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Report #030 04/01/2002
15TH ANNUAL WINTER SWL FESTIVAL - Another successful Fest took place 8-10 March. The schedule included sessions on Intro to SWL/DXing; Inside your Radio - Basic Do it Yourself; Who needs Shortwave?; Scanning in Emergency Situations; The Year in Pirate Radio; SWL/DXing from Europe; SWL/DXing from Japan; The Story of Jazz and Shortwave; and the Broadcasters Forum - The Year in Shortwave. All were very fine presentations. Many bargains were to be found in the Silent Auction and several hundred dollars raised for a charity. The raffle provided numerous prizes including some excellent receivers such as Icom R-75, Sangean ATS-505, and a Grundig Satellit 800. RADIO INTRIGUE won a shortwave receiver donated by Universal Radio. It is a neat compact Kchibo KK-E200 which gives me an extra capability to take along on monitoring trips.
COAST GUARD FACILITY - The Martinsburg Journal had an interesting article describing the Coast Guard Center which is located at nearby Kearneysville. The Center is run with a blend of Coast Guard personnel, federal employees, and personnel from contractors: Unisys, QSS Group, Inc., and STG Inc. The facility is responsible for the Computer Aided Search system which can provide information to ships in trouble. In addition the Center tracks ship movements and maintains logs with details concerning cargos carried on vessels.
THE BOOKSHELF - Here are some titles I just added to my bookshelf. Intelligence and the War Against Japan by Richard J. Aldrich; Presidents' Secret Wars by John Prados; Between Silk and Cyanide - A Codemaker's War 1941-1945 by Leo Marks; and The Wizards of Langley - Inside the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology by Jeffrey T. Richelson. And I just lack about a chapter to finish reading Battle Ground Berlin - CIA vs KGB in the Cold War written by ?David E. Murphy (ex-CIA), Sergei A. Kondrashev (ex-KGB), and George Bailey, former director of Radio Liberty. This is a fascinating account of the efforts and counter-efforts in Berlin and Germany told by individuals who were there plus including declassified material.
FAPSI - Several FAPSI transmissions were heard during the month but the frequencies utilized were quite high compared to the usual frequencies seen in the past. Also the signal strength of these transmissions was not what I had experienced previously from the FAPSI HF relay site in Cuba. The word is that the Lourdes facility is currently being dismantled. If the signals I heard were coming from Cuba, a number of possibilities exist. The transmitter site has been moved, perhaps to the Russian Embassy in Havana? The transmitter power output is considerable less than was the case at Lourdes? The transmissions are now coming from some other location. Moscow?
MARCH LOGGINGS in kHz order with comments and UTC date/time
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