ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 13

November 2002
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Oddities | Michael John Smith, Codename Borg
Book Review :England needs you | Numbers on holiday | News Items
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Numbers from a holiday location??

Here's an interesting extra:

We received this anon report from an ENIGMA 2000 member about his latest trip overseas with his Sony ICF403S...

'September found my girlfriend and I in the southern hemisphere holidaying in Mauritius. This was going to be a hot, relaxing destination with plenty of time for lying about, but knowing how quiet holidays can seem without a radio we took our Sony ICF 403S.
It's ideal for travel, being small and light with great sound. It has FM, MW and a SW band from 6 to 15 mhz, and though the analogue dial is not the most accurate it does have a log scale for reference. I hadn't intended to hunt for anything out of the ordinary, but I was quite surprised by what I found.
Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean approximately 800km east of Madagascar and 5000km west of Australia. Geographically it is part of a volcanic chain including the Seychelles and Reunion, and with its history as a Dutch, English and French colony it stands out as a varied and vibrant culture with a very friendly people. It was 3 hours ahead of the UK, making it 4 hours ahead of GMT/UTC.
My first forays around the dial in the daytime with the telescopic aerial whilst lying by the hotel pool were disappointing; I took no frequency lists with me, intending just to see what I found. I thought the isolation of the island would give us freedom from the overloaded ether of Europe, but in reality we were a bit too isolated with the result that I was able to pull in very little! MW and SW were almost totally silent, with just two reasonably audible stations on MW (one French language and one Hindi) and a very distant sounding BBC World Service. SW yielded almost nothing apart from some lonely sounding utilities and Radio Manilla in the 19m band, whilst FM was a mix of stations, nearly all with poor reception in a mixture of languages, including French, Hindi the VOA music mix and Sunrise Radio!
Listening in the evening pulled in a few more stations on SW, but our bedroom was very well shielded (possibly something to do with the metal terrace roof?), and the strong coastal breeze meant chilly and noisy listening outside, even with headphones. So the radio stayed in the bathroom with the aerial jammed at 45 degrees to pick up the funkier of the French language FM stations for the rest of the first week. A trip to the capital, Port Louis, in the second week enabled me to call into a wonderfully old style Chinese run electrical shop to get some lighting flex. Back at the apartment that evening this proved to be an excellent longwire aerial and improved things no end, especially for SW where the Sony suddenly came alive.
In spite of the lack of granularity in the one-band analogue SW tuner, during one slow scan of the dial I unearthed the unmistakable sound of E05 booming out at 1900 UTC in the 31m band! Almost next on the dial was E03. Both were very audible, with good signals.
Searching the rest of the SW dial I found it was dominated by the Voice of America, on at least 4 different frequencies all over the dial. There were lots of French and Arabic stations, and a charming broadcast of the Voice of Indonesia in French on 15.105 (they read that freq. out!). Radio Bulgaria, Deutsche Welle, Radio Canada and China Radio International were also all heard.
The next night around the same time the 31mb also turned up an E10, though I've no idea of the call up, as well as the aforementioned E05 (and E03). That was it for numbers on the trip, although with the limitations of the dial, the excitement of being on holiday and post-sightseeing-fatigue I wasn't searching too hard it has to be said! Comparing my notes with various old logs on my return I think I can say that the E05 was broadcasting on 9219, the E03 on -censored- and the E10 on 9130, though I can't be 100% sure!
What was noticeable though was that they were very loud and clear in that isolated part of the world.'

[Thanks Anon]!


Morse stations | Voice stations | Numbers predictions
Oddities | Michael John Smith, Codename Borg
Book Review :England needs you | Numbers on holiday | News Items
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