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

(Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 21:29:47 +0100)

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Voice stations

Lincolnshire poacher [E03]

Lincolnshire Poacher [E03] id's. October 01-14

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 48472 48472 48472 48472 48472 48472 48472 1200
1300 87489 87489 87489 87489 87489 87489 87489 1300
1400 94598 82847 90958 07758 48472 36995 92117 1400
1500 92117 94598 82847 90958 07758 48472 80384 1500
1600 80384 92117 94598 82847 90958 07758 36995 1600
1700 36995 80384 92117 94598 82847 90958 48472 1700
1800 48472 36995 80384 92117 94598 82847 07758 1800
1900 07758 87489 36995 87489 92117 94598 87489 1900
2000 87489 48472 87489 80384 87489 92117 90958 2000
2100 90958 07758 48472 36995 80384 87489 82847 2100
2200 82847 90958 07758 48472 36995 80384 94598 2200

 

Lincolnshire Poacher [E03] id's. October 15-31

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 54998 54998 54998 54998 54998 54998 54998 1200
1300 76493 76493 76493 76493 76493 76493 76493 1300
1400 84961 08374 79910 81989 54998 33055 42706 1400
1500 42706 84961 08374 79910 81989 54998 81231 1500
1600 81231 42706 84961 08374 79910 81989 33055 1600
1700 33055 81231 42706 84961 08374 79910 54998 1700
1800 54998 33055 81231 42706 84961 08374 81989 1800
1900 81989 76493 33055 76493 42706 84961 76493 1900
2000 76493 54998 76493 81231 76493 42706 79910 2000
2100 79910 81989 54998 33055 81231 76493 08374 2100
2200 08374 79910 81989 54998 33055 81231 84961 2200

 

<source: Axel Kruse>

See also Newsletter 43.

Israeli intelligence [E10]

Tomonori Izumi from Japan writes that he heard the 'ABC' transmissions again. He found them on 17 October on 13555 kHz at 1431 UTC and on 7605 kHz at 1434 UTC. The transmission ended at 1439 UTC. Further transmissions were copied on the same frequencies at 1503 to 1515 UTC.

For a sound sample, please check
http://www.linet.gr.jp/~izumi/c/spynumbers/E10-ABC-200110171431.wav

Last month I published the list of unusual messages that reached me from an anonymous sender. It appears that this info was hijacked from a website where our friend Takashi Yamaguchi had put them on. I am glad that Takashi noticed it and sent me a note right away. He says that the following callsigns are a bit suspicious because the transmissions were barely audible: COE, ELB, KOA, PDC and VLD.

HNCM, HNCS, HNC1, HNC6, HNC8 and HNC9 are occasionally heard on 6567 kHz from 1430 UTC to 1450 UTC during the winter. Radio Pyongyang starts its non-modulated carrier at ca 1450 UTC and blocks the frequency completely after that.

ZWL on 14000 kHz at 1400 UTC could be heard simultaneously with E15's transmission at that time.

See also Newsletter 43.

Three note oddity [G4]

After 5 months, G04 broke the silence with one message on Monday, October 1st, at 0900 UTC, on 5225 kHz. It hasn't been reported since.

<via Simon Mason>

See also Newsletter 47.

S11A

S11A was heard by Gert on 5624 kHz at 1900 UTC on 8 October, while I heard an unscheduled(?) one on 5520 kHz at 1930 UTC on 8 October.

See also Newsletter 43.

Unid stations

The unid Slavic station that Max van Arnhem heard on 10341 kHz last month, now also appeared on 7804 kHz on 7 October between 2050 and 2130 UTC. The same kind of spelling (Wladimir, Gregory, Dimitri, etc.) as on 10341 kHz, but now read by a female operator. Sometimes another station joined her on this frequency to exchange coded messages.

Max, these stations are most likely Eastern European military stations. I don't know from which country.


Alf from Germany has heard a couple of unid, probably Russian stations and asks if anyone can help with the identification.

He writes: « A Russian station (OM/RR) on 29715 khz USB transmitted blind messages. Are these tracking details? »

The messages look like this:

13 052 201 002
14 047 022 055
15 .....
16 030 097 ....
17 022 087 ....
18 026 093 033 ....

Another one from Alf: « A large unidentified Italian network on 6872 kHz in LSB-Phone. The operation style sounds formal, like an official net, no sign of an illegal pirate network. It looks like a daily sked for radio checks (0508 UTC). »

An Italian male operator, callsign 44, called stations 11, 13, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31, 40, 41, 42, 43, 60, 61, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 710, 711, 712, 713, 720, 721, 722, 730, 731, 740, 741, 742, 743, 760, 761, 770, and 771. The stations answer on the same frequency. They use Q-Groups ('Fine de QSO', 'Forte de QRM') and gave signal reports as:
NEGATIVO or 01, 12, 23, 34.

Alf says that the 2 figures could be only part of the callsign, e.g. IPR44 or CENTO 11, or something like that. Just a wild guess, of course.

Jim suggests that it is possibly ICS, Italian Navy, La Spezia, listed on 6873.5 SSB. If anyone has more info, please write to N&O.

Russian military stations

The following info was sent to me by an anonymous dxer from Japan.
Thanks OM!

Russian Unid Military Network #1

Traffic consisted primarily of radio checks every two hours. An occasional encrypted message of 5LGs was passed.

Callsigns:
KATOK-17, KATOK-22, KATOK-25, KATOK-44, KATOK-46, KATOK-55, KATOK-74, KATOK-77, KATOK-80, KATOK-86, KATOK-93, KATOK-94, KATOK-100, MALEN'KIY, BOL'SHOY (AKA KATOK-100)

Frequencies:
2650 kHz (Night), 5855 kHz (Day)

Russian Unid Military Network #2

Traffic on this network consisted of formatted messages in the following format: "5FG word 4FG 4FG". Obviously, this is some type of encrypted message, and this type of traffic was noted on a variety of frequencies.

Example:
"54828 SVINTETS 0064 0392" or "11233 BRONYA 2207 7720".

Callsigns:
LAZAK-24, VIRAS-11, UROZHAY-24, EFIR-12

Frequencies:
4517 and 5794 kHz.

Russian Unid Military Network #3

This network consisted of a variety of stations, at least one of which was an aircraft, and another was a vessel.

Callsigns noted were
KLAD-86(Aircraft controller), METEOR-24(Aircraft), NAGAN-58, KLEN-38, VETER-41, LIDER-24, GIPNOZ-60, ZIMA-158(Vessel)

Frequencies:
5360 and 5888 kHz.


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