Seventy-first edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2004 13:09:51 +0200)

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Unid stations

Pip stations

All our Japanese correspondents have sent us a number of "pip" logs this month. The 2-second pip is heard very often on at least 7 different frequencies. You can often hear 3 or 4 frequencies in parallel.

One pip every 2 seconds: 8340//10470/14425 kHz. At other times also heard on three or four parallel frequencies: 3115//5455//8340 kHz and 5455//6214//6230//8340 kHz. 8340 kHz has a distinctive hum. The station transmits frequently coded messages in hand-keyed CW.

Three pips per 2 seconds: 3066.5//10061.5 kHz.

"2"

The unidentified marker "2" is transmitting from the extreme NE corner of China. It's purpose or user is still unknown.

The station transmits every 30 seconds a "2" on 10140.5 kHz. Mode: CW. Transmissions are scarce and weird. Tomonori caught part of a message on 26 March between 0205 and 0208 UTC. This is what he heard: "d d d d d d d d a a a a a a a a a a a q d d d 7 a a a q h" followed by the "2" marker sent every 30 seconds.

See also Newsletter 72.

Unid 1: UXSF

Remember the station on 4993 kHz who was keying "UXSF" daily at 1600 UTC? He took a vacation by the end of February and asked his colleague to take over on 4632 kHz keying "Y8F1" at 1600 UTC daily for 2 minutes as per March 1st. Another mate of him can be heard on 5400 kHz. Still no clue about it's identity.

4993 kHz 26-11-03/29-02-04 1600 UTC daily: UXSF (R3) +
5400 kHz 04-03-04 1600 UTC 8DL9 (R3) +
4632 kHz 01-03-04 1600 UTC daily: Y8F1 (R1) +

 

See also Newsletter 72.

Unid 2

Attu Bosch found an unid CW station on 4139 kHz. The transmissions are hand keyed and the transmitter wasn't very stable. It drifted after a while. Attu heard this on 7 March, 1435 UTC:

67538 /2 bt
94764 16438 /2 bt
421738 6555 /2 bt
8838 19711 /2 bt
38203 29683 /2 bt
46091 43717 /2 bt
4568 054106 /2 bt
18870 37513 /2 bt
25905 74677 /2 bt
72971 14399 /2 bt
63268 51986 /2 bt
287806 74225 /2 bt
02600 8767 /2 bt
23941 844032 /2 bt
912645 80805 /2/ bt
511574 8733 /2/ bt
778320 0540 /2/ bt
135297 1643 /2/ bt
02705 /2/bt
27587 9293 /2/ bt
45980 8163 /2/ bt
51642 45759 /2/ bt
91071 20333 /2/ bt
89101 00878 /2/ bt
28260 18 /2/ bt
28260 18098 /2/ bt
22254 85619 /2 bt
93869 22439
R ? AR

Igor Buhtiyarov heard a similar transmission on the same frequency on 16 March at 1603 UTC. The message was rather long so I have omitted a part of it. The station uses a short zero. Attu did you notice this too?

aa 2 = 71812 69731
aa 2 = 89175 2t424
aa 2 = t6731 t4544
aa 2 = t5tt3 7tt22
aa 2 = 4t941 89843
aa 2 = t4315 38548
aa 2 = 64855 65t68
aa 2 = 61572 5111
aa 2 = 44199 47t8t
aa 2 = 4t472 6t721
aa 2 = 39186 185tt
aa 2 = 68t14 186t6
aa
aa 2 = nr ?
Aa 2 = 11242
aa 2 = 81543 27tt8
aa 2 = 53779 6t868
aa 2 = 36195 33188
aa

Unid3 "VTI8"

Another observation from Attu concerns a station that has been reported before and which is still an unid.

The station uses callsign "VTI8" and can be found on 3700 kHz. No-one has reported anything else than a marker which is being sent from 25 to 35 minutes and 55 to 05 minutes each hour.

Further reports are most welcome.

Unid 4 "YTOS"

Our correspondent from Alaska, Attu Bosch, sends us the following log of a yet unid station. 13843 kHz, callsign: YTOS with traffic to ZV2R, QYT4, OW4N. Possibly Russian military.

qyt4 qyt4 de ytos ytos ok zdm zoa k
ytos as
ytos r qyt4 qrj 3 qyt4 qrj imi k
ytos r qyt4 qoi k
ow4n ow4n de ytos ytos
qyt4 zpd zor zon
rpt qyt4 zpd zor zon k ytos as
nw ytos qyt 4 qrj 3 k ytos ok qyt 4 qoi k
ytos 610 610 185 bt
3754 5817 7168 1691 9799 8565 9644
4263 0679 9549 3301 5887 6597 8793
bt 879 k
ytos ok qyt 4 qbe k

The station has an excellent signal in S. Alaska from 0000 till 0900 UTC daily. The station uses a short zero.


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