Other Radio Hobbies
Report #007 01/01/2000
STASI CODED TAPES BROKEN An early December AP item reported on Der Speigel and Focus articles telling of the breaking of encoded data which listed East German secret police agents and spy operations.
SEARCH AND RESCUE INFORMATION Posted on various web SWL links including WUN is the address for a document containing details of SAR communications. http://www2.acc.af.mil/afrcc/download.htm
Be advised this is a 400 plus page document so you will probably want to be selective in what you print. I viewed the document with Adobe Acrobat and printed only about 40 pages that included the Abbreviations/Acronyms listing and pages 3-1 thru 3-12 of Chapter 3 (SAR COMMUNICATIONS). Your particular information needs may not require so many pages.
RUSSIAN OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS The colllapse of the Soviet Union caused changes to the Official Holidays observed. Here is the list recently downloaded from http://www.russian embassy.org/holidays.html
January 1 New Year's Day
KULPSVILLE, PA WINTER SWL FESTIVAL Reminder for Fest 10-11 March 2000. Costs, registration form and other details are available at this link: www.trsc.com/winterfest.html
DECEMBER RECOVERIES/FAPSI AMERICAS NETWORK
NOTE: During the month there were three special skeds noted.
1540 SPK 18167/14530 on 12/31/99
I have concluded there is more value in showing all dates of coverage rather than just the most recent date.
DATES HEARD IN DECEMBER
The ETFNJX TKAGAS calling sequence in FSK Morse mode was seen 3 times this month. 08/2139 on 14577 kHz; 22/1750 on 19068 kHz; and 23/1718 on 17416 kHz. During the transmission on the 23rd the frequent repetition of TTIM was observed along with the ETLFNJX TKAGAS sequence. In all the many years I have followed this activity this is the first time I have seen the TTIM included.
An operator error was observed at 24/l1800 on 19086 kHz when the BPA tape was run for a few sequences and then abruptly pulled and replaced by the WNY tape which was the correct one for that sked.
DECEMBER LOGGINGS in kHz order with comments and UTC date/time
©2000 Don Schimmel.