Hundred thirty-eighth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: March 2009)

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Mode: CW

5715 kHz 01-3 1300 id : 1017
5715 kHz 01-3 1500 id : 521
5115 kHz 06-3 1400 id : 3539
5115 kHz 07-3 1300 id : 2010
5115 kHz 07-3 1430 id : 303
5115 kHz 10-3 1330 id : 815
5715 kHz 12-3 1400 id : 1014
5715 kHz 15-3 1500 id : 958
5715 kHz 20-3 1500 id : 521
5115 kHz 21-3 1400 id : 3539
5715 kHz 21-3 1500 id : 521
5715 kHz 22-3 1400 id : 1014
5115 kHz 23-3 1330 id : 815
5715 kHz 23-3 1400 id : 1014
5115 kHz 23-3 1430 id : 303
5715 kHz 24-3 1300 id : 1017
5715 kHz 25-3 1200 id : 615
4500 kHz 26-3 1400 id : 935
5115 kHz 27-3 1300 id : 2010
4500 kHz 27-3 1600 id : 104
5115 kHz 28-3 1300 id : 2010
5715 kHz 28-3 1500 id : 958
5715 kHz 29-3 1500 id : 958

Samples:

Logs submitted by Tomonori and Token.

Unid 3343 kHz

Like last month Greg supplied logs of the still unid station on 3343 kHz.

Callsign : MWKJ.
Transmissions : two 10 minute periods each hour 50-00 and 20-30 min.

Unid 6523 kHz

Jim copied this unid CIS station on 6523 kHz at 1730 UTC on 17-3. Mode: Morse.
Repeating "OchKL OchKL OchKL de RKOW RKOW RKOW QSY 19298 19298 K"
(ch = ---- accented letters are rare in callsigns).

Then "QSY 19538". "BK QSA3 QSA? OK AS. QRV K. BK RPT QSY K. OK QSW 19264" and gone. Nothing happening on the 19 MHz frequencies; could be disguised references.

Unid =50= station

The unid =50= station that has been reported quite often before was active again on 5845 kHz at 0520 UTC on 11-3. Mode: RTTY-ITA2/50/500. Traffic: 5FGs (x215) separated with "=50=", ends with "- 0524 K CFM NIL K SK".

Unid 6998.5 kHz

On the frequency of the notorious Italian pirate, 6998.5 kHz, ALF heard morse transmission of an unid Russian(?) station. Any additional info is most welcome.
logged on 03-3, 1115 UTC and 14-3, 1155 UTC.

Trond also copied traffic on 6998.5 kHz on 6 March. Trond writes:

"First heard last night with what sounded like ID HWA7, with call to YC37 using this callup: "YC37 YC37 YC37 DE HWA7". The HWA7 is a bit uncertain though as AGC was off and some static crashes blanked out the signal.

A second very weak station spaced approximately 50Hz off, was obviously trying to respond but no joy. Later at 1946 UTC the morse operator reduced the speed, and spaced every letter approximately 2 seconds and made this call: "Y Y C 3 7 DE". The sender was unfortunately totally unreadable in the QRN. Again a second station pops up but most of the transmission drowns in noise as heard from this end. At 1950 UTC some pro-signs; "qrd qrd iÿiÿ" followed a bit later by "qso qso at qit". Then this string followed: "= = = YYC37 KTC3 DE HWJH". Several minutes later a long string of "zczczczczczczczc" and nothing more heard. Even though the speed of the operator not was stable, as well as some more disturbing static crashes, I am almost 100% certain that the ID of the sender this time was given as HWJH. The ITU monitoring station at Rambouillet in France has in one of the monitoring newsletters given the bearing to a unid station on 6998.5 as 152 deg. If that is the same station as this one, then the location is not in Russia or eastern Europe, but indicates Northen Africa or UK . Guess that is not correct though.

The pro-sign QRD made me think if the broadcasts are aero related, as some other monitors of these broadcasts has suggested. (QRD; "where are you bound and where are you from ? " / I am bond from .... from ....)The iÿiÿ could then be a origin or destination code?? I would be very interested to hear from others who has monitored this station lately !"

Unid 2011 kHz

Who has more info or can id this station?

CJM7 : "mdmchw öppil bjdbq ylxqz öxgvt bdhme güfuu peptä 344 rpt all vvv vvv gshq gshq de cjm7 cjm7 cjm7 qsa ? qxs + "

Callsign change, same station:

8EMQ : "blj4 blj4 de 8emq 8empq thb wzkg qyt 1 + blj4 blj4 de 8emq 8emq znj zfw zth zbw qyt 1 +" "wrwh de 8emq k (3x) 8emq zoz zkl qyt3 k"

First callsign again:

CJM7 : "klts klts klts de cjm7 cjm7 qsa ? k"

(Logged by Wolfgang)

Pirate beacons

4097.4 kHz : KX KX KX KX TMPOUT 55 TMPIN 65
4079.7 kHz : TMP74 temperature beacon, Death Valley
4078.2 kHz : W
4077.4 kHz : MO

Driftnet beacons

4191 kHz Japanese fishing net beacons:

Satellites logs

The Gonets-D1 and Strela-3 satellites transmit an id bleep at x-seconds after each minute. The data bursts are in GMSK mode. All Strela-3 satellites also infrequently transmit on a second frequency between 261.0345 and 261.0375 MHz. They transmit GMSK bursts and/or 6 bleeps.

Gonets D1 satellites.

MHz Satellite id bleep  
263.0875 Gonets D1-1 09s  
265.0625 Gonets D1-2 09s  
265.1375 Gonets D1-3 50s  
264.7500 Gonets D1-4 05s  
262.4000 Gonets D1-5 29s  
262.9125 Gonets D1-6 46s  
262.9125 Gonets D1-7 51s  
262.9100 Cosmos 2386 59s (NORAD erroneously lists this one as Gonets D1-8)
262.9125 Gonets D1-9 53s  

Strela-3 satellites.

MHz Satellite id bleep  
244.5125 Cosmos 2353 50s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2385 08s  
244.5125 Gonets D1-8 55s (NORAD erroneously lists this one as Cosmos 2386)
244.5125 Cosmos 2390 12s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2391 50s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2400 34s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2401 01s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2408 17s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2409 41s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2437 52s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2438 05s  
244.5125 Cosmos 2439 37s  
261.0375

All above mentioned Cosmos satellites with id bleeps and/or bursts.
The satellites most probably act upon an uplink signal on this frequency.

Parus satellites.

MHz Satellite Mode
149.970 Cosmos 2414 RTTY
150.030 Cosmos 2429 RTTY
149.970 Cosmos 2407 RTTY

Years ago the Russian Parus system consisted of dozens of active satellites.

Now only 3 of them are still alive.

Other satellites logged in March.

MHz Satellite Mode  
137.5000 NOAA 15 APT  
137.6200 NOAA 17 APT  
137.1000 NOAA 18 APT  
137.9125 NOAA 19 APT  
145.8000 ISS NFM. Repeater with many radio amateurs
149.9850 OSCAR-25 Data  
150.0120 DMSP F-15 CW Doppler beacon
180.0120 CBERS2 CW Doppler beacon
180.0120 Fengyun 1D CW Doppler beacon

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