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

(Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 20:05:07 +0100)

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Morse stations

M08 / M08a

John says

"Everyone needs a project to keep busy, so I thought I would create one for myself (between M8 and M08a skeds). I hope this isn't boring to all those out there with far more knowledge and experience than I have. I've gathered all the frequency information for Stations M08 & M08A from loggings, web links and some newsletter archives. Below is a list of frequencies for both stations, broken down into 3 sections."

Thanks, John. The stations seem to be pretty active, so M08 hunters, check the listed frequencies and let us have your logs! John also made a matrix of the station's transmission schedules which is available as an Excel97 spreadsheet from the N&O website. John welcomes your comments.

Section 1: Frequencies common to both stations.

(all frequencies in kHz, +/- 1 kHz)

3025 4016 5117 6767 7519 8009 9062 10119 11431
3244 4026 5419 6786 7555 8097 9112 10125 11565
3296 4173 5758 6795 7580 8103 9152 10235  
  4328   6826 7682 8135 9238 10334  
  4506   6983 7889   9323 10345  
  4596         9330 10445  
              10556  
              10714  

Section 2: Frequencies unique to station M08.

4497 5762 6255 7368 8975 9270 10511 12214 14285 18434
  5800 6870 7405            
      7485            
      7680            
      7726            
      7946            
      7972            

Section 3: Frequencies unique to station M08A.

4478 5134 6854 7320 8186 10858 12093 14640 16272 *)
    6866 7526     12119    
6932 7863  
  7976

 

*)harmonic ?

Mark Slaten is an active M08 monitor. He copied the station on 19 Dec at 0700 UTC on 9063 kHz and writes: "The 0700z M8 sked on 9063m was most interesting. It started out in CW with garbled xmtr cxr sending: ..... 22000 22220 (here stops and goes silent). At 0707z AM transmitter comes on and two (2) V2a broadcasts are up blocking each other out! Please note that as far as the 0700z CW portion goes, I copied an M8a sked on October 31, 2002 at 0900z on 10126m sending callup of "20 00200 00200 02020 (R3)" then went into the standard three messages which were composed of all 0's and 2's. Could this be a new M8a procedure? Is there significance to these all 0 and 2 broadcasts? Has anyone else seen this phenomenon?

What is with Fidel and his operators that they can't seem to get the hang of broadcasting the right sked on the right freq at the right time? Their agents in the field must be pulling their hair out trying to receive a message in a timely manner!"

See also Newsletter 67.

M10

The December logs:

5027 kHz Thu 0010 555
5027 kHz Thu 0021 555x3 898x3 19 310x3 22
5027 kHz Mon 0210 555x3 898x3 19 310x3 22
5027 kHz Sat 0210 555x3 212x3 40 886x3 20
5027 kHz Fri 0210 555x3 212x3 40 886x3 20
5027 kHz Mon 0410 555x3 898x3 19 310x3 22
5027 kHz Wed 0410 555x3 898x3 19 310x3 22
5027 kHz Sat 0410 555x3 212x3 40 886x3 20
4007 kHz Wed 2100 555 hight broadcast QRM
4007 kHz Thu 2100  
7605 kHz Fri 1910 555x3 212x3 40 886x3 20

 

See also Newsletter 60.

M15 - EC3Y continued....

I received a note that says that the Spanish callsign was used because the Germans supposedly used to operate from a station in the province of Cadiz, Spain - visible from highway N-IV near the city of San Fernando. The site is still there and is presumably active, probably being used by the Spanish now. The Germans used the site till the late 1980's or early 1990's.

M21 - Russian air defence

Reception of the PVO stations will hopefully improve during the winter as they are still using low frequencies like 3322 and 4171.5 kHz. 6824 kHz is fairly good at night.

Plots and time/id strings were sent as usual:

Another military net transmits messages very similar to PVO. The main differences are the use of callsigns and Z-codes, like the one that Jim reported on 3301 kHz. It uses tactical callsign "PSNN" and sends strings like "9954249832832".

Other examples:

FOR ZMB ZMB 444406 = 44972290 RPT
FOR ZMB ZMB 444406 = 44972290 ar

This one was hand keyed:

81111285924
2002701080832
2003115616124
2966?0?????
See also Newsletter 57.

M22

M22 isn't a numbers station but a normal military station that regularly transmits coded messages. The station belongs to the navy in Haifa and transmits from a site near that city. Its callsign is 4XZ.

The following info has partly been published in the past and I thank Day and Mike for their efforts :-)

The station has been reported on a large number of frequencies during the past few years:
2680, 2800, 3394, 4237, 4241, 4331, 4442, 5001, 5159, 6379, 6416, 6797, 7954, 8103, 8437, 8706, 9256, 9263, 10046, 10355, 11010, 11170, 11548, 12984, 13001, 13892, 14000, 14003, 14495, 14544, 14648, 14695, 15001, 15013, 16034, 16317, 17050, 18329, 18426, 18480, 18549, 18609.5, 19637, 20589.7 and 20883 kHz.

Only a few of them were actually heard in 2002, namely:
2680, 2800, 4241, 4331, 5159, 6379, 6797, 7954, 8103, 10046, 12984, 13001, 13892, 14495, 15001, 18329 kHz.

Notes about 4XZ's operations:

Sample Message Formats:

vvv de 4xz 4xz = = vvv de 4xz 4xz = = vvv de 4xz 4xz = =
vvv de 4xz 4xz = = vvv de 4xz 4xz = = vvv de 4xz 4xz = =
nr 115 ml v ze1e [Message Number]
548132 xo1f [DTG 23rd day, 1845]
gr 82 == [28 groups]
nunun mpeln briwn ndhef mrenx aozge rpxsl nkfre rneqy bjmrq rnjst
glwgb snmrx asueq hqjst sbxsa umqnq dcerg nwrex gfdlj illhm irszi
oejwb maeol zvet hpbpp tnezf mpeln ==
 
nr 115 ml v ze1e 548132 xo1f gr 82 == [Header Repeated]
nunun mpeln briwn ndhef mrenx aozge rpxsl nkfre rneqy bjmrq rnjst
glwgb snmrx asueq hqjst sbxsa umqnq dgerg nwrex gfdlj illhm irszi
oejwb mreql zeaet hpbpp tnezf mpeln ==
 
nr 115 ml v ze1e 548132 xo1f gr 82 == ar ar [Header Repeated, End]
= = vvv de 4xz 4xz = = ar ar nw qtc 1 nr 515 = =

nr 515 yt z na0m 126042 dk3t wnc ==
10001 33388 02300= 99900 83014 32540= 83014 32702= 83022 34848=
87030 34221= 99922 44016 32049 32645 33038 32035= 44016 32008
33500= 44020 32850 33340 33335 33031 32027= 44020 32019 33008
34100= 44024 33250 33737 33430 32723 33512 34504 35005= 44028
33550 33940 33830 33520 34607 35011= 44028 35023 34530 34640
34450= 44024 35035 34650= 19191 == tcqir : apiqiet mdrem mzrh
erkc bmrkz oim otiken igrme lrehet mogzro owp ~ asr tleeo bostpret
bmz " a . ==


nr 515 yt z na0m 126042 dk3t wnc ==
10001 33388 02300= 99900 83014 32540= 83014 32702= 83022 34848= 87030
34221= 99922 44016 32049 32645 33038 32035= 44016 32008 33500=
44020 32850 33340 33335 33031 32027= 44020 32019 33008 34100=
44024 33250 33737 33430 32723 33512 34504 35005= 44028 33550
33940 33830 33520 34607 35011= 44028 35023 34530 34640 34450=
44024 35035 ew4650= 19191 == tcqir : apiqiet mdrem mzrh erkc bmrkz oim
otiken igrme lrehet mogzro owp ~ asr tleeo bostpret bmz " a . ==


nr 515 yt z na0m 126042 dk3t wnc == ar ar

M40

Takashi logged M40 on 3810 kHz at 1400 UTC: "VVV CQ 211.841".

See also Newsletter 63.

M51

Only one report this month: 4815.5 kHz at 1802 UTC. It seems to be less active than a couple of years ago.

See also Newsletter 57.

M62

The Slovak Military station in Zilina has been spotted again. I had not heard it during the summer, but after a tip-off from Laurent, I've found it again. It uses the same set of tactical callsigns since 2000. The station sends occasional messages and occupies 3485 kHz with the following channel markers:

NVKL NVKL NVKL = HKVH HKVH HKVH +
FCQR FCQR FCQR = A7KG A7KG A7KG +
J7XD J7XD J7XD = D3QK D3QK D3QK +
QR2U QR2U QR2U = KP6F KP6F KP6F +

The station used 1732, 2851, 3381 and 4396 kHz in the past two years.

See also Newsletter 57.

M63

No reports for over a year. Most probably dead now. If anyone has info about its current status, please let me know.

M76

One of our correspondents writes that M76 is still with us, daily 3819 at 0500 and 1750. Reports are very welcome.

MX

The activity has drastically decreased since last month. So far only cluster beacons "S" and "F" were heard regularly while "K" and "M" were sporadic catches.

The defective "F" station on 7000 kHz is reportedly in synch with the "F" cluster beacon, so we may assume that it is a MX station after all. Thanks for the note, Takashi!

Active channel markers:

"L"   3335.7 kHz
"P"   16204 kHz
"R" 3195 5465 kHz
"V"   3658 kHz

 

See also Newsletter 57.

Unid stations

Two unids logged by Jim:

5098 kHz 16 dec 2112 UTC slow morse 5FGs. Ends 0 0 0
5228 kHz 14 Dec 2009 UTC slow morse = 261 (rptd) = 263 263 = 5FGs

 

The following unid station was heard by Igor. Ideas anyone?

5775 kHz, 0835 UTC, 04 Dec.

= nr o15 o3o3 o2o9 1618 e11x4 13o6 oo33 ~j5572 = b
= nr o16 o3o3 o1o1 1619 e11x4 1o~5 1o25 qk4~~4 = b
= nr o17 o3o3 o2o8 1619 e11x4 1~~o 6~~o qj1oo~ = b
= nr o18 o3o3 o2o3 162o e11x4 1~~5 1o22 qj5332 = b
= nr o19 o3o3 o3o9 162o e11x4 13o6 oo28 qj25o2 = b
= nr o2o i ?
nr o2o o3o3 o11o 162o e11x4 1oo5 1o2o ako23o = b
= nr o21 o3o3 o21o 1621 e11x4 13o6 oo26 qh3957 = b
= nr o22 o3o3 o111 1622 e11x4 1oo5 1o18 ak1229 = b
= nr o23 o3o3 o211 1622 e11x4 13o6 oo24 qh5152 = b
= nr o24 o3o3 o122 1623 e11x4 1oo5 1o15 ak2327 b34 = b
= nr o25 o3o3 o212 1623 e11x4 13o6 oo31 aho547 b34 = b ar
adv ar qdf ar bnz ar pan ar xvu ar are ar jbw ar
vfb ar k6p ar rdy ar crl ar ukd ar jpz ar jug ar
slj ar tqy ar dvl ar 6kc ar mvf ar fvy ar ndq ar
jpz ar

Russian & CIS military stations

Jim, Ralph, Trond, DCF, John and .... thanks for the tips and logs.

14014 kHz reportedly carried Russian military traffic in Morse. Callsigns heard: ZWBU, NRBN, XEF8. The traffic included flash messages like:
"XXX 5405, knavenie, 4941, 5936" and "XXX 72172 49418 Kazarka 2460, 3700"

Other Russian military nets: 3171, 3217 (answers on 3393), 3301, 3312, 3354 (answers on 2839), 3826, 3863, 4433, 4491.5, 4826, 5308.5, 5418 (answers on 4917) 12707 (answers on 11599).

Callsigns heard:
1LZM, 2VB7, 3XJT, 4IZA, 5ACB, 6GT2, 7F8B, 7NQB, 7RU8, 7UIN, 9DVZ, AMMZ, APBH, ARTF, ARY4, BAOL, BHLZ, C23A, CA4O, CG1B, CIZY, CTDX, DC3K, DCSZ, FIWC, G16D, GD1H, GISL, GTCT, H1MF, I73W, I9XU, IGYK, IZ4C, IZZK, J2DX, JGZD, JYLA, K4HR, K4PO, KOQT, LJET, LR4G, LRX2, LSQV, MB4R, N9DM, N9T4, NE7X, OL9Y, OMWG, OMWR, OWAR, PIYF, PROL, ST9B, TK8N, V48W, V6JF, V6SW, VGHG, VVPN, WV9A, XTWL, YHEG, YOWG, YTVH, YZMI, ZHE6

See also Newsletter 59.

Chinese military stations

Hardly any reports, just like last month:
"V LA5S LA5S LA5S DE NH8T NH8T" was copied on 7300 kHz and "V GM3Z GM3Z GM3Z DE PNM9 PNM9" on 7623 kHz.

See also Newsletter 57.

Czech / Slovak military stations

The station on 2362 kHz is still there. I could not hear it during the summer months, but it is quite strong now. The pattern is still the same. The station occupies the frequency by continuously sending the addressees call until it has messages to send.

See also Newsletter 57.

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