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

(Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 22:59:28 +0100)

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M08

The following comes from Mark Slaten. He copied a rather unusual M08a transmission on 31 October. Here is Mark's report:

"A most unusual thing happened a few minutes ago with the 0900 UTC M8a sked on 10126 kHz. First, two different messages were sent to address 00200. Second, only the numbers 0 and 2 were used in the message text and the callup. Also, 20 was sent prior to the standard 3 address callup. Here is most of first message and beginning and end of second message.

I missed first 5 groups until I realized he was sending all 0's and 2's.

20 00200 00200 02020 (for 3 minutes)
00200 00200 00200 00200 00200
----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 02000 22002 00002 00000 20222
02200 02020 22022 02020 20000 00022 02220 00202 20222 02202
02020 02022 22200 00022 00002 00220 00000 22022 02000 02022
00022 22200 02220 02020 20222 02022 02202 22202 00020 00222
02002 22220 02222 02022 20220 02002 20020 02200 00202 22222

00200 02200 22220 00220 00002 02220 02000 20222 20222 00020
02020 22222 02022 00022 20222 02022 00222 20200 00200 02220
20000 00002 00222 22020 22202 22022 20000 00202 20022 00000
20202 22020 00200 20220 00222 00022 00222 20200 22022 22000
02202 22000 20022 22222 22022 22220 02202 22220 02002 20202

22202 00020 02220 00222 02000 20000 20202 02000 02220 02020
22002 00000 00000 22202 02222 20002 22220 20022 20022 22020
00000 02200 20200 00020 20000 02020 22202 22020 22200 02020
22002 00000 00022 22222 22220 02000 22020 02222 20000 02222
00020 00022 00202 02200 02020 20202 22022 20220 00222 22020

00200 00200 00200 00200 00200

00000 20022 20000 00022 22202 22202 02200 22222 02202 22200

(message continues another 130 groups of 0's and 2's)
02220 02200 00000 02220 00220 22220 00220 20020 00000 20022

Note how the first two groups are repeated in the last two groups of the message. This remains consistent with M8a/V2a message encryption procedure.

02020 02020 02020 02020 02020 (went into third message to different address. At this point I ceased copy.)

I hope you found this of interest. First time I have ever seen the Cubans do something like this. Maybe it was just practice or dummy traffic because it was the end of the month. As usual, the transmitter was pretty garbled."

Interesting catch, Mark!!!

See also Newsletter 56.

M15 - EC3Y / DEA47

"Hi Ary, I heard about numbers station "EC3Y". Can you tell me who was behind it?", asks Charles.

"EC3Y" was a German station. Unlike a number of other German stations in the 1980's, this one used a Spanish callsign instead of an official German callsign. According to the German PTT they used the Spanish callsign because the transmissions were beamed towards Spain. What utter nonsense! The callsign changed to "DEA47" later on. This callsign belonged to the BFST (Bundesamt fuer Telekommunikations Statistik) in Husum, which is believed to be an alias of the BND.

EC3Y/DEA47 was a Morse station and most of the time it transmitted "VVV DE EC3Y" and later "VVV DE DEA47" strings. Only a few 5FG messages were sent each day.

The station was only heard on Mon-Fri during office hours (0900-1700 CET which is 0800-1600 UTC).

See also Newsletter 56.

S13/S14

Russian military 10-counts were copied on 4042 kHz at 2119 UTC and 4130 kHz at 0500 UTC. Both live and taped.

See also Newsletter 64 for more about S13 and Newsletter 114 for more about S14.

M87

M87 monitor Igor sends us a couple if his M87 logs.

... 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 000
651 651 651 651 651 651 651 000 000
698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 000 000
698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 000 000
698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 000 000
698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698
698 698 000 000
698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 698 000 000
See also Newsletter 57.

MX

Several monitors helped me to measure the exact frequencies of the cluster beacons in Europe and Asia. Because not all the stations were active we have to make an assumption re the 1.1 slot.

The four European cluster beacons, D, P, S and C occupy the first four slots and the four Asian beacons the next four slots. The 1.1 slot is empty but an Asian "A" cluster beacon has been reported frequently in the past. The last report of "A" dates back to March this year. One source says that "A" is located at Sovetskaya Gavan. This is a good possibility as like Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy, Magadan and Vladivostok, Sovetskaya Gavan is a major base of Russia's Pacific Fleet and home of various recon regiments of Russia's naval air force. DFs are however necessary to pinpoint the station. I therefore ask for the help of people in the Far East and Australia. Please, try to figure out where "A" is located and DF it the next time that the station is on the air. Thanks in advance!

Cluster beacon slots:

 

0.7 "D" Odessa
0.8 "P" Kaliningrad
0.9 "S" Arkhangelsk
0.0 "C" Moscow
0.1 ? possibly "A"
0.2 "F" Vladivostok
0.3 "K" Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy
0.4 "M" Magadan

Example of a cluster:

"D" 8494.7
"P" 8494.8
"S" 8494.9
"C" 8495.0
? 8495.1
"F" 8495.2
"K" 8495.3
"M" 8495.4

 

Current clusters: 4558, 5154, 7039, 8495, 10872, 13528, 16332 and 20048 kHz.

The activity of beacons C, D, and P coincided with the NATO/PfP exercise "Open Spirit" but was possibly not related as the beacons were still on the air long after the exercise ended.

Channel markers:

"L" St. Petersburg 3335.7, 3339.6 kHz
"P" Kaliningrad 3772, 5862, 8952 kHz
"R" Izhevsk 3195, 5465 kHz
"V" Khiva 3658, 6335.5 kHz

 

Marker "E", last month reported on 5455 and 5488 kHz, is not the letter "E" but just a pip. See further under "PIPS".

Three beacons/markers were reported on new frequencies, but I am not sure if they are genuine Russian military beacons. It is quite possible that these are pirate beacons (see also this month's "Utility Round-up" in the WUN newsletter). Frequencies: 7000 and 10308.5 kHz ("F"), and 23921.5 kHz ("C").

See also Newsletter 56.

Russian / CIS military stations

Frequencies : 3826 kHz
Callsigns : PNZF, KY8H, K21R, PKS8, WR3N.
Typical preamble : "649 66 23 0100 649 = 893 ="

 

[logged by John Cramer]

See also Newsletter 56.

Chinese military stations

Our friend "L9CC" seems to be silent at the moment. The last logs are from September. Most stations of the Chinese military family were quiet this month. The only one that was reported in November is "GNM9". The signal was strong as usual in Japan and barely audible to fair in Europe. "GNM9" used 5628.5, 5633.5 and 6981.5 kHz.

Members of the "L9CC" family include: FC1T, GNM9, L4FC, L9CC, NH8T, 2SLC, 4XML, 6PXJ, 8NMQ. They transmit the following round slips:

According to several DF's from countries in the area, NH8T is located on 124.27E / 41.25N

See also Newsletter 56.

Czech/Slovak military stations

The Czech or Slovak military station on 2362 kHz disappeared early this year but is back now. Sylvain copied a similar station on 2754 kHz. I hope that we can hear more activity during the winter months.

The station typically transmits the callsign of the addressee as long as it has no messages to send. They tend keep the frequency occupied for 24 hours.

At the time of writing 2362 is sending "JQLU" for at least half an hour.

Frequencies to monitor: 2362, 3232, 3803, 3849 kHz

See also Newsletter 56.

Pips

The various PIP stations still need further examination, but progress is being made. Takashi, Trond, and... well, you know who you are, thanks for your co-operation. Logs and info about these stations are MOST welcome.

"PIPS", the sequel....


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