ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 31

November 2005
Articles, newsreports and Items of interest :enigma2000-owner@yahoogroups.com

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Voice stations

PoSW leads us nicely into Voice Stations with his whistlestop appraisal of a variety of stations.

The E06 English Man seems to be running at a very low level of activity; the only regular schedules I can find are the Sunday 1830 + 1930z,always call "690" and a first and third Wednesday in the month at 2100 + 2200z. This family of stations will stay on UTC with the ending of summertime on the last weekend of October so will appear one hour earlier local time.

The E07 English Man is still on at the usual times, i.e. Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 2000z, Sundays and Wednesdays starting at 1700z and Thursdays starting at 2010z. The usual E07 problem of low modulation continues making copy difficult, especially so when a transmission is located inside one of the broadcast bands as is often the case. This schedule usually shifts by one hour UTC when the clocks change at the end of summertime so as to turn up at the same local time.

The G06 German YL has been following her established routine on the first Monday in the month at 1900 + 2000z and the twice a month Thursday 1830z and Friday 1930z sendings. I logged the Saturday 2020z G06 in September thanks to Gert's prediction list but have lost track of it in October.

The S06 Russian Man continues with the well known U.K. evening schedules, the Tuesday 1630 + 1730z and 1850 + 1950z , second and fourth Saturday 1600 + 1700z and a Monday schedule, second and fourth Mondays in the month at 2115z which I think is the second sending; so far I have managed to miss the first at 2015z.

The S10d Czech YL follows the schedules similar to those logged in 2004 with changes as of September, mostly moving lower in frequency. Many S10d transmissions have become very weak signals in recent weeks and the occasional use of suppressed carrier mode adds a bit of variety. This station is expected to stay on UTC with the end of summertime and so will show up an hour earlier clock time with the onset of winter.

The V02 Spanish Language YL transmissions starting at 0500 and 0600z have become much weaker in recent weeks but no doubt this is the usual seasonal effect on propagation - although it does seem that some long established schedules have gone, or do not appear on a regular weekly basis as they once did. A transmission in the UK evening after 2000z on 7,887 kHz has been noted in September and October and this and other evening sendings may become stronger as we head into winter.

[Tnx PoSW]

Now onto the expanded logs:

E03/E03a

Apart from the regulations concerning the reception of wireless stations within Great Britain advice on reporting intelligence matters also exists in the form of DA notices.

Whoever the messages, from E03/E03a, are aimed at ENIGMA 2000 has no wish to 'advertise' the existence of these stations to those who may not support the best interests of Great Britain, or its representatives abroad. Although we are unable to stop discussion of E03/E03a, ENIGMA 2000 will remain aloof from any such discussion and will not be including reports or analysis on E03/E03a.

E06

This English Man is nowhere near as active as his Russian speaking cousin; the only regular schedules of which I am aware in the UK evening time - no doubt there are others during the working day - are the weekly Sunday 1830 + 1930 UTC with call "690" and a schedule on the first and third Wednesdays in the month 2100 + 2200 UTC.

Sunday 1830 + 1930 UTC Schedule

4-Sept-05   1830 UTC 8,180 kHz "690 690 690 00000", strength S8, lower sideband well suppressed.
  1930 UTC 6,950 kHz "690", second sending. Not the same frequencies used in September last year which were 10,210 + 7,780 kHz.
 
18-Sept-05   1830 UTC 8,180 kHz "690 690 690 00000", very strong signal and the mod sounded much deeper than usual for this schedule. Repeated 1930z, 6,950 kHz.
25-Sept-05   1830 UTC 8,180 kHz calling "690" for a "full message" transmission, quite unusual for E06 these days, DK/GC "847 847 105 105", S9+, lower sideband well suppressed with deeply modulated audio.
1930 UTC 6,950 kHz second sending, also S9+ with deep audio and lower sideband suppressed.
26-Sept-05 Monday 1830 UTC 8,180 kHz next day repeat of yesterday's "690" and "847 847 105 105", strong signal but mod. not as deep as on yesterday's transmission.
 
2-Oct-05   1930 UTC 5,440 kHz "690 690 690 00000", S7, lower sideband well suppressed, second sending, missed first at 1830z.
9-Oct-05   1830 UTC 6,980 kHz "690 690 690 00000", first sending, difficult to find, close to a very strong idling FSK signal slightly L.F., carrier with tone found thanks to careful tuning around at 1817z. Copy much better with the RX in USB mode suppressing all the crud on the low frequency side.
1930 UTC 5,443 kHz 3 kHz up on last Sunday, then, second sending.
16-Oct-05   1830 UTC 6,980 kHz "690 690 690 00000".
23-Oct-05   1930 UTC 5,440 kHz second sending, "690 690 690 00000". S9 signal, lower sideband well suppressed, good audio.

First and Third Wednesday in the Month 2100 + 2200 UTC Schedule

7-Sept-05 2100 UTC 8,140 kHz "527 527 527 00000", S9+ signal, lower sideband well suppressed.
2200 UTC 6,820 kHz "527 527 527 00000", again S9+.
21-Sept-05 2100 UTC 8,140 kHz "527 527 527 00000", very strong signal, S9+ with deep mod. and lower sideband well suppresed.
2200 UTC 6,820 kHz "527 527 527 00000", second sending, also S9+.
 
5-Oct-05 2100 UTC 6,955 kHz moving lower in frequency for October, "731 731 731 00000", S9 signal, lower sideband well suppressed.
2200 UTC 5,760 kHz "731 731 731 00000", second sending, S9+, very strong signal.

[Tnx PoSW]

RNGB’s log:

11th Sept 1930 6950 69000000  
15th   1400 12215 487530 71 45351 etc
  1500 10623 487’ repeat
21st 2200 6820 52700000
22nd 2200 5120 96000000
25th 1830 8180 690847 105 91933 etc (Nice to hear a msg from this ID) also mndbs
  1930 6950 690’ 847 repeat also mndbs
28th 1400 12215 48700000  
 
2nd October 1830 6980 ‘690’ 00000  
5th   2100 6955 ‘731’ 00000
  2200 5760 ‘731’ 00000
8th 2100 8160 ‘397’ 00000
  2200 6790 ‘397’ 00000
9th 1830 6980 ‘690’ 00000
  1930 5443 ‘690’ 00000
11th 2000 7810 ‘471’ 00000
  2100 5360 ‘471’ 00000
12th 1500 11475 ‘392’ 461 37 32223 15424 etc
19th 2100 6950 ‘731’ 00000
  2200 5760 ‘731’ 00000
20th 2030 5186 ‘891’ 674 35 84804 etc
21st 2133 5187 ‘634’ 938 35 84804 etc (repeat of yesterday’s msg)
25th 2000 7810 ‘471’ 00000
26th 1400 13545 ‘392’ 461 37 32223 etc (repeat of last week’s msg)
  1500 11475 ‘392’ repeat
27th 1400 13545 ‘392’ repeat of yesterday’s msg
  1500 11475 ‘392’ repeat
2200 4580 ‘135’ 00000
30th 1930 5440 ‘690’ 412 377 63331 99638 etc (Xmas shopping list??)

 

8140kHz 2100z 21/09 [527 00000] AF
5437kHz 2030z 30/10 [690 412 377] PLondon

E07

The E07 English Man continues with the long established schedules, i.e. Monday + Wednesday starting at 2000 UTC, Sunday + Wednesday starting at 1700 UTC and Thursday starting at 2010 UTC. The long-standing problem of low levels of modulation is still much in evidence and the strange practise of putting one of the three sendings inside one of the broadcast bands is a regular feature. The combination of low mod plus interference from a broadcast station usually contrives to make an E07 located inside the 31 or 41 metre BC band unreadable.

Monday + Wednesday Schedule

12-Sept-05 Monday 2000 UTC 10,128 kHz "105 105 105 1", suddenly went off during the call-up at approx. 2001z, carrier came back up 2002 and 40s UTC, voice started again 2004z from the start with two minutes of "105....", DK/GC at 2006z, "687 29". And the audio was much better than usual for an E07, perfectly readable.
2020 UTC 9,069 kHz second sending, much weaker than the first and with lower mod.
Unable to find the third sending at 2040z, call reflects the hundreds of kHz of the three frequencies used so presumably the third sending is 7,5XX, which puts it inside the 41 metre broadcast band with all that that implies for the readability.
14-Sept-05 Wednesday 2000 UTC 10,128 kHz "105" and "687 29" as on Monday, good mod.
2020 UTC 9,069 kHz - started approx. 10 seconds early - second sending, again S9 with good mod.
2043 UTC 7,519 kHz third sending as expected inside the 41 metre BC band. Found in progress flattened by a broadcaster but not of the usual, honest AM variety, it was one of those new digital radio things - Digital Radio Mondial? - roaring away at S9++ and many kHz wide. Who needs it? Even less people than need ordinary shortwave broadcasting say I! E07 was difficult to find and almost unreadable.
19-Sept-05 Monday 2000 UTC 10,128 kHz "105" and "687 29", as heard last week, low mod, difficult copy. Repeated 2020z, 9,069 kHz and 2040z, 7,519, flattened by DRM transmission.
28-Sept-05 Wednesday 2007 UTC 10,128 kHz first sending of "105" schedule in progress, good signal and mod. much better than previous loggings. Ended with "000 000" just before 2010z
2020 UTC 9,069 kHz "105 105 105 1", DK/GC "482 72", second sending with S9 and the mod. not too bad at all.
2040 UTC 7,519 kHz "105" and "482 72", good signal, good audio and no sign of the digital broadcaster which was a massive pressence on this frequency earlier in the month.
 
3-Oct-05 Monday 2020 UTC 6,968 kHz new frequencies for October, second sending, "892 892 892 000".
5-Oct-05 Wednesday 2000 UTC 7,874 kHz first sending (?), almost unreadable but I am sure I could just hear the E07 voice.
2020 UTC 6,968 kHz "892 892 892 000", very low mod.
10-Oct-05 Monday 2020 UTC 6,968 kHz "892 892 892 000", low mod.
12-Oct-05 Wednesday 2000 UTC 7,874 kHz "892 892 892 000", the mod. much better than when previously heard.
2020 UTC 6,968 kHz

Sunday + Wednesday Schedule

4-Sept-05 Sunday 1700 UTC 12,223 kHz "201 201 201 1", DK/GC "988 63" x 2. Mod. low but readable.
  1720 UTC 11,062 kHz second sending of "201" and "988 63", better audio than first sending.
1740 UTC 10,116 kHz third sending, strongest and with the best mod. of the three although inside the 30 metre amateur band with many CW stations in attendance. The same three frequencies were used for this schedule in September last year.
11-Sept-05 Sunday 1700 UTC 12,223 kHz very low mod, unreadable but carriers went off after about 2 and a bit minutes so must have been "000" - no message.
  1720 UTC 11,062 kHz
 
18-Sept-05 Sunday 1700 UTC 12,223 kHz, much better mod than last Sunday, "201 201 201 000".
  1720 UTC 11,062 kHz
 
2-Oct-05 Sunday - new frequencies for October and they are the same as used in October last year
  1700 UTC 11,454 kHz "441 441 441 1", DK/GC "615 143" x 2, low mod again, difficult copy.
1720 UTC 9,423 kHz should be second sending, unable to postively confirm due to low mod. and severe QRM thanks to being inside 31 metre broadcast band.
1740 UTC 8,123 kHz as often is the case the third sending had the best audio of the trio of frequencies.
5-Oct-05 Wednesday 1700 UTC 11,454 kHz "441" and "615 143", as on Sunday. Mod. low but readable.
1720 UTC 9,423 kHz second sending unreadable due to severe BC QRM.
1740 UTC 8,123 kHz third sending, strongest of the three sendings.

Thursday Schedule

1-Sept-05 same frequencies as used in September of 2004 and previous years:
2010 UTC 10,934 kHz "340 340 340 1", DK/GC "689 62", S9 signal with reasonable mod.
2030 UTC 9,447 kHz should be second sending, unreadable due to broadcast QRM
2050 UTC 7,887 kHz third sending.
 
8-Sept-05 2050 UTC 7,887 kHz third sending, first and third were both unreadable, "340" and "689 62", as last week.
22-Sept-05 2010 UTC 10,934 kHz "340 340 340 1", DK/GC "158 41" x 2, with reasonable mod.
    Second sending at 2030 UTC on 9,447 kHz was unreadable for the usual reasons.
2050 UTC 7,887 kHz third sending, strong signal with reasonable mod; and on tuning up on 7,887 at around 2040z in readiness for this transmission a weak V02 Spanish YL was heard.
 
6-Oct-05 same frequencies as used in October last year, all three sendings this evening had very low audio and were difficult to hear:
2010 UTC 8,077 kHz "721 721 721 1" DK/GC "108 52" (?) x 2.
2030 UTC 6,926 kHz second sending, mod even lower than the first sending.
2050 UTC 5,216 kHz "721" and "108 52", third sending close to an S9++ "XJT" slightly HF, reception best with the receiver in LSB mode to suppress all the interference on the HF side.
13-Oct-05 2010 UTC 8,077 kHz "721" and "108 52" x 2, same as last week, mod. low but readable.

[Thanks PoSW]

Freqs for the Wednesday sendings also discovered by RNGB:
10128/9069/7519kHz at 2000/2020/2040z respectively. Message heard 105 687 29 40391 [Tnx RNGB].

RNGB’s log

8th Sept 2030 9447 ‘340’
  2050 7887 ‘340’ msg not copied
11th 1700 12223 ‘201’ 000
  1720 11062 ‘201’ 000
12th 2000 10128 ‘105’ 687 29 40391 etc
  2020 9069 ‘105’ repeat
2040 7519 ‘105’ repeat
21st 2000 10128 ‘105’ 687 29 repeat of last weeks msg
  2020 9069 ‘105’ repeat
2040 7519 ‘105’ repeat
22nd 2050 7887 ‘340’ 158 41 86959 etc
 
5th Oct 1700 11454 ‘441’ 615 143 groups
  1740 8123 ‘441’ repeat
2000 7874 ‘892’ 000
2020 6968 ‘892’ 000
9th 1740 8123 ‘441’ 755 71 45583 etc
16th 1700 11454 ‘441’ 000
20th 2010 8077 ‘721’ 000
27th 2030 6926 ‘721’ 000

Other E07 reports via mndbs and HJH

E10

E10 Desk for September 05

Frequencies list with C/S Heard (USB)
3150 PCD  
3415 ART * ART2  
3557 KPA2 * KPA
3640 MIW2 * MIWA2B20 * MIW
4015 VLB2  
4165 CIO2
4270 PCD2 * PCD  
4461 FTJ  
4648 MIW2 * MIW  
4780 KPA2 * KPA
4880 ULX * PCD2 * ULX2
5091 JSR  
5170 VLB2
5230 CIO2 * VLB2  
5339 MIW2 * MIW
5435 ART * ART2
5820 YHF2 * YHF * YHF1
6270 ULX * ULX2  
6370 VLB2  
6498 PCD2 * PCD  
6840 EZI * EZI2
6912 CIO2  
6930 SYN2 * VLB2  
6986 ART * ART2
7445 SYN2  
7540 JSR (Background Chinese music)
7605 KPA2 * KPAC58D5 * KPA
7760 ULX  
9130 EZI * EZI2  
9202 YHF2 * YHF1
10.648 YHF2  
11.565 EZI2
Other Activity

31/8 at 2230hrs on freq 4.880. ULX on extended call, this was ongoing until 2253hrs when a group message was sent.

At 2301hrs the call changed to PCD2 and ended one minute later at 2302 hrs.At 2304hrs ULX2 returned calling 3x only. (NFH)

From the logs of J.Chircop for Sept 05 I extracted the following info.

From the beginning to the end of the month repeated messages were constantly being transmitted by the same few Callsigns.I noted the following

EZI on 6840 G42 MMREK
JSR on 5091 G22 JAUNH (First heard in June 05 and still going strong)
JSR on 6840 & 5091 G100 WMNPP
PCD on 4270 G97 YERRS
PCD on 4270 G31 MYLGO

The following were also logged for the 18th Sept

MIW on 5339 * 4648 * 3640 G14 MJUHT
KPA on 4780 * 3557   G12 OLXCV

(Thanks JC)

18/9 at 1839hrs on freq 5339, MIW with a G14 message (MJUHT). This may have commenced at 1815hrs as I later caught a repeat at 2000hrs, the transmission ended at 2005hrs. Its also possible tha KPA was active at the same time though nothing heard by me (Initial log from Mike, West Sussex)

19/9 1813hrs 7605   KPA G8 PIPZW message repeated transmission ending at approx 1955hrs. MIW2 normal transmission at 1815hrs.
15/9 2005hrs 7606 KPAC58D5  
15/9 2010hrs 3640 MIWA2B20
19/9 2000hrs 5820 * 9202 YHF1

{As logged by Ary Boender)

20/9 at 0246hrs VLB2 working on 6930 + 5230 normally SYN2 & CIO2 freq's

Freq Variations USB
01/9 at 2115hrs on freq 6369.7 VLB2
01/9 at 2146hrs on freq 6929.7 SYN2
12/9 at 0245hrs on freq 6369.7 VLB2
13/9 at 2315hrs on freq 5338.7 MIW2
19/9 at 1845hrs on freq 6911.7 CIO2
Observations on E10

Its very welcome to note other members monitoring E10 calls and raising comments through the group.

In all its not the most exciting listening post but its reasonably easy to monitor. The hardest thing is to try and make sense of it all, and just how is the intelligence accomplished. All below are not complete as there are a number of variations be it a number or a letter or both that I have ommited, these are the most frequently heard calls, there are also a number of exceptions to the expected transmission as one may soon encounter.

Looking thru my previous Year Logs 02 to 05 all the Special Headers I have recorded have been from the above Lesser heard stns. To my knowledge no other E10 C/s appears to do this. MIW being the lesser active within this department. The longest Header so far recorded was KPAE88211600K42211630 (Oct 20th 04)

Other Main Working Stations

The following transmit on the hour or at 30mins past or both.
ART. EZI. FTJ. JSR. PCD. ULX. YHF.

These groups are normally on time and do send regular group messages of different lengths. Some of these messages are constantly repeated by the same Stn over the whole month or longer ( Ian Wraith sends regular reports). All the xxx2 variations of the above send the normal 5mins call and no message. Again one might ask why the need to constantly repeat the same message over such a long period

Other E10 (Rare)

ABC, (Last Heard 3Feb 03) FDU + Variations and HNC + Variations, MPA (LH 7 Aug 04)

All these appear to operate on their own set freq each time, with no set opening times, and just transmit so they are pretty hard to catch. To whom the message if any is intended, they must have had previous instructions as to when the Stn would transmit being it so infrequent. (Signals Instructions etc?) Having said this,and looking through my previous records I have not once recorded anyone of them sending a group message, that is not to say it has not happened. There are obviously deeper reasons to which we are not privy.

E10 Desk For October 05

Frequencies List With C/S Heard (USB)
3150 PCD  
3360 KPA2 * VLB2  
3415 ART  
3557 KPA2 * SYN2  
3840 YHF  
4270 PCD * PCD1  
4360 SYN2  
4461 FTJ
4560 YHF2
4648 MIW2 * KPA2 * KPA79
4780 MIW2  
4880 ULX * ULX1  
5091 JSR * JSR2
5170 VLB2  
5230 CIO2 * SYN2  
5339 MIW2 * CIO2
5435 ART * ART2
5820 YHF * YHF2
6270 ULX  
6370 VLB2 * KPA2 * KPA79
6498 PCD2  
6840 EZI2 * EZI  
6912 CIO2 * MIW2
6930 SYN2  
6986 ART
7445 SYN2 * VLB2  
7540 JSR  
7760 ULX2
7918 YHF
9130 EZI
Freq Variations Noted
VLB2 5169.7
Comments

Frequency Swopping is not uncommon with the below callsigns.and the changes have commenced during this month. These are not permanant and will eventually revert to old owners with maybe the odd exception. Was this was due to reception conditions which are pretty ropey at the moment or just keeping the receivers on their toes? who knows.

  OLD NEW
3360 KPA2 VLB2
3557 KPA2 SYN2
4648 MIW2 KPA2
4780 KPA2 MIW2
5230 CIO2 SYN2
5339 MIW2 CIO2
6370 VLB2 KPA2
6912 CIO2 MIW2
7445 SYN2 VLB2

2Oct at 1949hrs and 1954hrs on freq's 4648 + 6370 KPA79 (As Logged by Ian Wraith)

I have managed to hear very little this month, my location here in Kent seems to be in the no reception area, hence the rather meagre information. Also owing to current problems with my email setup, I do apologise to any person who may have sent in E10 info, but I have not received anything for most of this month which I would have included.

Many thanks to JC Malta for this contribution, for which I have just received (Thanks Paul) and gratefully add. Glancing through it I still see that PCD & JSR are sending the same group messages as sent in September and other repeated messages by EZI and ULX (*Repeated Messages)

5435 E10   Sun 02102005 1800 USB ART2   S5
6840 E10 Sun 02102005 1800 USB EZI 83 ????? S5
5820 E10 Sun 02102005 1800 USB YHF 2   S5
4880 E10 Sun 02102005 1800 USB ULX1 S5
4270 E10 Sun 02102005 1800 USB PCD 31 MYLGO S5*
4461 E10 Sun 02102005 1800 USB FTJ2   S5
5091 E10 Sun 02102005 1800 USB JSR2 S5
5435 E10 Sun 02102005 1830 USB ART2 S5
4270 E10 Sun 02102005 1830 USB PCD 97 YERRS S5*
6271 E10 Sun 02102005 1830 USB ULX 43 XOZRJ S5*
5091 E10 Sun 02102005 1830 USB JSR 58 EVNOC S5*
5170 E10 Sun 02102005 1845 USB VLB2   S5
4165 E10 Sun 02102005 1845 USB CIO2 //5230 S5
4360 E10 Sun 02102005 1845 USB SYN2//6930 S5
5435 E10 Sun 02102005 1900 USB ART2 S5
6840 E10 Sun 02102005 1900 USB EZI2 S5///9130 S3
5091 E10 Sun 02102005 1900 USB JSR 100 WMNPP S5*
4270 E10 Sun 02102005 1900 USB PCD1   S5
 
5435 E10   Mon 03102005 1800 USB ART2   S5
6840 E10 Mon 03102005 1800 USB EZI 64 PLCWA S5*
5820 E10 Mon 03102005 1800 USB YHF 2   S5
4880 E10 JSR Mon 03102005 1800 USB ULX1 S5
4270 E10   Mon 03102005 1800 USB PCD 31 MYLGO S5*
4461 E10 Mon 03102005 1800 USB FTJ2   S5
5091 E10 Mon 03102005 1800 USB JSR2 S5
5435 E10 Mon 03102005 1830 USB ART2 S5
4270 E10 Mon 03102005 1830 USB PCD 97 YERRS S5*
6271 E10 Mon 03102005 1830 USB ULX 43 XOZRJ S5*
5091 E10 Mon 03102005 1830 USB JSR 58 EVNOC S5*
5170 E10 Mon 03102005 1845 USB VLB2   S5
4165 E10 Mon 03102005 1845 USB CIO2 //5230 S5
4360 E10 Mon 03102005 1845 USB SYN2//6930 S5
5435 E10 Mon 03102005 1900 USB ART2 S5
9130 E10 Mon 03102005 1900 USB EZI2 S3
5091 E10 Mon 03102005 1900 USB JSR 100 WMNPP S5*
4270 E10 Mon 03102005 1900 USB PCD1   S5
 
5435 E10   Sat 08102005 1800 USB ART2   S5
6840 E10 Sat 08102005 1800 USB EZI 64 PLCWA S5*
5820 E10 Sat 08102005 1800 USB YHF 2   S5
4880 E10 Sat 08102005 1800 USB ULX2 S5
4270 E10 Sat 08102005 1800 USB PCD 31 MYLGO S5*
4461 E10 Sat 08102005 1800 USB FTJ2   S5
5091 E10 Sat 08102005 1800 USB JSR2 S5
6370 E10 Sat 08102005 1815 USB KPA2 S5
6912 E10 Sat 08102005 1815 USB MIW2 S5
5435 E10 Sat 08102005 1830 USB ART2 S5
4270 E10 Sat 08102005 1830 USB PCD 97 YERRS S5*
6271 E10 Sat 08102005 1830 USB ULX 43 XOZRJ S5*
5091 E10 Sat 08102005 1830 USB JSR 58 EVNOC S5*
5170 E10 Sat 08102005 1845 USB VLB2   S5
4165 E10 Sat 08102005 1845 USB CIO2 //5230 S5
4360 E10 Sat 08102005 1845 USB SYN2//6930   S5
5435 E10 Sat 08102005 1900 USB ART2 S5
9130 E10 Sat 08102005 1900 USB EZI2 S5
5091 E10 Sat 08102005 1900 USB JSR 100 WMNPP S5*
4270 E10 Sat 08102005 1900 USB PCD1   S5

©BMlongfield 2005

Thanks Bob – excellent as ever!

E11

To start, a copy of an email from Gert who wrote,

"Found an unknown E11 today, Thursday 25th which I heard at 13.40z when it was already in progress with a message. It ended 13.42z so probably started at 13.30z. Frequency was 9179 kHz (a new one).Not sure if it will return on this frequency with a regular sked, could well be a one-off."

[Tnx Gert – excellent find].

9179kHz 1340z 25/08 ended 1342z Gert

 

  0800z 0830z 1030z 1100z 1200z 1230z 1300z 1330z
Mon  
Tues   8544 8759   8544 8800  
Wed   9610  
Thur 7663   9179
Fri 8091   8759   9130 8544   9179

[Note: Freq change for November – JoA has sent predictions – at end of E11 column].

7663kHz 0800z 29/09 [232/00] mndbs
  0800z 06/10 [232/00] mndbs
8091kHz 0800z 23/09 [232/00] S0 JoA
  0800z 30/09 [232/00] mndbs
8544kHz 1230z 06/09 [312/00 S 0 QRM-noise, v.poor] JoA Tues
  1230z 09/09 [312/00] AF
1230z 16/09 [312/00] AF
1230z 23/09 [312/00] S3 JoA
1230z 26/09 [312/00] AF
1230z 19/10 [312/00] off at 1238z SDAustralia*
1230z 25/10 [312/00] JoA [S7/S3]
8759kHz 1030z 06/09 [312/00 S 0]  
  1030z 30/09 [312/00] mndbs and AF
8800kHz 1300z 06/09 [183/00 S4 QRM-noise 1300 to 1300:50 & 1301:45-1305:15z, transmission interupted JoA Tues
  1300z 20/09 [183/56 91324 54690 + 5F gps. + repeat in 5f gps] JoA
1300z 25/10 [183/00] JoA [S5]
9130kHz 1200z 16/09 [187/00] AF
9179kHz 1330z 09/09 [182/00] Weak JoA
9610kHz 1100z 26/10 [186/00] JoA [S4]

 

6th Oct 1330 9179kHz 1330z 06/10 [189/57 95986 00413 84641 etc] RNGB
25th   0830 8544kHz   189/57 95986 00413 84641 etc  

*Accompanying this report Simon writes, “It was only about 1dB on the S-meter but the overall readability of the signal was good with minimal interference (man made or natural) which was lucky since that part of the band is usually cluttered with digital transmissions. The 1030z could not be heard because of nearby digital and radiotelephone traffic.
Excellent catch Simon, thanks for sharing with us.

E11a

8544kHz 0830z 27/09 [ 182/57] see below [tnx mndbs] RNGB
9130kHz 1200z 23/09 [187/56 Att'n. 91324 54690 26068 60783 +] S2 JoA

"Attention (each group sent twice)
95986 00413 84641 21554 72626 38544 97104 6122186469 57806
27194 16049 80140 81308 42531 63885 82427 96120 04991 47535
73389 54984 35637 21275 24961 65760 52623 86144 47954 99403
33236 90954 03567 17809 75162 71804 77490 62622 73582 71076
44068 00169 35077 83050 56984 73810 39061 22739 90351 13749
19346 65945 11116 20117 28700 91971 57947.

Attention (each group sent once only)
95986 00413 84641 21554 72626 38544 97104 6122186469 57806
27194 16049 80140 81308 42531 63885 82427 96120 04991 47535
73389 54984 35637 21275 24961 65760 52623 86144 47954 99403
33236 90954 03567 17809 75162 71804 77490 62622 73582 71076
44068 00169 35077 83050 56984 73810 39061 22739 90351 13749
19346 65945 11116 20117 28700 91971 57947

RNGB heard this E11a:

9179kHz 1330z 06/10 [189/57 95986 00413 84641 etc] RNGB also mentioned for 25/10
8759kHz 1030z 11/10 [312/64] mndbs  

Call up was a good solid S9 then dropped to S4 at 10:35 Message began but shortly after this E11 suffered a sudden drop the S meter falling to noise level only! I left the tape running and at 1037z E11 came back up and finished the message and repeat.

Here is the message:

312 oblique 64
Attention.
04435 04435 34153 34153 30535 30535 19820 19820 80989 80989 74314 74314
26735 26735 1
---------------------TX dropped------------ 97 60509 60509
97639 97639 56476 56476 65663 65663 93937 93937 93807 93807 18241 18241
88460 88460 76576 76576 76263 76263 84904 84904 35477 35477 89323 89323
06099 06099 25305 25305 87110 87110 97646 97646 39511 39511 11149 11149
95166 95166 22122 22122 32167 32167 48645 48645 51990 51990 54520 54520
69812 69812 04663 04663 52109 52109 22973 22973 75317 75317 45667 45667
47547 47547 78242 78242 70100 70100 57772 57772 84803 84803 30158 30158
44869 44869 53022 53022 78080 78080 78468 78468 18685 18685 72348 72348
45149 45149 85864 85864 74460 74460 62588 62588 89951 89951 12963 12963

Attention.
04435 34153 30535 19820 80989 74314 26735 18666 89935 12195 30580 49112
52322 64749 38797 60509 97639 56476 65663 93937 93807 18241 88460 76576
76263 76263 76263 84904 84904 35477 35477 89323 89323 06099 25305 87110
97646 39511 11149 95166 22122 32167 48645 51990 54520 69812 04663 52109
22973 75317 45667 47547 78242 70100 57772 84803 30158 44869 53022 78080
78468 18685 72348 45149 85864 74460 62588 89951 12963 OUT
.

The above message was resent as

8544kHz 1230z 11/10 [314/64] but note the change of identifiers from 312 to 314.

189/57
Attention.
95986 00413 84641 21554 72626 38544 97104 61221 86469 57806
27194 16049 80140 81308 42531 63885 82427 96120 04991 47535
73389 54984 35637 21275 24961 65760 52623 86144 47954 99403 
33236 90954 03567 17809 75162 71804 77490 62622 73582 71076
44068 00169 35077 83050 56984 73810 39061 22739 90351 13749
19346 65945 11116 20117 28700 91971 57947
Attention
Msg Rptd. [5f gps with strength as S4/S6/S3]

This was a repeat of E11a message on 04/10

[Tnx JoA]

AnonUK informed us that there was a 23 group message sent by the Morse sister of this station M03 on 8544kHz at 1300z using the rare 121 identifier. [121/23].

9610kHz 1100z 12/10 [184/70] mndbs

Mndbs writes, ‘Here is the message, the first part repeats each block of five numbers but I have shown them only once. I also noticed that the message is actually divided up with a pause between number blocks.

I have shown this below, its also repeated in the confirmation set at the end!

Three sets of twenty then one set of 10.

184 oblique 70
Attention

64600 37233 17142 13862 35844 02757 59772 05080 05410 39071
42266 54548 35859 00397 33360 49023 07794 22395 43090 42427.

80992 87300 09054 47639 66017 89999 15800 31127 90947 48766
94922 57060 19766 62584 64007 02768 66709 51331 72970 37303.

72057 51916 18255 68170 15875 15783 61353 55298 00932 30311
32040 29801 25853 79731 22228 47713 21668 97266 01890 25402.

98317 72872 77368 60847 50070 55377 85212 99800 25467 36612.
Out

7663kHz 0800z 20/10 [232/66 A 87358 22501 06217 50422 98794 79631 +] JoA

E11b

8544kHz 0830z 13/09 [184/36 77777 etc] mndbs

E11 November 05
[Expected per JoA]

  0800z 0830z 1030z 1100z 1200z 1230z 1300z 1330z
Mon  
Tues   8544 7749   7439 8088  
  [182] [312] [312] [183]
Wed   9338  
  [186]
Thur 7663   9179
  [232] [182]
Fri 8091   7749   8544 7439  
  [232]   [312]   [187] [312]

E15

Revised Frequency schedule devised by Manolis Petrakis

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri1 Sat Sun Call
0700 6715 6715 6715 6715 - 6715 6715 NAS
0800 - - - - - - - -
0900 - - - - - - - -
0945 6715 6715 6715 6715 - 6715 6715 VSD
1100 18000 18000 18000 18000 - 18000 18000 BEC
1130 6715 6715 - 6715 - 6715 6715 PAR
1200 58342 58342 58342 58342 - 58342 58342 WSP
1230 - 11170 11170 11170 - 11170 11170 OSS
1300 - - - 111703 - 11000 - BEC

And the phonetics used in station idents:

A ADAM     B BAKER     C CHARLIE     D DAVID
E EDWARD F FRANK G GEORGE H HENRY
I ITALY (INDIA) J JOHN K KING (KILO) L LOUIS / LEWIS
M MARY   N NANCY O OTTO   P PETER
Q QUEEN R ROBERT (RITA / ROMEO) S SUSAN  
T THOMAS U UNION   V VICTOR W WILLIAM
X XRAY Y YOUNG Z ZEBRA (ZERO / ZULU)  

MoK reports :27/09 carrier, with no mod, up on 11000kHz at 1301z, went down at 13:06.30z.

This is about the timing I would expect from E15, wonder if they've turned the wick down really low as last heard it 23 May, and I always check this one.

18000kHz 1111z 10/10 USB E15 i/p just above noise & fading into.  
  11.11.00z   BEC i/p
11:14.04z QRU
11:15.50z ended (I think,no further sig heard)

This sked last logged 23 May, probably started 11.00z and this was the repeat.

Possibly also on 6715kHz at 11:36.10z - 11:39.18z, snatches of what sounded as PAR in high noise sig & QRM from -3 & +2k, this is not a confirmed logging.

Today, 12 Oct, possible E15 at 11.00z, 18000kHz. This is based on my set locking onto a very low level carrier - in synchro mode, no audio heard, at 11:00.11z until 11:15.43z (typical E15 times) and SpecLab, in Plotter Mode, showing a carrier going in & out of the noise along with a previously noted 180Hz (3 x 60) tone.

E17

No Reports

E17z

No Reports

E22

[Definitive document available from Group Files]

Freqs: 15040//17385kHz [Note: This freq measured to be 17387kHz, pse correct your charts]

Zulu time:   0855 0955 1055 1155 1255 1355  
Sept 1997  
[20 Sat   FD7 at 1405z]
  +FD9 no confirming data]*
Nov 2004  
[07 Sun   UL5^ OP3]  
July 2005  
01 Fri  
06 Wed   XN2  
09 Sat   PN8 XN2
16 Sat XN6 VP3’ YD6 PS5 QT3 MN2
22 Fri   YD6 PS5 XN6 ZY8
31 Sun  

*Freqin ‘14MHz area’ possibly stated from analogue Rx and actually 15040kHz.

^Taken from an unreliable source.

late at 1006z.

On Sunday 11th September at 1124z PLondon received a very short telephone message from DoK; he said simply, ‘Huge carrier 15040.’

PLondon immediately switched his Icom on and selected memory 30 for the quoted frequency. He was rewarded with a noisy carrier.

Then memory 31 [17385] was selected on his FRG-100. Nothing.

  1. At around 1126z the carrier was heard on the FRG-100 and then the expected1kHz tone modulated the carrier, followed by the same on 15040kHz.
  2. At 1130z [the 17m freq announcment led the 15m] an accented FEMALE voice announced ‘This is GM 5 GM5 GM5 GM5.’
  3. At 1135z Some speech heard from YL [17m for PLondon – 15m too noisy]. Appeared to be Chinese type lingo – any Chinese Linguists out there?
  4. At 1136z Carrier with het followed by FEMALE announcer ‘GM5 GM5 GM5 GM5,’ with carrier down at 1139z.

Immediately on close down PLondon notified Group and the next monitor on his contact list.

At 1227z the carrier was heard to rise on 17m followed by the 1kHz tone and then at 1230z a MALE announcement RM8 RM8 RM8 RM8 during which a guttural cough was heard. Then silence until 1237z when RM8 RM8 RM8 RM8 was heard yet again. On the last ‘RM8’ the carrier was removed, the sending ending at 1238z.

By this time the 15m freq was unusable as far as PLondon was concerned and the 17m was not much better. Listening for the expected final sending at 1325z PLondon heard nothing.

On 15th September Simon Mason posted to group revealing the GM2 1030z transmission along with recordings from ‘Poacher’ apparently in Russia.

MUf and LUF for September 11, 2005
Solar Flux : 116 k   7.2
 
Stated LUF : 13.5MHz
Stated MUF : 27.8MHz

Later PLondon received a soundfile from Steve in SE Queensland [Australia] which contained the RM8 sending. Not only was it surprising that E22 was audible in Australia but the last soundfile produced TQ4 at 1325z. [Tnx Steve – good stuff].

The failing transmission of TQ4 was also heard by AnonUK, who described the sending a very poor and noisy.

The sendings were sent when the geomagnetic field was active to extremely severe storm, whilst propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths was expected to be poor. [Note NE to SE]. The measured indeces for this period [1200z] were k7.2 with Solar flux at 116.

A bearing was again taken independently of PLondon and found to indicate the general area of Algeria. PLondon looked at propogation from his QTH to Algeria.

Freqs 15040//17387kHz

Zulu time: 0825 0925 1025 1125 1255 1325 1425 1525
Sept 2005  
11 Sun   GM2 GM5 RM8 TQ4    
17 Sat [ZN2*]GN2 HS5 DY7 GM5 NR9  

*GN2 definitely heard on 17387kHz

Although not shown as a documented intercept DoK monitored 15040kHz on 12/09.

This is what he heard:

  1. 0830z
    Carrier up and down; Hum/raw AC content. Off at 0842z
  2. 1226z
    Carrier up and down until 1227z
  3. 1229z
    Modulated carrier up and down, with voices heard until 1232z.

PLondon checked his auto system and found evidence of an intermittent carrier with muffled speech on 17385kHz at 1230z.

Conditions were variable on both freqs.

Thanks to all concerned in the current E22 obs.

Identification of the UNID language heard during 1125z 11/09 [A two part tale]:

During the 1125z sending [GM5] 11/09 an apparent female voice was heard speaking an unknown language. Suggestions were made that it was Arabic or from MalcF, Hindi.

[Part 1]:

It was neither. Simon Mason took the challenge to be the first to have a translation and set about having the clip identified.

This is what Simon Mason posted to E2k:

 "It was a very old language. It is similar to language of Chinese Monk. However, the source of voice seems from Europe. It talked about little thing of India and financial ministry of EU in Europe. There was no politic in the message. It was financial business news. The message was too short to get rich from it."

[Thanks to Simon Mason for allowing E2k to use and to Poacher for supplying the original clip and gus@execs.com of the soc.culture.china newsgroup with the language ID - many thanks all].

[Part 2]:

PLondon supplied a clip of the sound file to speakers of a variety of tongues from the Far East, none of whom recognised the language.

One stated it was from the Indonesian area, she was familiar with the intonations used but not the meaning.

Another friend of PLondon, a fluent Chinese language speaker, born in Hong Kong, along with his Chinese wife heard the recording and read the intended E22 piece, stating immediately, “this is not Chinese, ancient or otherwise. Someone is taking the micky with the Chinese Monk bit according to my wife.” [Tnx Paul – your bus journeys will never be the same now]!

Enter Hui. “Could you listen to this for me, please?” “Of course.” The sample was played and Hui stated, “This is a newscast in theThai language that I speak at home. It’s very slow and needs speeding up.” [This does beg the question of how much the sound sample had been processed]? The ‘news reader’ was of Male gender.

[Speeded up to Hui’s satisfaction] ‘Notes made at the scene……………………’

Hui's transcript

The E22 unid language sample actually refers to the Eu matters of ‘India: Challenges and Opportunities' at the EU-India Business Summit New Delhi, India, 7 September and ‘Challenges and Opportunities for EU and China' at the Central Party School, Beijing, China, 6 September 2005

The above reads: “……… and small things from India ……. Mr Peter Manella [Peter Mandelson Eu MP]… after he had a meeting with Mr Tong UmnajSenior Minister from Paris to ask for European contribution……”  sample ends.

[Tnx Hui]

MUf and LUF for September 17, 2005
Solar Flux : 104 k   2
 
Stated LUF : 10.0MHz
Stated MUF : 27.8MHz

 

On 17/09 at 1006z DoK was sitting by his receivers when he heard a carrier rise followed by a YL with an strong accent, possibly Far Eastern – Indian, who then gave a short newscast. DoK thought it sounded much like the cut-in on the GM5 transmision of 11/09. The interesting content was a short diatribe concerning the deportation of 42000 persons [Believed to be a newscast concerning the number of Somali refugees in the Yemen]. At 1025z this was followed by ‘Zulu November 2’. This was also heard by Steve in Australia – well done there – who duly posted to Group. Others then monitored the station. Idents heard are shown above.

It is noteable that DoK heard the first sending, no doubt as he did on 11/09. The time has not only changed from H+55 for carrier to rise to H+25, but the transmissions now occur 90 mins later [poss loss of one sending]. Six transmissions were originally received on 16/07 and perhaps showed the full extent of a scheduled sending. That same sending has apparently moved 90 mins as conditions change but note only five sendings.

On the last sending of 17/09 the carrier strengths on both freqs rose dramatically as shown from the spectrum analyzer plots from PLondons PC rx screen. [Note also the freq display of 17387kHz].

 

1025z [15040 top 17387 lower] 1425z [15040 top 17387 lower]
spectral analysis
Note the increase in carrier amplitudes at: 1025z 15/17 respectively: 41/39dB
  1425z 15/17 respectively: 47/43dB

Either the wick was turned up or a directional antenna is being employed. If the former it suggests a commercial transmitter, perhaps at a radio station, and possibly used without the knowledge of the bosses.

That at least would explain the cut in newspieces and such phrases as heard before. [Especially the Thai piece since identified].

PLondon discovered he could listen to both freqs comfortably on his Sony SW55 and used this to take a bearing. It was 187º, indicating the direction of Algeria

It must be noted that the hum that heralded the advent of sendings in July has not appeared this time. The entire operation now seems more proficient.

The transmissions on 17/09 were not only heard in Australia, but also in Japan, Crete, Nederlands, Germany and Great Britain. That the signal can be put into both hemispheres perhaps indicates a central point as this Algeria centred Azimuthal map indicates:

The red line indicates the short path to Japan; Australia and elsewhere can be easily found due to the large landmass!

short path

No further E22 transmission for rest of September but on 27/09 strong carrier, S9+ up on 15040kHz, 1315.10z. down 1316. 51z reported by both MoK and DoK

DoK sent in his E22 report:

Since the advent of Arab Man I have been monitoring both frequencies from 0800z to 1800z, and sometimes later. This has tied up two receivers and has meant my having to change some of my procedures and scheduled routines in connection with M10/S10d.

Since the last full transmission of E22 on 17th September 2005 only brief carriers have been heard, as follows:

19/10/05 15040kHz 1125 – 1128z Intermittant carrier, modulated 700 to 800Hz tone
20/10/05 15040kHz 1147z Carrier Blip modulated 1kHz ton
22/10/05 15040kHz 1327 – 1331z Intermittant carrier [S8 – 9]
22/10/05 15040kHz 1457 – 1459z Intermittant carrier, modulated 700 to 800Hz tone
25/10/05 15040kHz 1131z Carrier, 3sec only

To avoid any confusion, these signals were way above the weaker BC carriers that can be heard later in the afternoon, propagation permitting.

The signal strength on these transmissions has been S7 to S9 with the BC carriers not registering.

Having reached the point of finishing this report [wed 26/10] the following applies:

26/10/05 15040kHz 1340z Terrific signal, S9+, with a few words spoken. [Unintelligible due to BFO inserted].

Thanks, DoK for your most valid reports.

PLondon adds:

Derek rang me on the occurrence of the 26/10 but unfortunately I was in bed thanks to a nasty cold. However the occurrences of 19/10 and 22/10 were both downloaded from my auto recorders – they were hefty sendings – apparent on a 3 m wire chucked up above a bookcase.

Another last minute entry: 28/10 15040kHz Whilst in conversation with PLondon discussing the Slavic Chart and E22 the *usual* raising of an intermittent carrier occurred between 1344 to 1346z again. Both noted the signal with background voice and music unfortunately too weak for ident purposes. PLondon took a quick bearing on his shack system which produced a null bearing of 180º.

E23

E23 Frequencies and Times. All SSB
[From AnonUK]

  Week 1 Week2 Week 3 Week 4
Time Freq Time Freq Time Freq Time Freq
Monday 0957 6507   0757 4832 0757 5340
  1157 8188 0957 6200 0957 8188
1257 5340 1157 8188 1157 7250
  1257 6507  
 
Wednesday 0957 6507   0757 4832 0757 5340
  1157 8188 0957 6200 0957 8188
1257 5340 1157 8188 1157 7250

Week 2 was M04 Not heard since September 2000

Since December 2004 skeds have become erratic, and may not stick to correct weeks. Some voice transmissions have been heard in week 2

Week 1 Usually starts on the first Monday of the Month, but there have been variations to this.

Times are not rigid, has been known to start as early as Hour + 52

[Tnx AnonUK].

E25

[From the E25 desk]

From now on a message will only be shown once – without repeat – as we all know the message is always repeated. In case a repeated message is different it will be shown complete.

ID’s used with messages so far (new ones are underlined:
222 275 440 555 720 730 780 835 (arabic counting) and 906

ID’s used with control messages so far (new ones are underlined):
200 209 220 227 270 272 276 277 377 440 442 557 784 785 788 830 837 905 909

Transmission times: any time between 11.00 and 15.00 UTC. Likes 12.30 and 12.45. More transmissions on one day possible.

Only one frequency in use: 9450 kHz, mode AM.

E25a = control message (for example 277 2 or 788 96 97)

Null message: calling 280 over and over for 5 minutes. Preamble with id possible

All transmissions can start with a musical intro lasting between 3 and 20 minutes.

So far there seems to be three different voices.

In short

For the period september and october 2005.

01/09 220 3 5  
02/09 222   with message, 24 groups
09/09 222   with message, 19 groups
15/09 720   with message, 10 groups
15/09 277 1  
19/09 227 5 8 9 10  
19/09 222   with message, 18 groups
20/09 222   with message
21/09 227 *9 *2 27 1 14 15  
25/09 785 3 4  
27/09 277 2  
27/09 275   with message, 10 groups
04/10 780   with message, 11 groups
05/10 222   with message, 10 groups
10/10 275   with message, 10 groups
11/10 275   with message, 10 groups, repeat of 10/10
12/10 275   with message, 10 groups, repeat of 10/10
14/10 275   with message
25/10 442 9 440 *  

In detail

ML heard the first E25 in September with an E25a control transmission.

Heard on thu September 1st.
Weak, deep fades, high noise, the "older" OM.
12.45z carrier up with 1k tone
12:44.33z tone dropped
12:45.28z music start, poss YL singer.
12:49.00z TX start "220 3 5" ,long pause 3 to 5 presumed separate figs rather than 35.
12:52.40z ends, no sign-off, carrier down

September 2nd we received this log from ML:

Very weak,deep fades - sinking into noise, freq drift, high noise, same voice as yesterday. QRM exeptionally high this morning.
Fri 02/09/05, 9450kHz,

  1. 12:38.00z carrier up
  2. 12:41.45z 1k tone
  3. 12:42.30z tone down
  4. 12:44.00z music with singer (poss two)
  5. 12:48.50z TX start "222" R
  6. 12:52.54z m m m "6042 etc" 24 gps, repeated
  7. 12:55.20z eom
  8. 12:55.30z "220 3 5 6" R (long pauses as yesterday)
  9. 12:56.12z eot, carrier down.

X heard E25 with a long message on fri, sept 9th starting at 12.45z. Male with the deep voice.

222 222 222
M m m
6049 9291 8310 5825 9572 2379 0944 0926 3473 6896
7796 6685 4338 2259 9193 3589 1776 5977 8310
Eom eot.

ML reports:

11:44.00z carrier i/p
11:46.00z 720 R (deep voice)
11:49.19z mssg 947* 1001 429* 2263 3447 6*93 5966 9725 9492 **90
rpt
11:51.15z eom, eot, carrier down. (no mike taps heard)
11:58.30z carrier up again, signal worsening, high noise.
12:01.00z 277 1 R, same voice. had to read using DSB
12:05.25z 4 taps on mike, carrier down.

Another interesting log from X heard 19th september, starting 12.50 UTC with a combined E25a control message and an actual message:

227 5 8 9 10 (spoken as one-zero) repeated for 2 minutes, than into a message:
222 222 222
M m m
9122 1381 6210 7285 7530 8812 4373 9180 7691 7795
7673 2233 6413 2661 2087 5355 5217 6212
Eom eot

Note the slight difference between the third and last group, an error?

Log from ML heard on 20/09/05, 9450kHz, 12:44.00z, E25

12:44.00z Arabic music & singer, v weak, deep fades, high noise floor.
12:49.20z Music stops
12:50.00z "222" R, older OM
12:53.00z mmm, **22 1**1 *210 72** (stopped trying to copy)
12:56.12z rrr
12:58.52z eom eotx

This is a repeat of a day earlier (the 19th sept).

Another one heard by ML on september 21st:

12.45z E25 sked, just above the (high) noise floor and mainly u/r
12:46z i/p music
12:48.00z "227" R, older OM
 227 227 *9 *2 27 12 14 15
 (assembled from whole TX)
end time not established, poss about 12.52z

X heard E25a on sept 25th at 11.45z calling 785 3 4 for a couple of minutes.

This one was hear by TomH and ML on 27-09-2005 1158 -1209
Intro "Eastern" music with Announcer "1" (Excited voice)
Called:
277 2
275

Then he went into calling "275" after a few minutes

"Message message message"
3344 2801 9540 1259 3675 2350 5013 8021 6333 9540

REPEAT
(x3)
--- rpt of msg ---
End of message, end of transmission.

This transmission was also intercepted by ML but with a little difference in the message:

12:07.00z
275 275 275
m m m
3344 2301 9540 1259 3675 2350 5013 8021 6333 9540
r r r
(rpt of message)
eom eotx, carrier down (end 12:09.12z).

TomH heard this one on 4 oct 2005 at 1244-1251z on a dx-tuner in Sweden.

Message for 780, om announcer.

M m m
9152 3011 0510 6060 0846 8779 7656 7369 6859 1222 0510
R r r

--- rpt of message ---
End of message, end of transmission.
Off immediately 1251z.

Mike reported this one a day later on wednesday oct 5 2005 at 13:48z

222 222 222
M m m
2172 2890 6110 7641 4267 8687 6430 5604 6110
R r r
--- rpt of msg ---
End of message end of transmission
Carrier still up at 14:02

Another one heard on 10 Oct,12:04.30z, very good sig, older OM.

Missed start.
12:04.30z, 275
12:04.35z, m m m
9233 3301 9450 1259 3675 2350 5013 8021 6333 9540
12:05.50z, r r r
12:07.09z, eom eotx, carrier down

Thanks ML.

Report from Mike. Time 12:00z, oct 11 2005.

275 275 275 275
Message message message.
9433 3301 9540 1259 3675 2350 5013 8021 6333 9540
Repeat repeat.

--- rpt of msg ---
End of message end of transmission

This message was repeated a day later, october 12, also at 12.00z and reported by ML.

October 12 E25 was noted with music at 11:25z by Mike. He writes: ”I don't have time today to listen, should be a 12:00 TX” which was later confirmed by TomH who tuned in too late but heard the final groups of a E25 message. ML heard the complete message:

11:59.55z 275 275 275 R (older OM, very good with some fade).
12:03.00z started speaking "275" a bit faster
12:03.51z m m m
repeat of Mon/Tue (oct 10 and 11) "9233" etc
12:06.27z eom eotx, carrier down

Simon Mason heard an E25 on oct 14th and reported it was a message for ID 275.

And the last E25a for this month is heard by ML on tue oct 25th starting 12.47z.

Older OM, generally good sig.

442 9 440 ??
442 1 440, all x 10
12:50.00z 44 ????????
No repeat, did not hear eom eotx

About the purpose of the control messages I have the idea that there is a possibility that the 'control-id's' are linked to a different 'message-id'.
Some are really close to each other,suggesting a kind of link. For example:

Contol id Message id
220 227 222
270 272 276 277 275
830 837 835 (in arab)
905 909 906

It might be possible that the first two digits of the control-id are related to the msg-id and that the last digit of the control-id is some sort of time and/or day indicator. Any idea’s welcome.

Thanks everyone for their effort (in random order): Mike, ML, X, TomH and PL.

Finally MikeL send us this E25 snippet from his shack:

10:57.00z carrier & tone up
10:59.00z 275 R
11:04.20z m m m , then had to answer door, a bunch of "Holy Joes" !!!****~~~~.
11:07.40z eom, eotx

A second E25 arrived this morning, by now all the kit was switched on, analysis showed a 38Hz "slow oscillation" of the carrier and reception was best in DSB, also allows me to "inject" a tone to track carrier.

11:43.00z carrier noted i/p
11:45.00z 780 R
11:48.00z m m m
  9344 4080 7170 2558
3084 9662 5733 7107
r r r
11:50.44z eom eotx

[tnx ML]

G06

Thanks for updates AF

Schedules for this station do exist:

First Monday of each month [2005]

  Jan05 Feb 05 March05 Apri05 May05 June05 July05 August05 Sept05 Oct05
1900z 5110   6870   10850 11120 10720   8180 6865
2000z 4025 5190 6935 8170 9240 9070 8140 6835 5026
Ident: 308 308 308 308 308 308 308 308 308

[Repeated Tuesday if message]

Thursdays[2004]:

  Jan05 Feb05 March05 Apr05 May05 June05 July05 Aug05 Sept05 Oct05
1830z 4719   5935 5934 6887 6887 6887 6887 5930 5934
Ident:   579 947 842 842 842 842 579 579

Friday[2004]:

  Oct Nov Dec Jan05 Feb05 March05 Apr05 May05 June05 Sept05 Oct05
1930z 5442 4792 4792 4782   5422 5422 5933 5933 5442 5442
Ident: 947 436 436 436 947 947 218 218 947 947

[Friday Freqs are 4792, 5442 or 5934kHz and occur alternate weeks].

Friday[2004]:

  Oct Nov Dec Jan05 Feb05 March05 Apr05 May05 June05 Sept05 Oct05
1930z 5442 4792 4792 4782   5422 5422 5933 5933 5442 5442
Ident: 947 436 436 436 947 947 218 218 947 947

Saturday [2nd and 3rd Sats each month]:

  Jan05 Feb 05 March05 Apri05 May05 July05 August05 Sept05
2020z         12210 12210 See Posw 8530
Ident: 178 178 write up* 178
         
2200z 6834 4642
Ident:   531

Sundays

  July Aug Sept   March05
2000z         5190
2020z ……….No reports…………
2025z 10875 10875 No reports    
Ident: 178       308

PoSW writes of G06:

G06 schedules are, as always, first Monday in the month 1900 + 2000 UTC, call is always "308", the twice a month Thursday 1830 UTC - I think twice a month is a better description than alternate Thursdays because the German YL has been known to miss two Thursdays in a row and I have never heard more than two sendings in any month - repeated on the Friday at 1930 UTC but with a different call; and the Saturday 2020 UTC schedule showed up in September, found thanks to Gert's prediction list, may be around in October but I have been unable to find it so far.

First Monday in the Month 1900 + 2000 UTC Schedule

5-Sept-05 1900 UTC 8,180 kHz "308 308 308 00000", S9 signal, lower sideband suppressed but perhaps not quite so fully suppressed as is usual with this schedule.
2000 UTC 6,835 kHz second sending, similar frequencies were used in September last year.
3-Oct-05 1900 UTC 6,865 kHz "308 308 308 00000", very strong signal, S9+, lower sideband suppressed. Same frequency was used in October last year; carrier was up with tone 1848z. single spoken "Drei null acht" at 1850z then carrier went off until start-up on the hour.
2000 UTC 5,206 kHz second sending, similar frequency (5,210) used in October last year.

Thursday 1830 UTC Schedule

22-Sept-05 5,927 kHz expected this to appear on either 5,934 or 5,944 kHz as in September of previous years. Not found until 1833 UTC after frantic tuning around, severe QRM from broadcast station on 5,930 kHz. Calling "579", DK/GC "160 160 34 34".
13-Oct-05 5,934 kHz started approx. 20 seconds late, call "579", DK/GC "264 264 45 45", strong signal but surrounded by strong BC stations, OK with receiver in USB mode.

Friday 1930 UTC Schedule

23-Sept-05 5,442 kHz started approx. 18 seconds late, calling "947" DK/GC "160 160 34 34", signal strength S9, lower sideband well suppressed, much better copy than with yesterday's sending. As is often the case with this Friday Night Fraulein the carrier was up early enough, was on when checked at 1850 UTC.
14-Oct-05 5,442 kHz calling "947", DK/GC "386 386 45 45", S9+ signal, lower sideband well suppressed. Carrier was up at 1843z and called 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 in German for a few minutes. Strangely, the DK is not the same as heard yesterday, "386" this evening, "264" yesterday. Makes me wonder if I heard one or the other incorrectly but if not it is unusual for the Decode Key not to be the same.

Saturday 2020 UTC Schedule

10-Sept-05 8,530 kHz as per Gert's prediction list on page 38 of E2K 30; has moved down from 12,210 or 10,875 kHz in the summer months. "178 178 178 00000", - call remains "178" as it was earlier in the year - strong signal, lower sideband suppressed. Carrier was up when checked at 2005z, tone at 2012z and a single spoken "Eins seben acht" at 2013z.
17-Sept-05 8,530 kHz "178 178 178 00000", peaking S9, lower sideband well suppressed, carrier was up at 2003z.

[Tnx PoSw]

G22

5119kHz 2200z 15/09 [186 nr 266 gr 20 27958...] AF
 
4588kHz 2200z 06/10 [‘186’ 267 31 43671 etc] RNGB
  2200z 20/10 [‘186’ 267 31 43671 etc] RNGB

Slavic stations

Onto the Slavic Desk’s chart and review, followed by the logs:

Chart 21

M10, S10d and S17c from 1st September, 2005

Compiled by the Slavic Desk

Freq Freq   Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Activity
kHz //               Designation
6945 8175 S0150 S0150 R
4485 6758     0210 R
4485 6758 0330   0330   R
4485 6758   0340   ALT
3522 4485 0400 0400   0400 R
4485 6763       0410 R
5471   S0410 S0410   R
3522 5301 0430     R
    0430  
5301 8190 0450 0450 R
4836   S0450   S0450 R
5917   0535 0535 0535   0535 R
      S0540   S0540    
9986 11417     S0600 S0600 R
14565 15898 0615 0615 06150 0615 0615 0615 0615 R
5945 9166             0700 R
9986 13405   S0755 R
5078 8190 0800 0800   ALT
9986 13405 S0820 S0820 ALT
    0830    
14445   0840 0840 ALT
      1100 1100 ALT
5945 9166 1140 1140     ALT
8143 12226     1200 1200   ALT
5301 8190 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 R [S17c]
5945 9166   1340 1340         ALT
8175   1410 1410     R
14445       1440 1440 ALT
5945 9386 1500 1500     ALT
8175 9986         S1520 R
14565       1530 1530   ALT
5028 7605 1610 1610         ALT
5078 7745 1630 1630   1630     1630 R
7605 11417     1640         R
5078 8112 1700 1700       ALT
5917 9166     1700 1700   ALT
7475 9986   1720   1720    
7475 11417         1720 R
6945 10582 S1740 S1740       R
5945 9369 1800       1800   R
4836 9369   1820 1820       ALT
7745 9385     S1820 S1820   ALT
14377     1840 1840   NC
    S1855 S1855      
4030 6758   1900 1900   ALT
5945 10125 1920 1920         R
8190 12295       1940 1940   ALT
7745 9166     1950   1950   1950 R
2774 3383   S2020     S2020     R
6894 7745 S2050   S2050         R
3522 4782   2100   2100       R
5474 6894         S2130   S2130 R
3522 4782   2200 2200         R
4485 5945   2200 2200         R

Freqs ± 2kHz

Activity Designations:

R : Regular transmissions on the time and day shown weekly
I : Irregular transmissions on the day and time shown
ALT : Regular transmissions on the day and time shown, but on alternate weeks.
NC : Not Confirmed

ALT see alternate week prog: see text later

ALT see alternate week prog: see text later

M11: 0900z 5019kHz  
Transmission Dates: Mon 19 Sept 2005 to Fri 23 Sept 2005 inclusive
  Mon 17 Oct 2005 to Fri 21 Oct 2005 inclusive

Signals on this group are now getting better. The October signals were the best for some months.

Chart 21 above is valid from 1st September to 31st October. The next expected change will be on 1st November and should be in force until 31st January 2006.

As with all changes, slight variations are to be expected [See chart 17 for further guidance NL Issue 26 page 22 ].

In the future, all charts will show time schedules fow which we do not have a current frequency. This is to encourage monitors who seek to find the unknown.. [Darkness Visible!].

Another change I am introducing is the inclusion of the designation NC [not confirmed]. In the past I have not listed schedules unless I have personally confirmed them. In this respect I may have been unfair to monitors who have sent in logs on M10/S10d, although it would be helpful for logs to be sent in before the closing date of newsletters.

At this point a warm welcome to Fritz Nusser. As the latest correspondent to this column Fritz has sent a long list of scheds he has logged.

Regretably the 1840z has been marked NC as propagation at that time on the higher freqs is never good with me.

Only a few anomalies noted for this period, 2nd October 2005 1630z schedule no ending sent, also on occasion using ICW instead of the usual MCW.

S17c on Thurs 13th October 2005 used USB, not AM. It has been noted that five figure group for this station has recently been more variable and wider in content.

1255z 28/10 another possible control room foul up as a male voice quoted Russian[?] figures on top of S17c [heard on 8190kHz]. Plondon was monitoring 5301kHz and Russian figs not heard.

Alternate Week Programme

0340   0840  
0800   1340  
S0820   1610  
1140   1700 [5078/8112kHz]
1200   1840  
1440   1940  
1500  
1700 [5919/9166]  
1820  
S1820  
1900  
 
Transmission weeks Transmission weeks
09/10/05 to 15/10/05 02/10/05 to 08/10/05
23/10/05 to 29/10/06 16/10/05 to 22/10/05
  Dates inclusive  

Only October dates shown to allow forward projections. In a five week month certain schedules may change. To fully understand these changes it would be helpful to read writings on repeat message message procedures.

My thanks to PLondon for his early morning offerings.

Although Early, a Happy Christmas to all our readers : DoK 1845z 26/10/05

S04

3868kHz 2145z 12/09 lsb [‘537’ 265 20 groups] RNGB
  2145z 11/10   [537 - nr 266 gr 21 = 13304] Gert

S06

PoSW offers his analysis for S06:

The long established weekly Tuesday 1630  + 1730 UTC and 1850 + 1950 UTC schedules continue into October along with the second and fourth Saturday call "724" transmissions.

S06 continued…………….

Tuesday 1630 + 1730 UTC schedule

6-Sept-05   1635 UTC 11,020 kHz first sending of a full message found in progress, hum on carrier.
1730 UTC 8,170 kHz second sending, calling "635", DK/GC "210 210 67 67", hum on carrier as with first sending.
7-Sept-05 Wednesday 1630 UTC 11,020 kHz next day repeat of "635" and "210 210 67 67".
  1738 UTC 8,170 kHz second sending in progress, very weak signal.
13-Sept-05 1630 UTC 11,020 kHz calling "635", DK/GC "420 420 71 71", very weak signal at first, became a bit stronger as transmission progressed.
1730 UTC 8,165 kHz 5KHz lower than last week, second sending. strength S7, lower sideband well suppressed.
14-Sept-05 Wednesday 1630 UTC 11,020 kHz back to 8,170 kHz - and a very strong "XJT" has set up shop close to this frequency - next day repeats of "635" and "420 71".
  1730 UTC 8,170 kHz  
1730 UTC 8,170 kHz back to 8,170 kHz - and a very strong "XJT" has set up shop close to this frequency - next day repeats of "635" and "420 71".
 
20-Sept-05   1630 UTC 11,020 kHz call "635", DK/GC "814 814 72 72", signal strength S7, lower sideband well suppressed. Repeated 1730 UTC, 8,170 kHz, difficult copy due to strong "XJT".
21-Sept-05 Wednesday 1630 UTC 11,020 kHz "635" and "814 72", peaking S9+, stronger than yesterday.
27-Sept-05   1630 UTC 11,025 kHz 5KHz kigher than usual; there was some kind of FSK/RTTY signal on 11,020 today so perhaps S06's owners were aware of it. Calling "635", DK/GC "948 948 71 71", signal strength S8 to S9, lower sideband suppressed.
1730 UTC 8,170 kHz second sending, almost unreadable thanks to S9+ "XJT".
 
4-Oct-05     9,220 kHz this schedule continues in October, moving lower in frequency as the hours of daylight decline. 1637 UTC, first sending of a full mesage transmission in progress, peaking S9, lower sideband suppressed. Ended 1645z with "182 182 65 65 00000".
1730 UTC 7,810 kHz second sending, calling "403", DK/GC "182 182 65 65", signal strength S9+, lower sideband suppressed.
5-Oct-05 Wednesday 1630 UTC 9,220 kHz next day repeats of "403" and "182 65".
  1730 UTC 7,810 kHz  
11-Oct-05   1630 UTC 9,220 kHz calling "403", DK/GC "125 125 67 67", strength S7, lower sideband well supressed.
1730 UTC 7,810 kHz repeat of "403" and "125 125 67 67", S9 signal.
12-Oct-05 Wednesday 1730 UTC 7,810 kHz second sending repeat of yesterday's "403" and "125 125 67 67".
18-Oct-05   1630 UTC 9,220 kHz this Tuesday schedule is the one S06 which can be relied upon to come up with a full message. All the other S06s are stuck in the four minutes of "00000" rut. Calling "403", DK/GC "752 752 61 61". Repeated 1730 UTC, 7,810 kHz.

Tuesday 1850 + 1950  UTC Schedule, call is always "254", does not change each month

6-Sept-05   1850 UTC 8,020 kHz "254 254 254 00000", S9+ signal, lower sideband suppressed.
1950 UTC 6,880 kHz "254 254 254 00000", second sending.
13-Sept-05   1850 UTC 8,020 kHz "254 254 254 00000", S8, lower sideband well suppressed.
20-Sept-05   1850 UTC 8,020 kHz calling "254" for a full message transmission, not all that common for this schedule; the last one was in July. DK/GC "186 186 97 97", peaking S9+, lower sideband well suppressed.
1950 UTC 6,880 kHz second sending, strength S7.
21-Sept-05 Wednesday 1850 UTC 8,020 kHz full message means a next day repeat, very strong signal, mod. sounded deeper than is usual for this schedule. Missed 1950z repeat.
27-Sept-05   1850 UTC 8,020 kHz "254 254 254 00000", back in the old routine, then.
 
4-Oct-05   1950 UTC 5,330 kHz "254 254 254 00000", S9+ signal, over-riding strong "XJT" on close frequency. Second sending, unable to find first at 1850z.
11-Oct-05   1850 UTC 6,780 kHz first sending flattened by S9++ "XJT", no wonder I couldn't find it last Tuesday! "254 254 254 00000", only just readable with the receiver in USB or narrow AM modes. Second sending 1950 UTC, 5,330 kHz
18-Oct-05   1850 UTC 6,780 kHz less QRM than last week and 1950 UTC, 5,330 kHz, "254 254 254 00000".

Second and Fourth Saturday in Month 1600 + 1700  UTC schedule

27-Aug-05 I couldn't find this schedule on the second Saturday in August, the 13th; had been moving lower in frequency for the past couple of months, i.e. 13,970 + 11,450 kHz in June, 13,910 + 11,150 kHz in July but has moved higher in frequency for August:
  1602 UTC 14,520 kHz "724 724 724 00000", frantic tuning around found the last couple of minutes of this four minute "no message" transmission.
1700 UTC 12,180 kHz "724 724 724 00000", strength S7, lower sideband suppressed.
 
10-Sept-05   1700 UTC 11,060 kHz second sending, unable to find the first at 1600z, try again on the 24th, "724 724 724 00000".
24-Sept-05   1603 UTC 13,890 kHz just caught the last minute, weak signal, "724 724 724 00000".
1700 UTC 11,060 kHz "724 724 724 00000", much stronger than first sending, S9, lower sideband suppressed.
 
8-Oct-05   1700 UTC 11,130 kHz "724 724 724 00000", second sending, couldn't find the first an hour earlier but there will be another chance to search on 22-Oct. Strong signal, S9+ , much stronger than is usual for this schedule; if the first sending was as strong as this it should have been easy enough to find, lower sideband suppressed.
 
22-Oct-05 Saturday 1600 UTC 13,530 kHz fourth Saturday in the month: "724 724 724 00000", first sending, there was no excuse for not finding this on 8-Oct because this frequency was used in October last year, as was the second sending at 1700 UTC on 11,130 kHz. So the moral is: always take a look at last year's log!

Second and Fourth Saturday in Month 1600 UTC, always with call "890"

This had been turning up regularly on the second and fourth Saturdays always on 6,772 kHz and always with four minutes worth of "890 890 890 00000"; however, was expected to show up on 27-Aug and 10-Sept but not heard. Returned on 24-Sept, S9 signal, lower sideband well suppressed. Carrier with 1,200Hz tone was up at 1546z. Not heard on the second Saturday in October, the 8th. Was not heard on the fourth Saturday, 22-Oct although there was a strong carrier up on 6,772 kHz at 1545 UTC which seemed like the TX warming up the frequency but it went off a bit after 1546z and did not return. I wonder if the transmission had been on earlier, perhaps at 1540z and I just caught the end of the carrier left on the air for a few minutes afterwards? However, there was another S06 around on 22-Oct, not part of any regular schedule of which I am aware:
  1602 UTC 6,830 kHz having given up on finding the "890" S06, and having checked out the "724" on 13,530 kHz found a Russian Man on 6,830 calling "212" in readiness for a full message. Appalling audio, distorted, difficult to understand, sounded like a Dalek! DK/GC "359 359 40 40". Searched for a repeat one hour later but nothing found.

Second and Fourth Monday in the Month Schedule

12-Sept-05 2115 UTC 6,960 kHz "601 601 601 00000", strength S7, lower sideband well suppressed. Carrier with tone noted 2102z and a single spoken "Shesht null adean" at 2107z.
26-Sept-05 2115 UTC 6,960 kHz "601 601 601 00000", S9+, lower sideband well suppressed.
 
10-Oct-05 2115 UTC 5,760 kHz "427 427 427 00000", carrier with tone noted just after 2100z., second sending of a schedule I think, other monitors in E2K 30 report a sending at 2015z as well as 2115.
24-Oct-05 2015 UTC 6,870 kHz "427 427 427 00000", first sending found, several likely looking carriers found around 2010z, turned out to be the one on 6,870. Signal strength S7, lower sideband well suppressed.
2115 UTC 5,760 kHz "472 472  472 00000" again, stronger than first sending.

[Tnx PoSW]

AnonUK mentioned a strange one

Odd S06 today 0600z 03/10 first 2 calls 967 were female then rest of call after a pause changed to the male voice, then remainder of preamble and message were the female voice. Also unusual was the GC of 29."

[Tnx AnonUK]

RNGB’s log:

12th Sept 2115 6960 ‘601’ 00000
14th   0820 7605 ‘471’ 238 6 83261 etc
  0830 9255 ‘471’ repeat
0840 9480 ‘328’ 469 7 35221 etc
0850 11040 ‘328’ repeat
20th 1400 14740 ‘493’ 267 149 57312 etc
  1500 12215 ‘493’ repeat
1630 11020 ‘635’ 814 72 47150 etc
1730 8170 ‘635’ repeat
1850 8020 ‘254’ 186 97 58097 etc
1950 6880 ‘254’ repeat
24th 1700 11060 ‘724’ 00000
27th 1850 8020 ‘254’ 00000
       
5th Oct 0700 13420 ‘729’ 436 8 groups
    0710 15380 ‘729’ repeat
0730 7335 ‘745’ 982 6 53547 etc
0820 7660 ‘471’ 00000
0830 8345 ‘471’ 00000 (not the expected frquencies)
0840 9480 ‘328’ 416 9 69262 etc
0850 11040 ‘328’ repeat
1730 7810 ‘403’ 182 65 03600 etc
1758 5870 ‘835’ (Old man) moved to 5120 due QRM
1809 5120 ‘835’ 00000 (fast zeros)
6th 1000 9225 ‘895’ 231 10 35851 etc
  1010 11515 ‘895’ repeat (Young lady)
8th 1600 13530 ‘724’ 00000
  1700 11130 ‘724’ 00000
10th 2015 6870 ‘427’ 00000
  2115 5760 ‘427’ 00000
11th 1950 5330 ‘254’ 00000
12th 1630 9220 ‘403’ 125 67 53400 etc
  1730 7810 ‘403’ repeat
1800 5870 ‘835’ (unreadable due QRM)
14th 0840 11065 ‘725’ 381 54 39973 06296 etc
  0940 13380 ‘725’ repeat
17th 1210 11460 ‘831’ 00000
18th 1730 7810 ‘403’ 752 61 71644 etc
  1800 5680 ‘624’ 00000
1815 6815 ‘624’ 00000
1850 6780 ‘254’ 00000
1950 5330 ‘254’ 00000
19th 0820 7605 ‘471’ 00000 (back to normal frequencies and Old Man)
  0830 9255 ‘471’ 00000
0840 9480 ‘328’ 00000
0850 11040 ‘328’ 00000 (OM)
1630 9220 ‘403’ 752 61 71644 etc
20th 1010 11515 ‘895’ 00000 (back to Old man)
25th 1630 9220 ‘403’ 865 72 43070 etc
26th 0820 7605 ‘471’ 00000
  0840 9480 ‘328’ 00000 (YL)

AF’s log reads:

2005-09-24 Sat 1000 1004 6410 s06 "893:00000" female voice
2005-09-25 Sun 1830 1852 8180 e06 "... 05094 847 105 00000"

[Tnx AF]

Having whetted your appetite with the logs we present Gert’s chart of:

S06 and E06 both ending fast – Regular skeds

      2005 2005 2005 2005 ID ID ID ID
Day   time (utc) august september october november august sept october nov
mon   20.15 10910 8120 6870   583 601 427  
mon   21.15 8170 6960 5760   583 601 427  
mon   22.15  
tue   14.00 15810 14740 13550   493 493 493 493
tue   15.00 13930 12215 11140   493 493 493 493
tue   16.30 14560 11020 9220   980 635 403  
tue   17.30 12190 8170 7810   980 635 403  
tue   18.50 9070 8020 6780   254      
tue   19.50 7770 6880 5330   254      
tue E06 20.00 12190   7810   471 471 471 471
tue E06 21.00 9240   5360   471 471 471 471
wed   13.00  
wed   14.00    
wed E06 14.00 12297 12215 13545   651 487 392  
wed E06 14.05 13385/12207   12210   457 457 457 457
wed   14.30  
wed E06 15.05 11120   457 457 457 457
wed E06 15.00 10417 10623 11475   651 487 392  
wed   16.30  
wed   17.30  
wed   18.00   5870/5120   835 835 835  
wed E06 21.00 10230   6955   801 527 731  
wed E06 22.00 8160 6820 5760   801 527 731  
thu E06 05.00  
thu E06 06.00   14740   260  
thu   08.40   11065   725  
thu   09.40   13380   725  
thu   10.00   9225   480    
thu E06 20.30   5186 5186     891 891  
thu E06 22.00   5120       960    
fri E06 09.00 13375   469  
fri E06 21.30   5187   634  
sat   16.00 6772   890 890 890  
sat 16.00   13530   724 724 724 724
sat 17.00 12180 11060 11130   724 724 724 724
sat G06 20.20  
sat E06 21.00   8160   397  
sat E06 22.00   6790   397  
sun E06 18.30 9160 8180 6980   690 690 690 690
sun E06 19.30 7850 6950 5443   690 690 690 690

Thanks Gert [who acknowledges all help given to him, Freqs where found by GD, RNGB and me - Gert. – thanks all]

S10d

Away from DoK’s excellent schedule and sending analysis we receive a splendid report from PoSW:

As expected there were changes of frequencies to many S10d Czech transmissions with the arrival of September, all much the same as last year. Signal strengths are generally weaker than in the summer months and the occasional use of suppressed carrier mode continues, i.e. single sideband mode which needs the receiver to be in USB. Schedules operating in October include the following:

Saturday 1520 UTC 8,175 // 9,985 kHz as of 3-September, changed from 7,745 // 9,165 kHz used in previous months. 8,175 is usually at good strength although the pressence of a strong "XJT" or similar on the LF side can make copy difficult. However, the QRM can be removed by using the receiver in USB mode with the S10d carrier tuned for zero beat. 9,985 is often weak and, being at the top end of the 31 metre broadcast band, often suffers from all sorts of interference.
Saturday and Thursday 0600 UTC 9,985 // 11,416 kHz from September 9,985 replaces 9,385 used in the summer months; not much of a change in frequency, really. This schedule has become very weak indeed in October and is often only just detectable on both frequencies.
Saturday and Thursday 2130 UTC 5,473 // 6,894 kHz changed from the summertime 7,475 // 9,165 kHz, which at least gets the Czech YL clear of the Voice of Greece broadcaster on 7,475; she always had Mr Stavros on top of her, so to speak. On Thursday 8-September 5,473 kHz was transmitted with carrier and so could be copied as an AM signal but 6,894 was in carrier suppressed mode and had to be copied in USB. On the next occasion this schedule appeared, Saturday 10th, both frequencies were back with carrier.
Sunday and Tuesday 2050 UTC 6,894 // 7,745 kHz changed in September from 8,175 // 9,985 used in the summer. Wide variations in signal strengths of both frequencies from week to week, sometimes S9 and other times only just readable.
Monday and Tuesday 1740 UTC 6,945 // 10,582 kHz as of 5-September changed from 8,190 // 13,502 kHz used in the summer months. Always has two 5F messages, the same messages on the Monday and the Tuesday. On Monday 17-October both frequencies were transmitted in carrier suppressed USB mode but on the following day were both up in the AM compatible "with carrier" mode.

[Tnx PoSW]

S11a

4016kHz 2100z 21/09 [971/00] AF
  2100z 05/10 [971/00] MoK

S17c

As expected the freqs changed to the more acceptable 5301//8190kHz for September [logs from AF, DoK amd H-FD – tnx]:

01/09 50031
02/09 64033
03/09 60033
05/09 55031
07/09 60032
08/09 58032
09/09 57031
10/09 62032
12/09 70033
16/09 45030
 
18/09 58030
19/09 67030
20/09 57031
21/09 67032
22/09 77030
23/09 65031
25/09 66035
26/09 74029
27/09 70035
28/09 68030
29/09 67031
30/09 67036

Trawling away from his usual freqs PLondon kicked the month of October off with his intercept for Sat first! Rest from DoK & HFD tnx.

01/10 64048
02/10 62028
03/10 77029
04/10 67038
05/10 79030
10/10 69028
11/10 70027
12/10 29068
13/10 72030
14/10 72035
17/10 76028
19/10 69032
20/10 78035
21/10 73030
22/10 70031
23/10 71025
25/10 90028
26/10 56026
27/10 79036
28/10 79035
31/10 78036

Note: S17c frequency from 01 November will be 9166kHz

S21

4973kHz 1742z 25/08 [0000extr. weak] AF
5373kHz 1742z 25/08 [0000] AF
 
4014kHz 2100z 19/10 [971/00] HFD
 
4454kHz 1842z 20/09   AF
  1842z 22/09 AF
1842z 29/09 AF
1842z 11/10 [carrier only] HFD //4854
1842z 13/10 [very weak] HFD //4854
 
4854kHz 1842z 20/09 [‘454’] (very weak) RNGB & AF
  1842z 22/09   AF

 

Spanish lady: V02 and variants:

Before we move onto logs and analysis [from PoSW too], Mark Slaten US remarked on 24/10:

Cubans unusually silent today. Possibly because of the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico that are hitting Florida at this time. Hopefully, they will be back on the air soon.

However, on 26/10 Mark noted,

"Observation: Looks like the Cubans are back up to normal operations after being down (probably from the hurricane Wilma)."

[BBC World News commented on Friday 28/10 at 0400z that the US had sent a three man team to Cuba to assess Hurricane damage. Noted by PLondon whilst suffering a coughing fit]!

However on 29/10 Mark had time to assess the messages fully and follows up with,

I don't know if you have noticed, but since a week ago Wednesday, the Cubans have been repeating quite a few message more than the normal three days.

By checking past logs, it is readily apparent that the Cubans haven't had much to say since Wednesday [19/10] last week. Some of the message numbers are being repeated now for the seventh time. This is not the norm, as three times is the usual length a message will be broadcast. It is a rare thing, but does occasionally happen.

Earlier this year, they recycled some messages nine times! That is a record.

Cuban traffic was scarce to nil last Sunday and Monday [23 & 24/10]. This was probably due to hurricane Wilma. Traffic seems to be back to normal now."

[Excellent Mark - thanks]

Mark Slaten US has regularly indicated that changes are afoot within the sendings from this Cuban Senorita. In Group message 7068 he summed the matter up by posting:

The primary sked comes up at 0900z and the secondary (or repeat) is at 1000z. The following is the present sked matrix:

Day 0900z 1000z
  primary secondary
Sunday 7887m 7975m
Monday 7527m 7681m
Tuesday 7520m 7887m
Wed 7482m 7862m
Thursday 7527m 7681m
Friday 7520m 7887m
Saturday 7887m 7975m

There is also a daily sked on the following:

1600z 7975m (Note) primary
1700z 8010m   secondary
1800z 8097m   primary
1900z 8097m   secondary
2000z 7887m   primary
2100z 6855m   secondary
2200z 6797m (Note)  

Note: It appears that the 2200z sked has been dropped and replaced with the 1600z sked. This just occured in the past two or three weeks.

For close to a year the above skeds were Cuban V02c variety skeds. Recently they stopped after many months or broadcast, and were replaced with the current V02a skeds. The same female voice was used for both V02c/V02a skeds. This afternoon matrix remains the same each day, unlike the freq changes of the early morning group.

The Cuban operation is known for cock-ups and 30/10 saw an addition to Mark's analysis,

"Well, just when I thought the Cubans were going to shoot holes in my V02c/V02a musings, I finally began hearing them today at the 1900z sked. They are now recycling the messages for a 7th day at 1900z and a 9th day at 2100z.

And just to keep things on the light side, the op forgot to broadcast the V02a sked at 2100z on 7887m. Instead, he switched on Radio Havana and left it on the whole time allocated for V02a! Well, at least he recovered at 2100z on 6855m."

[Tnx Mark]!

V02

PoSW writes:

V02 continues to suffer from all the usual technical problems. Many of the transmissions starting at 0500 or 0600 UTC have become very weak as we in the Northern Hemisphere head towards winter. One new observation is the appearance of V02 in the UK evening, specifically on 7,887 kHz after 2000 UTC.

8-Sept-05 Thursday 0600 UTC 8,097 kHz V02 starting up, very weak signal, could make out "Atencion" but that was about all.
9-Sept-05 Friday 0536 UTC 9,153 kHz weak signal.
  0604 UTC 9,323 kHz just caught the end of the call-up, repeating "47152" before going into 5Fs, weak signal. Nothing heard on the other frequency often active at 0700z on Fridays, 8,010 kHz.
10-Sept-05 Saturday     no sign of V02 activity at 0600z, 8,097 kHz or 0700z, 9,153 kHz, long standing Saturday schedules which in recent months have vanished for weeks at a time.
17-Sept-05 Saturday 0612 UTC 8,097 kHz transmission in progress, weak signal. Must have been one of the famous V02 late starts; was plain carrier only when checked at 0600 and 0605 UTC.
0700 UTC 9,153 kHz weak carrier only, no mod heard at all when checked at various times between 0700 and 0730 UTC.
21-Sept-05 Wednesday 0607 UTC 8,010 kHz very weak signal, only just detectable, nothing heard at all on the other 0600 UTC frequency of 9,331 kHz.
22-Sept-05 Thursday 0533 UTC 8,097 kHz transmission in progress, peaking S6 which is somewhat stronger than your usual V02 these days. Paused after 0535z to repeat "92452" several times before proceeding with 5Fs, ended after 0549z with 3 x "finale".
0701 UTC 8,097 kHz starting up again, signal strength increased to S8, peaking S9, best reception of a V02 for some time. Calling "Atencion, 98071 51153 42786", none of these the same as the call heard earlier
2034 UTC 7,887 kHz an evening V02, found by chance because 7,887 was tuned in in readiness for the third sending of this evening's E07 English Man transmission also on this frequency. Weak signal but no mistaking the voice of the Senorita from La Habana! Reference to page 27 of E2K issue 30 gives 7,887 as the frequency for a daily V02C.
24-Sept-05 Saturday     no sign of V02 at 0600 UTC on 8,097 kHz or at 0700 UTC on 9,153 kHz.
25-Sept-05 Sunday 2032 UTC 7,887 kHz evening transmission, heard on most evenings in previous week, always a weak signal but slightly stronger today.
28-Sept-05 Wednesday 0607 UTC 8,010 kHz very weak signal, QRM from the FSK station sitting close to this frequency in idling mark/space mode.
  9,331 kHz very weak signal, only just detectable.
29-Sept-05 Thursday 0540 UTC 8,097 kHz transmission in progress, reasonable signal for a change, S7 with good audio.
0600 UTC 8,097 kHz plain carrier when checked just after the hour, voice suddenly came up with 5Fs just after 0605z, into 5Fs without "atencion" call-up.
2021 UTC 7,887 kHz peaking strength S5, the best signal so far from this evening transmission. Ended just before 2048z with 3 X "finale".
30-Sept-05 Friday 0600 UTC 9,323 kHz starting up with "Atencion" routine, very weak signal. The other Friday 0600z frequency was flattened by strong FSK signal.
2007 UTC 7,887 kHz transmission in progress, much weaker than yesterday

V02 continued………….

1-Oct-05 Saturday 0600 UTC 8,097 kHz very weak signal of some kind, unable to confirm as V02.
0700 UTC 9,153 kHz V02 starting up, very weak, only just detectable.
8-Oct-05 Saturday 0700 UTC 9,153 kHz starting up with "Atencion, 56461 25453 48941, S7 signal with the QRM from the utility station close to this frequency.
10-Oct-05 Monday 0600 UTC 9,331 kHz starting up with a very weak signal, only just detectable.
15-Oct-05 Saturday nothing heard on 8,097 kHz when checked just after 0600z; however there was a very weak signal of some kind when monitored again 0635z, went off 0645 and 30 seconds  UTC so was probably V02.
0700 UTC 9,153 kHz strength S7 to S8, much stronger than the signal heard earlier, starting up with, "Atencion, 06961 25454 48943"

[Thanks PoSW]

V02a

Read remarks to see reasons for Mark Slaten’s excellent analysis of the Cuban stations.

4035kHz 1000z 17/09 [(In progress) A84971 ----- ----- ] MSUS
5762kHz 0400z 17/09 [A32814 53102 21926 (YL/SS)] MSUS
5883kHz 0500z 17/09 [A32814 53102 21926 (YL/SS) (Repeat of 0400z on 5762m)] MSUS
6855kHz 2100z 26/09 [A41343 35093 93953 (YL/SS) (Repeat of 2000z on 7887m)] MSUS
  2100z 30/09 [A03231 27171 94791 (YL/SS)] MSUS
2100z 02/10 [A93233 27173 94793 (YL/SS - Repeat of 2000z on 7887m)] MSUS
2118z 09/10 [In progress, no calls - YL/SS] MSUS
2100z 10/10 [A55653 64083 85623] MSUS
2100z 19/10 [A88833 87963 64013 (YL/SS - Repeat of 2000z on 7887m)] MSUS
2100z 20/10 [A39251 67881 54711 (YL/SS) (Repeat of 2000z on 7887m)] MSUS
2100z 26/10 [ A39255 67885 54715 (YL/SS, Repeat of 2000z on 7887m)] MSUS
2100z 30/10 [A39259 67889 54719 (YL/SS)] MS US
7520kHz 0900z 23/09 [YL/SS - Sked off to a late start, in progress, no callup. Expected this to be a V2c sked] MSUS
7527kHz 0900z 26/09 [A87752 48532 62832 (YL/SS - expected V2c sked).] MSUS
  0900z 29/09 [(Late start) ----- 62302 70602 (YL/SS)] MSUS
7583kHz 1000z 26/09 (In progress YL/SS) MSUS
  1000z 03/10 [Late start, no callups] MSUS
7681kHz 1000z 26/09 [A87752 48532 62832 (YL/SS - expected V2c sked).Repeat of 0900z on 7527m] MSUS
  1000z 29/09 [A30062 62302 70602 (YL/SS - Repeat of 0900z sked on 7527m)] MSUS
1000z 03/10 [A57371 08001 91681 (YL/SS)] MSUS
7887kHz 1000z 23/09 [A87751 48531 62831 (YL/SS - Repeat of 0900z on 7520m. Expected this to be a V2c sked).] MSUS
  0900z 25/09 [Late start - In progress - YL/SS. Expected V2c sked here] MSUS
2000z 26/09 [(Late start - In progress at2008z) ----- 35093 93953 (YL/SS)] MSUS
2000z 01/10 [A93232 27172 94792 (YL/SS - Previous V2c freq).] MSUS
2100z 01/10 [A93232 27172 94792 (YL/SS - Previous V2c freq. Repeat of 2000z on 7887m. Should have been 6855m)]  
Note: This 01/10 2100z V2a sked came up on 7887kHz and was incorrect. That was the 2000z freq. 2100z should have been up on 6855m.
The 2200z V2c sked normally on 6797m was a no-show.
7887kHz 2000z 02/10 [A93233 27173 94793 (YL/SS)] MSUS
  2000z 03/10 [A93234 27174 94794 (YL/SS)] MSUS
2000z 10/10 [A55653 64083 85623 YL/SS] MSUS
2000z 19/10 [A88833 87963 64013 (YL/SS)] MSUS
2000z 20/10 [A39251 67881 54711 (YL/SS)] MSUS
2000z 26/10 [A----- 67885 54715 (YL/SS Late start)] MSUS
2000z 30/10 [Radio Havana broadcasting on V02a's carrier for the whole time of V02a sked. OOPS!!!] MS US
7975kHz 1000z 18/09 [A22192 02262 51152 (YL/SS) This should have been a V2c broadcast] MSUS*
*Note: The V2a caught at 1000z on 7975m was expected to be the second sked of the day for V2c.The xmtr sounded like V2c, but the tape played was V2a. Possible conclusion is that V2a and V2c are originated from the same location.
7975kHz 1000z 25/09 [V02a, A99541 81771 22701 (YL/SS - Expected V2c sked here] MSUS
  1000z 02/10 [Late start - no callups - L/SS] MSUS
1000z 23/10 [A----- 39412 02602 (In progress, YL/SS)] MSUS
1600z 23/10 [(YL/SS, Too weak for copy)] Note: Believe this 1600z V2a takes the place of the 2200z V2a.MSUS
8010kHz 1738z 20/10 [1738-1745z In progress. Was prior V2c sked freq and time] MSUS
8097kHz 0600z 17/09 [(Station up, but his own carrier is blocking/distorting transmission)] MSUS
  1900z 26/09 [(In progress) ----- 14153 45073 (YL/SS)] MSUS
0600z 01/10 [A----- 25452 72853 (YL/SS - Late start)] MSUS
1800z 01/10 [A45202 71412 15092 (YL/SS - Previous V2c freq).] MSUS
1900z 01/10 [A45202 71412 15092 (YL/SS - Previous V2c freq. Repeat of 1800z on 8097m)] MSUS
1900z 03/10 [A45204 71414 15094] MSUS
1900z 10/10 [In progress, no calls. YL/SS] MSUS
1900z 19/10 [A44073 10283 49523] MSUS
1800z 20/10 [A77581 13801 15361 (YL/SS)] MSUS
1900z 20/10 [A77581 13801 15361 (YL/SS) (Repeat of 1800z on 8097m)] MSUS
1900z 26/10 [ A13253 08363 30093 (YL/SS)] MS US
1900z 30/10 [A13257 08367 30097 (YL/SS)] MS US
8136kHz 0700z 09/09 [A----- ----- 92681 (In progress YL/SS)] MSUS
  0700z 23/09 [YL/SS - Sked off to a late start, in progress, no callup] MS US
9063kHz 0700z 26/10 [ A80892 04092 79423 (YL/SS)] MSUS
 
9153kHz 0700z 08/09 [A41642 01745 06296 (YL/SS)] MSUS
  0700z 29/09 [A17181 26431 01072 (YL/SS)] MSUS
0700z 01/10 [A17183 25452 72853 (YL/SS - Repeat of 0600z on 8097m)] MSUS
0700z 08/10 [A----- 25453 48941 (YL/SS)(In progress)] MSUS
 
9354kHz 0800z 25/09 [In progress - YL/SS] MSUS
  0900z 25/09 [In progress - YL/SS] MSUS
0800z 09/10 [First heard M8a in traffic, it stopped, and then a V2a began already in traffic, then stopped at 0816z] MSUS

Mark Slaten observed that the 0900z and 1000z V2c skeds seem to have changed their format to V2a as of this past week. The Cubans are using the same freqs and times for these early day skeds that V2c was using. The 1700z through 2200z V2c skeds seem to still use the V2c format.

Mark then followed up with this interesting analysis of past transmissions:

This morning [25/09] 0900z/1000z expected V2c sked was again replaced with V02a broadcasts on 7887m/7975m!

At 1000z on 8174m, M08a up loud and clear, in progress. Then abruptly stops at about 1015z before the third message.

After a pause, a weak V02c in progress was heard on 8173m. M08a never returned!

The 1100z M08a on 3926m was supposed to be the repeat of 1000z M08a on 3926m. The 1100z should have been on 4173m, but the operator forgot to change freqs from the hour before!

The way the Cubans have been broadcasting this past year, you would think all the older ops have retired and the new ones have taken their place. Late skeds, early skeds, no skeds, V02a instead of V02c or M08a and vice versa. It really is turning into a "comedy of errors" for these networks! I really wonder who is running the show in Cuba. Obviously, his/her superiors do not care about quality, and the poor recipient of these broadcasts must really get frustrated as to when and where a good quality message will arrive.”

 [Tnx MS US]

Now onto V02c…………………

Note: From 26/09 the afternoon V2c skeds now appear to be changing their format to that of V2a.

V02c

Mark also wrote this prophetic piece – posted via IC:

Note: It appears that the V2c skeds have ceased to broadcast. The time and freqs have changed over to I believe, four V2a broadcasts with their repeats an hour later.

The only difference in times and freq is the 2200z sked on 6797m. It does not seem to be there anymore, but I suspect there isnow a 1600z sked on (?) freq with a primary V2a sked.

Mark asks for assitance finding the new schedule at 1600z - so come on chaps there must be plenty of you who read this but never bother to post - now is the time to help.

Those of us in Britain and Europe cannot hear it at that time so let’s have a hand from the other side of the Atlantic for Mark [tnx Mark]

Come on Yanks do the man a favour!

7520kHz 0900z 09/09 [A888 16x2 A252 166x1 A888 16x2 (R3) 44621 62561.... (YL/SS)] MSUS
7887kHz 1000z 09/09 [(In progress) (YL/SS) ] MSUS
8174kHz 1000z 25/09 [M08a, ID ----- 22642 ----- (In progress - Stopped at 1015z, then began a V02c broadcast! As below]  
8173kHz 1015z 25/09 [ (Weak signal. Came up in progress, after M08a stopped in mid sked – as above] MSUS

V02c schedule removed, see Mark Slatens excellent follow up for an explanation:

Mark writes:

As you know, the V02c broadcasts were with us from about August 8, 2004 until September 30, 2005. The schedule was fixed daily as follows:

Time   Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat
0900 7887 7527 7520 7482 7527 7520 7887
1000 7975 7681 7887 7862 7681 7887 7975
1700 8010 8010 8010 8010 8010 8010 8010
1800 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097
1900 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097
2000 7887 7887 7887 7887 7887 7887 7887
2100 6855 6855 6855 6855 6855 6855 6855
2200 6797 6797 6797 6797 6797 6797 6797

Basically, the same callups were used and the same message sent by the two different callups.

Callups were:

Beginning in October 2005, this network changed it's format to that of V02a, with the following daily schedule being implemented:

Time   Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat
               
0900 7887 7527 7520 7482 7527 7520 7887
1000 7975 7681 7887 7862 7681 7887 7975
               
1600 7975 7975 7975 7975 7975 7975 7975
1700 8010 8010 8010 8010 8010 8010 8010
1800 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097
1900 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097 8097
2000 7887 7887 7887 7887 7887 7887 7887
2100 6855 6855 6855 6855 6855 6855 6855

Note that the only time and freq change is the 2200z sked is eliminated and the 1600z on 7975m was put in it's place.

There are now four different V02a broadcasts on a daily basis occupying these skeds. At 0900,1600,1800 and 2000 the primary sked is on, and at 1000,1700,1900 and 2100 the secondary or repeat sked is broadcast.

Here is an example from today October 29, 2005:

0900   7887   A39083 39413 02603   (Primary)
1000 7975 A39083 39413 02603 (Secondary)
       
1600 7975 A84305 73605 24685 (Primary)
1700 8010 A84305 73605 24685 (Secondary)
       
1800 8097 A13256 08366 30096 (Primary)
1900 8097 A13256 08366 30096 (Secondary)
       
2000 7887 A39258 67888 54718 (Primary)
2100 6855 A39258 67888 54718 (Secondary)

For those who are new to the "Numbers Stations", the Cuban’s format is such that the last number of each of the three callups will increment by one each day.

For instance,

2100   6855   A39257 67887 54717 (Yesterday)
2100 6855 A39258 67888 54718 (Today)
2100 6855 A39259 67889 54719 (Tomorrow)

The Cuban M08a and M08c formats also use this incremental way of keeping track of the number of days that a message is sent. The M08's also use the primary/secondary format.

There are other V02a skeds on the air that keep regular schedules, but this is the only group to my knowledge that used a V02c schedule.

I hope some of you have found this of interest. Happy monitoring!!!

[Thank you Mark, an excellent and interesting insight into the Cuban transmissions]

V07

We have been short of V07 reports but we received this from AnonUK:

14521kHz 0600z 04/10 [914 17 914 17] AnonUK
15821kHz 0620z 04/10 [914 17 914 17] AnonUK
  0620z 27/10 [584 000] mndbs
17421kHz 0640z 04/10 [914 17 914 17] AnonUK

An unusual report from AnonUK because V07 normally has a null format. [Tnx AnonUK]

V13

In message 4573 dated 05/03 Ben Mesander wrote,

"For a while, V13 seemed to have timeshifted into slots where it was not possible to hear it at my QTH. It seems to have resumed at least some skeds that are possible to pick up in the western US. Check around 1100utc-1500utc on:

8300.0 kHz
9275.0 kHz
9725.0 kHz
 
11430.0 kHz
11433.0 kHz
 
13570.0 kHz
13650.0 kHz
13750.0 kHz
 
15388.0 kHz

Note that some of the above freqs are in error, but since it's been so many years since I monitored this station I can't remember the ones that are "real"."

[Tnx Ben]


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