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

(Date: Sun, 01 Sep 2002 13:52:49 +0200)

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Polytone stations [XP / XPH]

XP Tuesday + Thursday
0600 UTC 10600 kHz   2000 UTC 13953 kHz
0620   12200 kHz   2020   12176 kHz
0640   13500 kHz   2040   107?? kHz
 
XP Tuesday + Friday
2010 UTC 14984 kHz        
2030   13849 kHz        
2050   12151 kHz        
 
XPH Saturday
1830 UTC 15632 kHz        
1850   14350 kHz        
1910   12223 kHz        

 

See also Newsletter 53.

Various

XM

Only a hand full of XM logs this year so far. I heard it on 16 and 20 August around 0430 UTC on 5434.5 kHz with a fair signal.

See also Newsletter 53.

S28

Buzzer, daily on 4625 kHz.

See also Newsletter 53.

S30

Pip, daily on 3756 kHz.

See also Newsletter 54.

XSL

Active on 6445, 6417, 8313, 8588, 8703.5 kHz.

See also Newsletter 53.

XSW

Squeaky Wheel, daily on 3828.9 kHz. This is a real odd one. Being on the air for at least 11 years, no-one has ever heard a message from this station. It was first heard on 3667.9 kHz; operated for two or three years on 3695.6 kHz, moved to 3815 kHz, and finally moved to 3828.9 kHz. It had a daytime frequency on 5462 kHz for a while as well.

During the past few months I received various reports about a 2-second pip on 14425 kHz. All reports were from Northern Europe. The station is only heard in the early morning there. Anyone else who can hear the station?

See also Newsletter 53.

OTHR / CODAR / Chirp sounders

The NATO Over-The-Horizon-Radar from Akrotiri, Cyprus, "is driving me crazy" says one of the contributors. He heard it on a number of freqs but forgot to write them down. One of the frequencies was 14350 kHz.

A wide CODAR signal was heard in the USA on 24950-24990 kHz, daily, 24 hours a day! Can someone confirm this, please?

Tom forwarded a note from Peter Martinez posted to the "ukfivemegs" group about three chirp sounders, two in Scotland and one in Holland.

"The Inskip sounder sweeps past 5400 kHz at 2 minutes 12 seconds past the hour and every 5 minutes. It's sweep rate is 100 kHz per second, so it will be 1 sec earlier on 5300. It just sounds like a sharp "clack" lasting 30mS in a 3 kHz filter. It's quite strong - about 30-40dB over noise in 3 kHz bandwidth so you won't have any difficulty in hearing it. Indeed you will have heard it before and ignored it. Currently the Inskip sounder is drifting late by 60mS/day, but it's reset back to nominal timing periodically. This morning (Thursday 21st August) it was about 500mS late.
The Scottish one sweeps every 15 minutes and goes through 5400 at 11 mins 55 secs past the hour. The Dutch one is also every 15 minutes and passes 5400 at 2 mins 20 secs. These two are pretty stable in their timing."

Interesting Tom. Thanks for forwarding it.

Jammers

The usual bunch of wobble, buzz, and bubble jammers from Iran, Iraq, China, N.Korea and Cuba are a pest on a large number of frequencies: 3912, 5680, 7000, 7010, 7030, 7040, 7050, 7060, 7070, 7080, 7086, 8350, 13420, 13430, 13440, 13470, 14005, 14036, 14061, 14105, 14175, 18090 kHz. Chinese frequencies are listed below.

Regular contributor Rimantas Pleikys recently wrote a very interesting article for Clandestine Radio Watch about China's jamming activities. This "Chinese -musical- Jamming Special" was updated by Rimantas on 14 August. Thanks OM!

Station data

Frequencies

Frequencies on which the musical jamming could be heard one or more hours per day. AM and Narrow FM jamming networks not included in the frequency list.
5925, 6035, 6140, 7150, 7160, 7190, 7200, 7310, 7470, 7515, 7530, 9355, 9445, 9450, 9455, 9510, 9545, 9675, 9905, 9915, 9945, 9955, 11510, 11520, 11665, 11700, 11750, 11760, 11785, 11795, 11855, 11935, 11945, 11955, 12065, 13610, 13625, 13670, 13675, 13680, 13690, 13775, 15280, 15510, 15515, 15625, 15665, 15680, 17615, 17640, 17695, 17720, 21500, 21540, 21570, 21650, 21690, 21700, 21705 kHz

Schedules

Listed are only the schedules that were audible in Europe in July and August.

Time (UTC) Frequencies in kHz
0600-0700 13670, 15665, 17615, 17720, 21690
0700-0800 21540, 21705
0800-0900 21540, 21705
0900-1200 Not audible
1200-1300 21570, 21585
1300-1400 Not audible
1400-1500 9445, 11705, 15680
1500-1600 7470, 11510, 11760, 11945, 13625, 13690, 15510, 17640, 17785
1600-1700 7310, 7470, 7515, 9450, 9675, 11665, 11750, 11795, 11855, 13625, 13690, 15265, 15510, 15680, 17640
1700-1800 7515, 9355, 9455, 9915, 11750, 11945, 11955, 12065, 13690, 15510, 15680, 17640
1800-1900 7530, 9355, 9455, 11520, 11945, 11955, 15510, 15680, 17640
1900-2000 9355, 9455, 9905, 9955, 11520, 11785, 11945, 13625, 13680, 15510, 15680
2000-2100 9355, 9455, 9905, 11520, 11700, 11785, 11935, 13625, 13670, 15515, 15680
2100-2200 5925, 9355, 9945, 11520, 11700, 11935, 13625, 13680, 15515, 15680
2200-2300 7150, 7160, 7190, 7200, 9355, 9510, 9545, 9955, 13775, 15280, 17615
2300-0600 No monitoring data available

Notes

See also Newsletter 53.

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