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

(Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2003 22:46:44 +0100)

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E03 - Lincolnshire poacher

IDs in the first half of January

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 60651 60651 60651 60651 60651 60651 60651 1200
1300 04139 04139 04139 04139 04139 04139 04139 1300
1400 59057 08533 50361 27743 60651 87189 75426 1400
1500 75426 59057 08533 50361 27743 60651 12213 1500
1600 12213 75426 59057 08533 50361 27743 87189 1600
1700 87189 12213 75426 59057 08533 50361 60651 1700
1800 60651 87189 12213 75426 59057 08533 27743 1800
1900 27743 04139 87189 04139 75426 59057 04139 1900
2000 04139 60651 04139 12213 04139 75426 50361 2000
2100 50361 27743 60651 87189 12213 04139 08533 2100
2200 08533 50361 27743 60651 87189 12213 59057 2200

 

IDs in the second half of January

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 61477 61477 61477 61477 61477 61477 61477 1200
1300 48975 48975 48975 48975 48975 48975 48975 1300
1400 41770 27148 02372 80074 61477 05273 72581 1400
1500 72581 41770 27148 02372 80074 61477 40343 1500
1600 40343 72581 41770 27148 02372 80074 05273 1600
1700 05273 40343 72581 41770 27148 02372 61477 1700
1800 61477 05273 40343 72581 41770 27148 80074 1800
1900 80074 48975 05273 48975 72581 41770 48975 1900
2000 48975 61477 48975 40343 48975 72581 02372 2000
2100 02372 80074 61477 05273 40343 48975 27148 2100
2200 27148 02372 80074 61477 05273 40343 41770 2200

 

See also Newsletter 59.

E04 - Cherry Ripe

I mentioned a new time slot for E04 last month. Further investigation reveals that there must have been a weird mix-up at the station. The tune of Cherry Ripe was played on one of its frequencies (18864 kHz) AND on a LP frequency (20707 kHz), but the actual id and message belonged to LP. After the two times it was noted, I haven't seen other reports, nor have new 1400 UTC transmissions been heard from CR.

So, this means that the schedule from a couple of months ago is still valid.

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 59.

E05

After a lively September, E05's activity dropped to a minimum. A few skeds are apparently still alive: on Tuesday at 2100 UTC on 6970//8110 kHz and Saturday at 1400 UTC on 18617//19622 kHz.

Leif writes that the Frankfurt E05 transmitter was up on 18 January between ca. 0700 and 0800 UTC on the following channels (all USB): 6970, 8110, 9090, 11072 and 11526 kHz. "There was however no "voice" transmission, only an unmodulated tone at around 1050 Hz. All channels went silent at roughly 0810 UTC.", he says.

See also Newsletter 65.

E10

E10 is on 3230 and 3270 kHz again. I heard EZI on 3230 till 10-1 and after that VLB occupied that frequency. 3270 kHz is being used by CIO.

A frequency that hasn't been used for a while is 13921 kHz. It was used by MIW till July 1999, followed by VLB till July 2000 and CIO till September 2001, and now back to MIW again.

MIW and SYN changed frequencies on 3 January. MIW is now on 6912 kHz and SYN on 7605 kHz.

Strings in January:

5230 kHz 14 Jan 2056 UTC VLB 12  
4360 kHz 14 Jan 2117 UTC KPA QNG7  
7811 kHz 15 Jan 2120 UTC CIO 10Z2  
5230 kHz 16 Jan 2145 UTC VLB 16  
6575 kHz 28 Jan 1615 UTC HNC J  
7605 kHz 30 Jan 1510 UTC CIO 18Z2  
7605 kHz 30 Jan 2210 UTC CIO 2Z92 (//3270//4165 kHz)
13921 kHz 01 Feb 1545 UTC MIW 52 (//8127 kHz)

 

I would appreciate it if everyone would send me their odd logs. I often hear that others have heard string messages on times when I cannot listen but they do not share them with the rest of us and that is a pity. Please, be so kind to send the logs to WUN/N&O or Spooks and let me know if you wish to remain anonymous. Thanks to JMM and Manolis for the logs.

See also Newsletter 58.

E15

Still not often reported, but apparently active: 6715 kHz on 2 Jan. at 1643 UTC "Nancy Adam Susan".

See also Newsletter 72.

S10d

Transcript of 1 February, 1520-1529 UTC, 8175 kHz, jotted down by Selco.

555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
555 555 555 912 912 912 18
912 912 912
59 59
18 18
pozor pozor
65690 65690 91319 91319 57098 57098 76903 76903 40252 40252
40689 40689 67233 67233 71557 71557 28544 28544 29207 29207
19335 19335 92078 92078 79143 79143 23929 23929 65112 65112
70484 70484 08124 08124 36622 36622
pozor pozor
59 59
18 18
konec konec
See also Newsletter 63.

S10e

Iso reports an unusual transmission on 13 Jan. at 1300 UTC on 10642 kHz.

111 60693 21 39975 18 76795 19 57597 18 (repeated for 5 minutes)
60693 60693 73 73 21 21 POZOR POZOR
770141000000000000000000000100000005000200010005000000000
002
000500040000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
000
then shut down

S28

Jan Michalski has heard a lot of activity of the buzzer on 4625 kHz.

First of all new and clearer recordings show that the callsign is actually UZB76 instead of UVB76.

On 16 January the station started to use a new sound oscillator :
buzz - 1.25 sec., pause - 1.45 sec., higher pitch and on 21 January it transmitted a digital data stream. Possibly from a Russian 12-tone MS5 modem.

This month's voice messages:

15 January 0555 UTC 79992 Bongu 9923 7768 Bronshchik 7117 5770
15 January 1230 UTC 03517 Kamasit 8668 8886
16 January 1400 UTC 90824 Krolist 5326 6256
16 January 1456 UTC 73858 Podshefnyj 8691 0374
17 January 0600 UTC 93310 Biladit 8081 8449
17 January 1102 UTC 98042 Vyalenije 3620 0983
21 January 0652 UTC 80516 Ganomatit 2123 8625
24 January 1425 UTC 07526 Razdvizhnoj 1847 2796
30 January 0504 UTC 01851 Azotin 1889 2402
30 January 1457 UTC 57084 Initsial 7616 5679

 

The format of the messages is the same as the the flash messages that RDL and others transmit from time to time, with the exception of the "XXX XXX" part. All messages were read live by a man in Russian.

See also Newsletter 59.

V09

Until ca.12 January "Guangzhou calling" used a sked at ca. 2110 and ca. 2143 UTC on 6798 kHz. She was heard with a surprisingly good signal here in Holland.

Other sked as heard by Igor:

UTC Date Frequencies
1500 3 19   10750
1500 5 25   6885
1530 11 15 27 6885//10750
1600 25     12012
1600 3 19   6885//10750
1630 3 19 27 12012
1630 5 15 25 7750//10750
1700 5     6265
1700 11     7750
1700 15 19 25 12012

 

See also Newsletter 60.

V22

Igor also sent the "Beijing calling" schedules. They are always in "QRU" format, he says.

Weekdays: 1300, 1330, 1400, 1430, 1500 UTC on 8375 kHz. Sometimes other transmissions are aired on 8375 kHz at 1600, 1630, 1700 UTC.

Dates UTC Frequencies
5 20     0000 16520
5 15 20   0030 16520
2nd FRI 1600 10200
24       1630 10200
11 26     2030 4760//6375
1st and 3rd Sat 0930 15640
14       1730 6465//8375
2 3 16 21 1630 6465//8375
10 15     0900 18020
1 16     0100 16835
22       1800 8375//10500
23       0630 17310

 

In addition to these schedules, Leif, Igor and Maciej copied other V22 transmissions:

7632 kHz 7 Jan 2130 UTC
7000 kHz 7 Jan 2155 UTC
8136 kHz 8 Jan 1500 UTC

 

See also Newsletter 60.

V25

Schedules as heard by Igor. They are rarely heard these days.

UTC Dates Frequencies Callsigns
1300 09 24 8195 516 clg 384
1300 20   9260 064 clg 315
1330 09   8870 516 clg 384
1430 12 22 9240 323 clg 634
1500 24   10017 323 clg 634
1700 18   15958 316 clg 728

 

See also Newsletter 60.

Other Chinese numbers

Another one was up on 21058 kHz, 8 Jan., 0700 UTC. It belongs to the same family as V09, V22 and V25 but it sounds different.


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