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Report #128 12/01/16

CUBAN COMMS
On 8 November the V02a signal on 7554 kHz appeared to be "chopped Up" and could not be copied. As usual the French Navy signal on the frequency caused bad QRM. Then on 10 November the M08a CW transmission was heard along with the V02a signal. These transmissions have to be beamed differently. If not, each recipient would be having reception problems. The doubled up transmissions were also heard on 15 November. The M42c transmissions from Cuba have exhibited some interesting reception results. Ary Boender reported that a monitor located in Spain could hear the link 00117 schedule but he could not hear the link 00116 schedules. It would certainly appear that Mexico City could be a good candidate for the receiving station of link 00116.

BOOKSHELF ITEM
In Numbers & Oddities Edition 229, October 2016, a great free- bee publication was described. The item, titled "The History of the Radio Intelligence Division Before and During World War II". This very informative publication is available at the following address:
http://users.isp.com/danflan/sterling/ridhist.pdf
This is the story of the FCC unit which provided monitoring of radio signals. Here are a few of the chapter titles: Spies Use Radio; Nazi Spies in Latin America; Nazi Spies Operating in Africa; The Nazi Radio Espionage System; Alaskan Operations; RID in Hawaii; RID Adcock Type Direction Finders; and The U.S. Hunt for Axis Agent Radios.

LOGGINGS
1271.2 kHz at 222039 UTC, CW station sending 5F groups with zero cut as letter "T". This is probably RDL, Smolensk, Russia.
13024.5 kHz CQ DE WHL in CW, St. Augustine, FL at 251932 UTC.
14775 kHz This was a very unusual signal heard at 251922 UTC. With the receiver in the CW reception mode, the signal sounded like a deep male voice chopped up into tiny portions. This type of transmission was also noted on 12755 kHz at 251934 UTC.

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