Forty-fourth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2002 22:21:20 +0100)

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Lincolnshire Poacher [E03]

Axel Kruse monitored the Lincolnshire Poacher on Sunday, 2 December at 1400 UTC. He heard the transmission on 11545 and 14487 kHz with normal strength. Then he tuned to 15682 kHz. Axel writes "Reception ok. Then back to 14487: nil. I remained there (in fact till 1445) and heard a very faint signal of the LP. At 1421 there was an attempt to restore normal power strength - for less than half a second the signal popped up. Later there were some minor attempts too, but the signal remained poor till the end. I reported earlier of the short circuits and/or interruptions of the LP's transmissions and we had the discussion whether they replaced their transmitters and/or antennas or not. For quite some time it seemed that they had fixed the problem, but I think they haven't."

The problems that Axel mentions occurred regularly during the past few years. It is a kind of a trademark for the Cyprus site :-) Thanks for the note, Axel!

LP was heard on 4 December, 2200 UTC, on a set of frequencies that isn't used very often: 12603, 10426 and 8464 kHz instead of the scheduled set of 11545, 9251 and 6959 kHz. "This triplet has been active in the past, I have logs of it being used regularly in 92/93/94/95.", says Mike L.

JMM noticed another oddity: "Yesterday, 2001-12-10, at 2200z, E05 was up and running as usual on 6960. There was no interference from E03. Then, at 2215z, E03 suddenly started on 6959. It was late on schedule, and started in the message body, without any preamble. E05 was still airing a 145 or so group message. The resuming of E03 happened while E05 was still in the first message body transmission. Most probably, E03 behaviour was the result of a mistake. Someone just forgot to switch the right circuit on."

Lincolnshire Poacher idents compiled by Axel Kruse.

Idents as of December 1, 2001

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 86228 86228 86228 86228 86228 86228 86228 1200
1300 53018 53018 53018 53018 53018 53018 53018 1300
1400 82518 81764 39281 14467 86228 51907 11272 1400
1500 11272 82518 81764 39281 14467 86228 9927 1500
1600 9927 11272 82518 81764 39281 14467 51907 1600
1700 51907 9927 11272 82518 81764 39281 86228 1700
1800 86228 51907 9927 11272 82518 81764 14467 1800
1900 14467 53018 51907 53018 11272 82518 53018 1900
2000 53018 86228 53018 9927 53018 11272 39281 2000
2100 39281 14467 86228 51907 9927 53018 81764 2100
2200 81764 39281 14467 86228 51907 9927 82518 2200

 

Idents as of Dec 15, 2001

UTC Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun UTC
1200 14284 14284 14284 14284 14284 14284 14284 1200
1300 37739 37739 37739 37739 37739 37739 37739 1300
1400 39882 79294 86960 69465 14284 66045 44836 1400
1500 44836 39882 79294 86960 69465 14284 85062 1500
1600 85062 44836 39882 79294 86960 69465 66045 1600
1700 66045 85062 44836 39882 79294 86960 14284 1700
1800 14284 66045 85062 44836 39882 79294 69465 1800
1900 69465 37739 66045 37739 44836 39882 37739 1900
2000 37739 14284 37739 85062 37739 44836 86960 2000
2100 86960 69465 14284 66045 85062 37739 79294 2100
2200 79294 86960 69465 14284 66045 85062 39882 2200

 

See also Newsletter 45.

E15

E15's transmission with id FYP (Frank Young Peter) was again heard on various times on 14000 kHz. The last reports of other frequencies date back to March 2001. Since then, only 14000 kHz has been reported.
Times: 1100, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700 UTC.

This one was sent on 9 December at 1400 UTC:

FYP FYP FYP
QTC QTC NR 1 NR 1 GR 01 GR 01
AYWRL FPSGN GXJXD DUUYH QHBLU STNTV PGRKR YAEOC EUSHO JMKRQ
AR AR
See also Newsletter 45.

E18

Ross McCallum was the first one who mentioned the unid numbers station on 5060 kHz at 2245 UTC. The station was on between 2245 and 2310 UTC on Wednesday 12 Dec., and Thursday 13 Dec. using USB one night and LSB on the second night. The transmission ended with '0000'.

The station was S9 in Scotland, S7 in Finland, S9+40 in Germany, while Chris heard it with S2 in the USA.

CR commented: "Your Unid is E18. Used to be on the second Wednesday and Thursday of each month, at a regular time of 2200 and 2300 UTC. Either on 8025 or 6545. But just recently the skeds and frequencies seem to be different each month. Call is 307 if it has a long message and 269 for a short message of 19 to 23 groups."

See also Newsletter 45.

S06

Two reports for S06 came in from CR:

S06A was on Tuesday at 2010 UTC on the same frequency as M1. M1 was just ending as S06 started up on 4490 kHz. The call was 270. It sent an odd 2 group message. The first message was 153 153 2 2 11111 11111 00035 00035. The second message was 182 182 46 46.

CR writes: "All the years I have been monitoring numbers stations, I have never heard an S06C until today (15 Dec.). It was on 10840 at 1500 and sent 11068 for 4 minutes."

Congrats with the S06C log, CR, and thanks for letting us know.

See also Newsletter 46.

S11A

S11A was on at 0800 UTC on 8187 kHz (3 Dec.), sending a message. The call was 978 and the message was 55 groups. When S11A sends a null message, the call is 976. <info: CR>

See also Newsletter 45.

 


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