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

(Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2002 11:46:09 +0100)

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Morse stations

Lots of spy and military morse numbers reports reached me this month. A warm "thank you" to all who contributed. CR, thanks for the tips and help!

M01

M01b is less active than it used to be. They only have 3 transmissions left, on Monday at 2110 UTC on 5063 kHz, Thursday at 2132 UTC on 4991 kHz, and Friday at 2202 UTC on 4505 kHz. The same message is being sent on each sked.

See also Newsletter 68.

M03

I copied the station on 9130 kHz on 24 Jan. at 0925 UTC, with a test transmission just before the start of S11a:
"VVV VVV VVV" for 2 mins. Then "/000" (short zero's).

CR tells me that he heard M03 on the 24th at 1030 UTC on 9950 kHz with "214/00"

See also Newsletter 68.

M10

"M10 has made a lot of frequency and id changed lately. All of the usual skeds have changed frequency, and most of them have different id's.", says CR. "It has a new sked at 2100 UTC on 4007 kHz and the 1720 UTC one has moved from 7745 to 4958 kHz."

I mentioned this one last month and labeled it M10. This is however M23: 10110 kHz, 0233 UTC, CW numbers: 555 555 555 for about 10 minutes.

- Sample:

Transcript of 1720 UTC, 5 January 2002, on 7745 kHz. Repeated on 6 January, same time and frequency. The 1720 UTC transmission has now moved to 4958 kHz.

555 555 555 186 186 186 29 45T 45T 45T 34 (repeated)

81 81 29 29 = =
2TT44 2TT44 95566 95566 45894 45894 54994 54994 96593 96593
54419 54419 62974 62974 11442 11442 713T4 713T4 75236 75236
48168 48168 52768 52768 6T916 6T916 72T25 72T25 3T2T5 3T2T5
T2347 T2347 65441 65441 3T281 3T281 94767 94767 89436 89436
89469 89469 558T2 558T2 85154 85154 51359 51359 59985 59985
18191 18191 36T64 36T64 5TTT5 5TTT5 24576 24576 = =
81 81 29 29
45T 45T 45T
91 91 34 34 = =
24367 24367 421T4 421T4 573T5 573T5 31841 31841 29688 29688
51541 51541 62T37 62T37 41342 41342 5T638 5T638 63648 63648
93T71 93T71 27748 27748 37188 37188 65437 65437 52888 52888
73274 73274 T6671 T6671 2T632 2T632 7T436 7T436 T6755 T6755
13718 13718 57258 57258 532TT 532TT 62349 62349 7T575 7T575
37478 37478 17286 17286 69635 69635 21485 21485 14T78 14T78
83636 83636 15986 15986 71796 71796 11438 11438 = =
91 91 34 34
T T T
See also Newsletter 51.

M12

Igor heard a possible M12 transmission on 7960 kHz, 0003 UTC, 21 Dec 2001: "684 684 684 000"

I copied this on 24 Jan. at 2000 UTC on 5255 kHz: "529 529 529 000"

See also Newsletter 46.

M13

My January M13 logs; it is still very much alive as you can see.

4473 id 411 2130 06-01-2002 Sun    
6378 id 517 2000 07-01-2002 Mon    
5062 id 261 2100 07-01-2002 Mon    
3824 id 378 2200 07-01-2002 Mon    
6382 id 714 2100 10-01-2002 Thu    
3244 id 438 2200 12-01-2002 Sat M13b  
4365 id 417 2000 13-01-2002 Sun    
3244 id 438 2200 13-01-2002 Sun M13b  
4365 id 417 2000 14-01-2002 Mon    
5778 id 272 2200 15-01-2002 Tue    
6574 id 253 2106 17-01-2002 Thu    
4473 id 411 2131 19-01-2002 Sat    
3824 id 378 2200 19-01-2002 Sat    
6378 id 261 2100 20-01-2002 Sun    
4473 id 411 2130 20-01-2002 Sun    
6378 id 517 2100 21-01-2002 Mon    
5062 id 261 2100 21-01-2002 Mon    
3824 id 378 2200 21-01-2002 Mon    
4073 id 346 2200 23-01-2002 Wed    
6382 id 714 2100 24-01-2002 Thu    
3244 id 438 2200 26-01-2002 Sat M13b  
4365 id 417 2000 27-01-2002 Sun    
3244 id 438 2200 27-01-2002 Sun M13b (harmonic on 6488)
5274.5 id 735 2100 29-01-2002 Tue M13a  

 

Transcript of the latter:

735 735 735 ttt 735 735 735 ttt 735 735 735 ttt = 21521 =
25784 62281 24721 63178 158t9 38631 6t358 t2961 3976t 17753 33167
17t72 26925 3t33t 63663 59449 t5742 13767 2t951 t7768 47743 =
735 735 735 ttt 735 735 735 ttt 735 735 735 ttt = 21521 =
25784 62281 24721 63178 158t9 38631 6t358 t2961 3976t 17753 33167
17t72 26925 3t33t 63663 59449 t5742 13767 2t951 t7768 47743 = ttt

 

See also Newsletter 48.

M14

I haven't seen many logs of M14 lately, so I was glad that Igor sent me one; 18566 kHz, 0940 UTC, 26 Dec 2001.

"495" with two messages:

See also Newsletter 46.

M21

Active as ever, M21 was reported on the following frequencies this month: 2317, 4631.5, 4071.5, 4951,5, 5372, 5873, 5921.5 kHz.

Sample messages:

=992156??0????? =13620171329656
=992158??0????? =23620901090800
=136411725835t8 =9922t9??t?????
=136417652214tt =13t42172573514
=13642172591218 =13643175688718
=1364117651342t =99222t??t?????
=236439tt5t7t2t =236439t1t7tt3t
=992259??t????? =4364536454????

 

See also Newsletter 47.

M23

M23 has been on for several evenings around 18 December at 1900 on 6794. On the 17th it just sent 11111 for 25 minutes.

I mentioned this one in N&O#44 and labeled it M10. This is however M23: 10110 kHz, 0233 UTC, CW numbers: 555 555 555 for about 10 minutes.

Another "555" transmission of M23 had a sked at 2030 UTC on 6980 kHz but this one seems to have ended. Another one at 1800 UTC on 19280 kHz is reportedly still sending.

Igor heard the station between 23 and 27 December on these frequencies and times: 7630 kHz 2138 UTC (555)

7769 kHz 2209 UTC (555)
7980 kHz 2038 UTC (555)
8940 kHz 0407 UTC (555)
10660 kHz 1633 UTC (000)
11218 kHz 1638 UTC (555)
14749 kHz 1501 UTC (310)
16938 kHz 1437 UTC (310)

 

See also Newsletter 46.

M39

M39 was finally heard again on 17 Jan. at 1000 UTC on 7540 kHz. In between each separate call a lot of dashes were sent for about 1 min.

247 x3 47266 x3 Sent 5 times
247 x3 72963 x3 Sent 5 times
097 x3 73699 x3 Sent 5 times

 

Back on at 1030

097 x3 73699 x3 Sent 5 times
097 x3 87747 x3 Sent 5 times
097 x3 16961 x3 Sent 5 times
097 x3 84001 x3 Sent 5 times

 

Ended 1045

<info: CR>

See also Newsletter 71.

M40

Another log from Igor; also reported by our Japanese friends.
3843 kHz, 1403 UTC, 13 Dec 2001:

vvv cq615,198,223
vvv cq198 cq198 cq198
hr hr 32 32 = =
84376 43445 81354 80869 40638 84479 58118 11326 90664 12747
40545 02990 73201 98107 44595 61399 71805 33826 45082 81001
67303 99697 23107 23264 67299 11947 90959 32282 17095 06276
41592 29934 ar ar
rpt rpt
vvv cq198 cq198 cq198
hr hr 32 32 = =
84376 43445 81354 80869 40638 84479 58118 11326 90664 12747
40545 02990 73201 98107 44595 61399 71805 33826 45082 81001
67303 99697 23107 23264 67299 11947 90959 32282 17095 06276
41592 29934 ar ar
vvv cq233 cq233 cq233
hr hr 34 34 = =
73268 54367 69010 40119 82450 31412 97759 68143 76422 75072
59219 24868 91109 69346 47823 70260 45662 20902 12513 63384
57662 47634 13303 82624 65016 10450 64124 23561 87152 89520
04694 19633 03979 89291 ar ar
rpt rpt
vvv cq233 cq233 cq233
hr hr 34 34 = =
73268 54367 69010 40119 82450 31412 97759 68143 76422 75072
59219 24868 91109 69346 47823 70260 45662 20902 12513 63384
57662 47634 13303 82624 65016 10450 64124 23561 87152 89520
04694 19633 03979 89291 ar ar
sk sk
See also Newsletter 46.

MX - Cluster beacons & channel markers

I copied Kaliningrad on 9 January on 4043 kHz at 1845 UTC; "P" was interrupted by a RDL flash message at 1850 UTC (XXX XXX RDL RDL RDL etc) and a short msg from RDL at 1857: RDL RDL RID 93199 10296+ Then unreadable RTTY at 1907, then "P" again, followed by again a short RDL message and back to "P" again. S/off at 1915 UTC. "P" was also on 4079 and 7038.8 kHz.

Pile reports marker "N" on 2813 kHz, while "V" was heard on 3658 and 21070.6 kHz.

See also Newsletter 48.

Unid and military stations

Czech / Slovak military (S8BD, 4396, 2362, 5302 kHz)

S8BD

This station used 2835, 3376, 3397, 4011, 4631 and 5132 kHz in January.

C6CP C6CP C6CP DE S8BD S8BD S8BD
QTC 81 20 32302 = 636 C6CP =
5FGs = S8BD
See also Newsletter 46.

4396 kHz

The Slovak Military station in Zilina is still on the air on 4396 kHz.

A typical message looks like this:

"QR2U QR2U QR2U = KP6F KP5F KP6F +"

Note that the callsigns change every now and then. Also noted in the past few months were:

NVKL NVKL NVKL = HKVH HKVH HKVH +
FCQR FCQR FCQR = A7KG A7KG A7KG +
J7XD J7XD J7XD = D3QK D3QK D3QK +

I parked my receiver on this frequency for over 40 hours and not one message was sent during this period, just the marker.

2362 kHz

2362 kHz has been occupied for over a year by the still unid military station from either the Czech or Slovak Republic. Unfortunately it hasn't been heard since 21 Jan. Bad conditions? A new frequency? Or just vanished? The station transmits the callsign of the addressee and send messages at frequent intervals. I monitored it during a couple of nights. For further analyses, I also need a day time schedule -if it exists. If anyone can help, I would appreciate that very much.

The station transmits each hour a group of three messages. Always one 5FG message, one 5LG message, and one mixed 5FG/5LG message. The fact that it sends these three different formats, may indicate that it is a training station, I find it however difficult to believe that they only send during the evenings and nights. The last message that I copied in the morning was 25 and the next one was at 1600 and was number 26. Does it use another frequency and another schedule during the day, or is it really off the air?

- Format:
XOSV XOSV XOSV DE XGW1 QTC
65 20 15 2124 885 =XOSV=
65 message number
20 group count (always 20)
15 date
2124 time (UTC+1)
885 assigned command post

 

Here a couple of examples and the schedule that I copied.

U2XC marker

U2XC U2XC U2XC U2XC DE D3LA QTC 67 20 13 2104 680 = U2XC =
FMVNA EUHMH 37059 GIVCO YTSUY 37329 ZFITR HGYBC 37345 LXMAY VAKCW
92457 MKNYX WWLSQ 14502 FIHCZ VWDYR 03463 CODMR NTPRH = D3LA +
U2XC U2XC U2XC U2XC DE D3LA QTC 68 20 13 2108 680 = U2XC =
20341 70591 41278 47382 91390 37345 61450 92457 76759 91450 02358
70346 46448 83965 20179 81204 25452 83019 24240 62731 = D3LA +
U2XC marker

XOSV marker

XOSV XOSV DE XGW 1 QTC
64 20 15 2120 885 =XOSV=
BTZXJ BHDHY PXPRC RILSA NAEDR MLDHX OWLJN MSIUJ BGNPU DYEFH PQDBT
VTDYZ IPMAX EDYOP JSIXR OWPFH VINEZ RSTCX TADFHY EIMBF
= XGW1 +
X O S V
X O S V
X O S V
X O S V
X O S V
X O S V
X O S V
XOSV XOSV XOSV DE XGW1 QTC
65 20 15 2124 885 =XOSV=
BTZX T BHDHY 83106 SABNA DRFML 47991 DYZPI MAXIE 89893 LOWPF PVENE
74894 BFNAPH NHSGI 09374 TQBTK SBMPZ 13673 DIFVR QBIBC
= XGW1 +

XOSV marker
XOSV XOSV XOSV DE XGW1 QTC
66 20 15 2135 885 =XOSV=
18698 10618 84972 47291 05389 13953 73847 82149 ..7.9 74053 13673
20348 47172 .5794 97223 56970 34423 3204. .5797 46010 = XGW1 +
Schedule (message nr / time UTC+1)
64 2120   65 2124   66 2135
67 2211   68 2213   69 2228
70 2351   71 2353   72 2356
01 0140   02 0142   03 0145
04 0148   05 0150   06 0153
07 0202   08 0206   09 0209
10 0349   11 0352   12 0356
13 0400   14 0404   15 0408
16 0532   17 0537   18 0545
19 0605   20 0610   21 0615
22 0702   23 0706   24 0709
25 0809            
26 1606   27 1608      

5302 kHz

Yet another member of this family. Active on 5302 kHz with a number of callsigns, including S5ZW, EMW3 and ADKZ. Message format differs slightly from the 2362 station.

PV6R PV6R PV6R de ADKZ ADKZ QTC
6 20 15 0928 =
into 5 letter groups
Ends with "+" and transmits long zero's
6776 kHz

6776 kHz, 2323 UTC, 14 January. Heard by Day Watson. Also an Eastern Europe format: "OU6K 557 52 15 021 5 557 = 562 = PRUFA UOYQA" etc.

4039 kHz

The following one was on 9 Jan at 2206 UTC on 4039 kHz. It sent long zero's; lots of it as you can see :-) It was already in progress when I found it. The transmission ended with "+" and a long dash "T".

50012 ..30. 32001 00001 00006 20000 00006 30080 00006 50012 00006
00006 40010 40010 00006 40090 000.. 0...2 00089 00002 00612 40009
00005 00612 00014 00006 00612 00011 .0102 00012 40010 + T

3399 kHz

3399 kHz, 2206 UTC, 19 December 2001. Probably a training transmission.

5LGs K QRV K
BK QSU K
BK RPT K
BK RPT AA 8 K
BK RPT AA 5 K
BK RPT
BK RPT AA 5 RPT AA 5 K
BK RPT AA 2 K
BK RPT AA 28 K

and that went on for about 10 more minutes

3330.5 kHz

3330.5 kHz, 2122-2133 UTC, 12 January
= 4988 44 K repeated every 2 mins from 2122-2134

msg at 2150 :

RRNP RRNP RRNP --.. N --..
951 951 13 77
followed by 5FGs. Ends with "K"

3158 kHz

3158 kHz, 1950 UTC, 27 December 2001. Hand keyed.

2027 2048 = 434 TR2F = VJHDG BK GCHDL RFXMCT VKKMP BVCMF DEZBR ARZOX
FTANQ DAXCU HBRBA LDYBJ YMVWF RHADB IUIGP BZNTX QEWGY GULGL YNZDG VILON BGZNK = VJHDG 4 UMFRI K = VJHDG K

L9CC

The L9CC family was active as every on a number of frequencies:

See also Newsletter 46.

12999 kHz

Igor checks in with an unid station on 12999 kHz, at 0840 UTC on 26 Dec 2001:

... 351 351 351 351 84
351 84
351 351 351 351 351 351 351 84

<pause>
long dash
<pause>
long dash

7035 kHz

From an anonymous dxer: 7035 kHz, call 423 followed by 5FGs

5658 kHz

And the last one from Igor: 5658 kHz, 0654 UTC, 27 Dec 2001. Chinese military. 4FGs, cut numbers.

r ga r ga
ga
qsl 15t3 kk
rr ga qsp k
as
msg ga
msg nr msg nr491 ck99 93 1227 15t4 =
rr rmks = 3189 to 3379 = 7849 ar k
rrr = = = = = =
t5t6 3u7n 7dta 424t 5nat 7ua4 6t6d 66dt tt4d ttta t3d6 at54
t7ud 3an6 nd75 76a7 4nd7 u444 7743 7n36 356d 5nta d6d6 ut53
45u3 ta67 u5u6 dt7a ut43 nn3d u7un u3ta t74a 3n7a an63 5nt5
6dta 5d57 4a63 udu6 at67 6736 t54t 3656 a6a7 t54d nd5d da47
du5u 4nut unut d7an ud75 7tan 4u37 3adn 3d6n 5n35 47d4 7n6t
3ud4 a3nu 435n u44a a35a n537 n5ad d64u u3u6 utn4 ar ar ar ar

Russian control station

Deka from Japan copied a Russian control station on 23 Dec 2001 at 1300 UTC.

"XXX XXX C6VX 41771 BEREKA 9552 4600 K"

The "XXX XXX" messages can be compared with the USAF EAMs. These flash messages can be heard on a large number of Russian (navy) frequencies. They are being sent to activate a specific tactical net, or to test response times of the called stations; things like that.

The callsigns used are sometimes the calls of a specific station, but more often a general callsign of the staff in Moscow or elsewhere. Examples: "RDL" is the general call of the Russian Navy HQ in Moscow; "WLHN" is a general call used by the staff in Moscow for flash messages to staff elsewhere in the country, or enroute (ships, trains, aircraft) Other callsigns target specific areas or units; e.g. the Baltic fleet, or all units in Siberia, etc.


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