)

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E17

Last month I mentioned Al's morse unid as E17. Don't ask me why because I haven't the faintest idea. It definitely isn't E17 :-)

English man [E07]

Hans-Friedrich figured out that E07 is following a more or less fixed annual schedule. As you can see, the list that HF sent me is not complete. Here is some homework for those who are interested; check also the enormous list from Mike Chace in N&O #17. You will find more frequencies there. I think that the 3-digit 'id' is in fact a schedule number and not the addressee.

  Summer Winter
  reg. 0-msg reg. 0-msg
Mon/Wed 2000 2000 2100 2100
  2020 2010 2120 2110
  2040   2140  

 

date freq.1 freq.2 freq.3 schedule  
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  
09/99 10327 8192 6957 319  
10/99 6849 5824 4602 886  
11/99 5870 5415 4595 845  
12/99   5108 4558 915  
01/00   5168   916  
02/00          
03/00   5267   825 Log from 01.03.00
Well, take the figure of the hundreds of each frequency in descending order, and compare it with 3-digit ID. ;->
See also Newsletter 30.

Three note oddity [G04]

We continue the show with Hans-Friedrich's monthly G04 analysis.

02/04/00 2005 UTC 5.210 kHz same frequencies like in 04/99.
  2035 UTC 5.310 kHz until 03/00 the second transmission was 100 kHz lower.

Message : 88621 80228 82254 58006 13466 58140 63561 81887 38650 65486 11104 03573 41548 07813 70082 16421 07336 61428 76120 80150 30718 12404 00305 82821 81135 80855
= 26 groups

Sorted : 00305 03573 07336 07813 11104 12404 13466 16421 30718 38650 41548 58006 58140 61428 63561 65486 70082 76120 80150 80228 80855 81135 81887 82254 82821 88621

Remarks : Here is a list of the curious March transmissions:

Thu 03.02.00 4520/4420 26gr 23603 30148...  
Sun 03.02.00 4520/4420 26gr 23603 30148...  
Thu 03.09.00 3920/3820 26gr 23603 30148... 02/99 frequencies
Sun 03.12.00 3920/3820 26gr 23603 30148...  
Thu 16.03.00 3920/3820 26gr 23603 30148...  
Sun 19.03.00 4750/4850 23gr 87178 61228... (Guy: 4750/4650)
Thu 23.03.00 4750/4850 26gr 23603 30148... 2. transmission
Sun 26.03.00         +(!) 100 kHz
Thu 30.03.00 4750/4850 23gr 87178 61228...  

Exact frequencies on 19.03.00? 4750/4850 or 4750/4650?

Frequencies and message on 26.03.00?

History :

Summer 2005 2035
Winter 2105 2135

 

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
12/99 3360 3260 01/00 3440 3340
02/00 3920 3820 03/00 4520 4420
04/00 5210 5310      

More G04 info comes from another source who made an interesting observation recently. As Tallinn Radio is using the same frequency (4420 kHz), I assumed that this station interfered G04's transmission but our friend states that this was not an outside interference but a mixed signal from the same source. Looking at the conditions, it is also highly unlikely that the signal came from Tallinn. A location in southern Hungary is more plausible. Here is the transcript.

UTC Remarks
2121.00 Open carrier
2121.35 "30148" read once; AM/YL/GG, carrier remains open
2134.21 Unreadable words AM/YL/RR (Russian?)
2134.39 Clicks
2135.05 The sound that you hear in the telephone's receiver when the the phone is ringing, followed by "Allo Allo". Duplex phone conversation starts in Russian. In the meantime the 3-notes started, and were heard without interference, indicating an audio mix, rather than RF. At the end of Russian conversation the YL phone operator announces that the connection lasted 3 minutes, and from that moment on only G04 was audible.
2140.27 G04 with 26x5fg (repeat of previous transmission)
2149.20 End of message
2150.16 Carrier off

The following comment accompanied the log:

« You could hear that there is no interference between G04 and the radiotelephone station. Consequently I think it was an audio mix somewhere there. I am convinced that both things, i.e. the phone conversation and the 3-notes came via the same transmitter. »

He continues:

« I followed G04's Thu and Sun transmissions, which are generally weak in these days (end of March -ed-). Tuning starts at 2145 UTC (winter sked), some seconds after the carrier is on a short 2-3 group message could be heard, probably a system test. One thing that attracts attention is that everything starts 19-20 seconds late: not exactly 2105 or 2135, and this delay seems to be consistent (checked against a radio controlled clock). The weakness of our observations is that we mostly receive the Thursday and Sunday evening transmissions, however, it has and had in the past daytime transmissions as well. My only mid-day intercept was completely different from the evening message, which raises the question: what are the evening skeds for? My intuition says that the evening message tells the recipients the freqencies and skeds for that month while the daylight messages are the real ones. Interesting though is how often this station was out of sync in March. All those unexpected variations should be viewed together with the daytime messages and frequencies. »

Comments anyone???

See also Newsletter 26.

Czech lady [S17C]

On 1 April the well known S17C 'piet, piet, piet' messages on 8190 kHz were read by a MAN. Message was 46081. Did she have a sex change or was it an April Fool's joke?

See also Newsletter 45.

V08

Mike reports that V08 uses a new classical tune in addition to its eastern music piece and Magnetic Fields. The classical tune is used for the Saturday evening transmission at 1800-ish. The transmission was in progress when Mike tuned in and started probably at 1750 UTC. The Monday evening sked switched now to summer time and can be heard at 1800 UTC on 6647 kHz AM.

See also Newsletter 30.

Israeli intelligence [E10]

E10 is quite busy lately. I wonder if there is a relation with the activity in southern Lebanon and Syria.

It has been reported that the voice of Russia moved from 7360 to 7310 kHz, and it appears that at 1700 UTC a faint FTJ transmission can be heard on 7358 kHz. Please, keep an ear open for this frequency on other times as well.

See also Newsletter 26.

Slavic UNID

Takashi checks in from Nagasaki with an unid Slavic station log. The unid Slavic numbers station on 7019 kHz AM has a fixed schedule on Thursday at 1103 UTC. The station was first reported back in December '98 but I haven't seen a single log ever since. The messages are read by a Slavic male. The 3-digit callup is sent for 3 minutes followed by 5-figure groups.

If anyone has more info about this station, please let me know.

See also Newsletter 29.

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