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

(Date:Thu, 04 Aug 2005 23:16:43 +0200)

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Morse stations

M13

Mark Slaten writes on 2 July:

"I just found an M13 on 5917m at 0300z:

//Sked Begins                  //0300z

378 (R5) BT 285 21 BT
50029 00379 11387 08281 55884
21801 19910 50682 16768 13354
63348 28081 35383 44075 29153
51504 57941 45114 20986 62994
49008 BT
                       //0310z
378 (R1) BT 285 21 BT
50029 00379 11387 08281 55884
21801 19910 50682 16768 13354
63348 28081 35383 44075 29153
51504 57941 45114 20986 62994
49008 BT
0 0 0
                          //0316z

//End of Sked

Note:
Voice QRM was heavy on this freq, but was just able to skirt around the edge by narrowing the bandwidth to get a good readable signal.
"

Mark also found M13d at 0230z-0246z on 6715 kHz:

//Sked Begins                  //0230z

767 (R5)BT 206 21 BT
21823 45481 09775 45140 12523
21176 60687 19453 54606 14529
04072 62416 60627 10189 26000
01681 17936 36412 10128 17298
58531 BT
                       //0241z
767 (R1)BT 206 21 BT
21823 45481 09775 45140 12523
21176 60687 19453 54606 14529
04072 62416 60627 10189 26000
01681 17936 36412 10128 17298
58531 BT
0 0 0
                          //0246z

//End of Sked

Note:
QRN very heavy, QRM (Voice and TTY was minimal). M13d signal fairly strong. Did not hear last night at same time and freq.

See also Newsletter 100.

M18

M18 now uses 4503 kHz. It sent the time as UTC+5 on 13-7 at 1906 UTC: 
"0006 0006 0006 0007 0007 etc."

See also Newsletter 98.

M21

PVO used 3246.5, 4595, 5221.5, 5873, 7095, 9222 and 10858 kHz in June and July. Id "0" was used on all frequencies.

=99t4t3??t?????
=99t4t4??t?????
=99t4t5??t?????

M21 variant: 5476 kHz with strings like "126126126 2275822758".

See also Newsletter 98.

M22

Israeli Navy in Haifa was heard on 11096 kHz in June by Paolo who also supplied a message from this station. I also copied the station on 4331, 6379 and 8437 in July while Fritz intercepted 4XZ in June on 2800, 4241, 5159, 8103, 10046, 12984 kHz until 6-6. Then from 6-6 to 2-7 on 2800, 4241, 5159, 8103 kHz and from 2-27 July on 2680, 4331, 6379 kHz. From 13 to 16 July the station also transmitted on 5147 kHz.

Fritz further comments:

"There were no txm on 12-7. 2800 was in use since 1994, 4241 since 1987, 5159 since 2001, 8103 since 2000, 10046 since 1994 and 12984 since 1996."

VVV DE 4XZ 4XZ = =
VVV DE 4XZ 4XZ = = VVV DE 4XZ 4XZ = = CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR Z1 ==
HA6I NR 121 MI GR 11 == CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR 71 == HA6I NR 121 MI
GR 11 == CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR 71 == HA6I NR 121 MI GR 11 == CQ7Z
NR 221 ZZ GR 71 == HA6I NR 121 MI GR 11 == CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR
71 == HA6I NR 121 MI GR 11 == CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR 71 == HA6I NR
1 J1 MI GR 11 == CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR 71 == HA6I NR 121 MI GR 11
== CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR 71 == HA6I NR 121 MI GR 11 == CQ7Z NR 221
ZZ GR 71 == HA6I NR 121 MI GR 11 == CQ7Z NR 221 ZZ GR 71 == HA6I
NR 121 MI GR 11 =VVV DE 4XZ HXZ = = AR AR NW QTC 1 NR 221 = =
NR 221 ZZ V HA9S 522201 CQ7Z GR 71 == CZCZC YTCXT MUITN AOWQY
YTYMZ ZLHCM ZSJIC IFFMM YYIPL NAHHI NHSTQ RPFKD CCHAS OUNWZ ICYRJ
HNYFR YTCXT == NR 221 ZZ V HA9S 522201 CQ7Z GR 71 == CZCZC YTCXT
MUITN AOWQY YTYMZ ZLHCM ZSJIC IFFMM YYIREL NAHHI NHSTQ RPFKD
CCHAS OUNWZ ICYRJ HNYFR YTCXT == NR 221 ZZ V HA9S 522201 CQ7Z
GR 71 == AR AR VVV DE 4XZ 4XZ = = VVV DE 4XZ 4XZ = = AR AR NW
QTC 1 NR 121 = = NR 121 MI V LK8G 012201 HA6I GR 11 == HIHIH
UCPFE IUAPM SBKGA OKJET LTOHI ERZZQ GNQIR HCGPM LJZEN UCPFE ==
NR 121 MI V LK8G 012201 HA6I GR 11 == HIHIH UCPFE IUAPM SBKGA
OKJET LTOHI ERZZQ GNQIR HCGPM LJZEN UCPFE == NR 121 MI V LK8G
012201 HA6I GR 11 == AR AR

See also Newsletter 98.

Former M31

I usually do not mention these stations here but since I received this report from Fritz, I have included them one more time.

"Channel Markers of the French Air Force.

The format is always the same: "vvv vvv vvv de FDG FDG +". The usual mode is CW, very rarely Baudot 50 with a "ryryry" roundslip. These stations have been on the air for many years. A number of them have disappeared during the past few years. Stations like FDC (Metz), FDE14 (Contrexville) and FDY (Orleans).

From January 1st until mid July 2005 I heard 322 transmissions. The logs are accidental, as I did not search the bands for the stations.

QTH   Bordeaux     Narbonne     Nice   Tours  
QRA FDG FDI22 FDI8 FDE2
       
  txm from/to Txm from/to txm from/to txm UTC
MON 23 0720/2030 13 0950/1910 19 0810/1945 0  
TUE 25 0737/2120 11 0800/1920 19 1210/1950 0
WED 21 0725/2010 10 0950/1958 26 0629/1958 0
THU 17 0648/1950 14 0845/2020 9 0930/1945 0
FRI 18 0915/2140 11 0835/1915 13 0810/1940 0
SAT 17 0645/2000 8 1235/1815 7 1030/1940 1 1430
SUN 19 0628/2010 10 1500/1936 10 0638/1935 1 1445

txm = number of transmissions copied.

Total transmissions of FDG : 140
Total transmissions of FDI22 : 77
Total transmissions of FDI8 : 103
Total transmissions of FDE2 : 2

Highest QRG   FDG : 13945. FDI22 : 10991.5. FDI8 : 7787. FDE2 : 7002 kHz
Lowest QRG   FDG : 2816. FDI22 : 4753. FDI8 : 4450. FDE2 : 7002 kHz
QRGs used : 32     11     22     1    

Most used : FDG : 5351, 7949 (14x). FDI22 : 7739 (16x). FDI8 : 4558.5 (15x)

Common QRGs : 7 (FDI8) 1 (FDG) 7 (FDG) 1 (FDI22)

The operation times of course do correspond to a great degree with my  observation times. FDI22 might well operate at SAT and SUN mornings too.  The number of transmissions is reasonably spread over the European day.  From time to time there are periods of several days without any traffic,  the last gap was from July 21st until July 25th. I did not find increased  traffic during (officially announced) exercises of French Forces. Apart  from the round slips I never heard any anomality or even messages.

All stations change their frequencies around h+25 and h+55. There are  exceptions. The same frequency may be used daily for a week at the same  time or several times the same day or only once in 6 months. The times of operation however are not random, apart from some exceptions a  certain frequency only show up in certain time slots.

All stations often operate on a parallel frequency, they are not in  phase. Several stations may operate at the same times. The round slips  always start with a garbled character, which however is different for  each station."

Thanks for your report, Fritz.

See also Newsletter 104.

M51

M51 restarted its transmissions on Monday, 4th July. It used the same frequencies until the end of the month: 9363, 5190, 7994, 6980, 5838 and  5127 kHz.

The format is: nr 15 j 19 11:38:00 1983 = 5LG x100 (NO mistake, it uses 1983!)

(Source: Fritz)

See also Newsletter 98.

M87

Igor supplied a nice M87 message that he has copied on 11249 kHz at 0630 UTC on 24 June. Thanks Igor, you are still our single reporter of this station!

945 945 945 945 945 945 945 333
945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 333
945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 333
945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 333
945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 333
= = 36 36 50 50 = =
73a4t 3a4tn a7354 6a4ud 3nt7a 6d735 4td7u 3nt65 75d4u 5a7nd
a6ud4 nt6a7 u3nt6 dn657 ud4a5 t6a7u 6u73d u4t5a 6d34t n5ud6
3a4td a7354 354t7 d6n5u 4u5a7 d5unt 4nt67 a6u74 5anud t6ud3
7d364 6u73d ud3n5 n4t53 7ad36 d46ta 5un3n a74d6 5da4u t73an
ad5n6 d6n54 u53nn 576un ua3nt 3dn64 7u63n a76d4 d5na3 73a4t
= =
= = 37 37 50 50 = =
t6a7u 6u73d u4t5a 6d34t n5ud6 73a4t 3a4tn a7354 6a4ud 3nt7a
6d735 4td7u 3nt65 75d4u 5a7nd a6ud4 nt6a7 u3nt6 dn657 ud4a5
ad5n6 d6n54 u53nt 576un ua3nt 3nt64 7u53n a76d4 d5na3 73a4t
3a4tn a7354 354t7 d6n5u 4u5u7 d5unt 4nt67 a6u74 5anud t6ut3
7d364 6u73d ud3n5 n4t63 7ad36 d46ta 5ud3n a74d6 5da4u t73at
= =
333 333
= = 36 36 50 50 = =
73a4t 3a4tn a7354 6a4ud 3nt7a 6d735 4td7u 3nt65 75d4u 5a7nd
a6ud4 nt6a7 u3nt6 dn657 ud4a5 t6a7u 6u73d u4t5a 6d34t n5ud6
3a4td a7354 354t7 d6n5u 4u5a7 d5unt 4nt67 a6u74 5anud t6ud3
7d364 6u73d ud3n5 n4t53 7ad36 d46ta 5un3n a74d6 5da4u t73an
ad5n6 d6n54 u53nn 576un ua3nt 3dn64 7u63n a76d4 d5na3 73a4t
= =
= = 37 37 50 50 = =
t6a7u 6u73d u4t5a 6d34t n5ud6 73a4t 3a4tn a7354 6a4ud 3nt7a
6d735 4td7u 3nt65 75d4u 5a7nd a6ud4 nt6a7 u3nt6 dn657 ud4a5
ad5n6 d6n54 u53nt 576un ua3nt 3nt64 7u53n a76d4 d5na3 73a4t
3a4tn a7354 354t7 d6n5u 4u5u7 d5unt 4nt67 a6u74 5anud t6ut3
7d364 6u73d ud3n5 n4t63 7ad36 d46ta 5ud3n a74d6 5da4u t73at
= =
000 ttt

Other M87 logs from Igor:

8554 kHz : 0100 UTC 21-6 M87 variant
  zxs zxs zxs de rdq rdq rdq qruu va
9553 kHz : 0900 UTC 21-6 345 345 345 333 333 (rptd) = =
070 070 23 23 = = 5fg (cut) 000 000 ttt
9821 kHz : 0130 UTC 21-6 249 249 249 249 000
12150 kHz : 1300 UTC 21-6 698 698 698 698 698 000
16419 kHz : 0330 UTC 21-6 154 154 154 154 000
See also Newsletter 103.

M89

The Chinese military network was not often reported in July. As usual L9CC was the most active one.

M89 variant:

See also Newsletter 98.

MX

Channel markers

A "K" beacon was heard by Bill in New Jersey on a strange frequency (4476 kHz). I don't know how good the signal was, Bill, but this frequency is being used by Kaliningrad for morse messages and channel marker "P".

Cluster beacons

An odd one was reported by Tomonori. He copied "77 mtt" on 10872, 16332 and 20048 kHz on 29-6. A defect or ......?

Fritz reports a strange string sent on 3 July by Kaliningrad on 4557.8 for quite a while. The signal was loud and clear. It sent the following  string which is not a Russian word according to Igor: LCHGCHDW LCHGCHDW ... etc (CH = ----)

See also Newsletter 98.

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