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Report #005 11/01/99FCC CHANGES In an October appearance before the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, FCC Chairman William Kennard announced upcoming changes in the FCC. Effective 8 November 1999, two new bureaus will be created; the Consumer Information Bureau and the Enforcement Bureau. These new bureaus will take over some functions of various existing bureaus to combine similar activities as part of the FCC reorganization.
INFO REQUEST I have been unable to answer a long standing request from an individual for info regarding Russian station RTZ. This is NOT the RTZ Time Signal station of more recent years. The RTZ I am referring to was a high-speed Morse station which was active during World War II and into the late 1940s. The station was believed to be located in Russia but it is not known if the controlling authority was the Soviet Military or the KGB. Through the courtesy of Simon Mason in England, the appeal for details was carried ion the Enigma Newsletter a few years ago but with negative results. Hopefully someone familiar with that time period will recall something regarding this station.
Kevin Tubbs, VT advised me that Jeff Haverlah reported on the email@example.com that background material on USAF callsign assignments could be found on:
USCG NEWS According to a Washington Post 30 September article, 56 tons of cocaine was confiscated by the USCG in the Caribbean region during the past year. Drug smugglers had become much more adept at avoiding detection through the use of small high-powered boats that could attain speeds up to 50 knots. This is twice the speed possible by a CG cutter. The Coast Guard has been able to counter the drug smugglers through increased expenditures for intelligence systems plus employing aggressive new tactics.
PBS -RED FILES
I hope that many of you were able to view the PBS four-part documentaryh which described Cold War Soviet Union/US interaction. The four episodes were Secret Victories of the KGB, Soviet Sports, Secret Soviet Moon Mission, and Soviet Propaganda.
Kevin D. Tubbs, VT sent in this very fine research aid address.
EQUIPMENT MANUAL SOURCES
John McColman, VA provided these two web addresses that offer old manuals for sale:
OCTOBER RECOVERIES/FAPSI AMERICAS NETWORK
*Thanks to Tom Sevart, KS for assists with coverage of several skeds.
Traffic was very heavy during 4-9 October. For example, PSN on the 04/1850 sked received 4 msgs with a total of 1153 grps. On the 06/1800 SPK sked, he received 5 msgs with a total of 2090 grps.
On 16270 kHz the ETFNJX QAG AS callup was heard 09/1410. I did not find him on another freq.
MIG tried to make contact with WFO at 12/1415 on 14455 kHz but no response. At 12/1445 MIG had 2 xmtrs up, 14455 and 14786 kHz. WFO ON 13422 kHz tells MIG QSSY 15837 but MIG wants 15829 kHz. MIG sends traffic to WFO. At 12/1510 MIG sends following to WFO: FM 14/10 QTR 00.00 WRK QPP QAA-1 WRK NOT
U/I station being sent traffic, on 14978 kHz, RTTY 75/500, 5 figure groups. Then at completion of traffic, transmitter sends OP TIKAS SEE QWI MAIL. Transmitter went down at 20/1318. This xmtr seemed too weak to be the Cuban relay transmitter!!
OCTOBER LOGGINGS in frequency order (kHz) w/comments and UTC date/time
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