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

(Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 23:48:18 +0200)

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Lincolnshire poacher [E03]

Riots in Cyprus.

The riots in Episkopi followed on 3 July the arrest of Marios Matsakis, a Cypriot Member of Parliament protesting at the British decision to begin construction of 195-metre curtain antenna array. Four smaller masts have already been erected. The new array should be operational in 2003. The array completes the replacement of the 27 antennae that were dismantled in 1997. The giant antennae are part of Britain's strategic communications and intelligence network.

Villagers fear that the radiation of the antennae will cause leukaemia and brain tumors. The British are also destroying the unique ecology of the salt lake, they say.

Approximately 50 people were injured during the riots near the base, and over 30 vehicles were destroyed. The damage to base installations amounts to GBP 500,000.

As you know, the Lincolnshire Poacher transmissions originate from the above mentioned site. According to the UK authorities, the transmitter is turned off while the new installation is completed. This is either disinformation, or the constructors only work outside the Lincolnshire Poacher scheduled transmission times. The LP still transmits on its scheduled times but the signals seem to be weaker than normally. This could be a propagation problem, though. It was suggested that another site in the Middle East (eg. Masirah) could have taken over. The majority of the DF results however, say that the signals originate from Cyprus. Local investigations should give a definitive answer to the question. I'll keep you posted.

Further 'prove' that Cyprus is still THE place comes from Axel Kruse. He writes: "regarding the LP; there is a typical thing about the LP. It has a loose contact or something like that, causing interruptions in certain transmissions on certain frequencies. It sounds like an audio cable with a broken wire, and when you move the cable, you do sometimes hear the music and sometimes you don't. But with the LP it is different; sometimes you can hear the signal with a strength of, let's say, S8 and sometimes with S1. So they have a problem with one of their transmitters and it is not the input to the transmitter but the output. It may be the p.a. or contact problems regarding the antenna. This problem occurred approximately once a week in the past and also today (26-7) at the 1800 UTC transmission on 14487 kHz, and at the 1900 UTC transmission on 11545 kHz. So, if they had moved to a different QTH, or used an other antenna system they would most probably have solved the problem. I think that they are still transmitting from Cyprus with the old equipment."

It remains to be seen if the site has been fully operational during the past month. John Maky writes on 23-7: "For what it's worth, all three 1500 Sun frequencies (11545//12603//13375) were noticeably absent of a broadcast, replaced by what sounded like test tones. I guess we'll see if someone else reports hearing the same thing."

Robert reports on 22-7 from Cairo and says: "Here in Cairo, LP was barely audible on 15682/16084 at 1200 today, and not at all on 14487. None of them were audible at 1300. At 1400, an unusually clear and strong (signal strength 6) signal could be heard on 10426, but nothing on the other two frequencies."

Current E03 schedules - times in UTC

SUNDAY
1200 14487 15682 16084
1300 14487 15682 16084
1400 11545 14487 15682
1500 11545 12603 13375
1600 8464 10426 11545
1700 11545 12603 13375
1800 7337 9251 12603
1900 6959 9251 11545
2000 6959 9251 11545
2100 5746 6959 9251
2200 6959 9251 11545

 

MONDAY TUESDAY
1200 14487 15682 16084 1200 14487 15682 16084
1300 14487 15682 16084 1300 14487 15682 16084
1400 10426 12603 14487 1400 16314 14487 12603
1500 11545 13375 15682 1500 7755 8464 10426
1600 11545 12603 13375 1600 11545 13375 15682
1700 6959 8486 11545 1700 11545 12603 13375
1800 7337 9251 12603 1800 5746 6959 9251
1900 7337 9251 12603 1900 6959 9251 11545
2000 6959 9251 11545 2000 7337 9251 12603
2100 6959 9251 11545 2100 7337 9251 12603
2200 6959 10426 11545 2200 6959 9251 12603

 

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
1200 14487 15682 16084 1200 14487 15682 16084
1300 14487 15682 16084 1300 14487 15682 16084
1400 14487 15682 16084 1400 14487 15682 16084
1500 11545 14487 16084 1500 11545 12603 13375
1600 6485 7755 10425 1600 8464 12603 14487
1700 12603 14487 16475 1700 5422 6465 8464
1800 6959 9251 11545 1800 12603 14487 16475
1900 5746 6485 8464 1900 6959 9251 11545
2000 6959 9251 11545 2000 6959 9251 11545
2100 7337 9251 12603 2100 5746 6959 9251
2200 7337 9251 12603 2200 7337 9251 12603

 

FRIDAY SATURDAY
1200 14487 15682 16084 1200 14487 15682 16084
1300 14487 15682 16084 1300 14487 15682 16084
1400 14487 15682 16084 1400 10426 11545 14487
1500 11545 12603 13375 1500 11545 12603 13375
1600 11545 12603 13375 1600 11545 12603 13375
1700 11545 13375 16084 1700 11545 12603 13375
1800 5422 6485 8464 1800 11545 13375 16084
1900 11545 13375 15682 1900 5422 6485 8464
2000 6959 9251 11545 2000 6900 10462 11545
2100 6959 9251 11545 2100 6959 9251 11545
2200 5746 6959 92512 200 6959 9251 11545

 

Id's used in July:

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 56818 56818 56818 56818 56818 56818 56818 1200
1200 03070 03070 03070 03070 03070 03070 03070 1200
1300 86086 86086 86086 86086 86086 86086 86086 1300
1300 01427 01427 01427 01427 01427 01427 01427 1300
1400 37101 07755 84331 23785 56818 38342 17136 1400
1400 45954 77290 32677 07986 03070 74647 78492 1400
1500 17136 37101 07755 84331 23785 56818 51590 1500
1500 78492 45954 77290 32677 07986 03070 67245 1500
1600 51590 17136 37101 07755 84331 23785 38342 1600
1600 67245 78492 45954 77290 32677 07986 74647 1600
1700 38342 51590 17136 37101 07755 84331 56818 1700
1700 74647 67245 78492 45954 77290 32677 03070 1700
1800 56818 38342 51590 17136 37101 07755 23785 1800
1800 03070 74647 67245 78492 45954 77290 07986 1800
1900 23785 86086 38342 86086 17136 37101 86086 1900
1900 07986 01427 74647 01427 78492 45954 01427 1900
2000 86086 56818 86086 51590 86086 17136 84331 2000
2000 01427 03070 01427 67245 01427 78492 32677 2000
2100 84331 23785 56818 38342 51590 86086 07755 2100
2100 32677 07986 03070 74647 67245 01427 77290 2100
2200 77290 32677 07986 03070 74647 67245 45954 2200
2200 07755 84331 23785 56818 38342 51590 37101 2200

 

Id's compiled by Axel Kruse <al.kruse@gmx.de>

Thanks to all who sent me their logs and df results; to Axel for the id's and for correcting the schedules; to Duncan Campbell and George Georgiou for their help. Much appreciated all !

Israeli intelligence [E10]

Every now and then you come across a new theory. I recently read a note from a dxer who said that VLB2 probably belongs to the communications system of VLBI.

Is it??? This one was new to me....... Then who or what is VLBI???

VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) was developed 30 years ago as a radio astronomical technique for high resolution mapping of the structure of distant quasars. Soon VLBI also found many applications in Earth-based science.

Although VLBI uses very large antenna's (dishes), it's not them who transmit 'VLB2', that's for sure. I wonder if he said it as a joke or.......

An interesting E10 log comes from Finland. Pile heard VLB on 26 July with a long string at 0227 UTC on 5230 kHz.
VLB 2R55288461260715F100T19K100Z77260715461

See also Newsletter 41.
See also Newsletter 42.

G04

Is G04 really down the drain, or do they use a more sophisticated system these days? A -so far- unid station has a daily schedule on 4110 kHz at 20:57:50 UTC. It uses two callsigns: BRL and BRLB2. It always calls PNMB2. I haven't heard anything but the calls yet. It is most likely a coincidence, but nevertheless interesting to keep an eye/ear open for this station.

Here are two of my logs from 27 and 28 July.

[20:57:51][FRQ 4110000][TO ][PNMB2][TIS][BRLB2][AL0] BER 19 SN 04
[20:58:04][FRQ 4110000][TO ][PNMB2][TIS][BRL ][AL0] BER 17 SN 04

Needless to say that all info about G04 and/or the ALE station is most welcome.

See also Newsletter 42.

S21

"Where is S21?", Hans-Friedrich asks. HF writes: "Has anybody heard S21? According to my files the station transmits from May to August each Tuesday and Thursday at 1742Z on 4973 and 5373. But I can't hear it!"

I haven't seen any logs this month, HF. If you know if the station uses new schedules, please let me know, folks.

See also Newsletter 40.

Unid or V02 ?

Oldtimer checks in with a log of an unid station:

13346 kHz, 1028 UTC, 15 July. Spanish Female with numbers, finished at 1030 UTC.

I don't know if V02 has a schedule on 13346 kHz. They do have one on 13436 kHz. I asked OT if his frequency could be a typo, but he is 100% certain that it was 13346 kHz. If anyone has a positive id for this one, please write.

Some more V02 related material to be found in Newsletter 41.
See also Newsletter 46.

New star [V13]

Giuseppe Gravina from Italy told me in an e-mail that he found a new station after reading N&O. Now, that is nice to know :-) Thanks for the friendly note, Giuseppe.

"I just read today in the N&O # 38 the notes about V13, the New Star. Very interesting. This station is a new one for me so I had to try it. The results: at 22.00z I started on 8300 Kc, exactly at the hour, the music began (yes, flute) and the computerized YL voice with a long numbers message."

Giuseppe found New Star on 8300, 9725, 11430, 13750 and 15388 kHz with different broadcasts.

See also Newsletter 49.

Counting station [E05, V05, E14, V14]

E05/V05

 

E05 UTC frequencies
  00.00 4660 5046        
  03.00 5212 5236 5812 7630 7640 9205
  12.00 13906 15732 15833      
  13.00 14739 16198        
  14.00 13555 15732        
  15.00 14739 16198        
  16.00 16198          
  17.00 8085 9219        
  18.00 9070 11072 13444 13465    
  19.00 10643 12197        
  20.00 7430 9219        
  21.00 10583 11580        
  22.00 6906 9090 9219 10527    
 
V05 01.00 13452 15651        
  03.00 10665 11491        

 

Mark Slaten and John Maky noticed that E05/V05 activity has drastically slowed down. JMM mentioned E05 transmissions with a strong signal in Europe on Thursday 19-7 and Friday 20-7 on 10321 and 8080 kHz. These transmissions originate most probably from Frankfurt, Germany.

JMM says "I missed the call-up so I cannot tell if they were // and if it was the same message. In this case, it would be the first time I would have noticed a UTC 1200-2300 time slot E05 transmission with its repeat the day after, without the usual 1-3 day gap."

E14/V14 Control transmissions * Flashback *

Other US intelligence transmissions

See Morse Stations 'M25 Flashback' and Other Modes.


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