ENIGMA 2000 NEWSLETTER http://reachus.at/enigma Nov 01
Articles, news reports and Items of interest: email@example.com Issue 7
Welcome all to Issue 7 of the E2k newsletter.
Thanks to all who sent congratulations of our first anniversary, and comments of support and encouragement for the future.
There has been various speculation on the "lists" as to the possible changes we might see to the Numbers Scene following the tragic events of Sept 11th in USA. To date there do not appear to have been any. The closure of a Russian base in Cuba had the expected results but we wait with interest to see if its "facilities" turn up elsewhere.
Following the end of the "Cold War" there was a drastic reduction in Number Station activity, part of the so called Peace Dividend. Yet as I sit comfortably on my Welsh hillside the world I now look out on is a far more dangerous place than it was then. Arguably it is now more dangerous than at any other time in history.
Why is this not reflected by our Number Stations ?
I announced in NL 6 that the CONTROL LIST Issue 12 would be on the Website in early Sept, I was wrong – the Gremlins struck – but Issue 13 WILL be there in early Nov.
V02c variant Added to CONTROL LIST
V25 NEW Chinese station added to CONTROL LIST
SELECTED MORSE STATIONS
Note that freqs shown "cNNNN" are approx, analogue receivers.
This is only a limited representation of the logs received, in full they would have taken up the whole issue. Welcome to our new CW contributors and thanks to all.
(M23), see issue 5 info, up to its tricks again interfering with the S & R freq.
Hand sent, short zero. Continues on regular schedule.
Report received of TX c7800kHz 08.00z 12/10 [436 22=84985]
5017kHz 20.00z 4/9 463
6261kHz 15.00z 15/9 463-40#/33=31440
5474kHz 18.00z 20/9 463 620
5017kHz 20.00z 29/9 463 333 End of month variant (thanks HFD)
Poss TX's heard on these unusual freqs
c9360kHz 07..00z 26/9
c9060kHz 07.10z 26/9 (2nd freq ?, parallel ? )
Busy as usual, slight variations in start times especially on 9330kHz as the following log excerpt shows, 11432kHz has also been starting early. Indications that some schedules may be discontinued.
All 9330kHz 30/8 31/8 5/9 06.58z
27/8 6/9 06.59z
1/9 3/9 10/9 07.00z
20/8 22/8 23/8 7/9 07.01z
28/8 29/8 07.06z
While on 5/9 it waited until 07.10z then TX'd on 9239kHz ?? , highlighted in LP's log, also noted by MS (USA). This freq is particularly strong in Asia as is 9323, 9331, 10216 and 10446kHz
Peter comments that the Friday night schedule changed for September and the Sunday morning freqs have reverted to those used earlier in the year.
This is a very good station for those monitors wanting to improve their CW skills, plenty of traffic, not too fast, good number of groups, usually good sigs, various "dependable" times. This tabulation shows the current range of freqs and those most active.
5783kHz 21.07z 11/9 in progress, 875 x 3, DK/GC 600 169 Key clicks
20.23z 31/8 "750" in progress This well established Friday schedule was MUCH stronger than the 14387kHz TX'ing at the same time. Peter comments that they either come from different sites or are being "beamed" straight at him.
Repeats at 20.40z 13537kHz and 21.00z 12062kHz
14934kHz 21.01z 10/9 295 x 3, DK/GC 2834 107 Very strong
Repeat at 21.20z 13576kHz
15953kHz 07.23z 5/8 in progress. Freq change for August.
15962kHz 20.01z 31/8 493 x 3, DK/GC 4716 305 VERY long message
Repeat at 20.20z 14387, only a minute after the above finished.
16032kHz 07.20z 15/7 505 x 3, DK/GC 948 33 good sig.
07.20z 22/7 505 505 505 000 rpt 2 mins good sig
07.20z 29/7 505 505 505 000 rpt
16136kHz 19.11z 30/7 941 x 3, DK/GC 6981 209. Possible that this schedule has been running on Mondays in July plus one other day too.
17425kHz 18.54z 30/7 in progress, ended 19.06 "000 000"
17477kHz 19.44z 31/8 in progress
17532kHz 07.40z 15/7 repeat of 16032.
18963kHz 18.36z 30/7 in progress, ended 18.46z "000 000"
Other freqs noted:- 12200, 13503,
9416kHz 08.00z 2/10 "456" BT 151 50 BT
9183kHz 21.07z 17/7 in progress, 272 for 1 min then "BT 246 20 BT, 5F gps
thought faster TX than usual, with short finishing dashes
9241kHz 20.03z 6/8 "261", BT 246 24 BT, 5F gps again thought to be faster
Still with us, voice counterpart G04 ceased. Current known schedule :-
Mon/Tue 06.00/06.30z 5470/5570kHz
Mon 08.00/08.30z 5170/5270kHz
Brian logged odd activity on the 5/6/7 Sept , only properly readable from around 18.00z, on 4003kHz. All the TX's were in progress before becoming readable. Space does not allow full transcriptions but the times Brian recorded.
5/9 in progress 18.38z ends 19.15z
6/9 in progress 17.58 ends 19.36z
7/9 in progress 18.58 ends 19.09z (from the log this one was possibly a "null mssg")
10620 & 12950kHz appear to be the active Sept freqs with one report of 14958.5kHx
C notes that "M" & particularly "F" are being heard more often in the cluster bands and Takashi in Japan has noticed the same, what's special about "F" ?
Heard by Peter on 9165kHz , 18.20z (ish), MCW, 12/6, 28/8, 5/9, 6/9, a typical pattern is:-
" di dah di dah" 1 minute sent slowly
nnn nnn nnn nn nn nn nn BTBT
BTBT nn nn nn nn 3 slow dashes
"Did di dah" 1 minute sent slowly
Further reports appreciated, the format is quite distinctive.
Heard by LP on 10319, 16.51z, 16/9.
"5MRO GBL034 ARARAR"
Commented " rapid careless characters which could form a variety of readings, depending on spacing "
Ed – This has a familiarity about it, but can't find my " bit of paper", comments welcome.
SELECTED VOICE STATIONS
In response to a minor criticism by an avid reader E2k have dropped the use of upper case 'Z' indicating the time stated is Greenwich Mean Time, GMT, [or UTC] as it is thought that some readers may mistake it for the figure 2. As such Zulu time will now be designated by a lower case 'z'.
Number monitors who would like to see tabulated frequencies of target stations could consult this web page: http://www.cvni.net/radio/skeds/output. ENIGMA 2000 cannot vouch for accuracy.
SEDA YE MOJAHED (Voice Of Mojahed)
In the last Issue I wrote that it was still unclear if this was a relation to the more famous broadcast station. I am afraid the answer is still unclear, however, further transmissions have been detected. ON WED 29/08 I was trapped in waiting for the Cable TV man and did some monitoring in the early afternoon, I found the familiar 'loop format' with Female announcer on 13430kHz. This was already in full swing at 1520z with jamming. Unlike the previous form of staying on one frequency the station was moving between 13405 and 13450kHz. I later found a similar situation in the area of 10230 kHz.
The format seems to be a mix of a brief announcement followed by about 1 minute of speech, this is sometimes interspersed with music and the whole thing starts again. Clandestine monitors have suggested that this is not a broadcast station but a 'numbers type station'. One to watch, given the present difficulties in the Middle East and surrounding countries. [Thanks 'C]'
Perhaps as a statement to low power operation, whilst tuning along the medium wave looking for something to listen to whilst I was shaving, I happened upon a transmission carrying 'Hancock's Half Hour'. Immediately I became interested, Hancock being a blast from the past. The station that I had picked up was 'Swinging Radio England' on 819kHz. I listened and even entered a competition. I won a SRE frisbee!
In the package were the technical details of the station. Whilst I had no idea where the station broadcasts from, the MW quality was excellent in S.London [S9+20dB]. There is also a SW tx on 6276kHz [S9, variable]. It appears that the station runs no more than 30W from a single 807 [remember the blue flashes as they were keyed?] into a dipole on SW, whilst the RF is fed into an inverted L with 35 radials for 819kHz.
Whilst the fact that it is a 'pirate' station and really has no place within these pages cannot be disputed, the technicality of its low power transmissions and the ranges reached does. The results claimed by SRE for SW are excellent - remember AM transmission and only 30W - USA, NI, a lot of Europe. MW claims Kent, London, Sussex. Wonder if heard in the Midlands or further North? Really illustrates the fact that megawatts of RF are not really needed to reach a distant target, given the right conditions.
[A recent email to the SWM reflector bears out that SRE can be heard in US. The content as heard by myself was actually recounted by the American who posted the email].
Out of interest E2k would be pleased to learn how far and wide SRE can actually be received on both freqs.
On 30th September it was announced over the air that SRE had been received [on its SW freq] in New Zealand. Didn't copy what island [at that distance probably of academic interest anyway] due to a rather loud clap of thunder.
Please send your voice logs to firstname.lastname@example.org Ary asks: "What is the station that sends TROJKA VODZIM, SIDJORKA, ADJINKA etc., ends with koniec. She was on 5520 at 1930z 08/10. Answers either to Ary direct: email@example.com or via e2k using the usual methods.
Onto the logs:
ENIGMA 2000 regrets details of the 'Lincolnshire Poacher' and 'Cherry Ripe' logs will not be published by e2k in the forseeable future.
The 'D' Notice Committee have issued a notice [DA-5] which states, in part:
" (a) specific covert operations, sources and methods of the Security Service, SIS
and GCHQ, and those involved with them, including the Special Forces, the
application of those methods, including the interception of communications, and
their targets; the same applies to those engaged on counter-terrorist operations;"
The entire 'D' Notices can be found at: and are Crown Copyright. We apologise for the lack of reportage on these two stations. However e2k is sure that those, whose logs, reports and analysis will not be published will understand the situation and our reasons for with-holding this information.
Peter of Saffron Walden wrote in his September log, "Several more long standing American Accent transmissions have gone, the Saturday and Monday 1800z on 9070//13444kHz, the Monday and Thursday 1900z on 10643//12197kHz - both of which vanished around the end of July and beginning of August.
Also gone is the Sunday 1200z on 15833//18036kHz, last heard on 12th August.
On the plus side a new E05 on Thursdays and Fridays at 2100z on 8080//10321kHz has appeared [as noted in ENIGMA 2000 newsletter, issue 6] as has a 2200z on 5175//6891kHz." Peter was unable to predict how long that particular transmission has been around but states that he first noticed it on Sunday 26th August. Although Peter heard it most nights he did not hear it on Mondays, 03/09, 10/09, Tuesday 11/09 or Friday 07/09. The transmissions have been noted on Saturdays and Sundays at 1000z and may be on daily at this time. Peter states, "With the morning transmissions 5175kHz is much weaker than at 2200z, but a reasonable signal nevertheless. To be able to receive such a relatively low frequency in daylight must mean that the transmitter site is not too far away and the intended recipients must be not much further away than Central Europe.
There have been changes during September, documented at the end of the frequency logs:
6891kHz 2210z 04/09 [757 count 199]
Just prior to publication we received this interesting synopsis of E05, from Peter of Saffron Walden, "Cynthia has bounced back, the recent trend towards a decline in activity has somewhat reversed in recent weeks; there is the 2200z transmission on 5175//6891kHz, first noticed in the last week of August, which seems to be on every day except Monday and Friday. I couldn't find this one on Tuesday 11/09 [the day of the Terrortist attacks in US] when I checked 5175//6891kHz at approx 2225z expecting to find the transmission in progress. It has turned up on Tuesdays since.
5175//6891kHz are also used by Cynthia at 1000z, ie late morning in the UK. I have heard this one on Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun. It was heard on Bank Holiday Monday 27/08 but I have not been near a radio on a friday to confirm whether it is on every day.
There is a new E05 on Mondays and Thursdays at 1900z on 11564//13450kHz first noticed in late September - although both frequencies are usually very weak signals it would have been easy to miss them. Perhaps they have been there for some time.
The Saturday afternoon 1400z 18617//19622kHz has appeared again; this has vanished and shown up again several times this year. It has re-emerged in September and October.
The E05-related data transmissions are still around, two distinct varieties. 'Fast FSK' and 'Pulse Data' Most noticeable of these is a 'Pulse Data' transmission, always a very strong signal on 5790//6970kHz. Both have been used by Cynthia in the not too distant past. This 'Pulse Data' appears to be on daily at 0600z and again every day except Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1800z. Note the twelve hours between transmissions, rather like the 5175//6891kHz E05.
The strongest 'Fast FSK' type data transmission was the 1600z 9205//11526kHz, both S9+ signals, noted on Saturdays in September. No doubt they were there on at least one other day of the week too.
This station is still busy as Peter notes: "the Saturday afternoon 1230z turned up as expected in September although I have not managed to find the repeat an hour later as yet. The other weekend E06 on the second and fourth Saturdays - repeated next day if a full message - was noted, just the ending - on 08/09. Both sendings at 1400z and 1500z were logged the next day. I thought this one had gone as I had not been able to find it for several months, but it certainly back in September." Thanks PoSW
Gert's log for August lists the activity for this station and the latter part of the month is shewn here:
12210kHz 2010z 20/08 [831-dk205 gc147=28601]
2010z 27/08 [831-dk796 gc 85=83660]
2010z 28/08 [ repeat of above ]
18340kHz 1230z 25/08 [824-dk531 gc 68=39451]
Gert suggests trying each Monday in September at 2010z on 10205kHz and mentions trying again on tuesday for any repeat message. [See 12210kHz for 27 and 28/08 above].
Anon of UK suggests:
E06 Saturday 1230z 18420kHz
AnonUK notes that E06 transmissions could be heard on Sat & Sun 08/09, 09/09 which confirms Peter's findings, offering this:
10270kHz 2010z 10/09
whilst 'C' offered this:
"Strange Transmission - On WED 19/09. I noted a 'rare' F Beacon stopping and starting on 6870 kHz at around 1908z. The SLB was very strong and clear. At 1915z E06 call 178 -00000 commenced on the same frequency, the two continued for several minutes until the 'F' beacon just disappeared, it was not possible to tell if these were coming from the same audio feed or two different transmitters, but the strength of each was the same.
6870kHz 1915z 19/09 [178/00000] SLB ‘F’ mixing with this transmission"
'E' sent the following log in:
5455kHz 1925z 08/08 [452 no msg]
9052kHz 2211z 24/08
12190kHz 1746z 13/06 [137x3 00000]
13410kHz 1409z 25/08 [ends 654x2 131 groups]
This was heard by Joerg Eberhardt, Germany.:
6820kHz 2200z 28/09 [361-879/116 37107]
6915kHz 2015z0 06/10 [623x3 00000]
8135kHz 2100z 28/09 [361-879/116 37101]
Gert's logs reflect the September activity for this station as:
8170kHz 2110z 25/09 [452-907/181=18391]
10205kHz 2010z 03/09 [null msg 452]
10215kHz 2010z 10/09 [null msg 452]
2010z 17/09 [null msg 452]
2010z 24/09 [452-907/181=18391]
15640kHz 1330z 01/09 [null msg 931]
18420kHz 1230z 08/09 [931-620/81=70329]
1230z 29/09 [931-425/38=94712]
whilst the October expectations predicted by Gert are:
Gert of Holland writes in with further frequency news for this station [later confirmed by AnonUK] and suggests:
Mon 0500z 9343kHz
Mon/Wed 2000z 10657kHz
Wed 0510z 6934kHz
Again Gert forwarded a splendid August log illustrating E07's habits for August and we again reproduce the latter parts below:
7739kHz 0510z 22/08 [null msg, 701]
0510z 29/08 [null msg, 701]
9343kHz 0500z 27/08 [null msg, 392]
13506kHz 2025z 15/08 [950-dk734 gc176=42967] Station 5 mins late
14911kHz 2000z 20/08 [null msg, 950]
2000z 27/08 [null msg, 950]
2000z 29/08 [950-dk5136 gc 83=98044]
whilst Gert's September log is as splendid too:
6934kHz 0510z 12/09 [null msg 913]
8103kHz 0530z 19/09 [null msg 913]
9343kHz 0500z 03/09 [null msg 392]
0500z 17/09 [null msg 392]
10292kHz 2040z 19/09 [462-397/89=70013]
10943kHz 0520z 03/09 [null msg 392]
0520z 24/09 [null msg 392]
11625kHz 2020z 10/09 [null msg 462]
13416kHz 2000z 05/09 [null msg 462]
2000z 10/09 [null msg 462]
2000z 17/09 [null msg 462]
2000z 24/09 [462-397/89=70013]
Takashi in Nagasaki, Japan observed the following:
6840kHz 2005z 15/09 [ends 000 000]
remarking on this freq also used by E10. [Thanks Takashi].
8050kHz 2100z 09/10 [posted by Ary, via spooks]
Interference To Transmissions - Some E10 transmissions are suffering from severe co-channel interference.
EZI 11565kHz - problems with a very wide and distorted broadcast signal - possibly Pakistan or India, neither put out great signals. Also some collisions with E05 on a rather odd 11564kHz on MON at 1900z. Why when they have the whole band to choose from do they have to collide ? Still under WYFR in German at 2100z.
JSR - 7540kHz in the European evening time this is now home to what appears to be a China Radio outlet, again this is a distorted transmission and resolves best in LSB. Possibly acting as a jammer against a Radio Free Asia broadcast. Again problems for JSR.
ULX - 6270 kHz - I have noted Global HF Systems Messages on this frequency, however, at present I am not certain which transmitter site is in use. Sigonella Italy is the latest station to be added to the network. EAM - Emergency Action Messages are quite frequently sent, it is odd to listen to the numbers and letters sent by GHFS mixing with the Phonetics of ULX. A poor choice of frequency by the operators - routine monitoring would have easily identified ULX as a regular if not authorised user.
Gert's E11 log reflects the above 5180kHz activity as well as the active 10050kHz activity:
10050kHz 0800z 06/09 [null msg 232]
0800z 13/09 [null msg 232]
0800z 20/09 [null msg 232]
Whilst this interesting insight to E11's little foray into 'proper messaging habits' was monitored and commented on by 'C':
"E11 - Station Sends Rare Message - certainly not renown for sending messages this station usually restricts itself to the 'Oblique' 00 format of five minutes of call and no message - e.g. 261/00.
I was surprised to find a message in full flow on SUN 19/09. at 1836z on 5624 kHz. Sending in USB (making detection all the more difficult), it sent a 32 group message. Although I missed the call I believe this may have been the 'Special Operations' call 121, which as been known to send messages."
5624kHz 1836z 16/09 [poss121/32] USB!
Nathan[US & via spooks] queried if this station was from Cuba as was a very strong signal.
5344kHz 0310z 11/10  hvy QRM from 900Hz shift FSK
As noted in Issue 6 AnonUK remarked on this stations apparent absence: " Should have been on Wednesday and Thursday. [10/07 & 11/07] I tuned from 5000kHz to13500kHz but could not hear it anywhere. E2k recently received info from AnonUK that he had observed E18 as follows:
6545kHz 2100z 12/09 [call 260 msg no 170]
AnonUK remarked "The call was 269 as it was a short message. The message number was
170, the last one logged was 165 in May. So where has it been since then? I have checked each time it was due on, listened to all its known frequencies and also tuned up and down the band."
AnonUK was not sure if E18 was on at 2200z after the 2100z transmission on 12/09. It was expected on the next day, Thursday 13/09. Remember that this station is generally heard on the 2nd Wednesday and Thursday of each month. E18 frequencies are listed as: 5155, 6545 and 8025kHz. The last reported observation of this station was on 8025kHz on 09/05 as covered in Issue 5.
Best frequency is usually 8188kHz. 4 weekly cycle starting on the first Monday of the Month.
Reported by DofKent:
8188kHz 1232z 08/10 [in progress, reasonable sigs]
1230z 11/10 [in progress, weak C London] PofLondon
After an apparent absence since the last heard transmission in May 01 [2005z 4830kHz, 2035z 4930kHz] Simon Mason released details of a contact's observation of G04, substantiated with an MP3 file.
5225kHz 0900z 01/10
Note the change of time, perhaps another offering occurs at 0930z on freq +/- 100kHz? Worth keeping an eye on.
However this transmission was not heard by DofKent on the following Monday 08/10 or since.
11430kHz 1900z 03/09 Null message 308 2000
and remarks normally heard on first Monday in month only.
Peter of Saffron Walden notes, "The German YL has been turning up on the first Monday of the month as expected, still with a four minute 'No Message', and was also noted on a Thursday with a full message much to my surprise."
6887kHz 1830z 23/08
and Gert sends in his latest log for G06:
8060 kHz 2000z 01/10 [dk275 gc 86]
Peter of Saffron Walden further remarks: "First Monday in the month G06 turned up as expected in October ands it was a full message format for the first time this year! This meant a repeat the next day. The alternate Friday evening, 1930z, G06 is back.
5440kHz 1930z 28/09 [947 Dk/Gc 326 326 48 48] same as 14/06
5442kHz ran throughout last autumn and winter months and into the spring of last year; last heard on 27/04 and not found throughout the summer months. [Any offers?].
If schedule matches last time she will turn up on alternate fridays, although on one or two occasions she fooled us by missing two Fridays in a row. Should move to 4790kHz + or - a few kHz in the depths of winter.
As when observed before, the carrier was well on before the transmissions began. In this instance at 1843z with tone, then brief recitation of numbers 1 to 9 and a 947 in German. Plain carrier until 1930z when proceedings began with call 'Neun vier seben' then dk/gc 'Dei zwo sechs' x2, 'Vier acht' x2. Strength S7 to S8, lower sideband well suppressed."
This XV family station ,Edna Sednitzer, which has the morse counterpart M13 as well as E18 and S04. G22 has once again been heard, this time by Gert of Holland, who sent in this entry:
5119kHz 2200z 20/09 Audio reported as very bad.
Gert kindly sent a recording, to e2k, which illustrated the horrible audio from which Gert managed [how?] to extricate this message:
186 [rptd 5 mins]
22019 03081 02616 30233 13462
17908 14963 02603 63709 07484
26034 87087 21234 21034 60919
31604 26336 17261 06176 36319
43242 49717 23009 40160 000
Excellent job Gert, thanks.
4917kHz 1900z 11/09 [243-542/20] short msg
6907kHz 1900z 06/10 [276x3 00000]
9842kHz 0808z 09/10*
11150kHz 1835z 22/09 [ip 469/203]
*AnonUK remarks, "Has been on the same frequency in October 1999 2000 and 2001. Not sure where it goes after that, but I have only heard it in October." Answers and comments via the usual routes please.
In issue 5 we reported that S17E has not been transmitting on 8190kHz, or at least had not been reported as being heard. On 05/09 I was alerted to the fact that 8190kHz was once again audible by D of Kent, who telephoned me with the news. Unfortunately I was unable to listen at that particular time but did so on 06/09 with the following results.
6495kHz 1250z 06/09 
8190kHz 1250z 06/09 
We suggest monitoring both freqs for activity. If the 8Mhz freq has been in use all the time it suggests that propagation has made reception difficult in GB and that GB is not the target area. The parallel 6MHz freq has likewise been poorly received over the past months too and reinforces the idea of being aimed elsewhere.
On 18/10 8190kHz was audible at S8 in South London while 6495kHz was obliterated by a very strong XJT transmission that could be heard from 6489 to 6510kHz, a massive bandwidth of 21kHz!
However on 19/10 whilst the 6945kHz signal was audible 8190kHz was also monitored by D of Kent. He reports: Shortly after the completion of the transmission on 8190kHz he heard a short tone, possibly a short zero or the letter 'T', follwed by the figure '4' in turn followed by a barred U [..--].
HFD sent these S17C logs via spooks:
6945kHz 1250z 01/09 
This log for the family XIV, Russian Lady was sent via spooks by HFD:
4454kHz 1842z 20/09  //4854
4854kHz 1842z 20/09  //4454 better sigs
1842z 02/10 [ended 0-0-0] selco confirms this freq.
3389kHz 0230z 02/10 [hum on carrier]
4017kHz 0300z 16/10
4174kHz 0320z 08/10, 0300z 09/10
4479kHz 0300z 17/10
7860kHz 1100z 14/01[962 05, 05 59]
10446kHz 0310z 17/10
11566kHz 0300z 12/10
18475kHz 2315z 12/10
From the logs of Peter of Saffron Walden we find:
8097kHz 0621z 08/09 [in prog good signal]
9153kHz 0732z 08/09 [weak]
9230kHz 0806z 02/09 [in prog good signal with deep QSB]
0809z 09/09 [hum hrd on freq at 0810z. carrier only on at 0822z]
9331kHz 0613z 27/08 [in prog good signal]
0700z 25/09 [69421 50401 --151 (xmtr all broken up)] *
0700z 26/09 [ 69422 50402 0-152]*
0700z 27/09 [xmsn breaking up]*
Note the characteristic 'hum' on the carrier, which Bunky and PoSW remark on. This hum is a particular trait of V02.
Very rare transmission in East Asian midnight..
Thanks to Takashi of Nagasaki for this excellent view of Chinese Number Stations
" Spanish Lady - The first FRI of the Month transmission at 2100z was noted on 11440kHz with call 836 - 00000."
11440kHz 2104z 05/10 [836/00000]
There is no knowledge of this station belonging to any family as such and appears to be an individual.
Listed as being previously heard on 5738, 6280 and 8036kHz it previously came to notice on 19/03 when it was heard on 7584kHz at 1600z.
From Takashi in Nagasaki, Japan
10750kHz 1500z 03/09 S9 [Sent from Guangzhou, in AM with echo]
Message read: "All listening stations in the country [x3] This is Guangzhou calling [x2]. This was repeated for approximately 5 minutes and ended with "Thanks." Takashi remarked, 'First time I have heard this station in such an echo-AM Mode.'
10500kHz 1800z 22/09 [null msg, chinese , fm vx] Note mode comments.
From Ben Mesander via Spooks:
8300kHz 1338z 09/10[YL/CC 4FGx2 in prog] // 13750
13750kHz 1338z 09/10[YL/CC 4FGx2 in prog] // 8300
The following is the log entry received from Takashi, Nagasaki:
8375kHz 1300Z 05/08 ["All listening stations in the country [x3] This is Beijing calling [x2] Repeated for approx 5 mins, ending "Thanks."] S9
1300z 10/08 [Usual Null Msg format] S9
1300z 03/09 [Usual Null Msg format] S9
1300z 17/09 [Usual Null Msg format] S9
1400z 19/09 [Usual Null Msg format] S9
1400z 20/09 [Usual Null Msg format] S9
10200kHz 1600z 14/09 ["All listening stations in the country [x3] This is Beijing calling [x2] Repeated for approx 5 mins, ending "Thanks."] S9
Takashi remarked "First time I've ever heard this one on 10200kHz.
10520kHz 0030z 15/09 ["All listening stations in the country [x3] This is Beijing calling [x2] Repeated for approx 5 mins, ending "Thanks."] S5
16520kHz 0000z 05/08 ["All listening stations in the country [x3] This is Beijing calling [x2] Repeated for approx 5 mins, ending "Thanks."] S7
0030z 05/08 [Usual Null Msg format] S7
From Takashi who presumes these are 'South Korean female numbers':
5715kHz 1400z 14/09 S9
6215kHz 1400z 19/09 S9
1500z 19/09 S9
From Igor of Cherta we receive this log of the new entry:
8195kHz 1300z 24/09 ['516 this is 384' # 42 GC 8] Heavy QRM
8868kHz 1330z 24/09 ['516 this is 384' ? 42 GC 8] Gd Quality sigs
13560kHz 1700z 03/09 ['316 this is 728' #12 GC 10]
13557kHz 1900z 05/09 ['316 this is 728' without message]
15752kHz 1300z 05/09 ['064 this is 315' without message]
15752kHz 1300z 20/09 ['064 this is 315' without message]
15957kHz 1830z 22/09 ['370 this is 138' without message]
15958kHz 1500z 24/09 ['370 this is 138' without message]
Thanks to John of Aylesbury August frequencies were confirmed as:
2040z 11483kHz NRH - 11/09 14/09 18/09 - 28/09
Regarding the 12107kHz frequency used at 2020z John remarks, " 2012z onwards: Strong heterodyne with QRM-BC - including Bulgarian Gypsy type music, and some which appeared to be Greek. In my old WRTH (1999) there is infact a freq. allocated to V. of Greece as: 12105kHz., although I don't
suppose they would use that freq. for broadcasting to the Balkans. It could just be a parallel freq. for world-wide listening.
On his last report on 28/09 John remarked that the BC QRM was caused by Voice of Greece broadcast 2kHz LF
The carrier remained up for 30s after the 0620z and 0640z transmissions. John rightly remarks that this is unusual. [Thanks John]
This remark from Tom Pitts [US] via Spooks:
13434kHz 0600z 04/09 AM Faint unid MSFK preceding and following XPH
Peter of Saffron Walden noted the evening slots of 2000/2020 and 2040z with a total transmission time of 4 minutes and 15 seconds. However he also reported another schedule as:
all having a transmission time of 5mins 40 seconds. [Thanks PoSW].
October freqs confirmed by John as:
2040z 8131kHz NRH NRH - NRH 16/10 - NRH
The signal 2000z on 11541kHz is only 4kHz LF of E03's 1900z transmission and whilst there was no apparent clash with XPH on 02/10 the 'Jet' was heard on freq. As a result of this 'clash' the signals received on that freq were very poor, as well as being somewhat weak. Signal strengths of the 16/10 evening transmissions were particularly good at S9+30dB, in Aylesbury and South London. The 0640z 19/10 was noted as starting some 30s early whilst all signal strengths for the morning slots were S9+30dB
[Thanks for your work on XPH John]
On 23/10 Captain Davros heard these additional transmissions:
2010z 11595kHz, 2030z 10208kHz and 2040z 9040kHz
CD remarked that the transmissions were much longer than usual and signal strength was weak. The transmissions heard in the h+00 and h+20 slots were around +40dB in metered strength. Using that as a measure this does point to that heard by CD as being destined elsewhere. These 'in between' times have been heard before and are known to occur during the morning too.
[If anyone has the freqs could they please share them with us]?
Nice work CD.
Now an additional interesting insight from DofKent: [The following is an extract from an article being prepared by D of Kent for publication in the ENIGMA 2000 newsletter at a later date]:
S17C, M10E and S10E S17C [6945 and 8190kHz 1250z daily]
S17C continues to be a very weak signal from my location in Kent, only showing signs of improvement in the last few days [latter part of Sept]. The concurrent frequency of 8190kHz has now been heard daily since 03/09/01, previously not being heard on this frequency since 30/04/01. Shortly before this date the five figure message group became less predictable and much more variable. I find it surprising that SSB is not used more often; just the occasional use on one frequency with AM on the other.
I have been fortunate that over 25 years ago I constructed an audio processor, which has allowed me to copy these very weak signals which would otherwise be lost.
M10E 5020kHz, S10E 10642kHz, both 28 day cycle.
These stations seem to be settled in their new cycle, starting in a Monday rather than Thursday, although M10E had a day off on Tuesday 28/08/01. S10E did likewise on Thursday 30/08/01. During this period S10E appeared to be having transmitter problems as previously reported. [NL5]
We now come to the latest cycle [Mon 24/09] and it is often said that more can be learnt from errors and operator incompetence than from some decrypts.
On Tuesday 25/09/01 the M10E transmission was on time and commenced at the usual time of 0900z:
111 90992 21 68901 18 57929 15 99013 21 [repeats not shown].
This is a perfectly normal transmission following normal procedure.
S10E was due to commence transmission at 1300z but was late; I left my operating position briefly but before I could return I heard a short CW transmission. Unfortunately I did not have the recorder running but getting back I ws in time to log the short CW part that followed at 1303z:
111 90992 [repeats not shown].
After 15 to 20 seconds the normal USB transmission commenced:
111 45648 25 72414 22 62218 15 99013 21
There are any number of interpretations that can be made on this. Suffice it to say the CW was hand sent and the USB previously recorded prior to being transmitted. [I prefer to leave these comments or speculations until my full article is completed].
I have tried to separate the transmission sites but unfortunately the Czech and Slovak Republics are in line on my azimuthal projection map of Europe and are on the same bearing as Prague Radio. The problem could be solved by having at least two other RDF sites, Northern Germany and Italy, for example.
Finally, I should declare a special interest in this part of Europe. I would appreciate any information including times and frequencies of any groups currently active from these areas. I look forward to receiving any comment [or bearings] regarding the above.
On Thursday 4th October S17C was again using sideband on 6946kHz. However for the first time since D of Kent has been monitoring this station [for at least a year] Thursday 11/10, at 1250z, saw 6946kHz using LSB whilst 8190kHz used USB.