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

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

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Voice stations

E03 - Lincolnshire Poacher

No anomalies were reported this month. The Lincolnshire Poacher has use the following id's in the first half of August:

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 07357 07357 07357 07357 07357 07357 07357 1200
1300 21146 21146 21146 21146 21146 21146 21146 1300
1400 51632 77135 69231 28795 07357 76895 37350 1400
1500 37350 51632 77135 69231 28795 07357 08614 1500
1600 08614 37350 51632 77135 69231 28795 76895 1600
1700 76895 08614 37350 51632 77135 69231 07357 1700
1800 07357 76895 08614 37350 51632 77135 28795 1800
1900 28795 21146 76895 21146 37350 51632 21146 1900
2000 21146 07357 21146 08614 21146 37350 69231 2000
2100 69231 28795 07357 76895 08614 21146 77135 2100
2200 77135 69231 28795 07357 76895 08614 51632 2200

 

...and in the second half of August:

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 81161 81161 81161 81161 81161 81161 81161 1200
1300 67360 67360 67360 67360 67360 67360 67360 1300
1400 05831 20274 45290 09822 81161 36793 08399 1400
1500 08399 05831 20274 45290 09822 81161 94560 1500
1600 94560 08399 05831 20274 45290 09822 36793 1600
1700 36793 94560 08399 05831 20274 45290 81161 1700
1800 81161 36793 94560 08399 05831 20274 09822 1800
1900 09822 67360 36793 67360 08399 05831 67360 1900
2000 67360 81161 67360 94560 67360 08399 45290 2000
2100 45290 09822 81161 36793 94560 67360 20274 2100
2200 20274 45290 09822 81161 36793 94560 05831 2200

 

See also Newsletter 53.

E04 - Cherry ripe

On request Cherry Ripe's schedules:

1000 UTC 20474 & 23461 kHz
1100 UTC 18864 & 23461 kHz
1200 UTC 18864 & 23461 kHz
1300 UTC 18864 & 21866 kHz
2200 UTC 18864 & 24644 kHz
2300 UTC 18864 & 21866 kHz
0000 UTC 18864 & 21866 kHz
0100 UTC 19884 & 21866 kHz

 

See also Newsletter 53.

E05

E05 schedules as heard since May 2002.

UTC Frequency Days
0800 10527 Mon, Thu
0800 13996 Mon, Thu
1200 13906 Sun, Wed
1200 15732 Sun, Wed
1500 14739 Sun, Tue, Fri
1500 16198 Sun, Tue, Fri
1600 15652 Wed, Sat
1600 16198 Wed, Sat
1800 8080 Sun, Thu
1800 11072 Sun, Thu
1800 13465 Sun, Thu
1900 6970 Sun, Wed
1900 8085 daily, except Wed
1900 9219 daily, except Wed
1900 14787 Sat
2100 6950 Mon, Wed, Fri
2100 6970 Tue, Wed, Sat
2100 7585 Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri
2100 8110 Tue, Sat
2200 6960 Mon, Wed
2200 9090 Mon, Wed

 

These were actually heard during July and August. I'm not sure if the rest is gone or not. Additions and/or corrections are most welcome.

Sunday 1500 UTC 14739, 16198 kHz
Tuesday 1500 UTC 14739, 16198 kHz
Tuesday 2100 UTC 6970, 8110 kHz
Wednesday 1200 UTC 13906, 15732 kHz
Friday 1500 UTC 14739, 16198 kHz
Saturday 2100 UTC 6970, 8110 kHz

 

I copied the 1500 UTC transmission on Sunday, 25 August on 14739 and 16198 kHz. The signal was weak to unreadable in W.Europe, while it was fair in N.E. USA and strong at the West Coast. The signal didn't come from the USA and also not from Europe. Looking at the signal strength monitored by dxers from various parts in Europe and the USA, the most probable location is the Far East. The signal followed the same propagation pattern as stations from Japan and Hong Kong. Guam looks like a good candidate.

See also Newsletter 53.

E10

On 5 and 6 August, ABC transmitted its first suffix: "ABC 2" on 6428 kHz. I wonder if this is the beginning of a new service or that they did it just for us. If you did it just for us, ladies and gents, please send us an "ABC 3" message on Wednesday 4 September. Thank you very much! :-)

VLB has sent more string messages: "VLB 25" and "VLB 30". As this was the only station that sent various string messages during Israel's increasing military activity in Palestine, one might start to think that VLB and Palestine related operation are somehow connected....

Our new contributor, Jochen Schäfer from Germany, has heard HCN in the 41 meter band somewhere in July. He cannot remember the exact frequency but it was on the frequency that Radio Pyongyang uses for its French transmissions. Beside the string "Hotel November Charly X-Ray" he also copied "HNCG" in March.

On 20 August I found ABC and YHF mixing on 4560 kHz at 1900 UTC. After finishing its message YHF signed off at 1912 UTC and left ABC on the frequency. ABC left 4560 at 1920 and popped up on its normal frequency 6428 kHz at the same time.

21st August brought us "KPA 21ZKIMD" at 1920 UTC on 5230 and 8025 kHz.

The next day KPA returned with yet another string message on 5230 at 1920 UTC: "KPA 0146EHJFG". (recordings on http://home.luna.nl/~ary/download.htm)

Where on earth are E10's locations? In Israel? Iran? Saudi Arabia? Egypt? Turkmenistan? Mediterranean? Well, they are, if ITU's DFs are correct. But how accurate are the DFs of the ITU monitoring stations? Not very accurate in my opinion. Here are the results for 4880 kHz (ULX) monitored from Spain, Italy, France and the UK. Good DF is difficult, I know, but aren't these professionals???

Listed are the geographical co-ordinates and/or the location of the transmitter and/or the bearing from the monitoring station.

Monitor: El Casar, Spain
 
longitude latitude location bearing
    Israel 92 degrees
    Israel 120 degrees
Monitor: Baldock, UK
 
longitude latitude location bearing
    Israel 115 degrees
 
Monitor: Rome, Italy
 
longitude latitude location  
    Uzbekistan (based on the callsign "ULX")  
    Iran 88 degrees
    Israel 93 degrees
 
Monitor: Rambouillet, France
 
longitude latitude location  
31.24E 33.15N water, 154 km offshore from Tel Aviv  
31.27E 31.40N Al Gharbiya, Egypt  
38.49E 28.21N Tabuk, Saudi Arabia  
32.11E 32.31N water, 52 km offshore from Tel Aviv  

 

Another one: CIO on 5091 kHz.

 

Monitor: Rambouillet, France
 
longitude latitude location bearing
32.48E 34.06N 200 km offshore from Tel Aviv 297 degrees
30.32E 34.01N 405 km offshore from Tel Aviv  

 

.... and EZI on 6840 kHz.

Monitor: El Casar, Spain
 
longitude latitude location bearing
    Turkmenistan 90, 92, 94 degrees

 

Great! The bearings were 90, 92 and 94 degrees. 90-94 degrees from Spain is Israel. "EZI" resembles a Turkmenistan call, so the location that El Casar mentions is Turkmenistan, not Israel. Bizarre :-)

See also Newsletter 53.

G06

Thomas writes that he has heard a German lady, reading numbers on 22 August at 1830 UTC. The transmission was on 6887 kHz. This might have been a G06 transmission.

842 842 842 (R3) 635 635 47, followed by 47 5FGs, 635 635 47 00000.

See also Newsletter 92.

S06

Gert heard the Russian man on Saturday, 24 August at 2040 UTC, on 5815 kHz.

See also Newsletter 59.

S11a

Logged on Thursday 8 Aug 2002, 0500 UTC at 4783 kHz, message 972/00. "S11a is almost completely overshadowed by the digital station that can be heard there all day and is therefore difficult to hear.", says Gert. Maybe that is the reason why this is the only log this month.

See also Newsletter 71.

V09

"Guangzhou calling" was copied on 6885, 7750 and 10750 kHz.

See also Newsletter 57.

V22

"Beijing calling" is on 8375 kHz at 0000 and 0100 UTC.

See also Newsletter 57.

V24

South Korean station V24 has a daily sked on 6215//5715 kHz at 2300 and 0100 UTC.

See also Newsletter 70.

Chinese "robot"

Robert reports the Chinese robot station on various frequencies. He says "This is a typical USB operation with RF carrier suppressed, notching of audio frequency from 300 to 1000Hz is clearly observed during it's transmission, probably used to increase a possible DSP identification."

Logged frequencies: 4480, 5700, 6840, 6860, 7090, 7770, 8025 kHz.

Uwaga

It has been a while that I have seen a log of this Polish military station sending its "UWAGA" ("ATTENTION") messages. Heard by AF on Thursday 22 August on 5230 kHz.

See also Newsletter 57 for more about Polish military CW stations.

WBNY - Voice of the rodent revolution

Attention, all rabbits!!!

The "Voice of the Rodent Revolution" of Commander Bunny was heard on various days during August. This is an old fun station that appeared on Easter Sundays as early as in 1991. Frequencies used in this period include: 6925, 6950-6958, 7412 kHz. All transmissions lasted 10-15 minutes.

The first transmission in August included the song "Here comes Peter Cottontail", after which Commander Bunny called his fellow rodents to start a "Rodent Revolution" and read out a secret numbers message. The voice was speeded up to get the cartoon like "rabbit sound". Chris Smolinski recorded the transmission and Derek Glidden successfully decoded the message. Good job, Derek!

The messages during the second transmission was read in a normal voice between parts of the song "White Rabbit".

I played the first recording at a lower pitch so that it was easier to hear what Commander Bunny had to say and I jotted down the following numbers :

12 2 7 12 13 18 14 1 8 4
18 12 6 14 14 9 5 20 1 12
13 5 8 21 4 2 2 7 8 8
9 23 14 20 8 12 19 19 5 8
18 15 8 10 4 12 2 10 12 17
17 14 19 18 21 8 6 14 19 7
17 14 1 6 12 13 4 12 19 5
12 19 4 18 12 2 2 11 20 13
13 23 14 20 19

message repeated

Derek did the same, analyzed the code and translated the numbers to:

"Al Fansome is a good human. He will feed you. Eat the special carrots we got from Gania. That is all. Bunny out."

But who are Fansome and Gania? Tom Sevart enlightens us: "Al Fansome is a pirate DX'er who, for some reason, is the target of Commander Bunny's animosity. Gania is probably "Ganja," as in Captain Ganja, a pirate operator." Thanks for the explanation, Tom.

The code used for the first message of the second transmission appear to be different from the second one. The second one is the same code as used in the first transmission.

Message 1:
11 14 14 1 8 17 18 12 22 18 12 17 7
Repeated 5 times

Using the code of the first transmission this would translate to:
"BOOMERSA?SARF", which doesn't make sense. Anyone???

Our furry friend loves a good joke as we can see in the second message which was decoded by Scott Robson.

Message 2:
5 8 2 2 18 1 17 18 1 14 2 4 13 18 3 4
Repeated 5 times.

Which translates as: "Hello Mr Smolinksi"

Chris devoted a page to the station which also includes the decoding
table: http://www.spynumbers.com/WBNY.html

Chris' recordings are on JMM's site. Thanks OM!

See also Newsletter 53.

Indonesian / Asian illicit stations

The suspected terrorist and para military stations from Indonesia that I mentioned in July were also reported in August. A popular frequency range is 14000-14125 kHz. Mode is usually USB, but LSB has also been noted.

Frequencies: 7000, 7015, 7025, 10105, 14000, 14005, 14080, 14100, 14110, 14115, 14120, 14125 (Timor), 14230 (Timor), 18010 kHz.

Indian paramilitary were heard in USB and RTTY on 18075 kHz, while others used 14044 kHz.

See also Newsletter 54.

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