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Report #098 04/01/14

RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE SHIP
In early March a news item indicated the unannounced visit to Cuba by the Viktor Leonov, CCB-175. This is a Meridian class Intelligence ship. Length about 300' and width about 45'. The vessel was seen docked in the Havana cruise ship area. I have to suspect that the Russian decision for military action against the Ukraine was considered as a possibility for some time. Thus it makes sense that the Russians would want an asset in place in the Western Hemisphere prior to the actual military action in order to provide coverage of U.S. communications relating to the Russian/Ukraine situation.

27TH ANNUAL WINTER SWL FEST
Another great group of Forums at this year's Fest. While I found all the sessions I attended to be very informative, the highlight was the two part presentation by Australian Mark Fahey. He told of making multiple trips to each province of North Korea and "carried surreptitiously" equipment in and out of the country, conducting monitoring and recording of domestic radio and TV broadcasting.

MONITORING AT THE FEST
While at the Fest I was able to hear the HM01 2100 sked on 13 March and on 14 March the 1700, 1800, & 1900 skeds. Also heard was the M08a 2000 sked on the 14th.

MARITIME RADIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Station KSM, San Francisco was heard on 16914 kHz at 29 March 1840. The transmission was in auto CW and was press in English.
Here are a couple items I copied:
VVV DE KSM SAN FRANCISCO RADIO
SIGNAL REPORTS AND COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO KSM AT RADIO MARINE DOT ORG OR TO MARITIME RADIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY C/O RICHARD DILLMAN PO BOX 392 POINT FREYES STATION, CA 94956

CQ DE KSM
LISTEN FOR MORSE PRESS AND WEATHER ON R426, 4350.5, 6474, 8438.3, 12993, 16914 and 22445.8 KHZ AND RTTY PRESS AND WEATHER ON 6328, 8433, AND 12631.

KSM uses the original transmitters, receivers and antennas of KPH. KSM is normally on the air each Saturday from 1700GMT to 2300GMT. Press and weather are transmitted every Saturday. Morse begin at 1700GMT. RTTY transmissions begin at 1800 GMT in Baudot, 170 cps shift, 45 baud then repeated in FEC, 170 cps, 100 baud.
Further details concerning this interesting station can be found at http://radiomarine.org

ENIGMA HM01 and M08a
Again this month there were some erratic procedures noted for these Cuban activities. There were a few instances of the HM01 groups being doubled up and overlapping each other making copy difficult. On the plus side I have seen what appears to be an effort to promptly start each schedule on the hour. They have not been 100% in this but there has been some improvement over previous schedules.

M08a
6 March - 2000 sked. YL/SS in LSB announcing three 5F groups and then continued in voice to send text of 5F groups. This normally is a cut numbers in CW transmission. 28 March - The 2000 sked was held an hour early at 1900. The 2300 sked was sent on 8134.8 instead of the normal 8009 frequency.

HM01
10 March - The 2100 sked started at 2058. Briefly sent cut numbers in CW and then replaced that with the voice announcement of 6 groups following each with RDFT signal.
25 March - Several skeds had repeats of 22 March groups.
26 March - 5855 and 9155 were dueling on the 1000 sked with the same groups on both frequencies. The groups were repeats of the 20 and 21 March groups. The 1600, 1700 and 1800 skeds were repeats of 23 March groups.
27 March - The 1000 sked showed 12180 with a strong signal and the repeat of March 21 groups. The 11635 frequency on that sked had a weak signal and different groups and format. The announced group was repeated twice followed by very brief RDFT signals. Also noted was the fact that each group had a one-up 5th digit.
28 March - The 5855 and 9155 frequencies for the 1000 sked had the same groups but the signals were not in sync.
31 March - 5855 and 9155 with same groups but not in sync.

MONITORING LOGS (Freqs in kHz, times are dates with UTC)
209 SYS NDB, Sumerset, PA 291823
245 LUA NDB, Luray, VA 252242
317 CBE NDB Cumberland, MD 252244
332 DC NDB, Washington, DC Washington National Airport 311425
350 MSQ NDB Culpeper, VA 051419
363 RNB NDB Millville, NJ 051421
4041 MAR stations in USB 252255
7554 Brief burst type transmissions at various times during day 032257
12750 Fax, Prob NMF, USCG Boston 252231
12934.9 CQ DE HLG QSX 11 MHZ weak sig, 252228. This is Seoul, S. Korea. Also on 12916.7
13269.7 OM/EE w/wx in USB 26829. Gander Radio
16262.9 Auto Morse, 5L grps 252209. This prob ENIGMA M51. Note: Saw that they no longer using fake year in heading. They now using 2014.
17146.4 FAX chart, 120/576 261717. Prob USCG New Orleans, LA. Also on 12790
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