Thirty-second edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000 11:43:47 +0100)

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Voice stations

E23

E23 has changed its schedule. It now starts on the first Monday of the month, and is AM mode only. M4 has ceased transmission, last logged on 14 September.

More to read in the Morse section of this edition.

 

E23 times and frequencies:

Transmissions still only on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Same message all week.

Week 1: 0957 UTC on 6507 kHz
  1157 UTC on 8188 kHz
  1257 UTC on 5340 kHz
   
Week 2: no transmission
   
Week 3: 0757 UTC on 4832 kHz
  0957 UTC on 6200 kHz
  1157 UTC on 8188 kHz
  1257 UTC on 6507 kHz
   
Week 4: 0957 UTC on 8188 kHz
  1157 UTC on 7250 kHz

 

See also Newsletter 93.

Israeli Intelligence [E10]

A number of people reported an unusual amount of message strings sent by E10 during the past weeks. Here are the reports from Erwann Merrien, JMM, Harald Pakusch, John Maky and a couple of anonymous monitors.

Freq. UTC date string  
4780 1758 03-12 MIWE14A292015  
4780 1642 03-12 MIWE8  
4780 1617 03-12 MIWS4A41808ZE8  
6575 1518 05-12 VLBR  
? 2106 14-12 HNC1  
10353 0845 17-12 CIOM2 00  
5230 0145 18-12 CIO 8  
5170 0325 18-12 SYN M2  
5170 0145 18-12 SYN NR2ZEAG  
5170 0323 18-12 SYN NR2ZEC5  
4165 2225 19-12 CIO8 //5230 kHz
4165 2216 19-12 CIONR1Z140040ZA290105 //5230 kHz
5170 2216 19-12 SYN70 //4015 kHz
5170 2305 19-12 SYNNR1ZEA29 //4015 kHZ
4360 1936 22-11 CIO42127  

 

Sound samples:

And also :
See also Newsletter 34.

E18

E18 has moved to 5155 kHz.

See also Newsletter 34.

E17

E17 was logged by oldtimer on 8157 kHz at 2112 UTC on 12 Dec. while John Maky reports:

« As if there was any doubt; this confirms it...
At 0300, on 4520, The English Woman (E17) was mixing with a Cuban Morse (M8a) station. E17 was transmitting a "null" message (759 759 759 00000) for the usual three minutes with the M8a transmission definitely on the carrier. Once the E17 "null" broadcast concluded at 0303, the transmitter was switched ON THE AIR to CW! The M8a then continued as normal. »
See also Newsletter 33.

South Korean station

Last month I mentioned Takushi Ochiai's Japanese numbers web site

http://www3.justnet.ne.jp/~dxer/

and this month Takushi <jo2oxl@jamsat.or.jp> was so kind to send me a translation of the info on his page. Thanks a million, Takushi!

Frequencies

4500, 4600, 5450, 5550, 5715, 6215 kHz

Transmission times:

1200-1700 UTC

The station is heard frequently. The interval signals are South Korean pop songs (except for "the Song of General Kim Ilsung", which is a North Korean song). A female announcer reads out numbers.

The mystery is still not 100% solved, there are many open ends, such as its location, its purpose, and of course the contents of the messages. I think that the location of the station is not North Korea but South Korea.

Sample message

Interval signal (mostly South Korean pop music)

"No.3825, No.3825, please receive the message. The number of groups is 41."
5FG's or 4FG's
"I will repeat the message"
5FG's or 4FG's
"That's all. Thank you."

Callsigns

There are many different recipient id's, like: No.008, No.1346, Taedong River, Morang-bong, Phoenix, etc.

Recipient id day UTC frequency  
Morang-bong 14,15 1600 5550  
No.007 5,6,21,22 1700 4600?  
No.008 not sure 1600 5715  
No.461 25 1400 5715  
No.1346 16,17 1400 5715  
No.2133 11,27 1400 6215  
No.2255 7,8,25,26 1600 5450?  
No.2345 4,18,19 1400 6215?  
No.2626 5,17 1500 6215  
No.3250 21 1600 5715  
No.3535 10,11,26,27 1500 6215  
No.3825 5,6,19,20 1600 5715  
No.4545 19 1500 6215  
No.4823 1,2 1400 6215 1)
No.5535 or No.6535 9,10,19,20 1530 6215 2)
No.7989 1,15 1600 6215  

 

  1. Interval signal only
  2. Interval signal "Song of General Kim Ilsung"

Cherry Ripe [E03a/E04]

UTC frequencies
0000 18864 // 21866
0100 19844 // 21866
1100 18864 // ?
1200 18864 // 23461
1300 18864 // 21866
2200 18864 // 24644
2300 18864 // 21866
See also Newsletter 33.

Three note oddity [G04]

Hans-Friedrich's monthly ponderings. Thanks HF!

03.12.00

2105Z

4110 kHz


2135Z 4210 kHz

 

Message :

42668 26250 15457 57070 64731 43711 52006 54782 04822 74038 83012 52253 67305 38685 55518 24850 68741 45704 64400 86305 53314 64240 17656 80607 30416 70038 02480 02802
= 28 groups

Remarks : No "9".

History :

Summer 2005 2035
Winter 2105 2135

 

12/99 3360 3260 2nd transm. -100 kHz.
01/00 3440 3340 .
02/00 3920 3820 .
03/00 4520 4420 .
04/00 5210 5310 2nd transm. +100 kHz
05/00 4830 4930 .
06/00 5220 5320 .
07/00 5360 5460 .
08/00 5320 5420 .
09/00 4760 4860 .
10/00 4580 4680 .
11/00 4270 4370 .
12/00 4110 4210  
See also Newsletter 33.

V09

"Guangzhou calling" [V09]. This Chinese number station, was recorded by Igor. The transmission was heard on 6885//10750 kHz, at 1600 UTC, on 03-12-2000, AM YL/CC 4FGs.

Message:

nr14 gr16
8456 9312 0229 9242 1457 5588 0634 3256
1537 1212 7998 2926 3895 5496 4522 0850

You can download the message from http://home.luna.nl/~ary

See also Newsletter 41.

G07

A frequent guest in this column reports that G07 keeps to a yearly schedule. Here is a list of frequencies:

Times:

Winter 2110 UTC, 2130 UTC, and 2150 UTC
Summer 2010 UTC, 2030 UTC, and 2050 UTC

 

Frequencies and id:

January & December 5375 5085 4470 kHz, 742
February & November 5435 5185 4560 kHz, 267
March & October 5810 5240 4530 kHz, 418
April & September 6950 5745 4620 kHz, 359
May & August ???? 5880 4640 kHz, 703
June & July 8175 6915 5750 kHz, 531

Czech stations

After a life cycle of more than 30 years, the Czech military numbers station on 1122 kHz seems to have vanished. It used to be on the air at H+10-12, and H+40-42.

Its sister station, that operated on 2136 kHz, is also silent.

Unid beacon

John reported the following unid station. Does anyone have any info on this station?

Frequency : 6955 kHz
Date/time : 29 Nov./ 2350 UTC
Mode : USB, Male voice
Message : "This is the 6955 beacon"
Remarks : It runs a 30 sec cycle. 27 sec off, 3 sec announcement with short tone at the end of the transmission. Monitored until 0030, 30/11/00 and the format was constant.

 


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