Sixty-first edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 12:30:04 +0200)

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E03 and E04

On request the schedules of the Lincolnshire Poacher and Cherry Ripe.

Lincolnshire Poacher (E03)

Day UTC Frequencies Day UTC Frequencies
Sun 12 16084 15682 14487 Mon 12 16084 15682 14487
  13 16084 15682 14487   13 16084 15682 14487
  14 15682 14487 11545   14 14487 12603 10426
  15 13375 12603 11545   15 15682 13375 11545
  16 11545 10426 8464   16 13375 12603 11545
  17 13375 12603 11545   17 11545 8464 6959
  18 12603 9251 7337   18 12603 9251 7337
  19 11545 9251 6959   19 12603 9251 7337
  20 12603 10426 8464   20 11545 9251 6959
  21 9251 6959 5746   21 11545 9251 7887
  22 8464 6485 5422   22 11545 10426 6959
                   
Tue 12 16084 15682 14487 Wed 12 16084 15682 14487
  13 16084 15682 14487   13 16084 15682 14487
  14 16314 14487 12603   14 20707 19452 18233
  15 10426 8464 7755   15 16084 14487 11545
  16 15682 13375 11545   16 10426 7755 6485
  17 13375 12603 11545   17 16475 14487 12603
  18 9251 6959 5746   18 11545 9251 6959
  19 11545 9251 6959   19 8464 6485 5746
  20 12603 9251 7337   20 11545 9251 6959
  21 12603 9251 7337   21 12603 9251 7337
  22 12603 10426 8464   22 12603 9251 7337
                   
Thu 12 16084 15682 14487 Fri 12 16084 15682 14487
  13 16084 15682 14487   13 16084 15682 14487
  14 16084 15682 14487   14 16084 15682 14487
  15 19452 17417 16084   15 13375 12603 11545
  16 14487 12603 8464   16 16084 14487 12603
  17 8464 6485 5422   17 16084 13375 11545
  18 16475 14487 12603   18 8464 6485 5422
  19 11545 9251 6959   19 15682 13375 11545
  20 11545 9251 6959   20 11545 9251 6959
  21 9251 6959 5746   21 11545 9251 6959
  22 12603 9251 7337   22 9251 6959 5746
                   
Sat 12 16084 15682 14487          
  13 16084 15682 14487          
  14 14487 11545 10426          
  15 13375 12603 11545          
  16 13375 12603 11545          
  17 15682 13375 11545          
  18 16084 13375 11545          
  19 8464 6485 5422          
  20 11545 10426 6900          
  21 11545 9251 6959          
  22 11545 9251 6959          

 

Cherry Ripe:

UTC Frequencies
1000 20474 // 23461kHz
1100 18864 // 23461kHz
1200 18864 // 23461kHz
1300 18864 // 21866kHz
1400 18864 // 20707kHz
2200 18864 // 24644kHz
2300 18864 // 21866kHz
0000 18864 // 21866kHz
0100 19884 // 21866kHz

 

Al and Tomonori compiled the id's of LP and CR. Thanks guys!

Lincolnshire Poacher E03 - IDs as of May 1st, 2003

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1200 06280 06280 06280 06280 06280 06280 06280
1300 31209 31209 31209 31209 31209 31209 31209
1400 89007 00780 82054 84958 06280 17347 96678
1500 96678 89007 00780 82054 84958 06280 68414
1600 68414 96678 89007 00780 82054 84958 17347
1700 17347 68414 96678 89007 00780 82054 06280
1800 06280 17347 68414 96678 89007 00780 84958
1900 84958 31209 17347 31209 96678 89007 31209
2000 31209 06280 31209 68414 31209 96678 82054
2100 82054 84958 06280 17347 68414 31209 00780
2200 00780 82054 84958 06280 17347 68414 89007

Lincolnshire Poacher E03 - IDs as of May 15th, 2003

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1200 25837 25837 25837 25837 25837 25837 25837
1300 30202 30202 30202 30202 30202 30202 30202
1400 21858 14241 45394 30775 25837 17303 96238
1500 96238 21858 14241 45394 30775 25837 49935
1600 49935 96238 21858 14241 45394 30775 17303
1700 17303 49935 96238 21858 14241 45394 25837
1800 25837 17303 49935 96238 21858 14241 30775
1900 30775 30202 17303 30202 96238 21858 30202
2000 30202 25837 30202 49935 30202 96238 45394
2100 45394 30775 25837 17303 49935 30202 14241
2200 14241 45394 30775 25837 17303 49935 21858

Cherry Ripe E04 - IDs as of May 9th, 2003

UTC Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri UTC
0000   08069 37723 71986 49788 02440 0000
0100   37723 71986 49788 02440 87410 0100
1000   71986 49788 02440   50222 1000
1100   49788 02440 87410 50222 71986 1100
1200   02440 87410 50222 71986 08069 1200
1300   87410 50222 71986 08069 37723 1300
2200 50222 71986 08069 37723 71986   2200
2300 71986 08069 37723 71986 49788   2300

Cherry Ripe E04 - IDs as of May 16th, 2003

UTC Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri UTC
0000   08069 37723 71986 90541 90541 0000
0100   37723 71986 49788 28263 28263 0100
1000   71986 49788 02440 79516 79516 1000
1100   49788 02440 87410 20593 20593 1100
1200   02440 87410 50222 64893 64893 1200
1300   87410 50222 71986 53012 53012 1300
2200 50222 71986 08069 20593 20593   2200
2300 71986 08069 37723 19577 19577   2300

Cherry Ripe E04 - IDs as of May 23rd, 2003

UTC Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri UTC
0000   64893 53012 20593 19577 90541 0000
0100   53012 20593 19577 90541 28263 0100
1000   20593 19577 90541 28263 79516 1000
1100   19577 90541 28263 79516 20593 1100
1200   90541 28263 79516 20593 64893 1200
1300   28263 79516 20593 64893 53012 1300
2200 79516 20593 64893 53012 20593   2200
2300 20593 64893 53012 20593 19577   2300

 

See also Newsletter 62 for more about E03 and E04.

E10

Was it really an extremely quiet month, or did you guys forget to report your findings? I heard two "1" messages myself and "FDUM" was copied by Richard, but that is all.

4560 // 5820 kHz 1900 UTC 09 May YHF1
3150 // 4270 kHz 1930 UTC 26 May PCD1
  4418 kHz 2215 UTC 28 May FDUM

 

Bob Swartz and JMM attempted to figure out what the story is behind the repeat messages. How often do they occur and when? They need a lot of detailed logs for further investigation and it would be nice if you could help them out so that we can look forward to the next N&O with new results.

Bob Swartz has been browsing thru his E10 logs looking for repeat sequences and tells us what he found.

"On 27 September 2002 the following was noted:
At 0225z on 5170 kHz a message was in progress, the repeat of text identified the message as 41/IZDKQ. The message ended with the standard end of message, end of transmission and VLB began to call.
At 0230 on 4360 kHz, CIO was calling and started sending message 41/TQNPA. This was repeated and ended with the standard closing.
At 0245z, CIO was calling on 4360 kHz and VLB was calling on 5170  kHz. VLB then began to repeat its previous message. A check of 4360  kHz showed that CIO was now repeating its message.
Interesting that both messages contained the same group count. Apparently, the station were repeating the sequence on a 15 minute interval. The message being sent and repeated and then the station calling until the xx00, xx15, xx30, xx45 time comes up. I wonder if this could be recorded and tested in the future to see if it is a standard procedure."

In a later e-mail, Bob says:

"I have been doing some monitoring of the E10 family and would like to share some stuff with you all.
I would appreciate any responses, additional information on E10. Don't forget to send your logs in to the data base."

In response to Bob's report, JMM did some mumbo jumbo with the logs in the database and came up with the following:

"Now, time for some SQL wizardry with 'GROUP BY' tricks:
My DB has some 47722 logs, 16703 of them are E10 likes. It is mainly drawn from Smolinski's DB but with some extra correction (logs expressed in MHz removed when not able to correct them, typos corrected when noticed on time and asked to original submitters, logs in the future of their date of submitting due to confusion in date formats, etc...)
If I take apart logs the comments of which contains the following strings 'CIO2', 'MIW2', 'KPA2', 'SYN2', 'VLB2', there are 10838 records remaining mainly composed of regular H+00 and H+30 transmissions plus the E10As.
After having put all logs starting between H+01 and H+29 to H+00 and those starting between H+31 and H+59 to H+30, I grouped the comments and the resulting starting times
This gives 5203 distinct couples. I then do a selection retrieving record with identical comments and different starting times, and manually browse the results. Bingo!
ART 33 HRQZD 2230
ART 33 HRQZD 2330
ART 74 XIRGQ 0200
ART 74 XIRGQ 2200
ART 90 KXQRR 2030
ART 90 KXQRR 2130
ART 93 FAVWZ 0100
ART 93 FAVWZ 0200
ART 95 LGHJU 0200
ART 95 LGHJU 2200
     
EZI 149 NDKZK 0130
EZI 149 NDKZK 2130
EZI 29 JKZLO 1730
EZI 29 JKZLO 1800
EZI 69 LXNIY 2000
EZI 69 LXNIY 2200
EZI 74 OBFBC/6840 0230
EZI 74 OBFBC/6840 0330
EZI 74 OBFBC/9130 0230
EZI 74 OBFBC/9130 0330
EZI 84 JECAT 2000
EZI 84 JECAT 2200
EZI 89 JCOVQ 1400
EZI 89 JCOVQ 1530
     
JSR 64 CLXXC 2100
JSR 64 CLXXC 2130
     
ULX 64 ITDBP 0100
ULX 64 ITDBP 0130
ULX 74 NUVGG 0230
ULX 74 NUVGG 1800
ULX 91 LWWVU 0000
ULX 91 LWWVU 0230
ULX 91 YTSWF 0230
ULX 91 YTSWF 1800
     
YHF (36)SGDNM 0200
YHF (36)SGDNM 0230
YHF (45) KJKJM 0200
YHF (45) KJKJM 0230
YHF (55) RQBRG 0200
YHF (55) RQBRG 0230
YHF (76)FZZMY 0200
YHF (76)FZZMY 0230
YHF 50 NLMTI 2100
YHF 50 NLMTI 2300
YHF 58 XWWRP 2100
YHF 58 XWWRP 2300
YHF 72 VUYDS 2100
YHF 72 VUYDS 2300
YHF 73 SHTSB 2100
YHF 73 SHTSB 2300
YHF 89 YSCGB 2130
YHF 89 YSCGB 2200
YHF 9 BYVRC 0130
YHF 9 BYVRC 0230

 

So, as we can see, there are many apparent repeats. I say 'apparent' because this approach suffers some flaws.
Ok, so far so good. The existence of repeats has been verified. And we already have some leads to check.
For instance: "Are these repeats consistent over a long time, or do they appear for some time and then vanish? In the latter case, are repeats more frequents when there are string msgs?"
A more thorough analysis is needed. Maybe I will publish a fully detailed study on that topic if interest is shown."

Re Bob's questions in paragraph 3, JMM remarks: "From the top of my head, the longest ever running msg I can remember was 68 FSTYL on YHF. First log by John Maky, 2000-01-13 0230 7918 (id=18721). Last log by Gallus Galus, 2000-03-07 0230 7918 (id=21292). So it ran for at least 55 days. The previous log for YHF at this time slot with a different msg is from 1999-12-30 (id=18283), the following one dates from 2000-03-21. So, 68 FSTYL possibly ran from 1999-12-31 to 2000-03-20, i.e. for 80 days."

See also Newsletter 62 for more about E04.

G01

While doing some research about Espionage during the Cold War, I stumbled over an interesting note about the French Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage (SDECE).

The note says: "Other French clandestine radio stations run by the SDECE were sending personal coded messages to underground agents on the other side of the Iron Curtain. One such SDECE unit broadcast Tyrolian music on 6425 kHz between 1130 and 1140 AM from the Chartres region, but it ceased its activities in 1975 after an article was published in a French magazine specializing in radio matters, called Interferences"

The article concerned was published in the Autumn 1975 issue of the French magazine "Interferences". As far as I know the magazine does not exist anymore. It goes without saying that I am very interested in this article, so.... if anyone got a copy, please let me know.

I never believed the story that Radio Northsea International was involved in this "Tyrolian" station and this article supports my idea. Let's see if we can find more info.


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