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

(Date: April 2009)

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European beacons "D", "P", "C" and "A" have been reported throughout April on the usual frequencies. "S" was not heard. Instead a new beacon popped up on 10871.85 sending "MM" at first and later "M". I'm not sure if this is another Russian beacon or, if it is Russian it isn't necessarily a new one. It might be an defective beacon. If it is Russian it might be a replacement for "S". It would however be illogical that they would use another "M" because we they already have one from Magadan.

Reports from the USA indicate that the new "M" is probably not located in Eastern Europe. While "C", "D" and "P" were audible around 0430 UTC in the USA but the new "M" could not be heard. Looking at the logs from various locations around the globe, a transmitter site at the east side of Russia would be a possibility. If that is the case, then it is probably the Magadan beacon that has been drifting and possibly is/was defective. In any case the station was much louder here in The Netherlands than Magadan ever was. Let's see if it will be there in May as well and if it stays on this frequency.

None of the Asian stations have been reported, unless "M" perhaps.

Channel markers

See also Newsletter 140.

M21

Id "0" : 4391, 5873 kHz
Id "4" : 6321 kHz
Id "9" : 6321.5, 7994 kHz

Sample messages:

See also Newsletter 140.

M41

See also Newsletter 146.

M23

After a quite a while M23 popped up again and Jean-Paul was the first one who reported the station. Jean-Paul uses remote tuners to catch the station. This time he used receivers in Sweden , Italy and Australia . As you can see the skeds seem to be fixed as is the frequency. Thanks for the logs JP!!

Frequency : 7542 kHz
Mode : Morse
It uses call 777 at 1430 UTC
  010 at 1500 UTC
020 at 1530 UTC
030 at 1600 UTC
040 at 1630 UTC
050 at 1700 UTC
060 at 1730 UTC
See also Newsletter 144.

M89

V QPZM QPZM QPZM DE WOXN WOXN

on

4523

V DKG6 DKG6 DKG6 DE 3A7D 3A7D

on

7596.6, 7604

See also Newsletter 140.

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