Sixtieth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 19:38:55 +0200)

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M10

Last month someone asked for current freqs an times of M10. I compiled a list for those who are interested. So, there is no reason for not sending us your M10 logs now :-)

Freq call //freq day UTC
4485 555   Sun 0210
5027 555   Sun 0210
6758 555   Sun 0210
4485 555   Sun 0410
5027 555   Sun 0410
6763 444   Sun 0410
6763 555   Sun 0410
6763 666   Sun 0410
6763 777   Sun 0410
4030 555 //6763 Sun 1630
6763 555 //4030 Sun 1630
4958 555 //7605 Sun 1720
7605 555 //4958 Sun 1720
3631 555 //5471 Sun 1800
3631 777 //5471 Sun 1800
5471 555 //3631 Sun 1800
5471 777 //3631 Sun 1800
3810 555 //5861 Sun 1920
5861 555 //3810 Sun 1920
4007 555   Sun 2100
4485 555   Mon 0210
6758 555   Mon 0210
4485 555   Mon 0400
6763 444   Mon 0410
5301 555   Mon 0450
4030 555 //6763 Mon 1630
6763 555 //4030 Mon 1630
4958 555 //7605 Mon 1720
7605 555 //4958 Mon 1720
3810 555 //5861 Mon 1920
5861 555 //3810 Mon 1920
3522 555 //4007 Mon 2100
4007 555 //3522 Mon 2100
5301 555   Mon 2200
 
5945 555   Tue 1500
3522 555 //4007 Tue 2100
4007 555 //3522 Tue 2100 1
 
4485 555   Wed 0210
5027 555   Wed 0210
6758 555   Wed 0210
6763 555   Wed 0410
4030 555 //6763 Wed 1630
6763 555 //4030 Wed 1630
4958 555 //7605 Wed 1720
7605 555 //4958 Wed 1720
3522 555 //4007 Wed 2100
4007 555 //3522 Wed 2100
 
3522 555 //4007 Thu 2100
4007 555 //3522 Thu 2100
 
3523 555 //5027 Fri 0210
5027 555 //3523 Fri 0210
5027 746   Fri 0210
4958 555   Fri 1720
7605 555   Fri 1720
3522 555 //4007 Fri 2100
4007 555 //3522 Fri 2100
 
3523 555 1 1
//5027
Sat 0210
4485     Sat 0210
5027 555 //3523 Sat 0210
6758     Sat 0210
5027 555   Sat 0410
6763 555   Sat 0410
4958 555 //7605 Sat 1720
7605 555 //4958 Sat 1720
3522 555 //4007 Sat 2100
4007 555 //3522 Sat 2100

 

See also Newsletter 62.

M16

French station "8BY" was heard by Andy in Poland. He copied the station on 10248, 14930 and 20946 kHz with messages like these:

The complete set of 8BY's frequencies is 7668, 10248, 12075, 14931, 18415 and 20946 kHz.

See also Newsletter 67.

M21, M21 variants, M41

As usual M21 keeps changing its frequencies. During March the following frequencies were used:

M21

3314//4391 id 0 daily from 1-3 until ...
5131 id 0 daily from 5-3 until 10-3
5260,5 id 0 few msg from 4-3 until ...
5873 id ? QRM BC from 1-3 until 2-3
6321,5 id 9 morning from 5-3 until ...
7994 id 9 mornings from 1-3 until ...
4771,5 id 9 few msg from 25-3 until ...
3314//4391   daily from 1-4 until 30-4
5260,5   daily from 1-4 until 30-4
6321,5   sporadically from 1-4 until 30-4
7994   sporadically from 1-4 until 30-4

M21 variants

4959//3301 UCF6 sporadically from 1-3 until ...
5765   sporadically from 5-3 until ...
4418   daily from 1-3 until ...
5340     from 12-3 until 12-3
5738     from 5-3 until 5-3
5733,5 WZD   from 24-3 until ...
3182,5 F6UC sporadically from 3-4 until 30-4
5733,5 WZD sporadically from 6-4 until 30-4
4133 F2KN sporadically from 9-4 until 30-4
5765   sporadically from 1-4 until 10-4

 

The stations do not use time stamps like M21 does. The time indicator consists of minutes only. M41 (WZD) is apparently still alive.

Examples

4418 08-03-2003 1620 UTC xxx paba 17821 poseredryj 9524
5765 08-03-2003 1625 UTC xxx paba 17821 poseredryj 9524
5349 08-03-2003 1630 UTC xxx paba 17821 poseredryj 9524
5765 18-03-2003 1525 UTC xxx kwow don 789 k
  18-03-2003 1619 UTC xxx kwow tir 703 k
5733,5 24-03-2003 1628 UTC 8705268682820
      8706268487820
      8701268686420
      8702368684222
      8703268284222

Observations

3314//4391 kHz 15-04-2003 1851 UTC transmissions are // but apparently with independent keyers.
4391 kHz 25-04-2003 1928 UTC keyer defective again.

 

<logged by Fritz Nusser>

See also Newsletter 61 for more about M41 and Newsletter 62 for more about M21.

M29

Recently Igor asked for a sample of a complete message of VDE, which was posted by Laurent. So, for those of you who haven't logged this station yet, this is what it looks like:

VVV VVV DE VDE VDE VDE
VVV VVV DE VDE VDE VDE
VVV VVV DE VDE VDE VDE +
VVV VVV DE VDE VDE VDE = =
65 65 31 31 13 13 2200 2200 = =
66842 66842 85086 85086 11616 11616 20226 20226 85180 85180
50438 50438 36883 36883 77554 77554 44814 44814 30844 30844
83523 83523 52200 52200 00060 00060 74081 74081 34728 34728
81032 81032 78685 78685 52617 52617 47364 47364 00032 00032
72683 72683 28385 28385 14675 14675 60274 60274 23758 23758
88537 88537 51602 51602 30810 30810 53538 53538 32055 32055
58372 58372 +

One of my first 8BY encounters was 17 years ago. A sample can be found on the N&O website. I found it on 17 Feb 1986 at 2215 UTC on 4014 kHz. My equipment in those days consisted of a FRG7700 receiver linked to a Commodore 64 with a SWL/Airdisk card as decoder. My first digital experience :-)

M51

We hardly see logs of M51 these days. Jim copied it on 3847 kHz at 1909 UTC on 1 April, so it is still active.
"NR43A 01 21:08:37 2003 = EUXPP EWZNR..."

See also Newsletter 63.

MX

On 6 April, ships from Russia's Pacific Fleet departed from Vladivostok for an exercise with the Indian navy in the Indian Ocean. The exercise will start in May. The Russian ships are the anti-submarine ships Marshal Shaposhnikov, Admiral Panteleyev and the tanker Vladimir Kolechitsky.

This coincides with an increased activity of the cluster beacons, just as it did during the last exercise. "C", "D" and "S" are active on all bands: 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 20 MHz. I haven't heard the 3 MHz cluster though. Not surprisingly, also the Far Eastern clusters were reported to be active. "F", "K" and "M" were heard on a number of frequencies.

"C" acted differently on Sunday 20 April. It sent "CK CK CK CK CK TNK TNK TNK TNK TNK" strings for 20 seconds and then resumed its "C" routine. This pattern was sent throughout the day. On Monday 21 April, I found "C" with "CK" and "CTN" strings. I received a log from Jim who heard "C" on an unusual frequency: 9116 at 2057 UTC on 14 April.

Franta reports activity from "P" in Kaliningrad on 3837 kHz at 0500 UTC and at 0700 UTC QRV on 4828 kHz with RTTY and CW traffic. Jim found the station on 3699.5 kHz at 2239 UTC.

"V" in Khiva was weak but readable on its usual frequency 3658 kHz. The chirpy St. Petersburg marker "L" can be heard on 3336.2 kHz and "R" from Izhevsk is on 5465.9 kHz.

See also Newsletter 61.

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