Thirtieth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 22:16:15 +0100)

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XPH - the Polytone Station

XPH used the same frequencies as in September, 1999. Always nice to know that they are using old sets of frequencies. I uploaded a database to the N&O website with the XPH frequencies that I have. Additions are most welcome. If someone feels the urge to maintain this database..... You're most welcome to do so :-)

In addition to the usual schedule, Greg also copied XPH at 19.30 UTC, Saturday, September 9, on 17428 kHz. A new sked, or just a one off transmision? Another one was heard on Saturday, 30 Sept. at 19.45 UTC. On Sunday 22 October at 13.35 UTC, XPH was heard on 14442 kHz.

The October sked for Tue and Fri is again the same as last year:

06.00 UTC 12105 kHz
06.20   13505  
06.40   14805  
20.00   11542  
20.20   10155  
20.40   8130  
See also Newsletter 31.

Whales / Backward music [XM]

Paul Vincent Zecchino recently posted this clarifying story about 'the whales' on SW. Thanks a lot OM!

« I'm dating myself but as a college kid had the supreme privilege of participating in a civilian engineer trainee program at the old NAVCOMMSTA NPT, Newport RI Navy base, COMMSTA, consisting of Message Center, Tech Control and the out-lying Transmitter and Receiver sites at Beavertail and Sachuest Points, respectively.
USNAVRADSTA (T), as Beavertail was known officially, was a dream site seldom seen anymore. Upon cresting the hill at the point you
were overwhelmingly bedazzled by the otherworldly vision of one hundred thirty five acres studded with several dozen Conical Monopoles, Inverted Cones, Log Periodics by Collins and Granger alike, and of course, the sixhundred foot NORD Capacitively top loaded LF tower, fed by a delightfully throbbing Continental Electronics FRT-72 100 KW 'mitter. The thing would actually moan, the various fans' sounds beating against one another.
The HF side was all TMC HF transmitters, synthesized, and all hollow state, thank you very much. Today, this has given way of course to safe, disposable, easy to clean sattelites, just another step down the trail to commiepinkoprevertdom. Here's the nub of the issue: virtually all our TMC URT-19 1 Kilowatt and most FRT-39 10 Kilowatt transmitters were for USB voice circuits, the RASBERRY air-ground, HICOM, ASW, and SUBTAC , amongst others. The transmitters were always in the interest of ultimate readiness consantly keyed, full snot applied to the plates. Voice was taken from landlines and fed via UGA's - universal gain amplifiers- to the 'mitter, and a VOS switch was in there as well. Most of the time the big mitters were dead quiet in the absence of signal. However, a little unbalance in the 600 telco lines, some stray hum would upon occasion feed through the transmitter and go over the air, remember, the unit was constantly keyed. Usually, the power out-put was negligible, but we are talking about HF which don't needs no steenking power to carry for long distances. What happened was that somewhere accross the drink, at a remote console at some airfield or tech control, the speaker on this circuit, coming from some distant receiving site, would feed into the constantly keyed mike on the same circuit, going to yet another remote mitter site. You thus have a feedback loop which with AM gives the conventional squeal and with SSB produces the ululating "whale"sounds.
There is nothing like HF. »
See also Newsletter 31.

Alarm signal

Eddy Waters heard a mystery station on 9364.2 kHz. I have no idea what mode it is. It sounds like a car alarm. Eddy says that it went on for about half an hour before it was switched off.

Please check for a sound sample the N&O web site.

If you have some info regarding this station or the mode, please let us know.

FBI ALE network

The FBI uses the following frequencies for ALE. The list is most probably not complete. Corrections and additions are welcome.
2808,5 4991,0 5058,5 5388,5 5912,0 6767,5 7778,5 7903,5 9183,5 10913,5 11073,5 11452,0 11524,5 12138,5 12216,0 14458,5 14493,5 14532,0 15953,5 16090,0 18171,0 18218,0 18666,0 19344,5 20402,5

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